How do I use The Good Society in my classroom or school?
You can use The Good Society in a few different ways, depending on which specific year-level program you are looking at and how deeply you want to engage.
It helps to understand the way content has been organised:
- each program is divided into topics
- each topic contains playlists
- playlists contain media items
- media items can be video, audio, webpages, slides, PDFs or images
- some media items have poll questions.
Some groups may choose to work through all of the playlist content together in-class, whereas others may decide to assign resources as homework to be discussed in class. There are teacher guides providing support for discussion and activities in each playlist.
Do I need to create an account?
Because students in secondary school are more likely to carry out some work self-directed, you may find that creating an account for the Years 7-9 or Years 10-12 programs will help you get the most out of the teaching opportunities:
- Create an account for yourself
- Create a group, add your students, and print the unique access codes for each of your students
- Hand out the codes and get students to log in to the group
- Assign one or more playlists to your group
- Have students work through playlists either in class or at home
- For each media item, students answer anonymous poll questions
- In class, discuss the group poll responses with students.
Note: within your teacher account, you can also favourite and modify playlists to remove unwanted items before assigning them to your class group.
That said, we’ve tried to give educators as much flexibility as possible:
- You can watch, listen to or read media content without logging in or creating an account.
- You can view poll questions without having to answer them.
- If you want to manage and assign content to your students, you need to create an account and add students to a group.
- Students can only respond to poll questions for content assigned to their group.
- To answer poll questions, students need to have web-enabled devices such as desktops, laptops or mobile devices.
If you want to assign playlists, monitor group completion and track poll questions, you’ll need to create an account and then create a group. Once you’ve created an account, follow these steps:
Go to My Account and select My Groups. Add a group name and select add.
- Open the Group members panel and enter a name for each group member. A unique access code will appear for each name.
- Using the website’s header navigation, go to the relevant topic or playlist and select Assign playlist to add a playlist to your group. From the pop-up, select Assign against the group you created.
- Return to the My account section and navigate to your group. In the expanded Group members panel, select Print list to print the group codes. Give each member their unique code so they can access their assigned resources at thegoodsociety.gov.au/students
- Once the students get started you'll be able to track their progress through a playlist. In the group view, select View group progress below any assigned playlist.
- You will also be able to preview the group's playlist with their live anonymous results by selecting the assigned playlist thumbnail in the group view.
Using the polls
Some media items have a short poll. The poll questions are more attitudinal than factual. They are designed to prompt reflection and discussion on values, beliefs and imagined future behaviour.
When students in a group answer the poll questions, they can see the results for the entire group.
The polls are completely anonymous. The system does not record who gave what response, so a student can’t even see what response they themselves gave. All students and teachers can see are the aggregate, anonymous results for the entire group, and only that group.
- The polls are optional.
- Only one response can be recorded per group member, and you must be in a group to respond.
- You can use the polls as discussion points without having to create accounts and complete the poll itself.
Managing discussions about the content
The Good Society is designed to get students thinking and talking in a safe, productive way.
We have provided guidance and support on managing the kinds of conversations and topics that might come out of this content.
Every playlist has a teacher guide with the following information:
- learning objectives and key messages
- year levels that the playlist is appropriate for
- Australian Curriculum links
- information on each playlist media item, including:
- summary of the content
- poll questions and discussion support
- support services and recommendations.
For more general information you can view the Teaching respectful relationships page.
In addition, Education Services Australia have developed a series of Respect Matters professional learning modules for in-service and pre-service teachers. These modules help support teachers in facilitating and leading respectful relationships education in their classrooms and in developing whole school approaches. The modules are hosted on the Australian Student Wellbeing Hub. You can access these modules here.
Can this resource be assigned as homework?
The secondary years resources can generally be used in-class or assigned as homework. However, the Years F-6 program should be facilitated in-class.
How flexible is this resource?
The Good Society has been designed to be as flexible as possible:
- You can use the content however you like.
- You can access the content in any order, at any time.
- Even though the program is structured, you can approach it in whatever order is most relevant to your class or school.
- While the programs are grouped into year levels, you can use content with any year level based on what you think is appropriate or relevant.
- Every playlist has a teachers’ guide which details content warnings for any sensitive media items.
- If you think any items in a playlist are inappropriate for your students, you can modify a playlist to remove those items and assign your modified playlist.
Does the site capture any personal or identifying information on users?
The Good Society has been designed to minimise personal data collection.
- Teachers only need to provide an email address if they want to create and manage class groups.
- The site does not require student email addresses or IDs.
- Students in a group are identified only by a name the teacher has given them, and this can be any name (for instance, Hamish T, Sue M, V Paterson).
- All poll questions are multiple choice, reducing the risk of identifying information being posted by a student.
- When students answer poll questions, the system records only that they answered the question, not what their answer was—so there is no way to trace a particular answer to a particular student’s name.
Who is responsible for developing and managing The Good Society?
The Good Society is part of the Australian Government’s Respect Matters program. It was funded as part of the 2015 Women’s Safety Package and is managed by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
The Good Society was created by Liquid Interactive.
If you have feedback, questions or suggestions about The Good Society or the Respect Matters program, please contact the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.