Thanks for visiting my blog.

My partner and I live with our two teenagers and a miniature schnauzer in sunny Kiama, NSW, Australia.

I am a learning professional currently employed as a deputy principal for the NSW Department of Education, a large Public Education system with many enthusiastic and energetic advocates for changing paradigms to support children and communities to flourish. I worked at the University of Wollongong lecturing each pre-service teachers English method in the Masters of Teaching (Secondary) 2012-17.

I am a keen photographer, blogger and writer. 



During 2018, I enjoyed a sabbatical researching, travelling and writing a book about George Orwell. For many years I have been a passionate Orwell fan and collector. Spending some weeks at the British Library and Orwell Archive was a treat, as was meeting his son, Richard Blair, on recent trips to Jura and Spain.
I have continued to travel, research, speak and write about Orwell during 2019-20. Highlights have included exploring Montparnasse in Paris, an intellectually stimulating trip to Spain (with The Orwell Society) where I met local experts and historians, including Nick Lloyd and Victor Pardo Lancina. It was great to spend time with Dennis Glover, after years of emailing, exploring Las Ramblas in Barcelona and the civil war trenches where Orwell fought (and almost died).
Richard Blair, Dennis Glover and myself overlooking Huesca, in Spain

Richard Blair, Dennis Glover and myself overlooking Huesca, in Spain

Hearing Richard Blair read passages at the key locations from Homage to Catalonia was also a treat. The poor man was badgered to sign my first edition of his father’s book at the Poliorama, where Orwell did guard duty while chain-smoking and reading Penguin paperbacks.


I have been presenting my research locally and as far afield as University College, in LondonIt has been particularly exciting to making some new discoveries about Orwell’s time in Paris and further investigate his experiences in Burma (both published in George Orwell Studies)Recently, I gave a “George Talk” to The Orwell Society about my research.


Here are all my Orwell papers and posts.

Civics and Citizenship

As the father of two children, 14 and 16, I have a perspective that is deeper than it once was about the importance of schools and schooling in our collective futures. We need to focus on learning and community, citizenship and democracy, if we are to thrive. I am passionately interested in civil society and how that can be grown through relationships, trust, education and technology. I see reading as central to learning and culture. This is a deeply held belief.

Actively nurturing democracy in our schools and society is of my utmost personal and professional goals. Students needs opportunities to participate in discussion about the issues of the day and learn about democratic processes. It is important the Student Representative Council (SRC) has opportunities to demonstrate leadership. The ABC radio interview with candidates who participated in our latest political forum (June 2016), the school captain and myself follows.


In January 2017 I traveled to India to participate in the Australia–India BRIDGE School Partnerships Project. This is an exchange so I stay with an Indian educator and visit her school where I will do some teaching. It has been twenty years since I last was in India so this a great opportunity to return. You can follow this project on Twitter and I have blogged about my trip and here are some photosIn May, my host, Sonia Chhabra visited our school and stayed at my home. UPDATE: our schools now have an MoU and a successful homestay exchange has taken place.

We were interviewed on ABC Radio about our exchange. 

2016 was a challenging year for our world but a good one for me personally. I was awarded the Premier’s Adobe Information and Communication Technologies Scholarship and travelled to the USA researching how non-medical DNA data can be employed by teachers in cross-curricular contexts during May. Here are some blog posts about this study tour. This is a Sydney Morning Herald article about my scholarship along with a fifteen-minute interview I did with ABC radio about Big History, DNA and my scholarship plans for 2016. I will continue sharing widely at conferences and via social media in the hope that students can have great opportunities to engage with exciting technologies that personalise their learning. This is where I believe we need to be headed, with curriculum and “personal data” in mind.
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I would like all students and teachers to become citizen scientists. During 2015-6 I have been enjoying teaching and learning about Big History at our school. One innovation in the teaching of BH is that I have arranged for all students to be citizen scientists for the Genographic Project. Effectively, they have completed non-medical DNA swabs and have their deep ancestry available for use in the course. It is particularly exciting to be assisted by funding from the Centre for Archaeological Science at the University of Wollongong. This will allow the students to participate in the DNA project for free. Professor Bert Roberts is a good supporter of Dapto High School.
I believe nurturing creativity fundamental to our collective health as a society. You can listen to me chatting about this on Radio National. It is important that our school provides students with opportunities every day to be creative. Partnerships with creative enterprises like The Red Room Company are very important to our school.
I should say, that after teaching English for most of my career, I became  a deputy principal at Dapto High School. My focus at school is on teaching & learning using technology. I am particularly interested in the transformation of learning that must happen in high schools and how digital technologies can be employed to this end. I strive show leadership on this issue in local, state, national and international contexts.

