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The Zooming Owl Remote Learning Pack

Uniquely Australian characters bring to life a modern-day dilemma faced by students and teachers during the COVID-19 lockdowns. 

This free short story also includes reflection questions, technology support poster and student activity.
Created by The Tweeting Galah author & educator, Kim Maslin

Remote Learning Teaching Pack The Zooming Owl


A must-read for primary school classes experiencing or reflecting on remote learning

With a termite attack forcing the closure of the Flying Academy for Young Galahs, Wing Commander Grey is transitioning his class to online learning. Gabbo and his friends are looking forward to video conferencing with the acclaimed Intergalactic Flying Operations Specialist, Pilot Wingstrong ... as long as technology issues don't get in the way!

Included in the FREE Zooming Owl Remote Learning Pack:

The Zooming Owl short story: sent in digital eBook format so it can be read on any device

Reflection questions: included at the end of the story to guide discussion on the topic of remote learning 

Technology support poster: a visual poster to remind students (and teachers!) of what to do if there's a technology issue during a video conferencing lesson

Virtual Classroom Activity: ready-to-go PDF activity - hold students accountable for their behaviour during online lessons by asking them to complete this virtual classroom behaviour contract

Suitable for ages 7 - 12

Permission is granted for this story to be read online to students.


The Zooming Owl Remote Learning Pack


What people are saying about The Zooming Owl: 

“Oh my goodness! I’m giddy with excitement. This is sooo sooo good and I think it is going to be a HUGE hit. I could read this story all day long." - Julie Smith, The Techie Teacher

"A spaceage story for children about learning online which we can all relate to, The Zooming Owl emphasises the importance of teamwork, learning, and problem solving. The Zooming Owl is recommended for parents and teachers to highlight the benefits of remote learning, but also the technical challenges that can be overcome." - Kathryn, Librarian 

"A super little story that introduces children and adults to online learning through video sharing applications. Very timely!" - Piper, Head of ICT 

"As an aunty of two little boys who love to do nothing but play with filters when we video chat, I can safely say that this book is a godsend. A fun way of introducing some much-needed guidelines of e-learning, and online etiquette in general - and a great story as well! The boys are going to LOVE it!" - Aunty Rachel


Kim Maslin The Zooming Owl


Times are tough enough as it is. TEACHING is tough enough as it is.

That's why I've made The Zooming Owl free for teachers to download. I hope that this story, along with the supporting resources, ease some of the burden of transitioning, maintaining and reflecting on the experience of distance learning.

- Kim Maslin, author & educator 

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