International perspectives on education are important to me. In 2014 I led a school excursion to Korea and more recently, this year to Perugia, in Tuscany, Italy. Our school is planning new exchanges to China, Japan and Indonesia 2016-18 and will return to Korea and Italy next year. My family and I spent the 2011 European summer living in Denmark  on exchange with Carsten Søndergaard. It was great learning more about Danish perspectives on life and schooling. This was a fantastic opportunity on a number of levels. I presented to the 2011 Deputy Principals’ conference, streamed live from Denmark about my experiences at the school, established in 1060. During the 2010 September-October holidays, I was lucky enough to have a 10-day TEV exchange to Shanghai. My PLN assisted with ideas which you can see here and wrote about my experiences here.

I am also a very keen traveller.

Collaborating with colleagues and sharing formally and informally is a high priority and I enjoy presenting at conferences. My articles and teaching units have been published in a number of DET curriculum publications, SCAN, mETAphor and increasingly, online at a range of sites. EQ published my article on social media. I started using blogs with my classes in 2004 and started publishing articles about using (we)blogs with classes in 2005. During 2013-14 I wrote for the ABC Splash education portal and for Australian Teacher Magazine. My ideas about BYOD and libraries were published widely in magazines like Words. Older articles include  SCAN (August 2011) and my blog post, the The Future is Here, was featured at the IBM 100th anniversary website as ‘hear from the experts’. 
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One research interest I am passionately pursuing is genealogy. DNA analysis has opened many doors and the digitisation of staggering numbers of archives has led to many more opportunities for research that would have been extremely expensive and time consuming. Family Tree magazine published an article about my research in December 2014. My latest article, Digging Even Deeper (a follow-up to Digging Deeper published in September 2015) appeared in the May 2017.

Helping teachers and educational leaders develop Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) has been an area of interest for a decade. If educators are able to use blended learning concepts to facilitate their own professional development it is more likely students will benefit. During recent years I have presented at many conferences for principals, deputy principals, English teachers, counsellors, technology enthusiasts and administrators on practical ways to collaborate, co-operate and use digital technologies to connect. I was awarded a fellowship by the NSW Deputy Principals’ Association to improve online communications in 2010 and have established a Deputy Principals online blog twitter account and 2010 conference ning to assist with this matter.

Schools, like the one I serve, are increasingly moving to a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) model of technology. This means that staff will need to facilitate students developing their own Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) to achieve course outcomes and maintain relevance. It is also essential that digital citizenship is taught explicitly.

The following information probably should be archived as it relates to the period 2000-2010 but I will leave it here for now.

I have been active for a number of years in the NSW English Teachers’ Association www.englishteacher.com.au, especially in my role as Manager of the Web & Technology Committee and was awarded a Professional Teachers’ Council Outstanding Professional Services Award. The ETA annual conferences now have a backchannel using twitter and a ning. This has been very successful in alerting delegates to the potential of web 2.0 for enhancing collegiality and teacher professional learning. I had early professional involvement with the innovative PLANE project. You can read a brief online article, about preparing for 1:1, that was adapted from my blog posts.

Digital photography is my passion. I am a keen user of Flickr and my attempts to engage the local community with this great tool have been recognised in parliament by our federal member. Australian Geographic has featured one of my shots asPhoto of the Week at their website. Here are my thoughts about learning photography and HDR. I have established a Facebook page and a blog that I hope you share.

I established my first of many blogs in 2004. Here is a 2011 article in Australian Teacher magazine about my blogging. Increasingly, this blog, Google+ and twitter are my main collaborative online tools, along with my iPhone, Skype, Facebook, Google Docs and Diigo. I have been a keen participant in the rapid evolution of social media into mainstream media.

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Darcy @ The Fitzroy Tavern

Darcy @ The Fitzroy Tavern

Feel welcome to contact me by commenting at this page, via twitter, Skype (Darcy1968) or email: [email protected]

*This personal blog does not necessarily represent the position of the NSW Department of Education or The University of Wollongong.





  1. darcymoore:

    While searching for this blog using Google I effectively did an archaelogical dig, uncovering my LiveJournal account from 2002. Darthmoore never really took off but my interest in all thing internet has continued. Does anyone still use ICQ? Here’s my bio from those days:

    ‘I am almost 33 and have a mortgage. Time does strange things to identity and ‘I’ am an amalgam of many people. However, I will stick to chronological and geographical data for now. I was born in the August of 1968 at Mona Vale Hospital in Sydney. I lived in Tamworth for the next six years before departing country NSW for the coast. Old Bar is located four hours north of Sydney and is a great place to surf – although I never mastered this most zen-like of sports. I attended university in Newcastle, then moved to Wagga Wagga to commence a teaching ‘career’. Escaped that and travelled extensively for a couple of years, mostly in India and the UK. Lived in London for a year and then returned to Australia to follow my vocation – as an educator. My partner and I have just moved to the Blue Mountains and have a fine, tranquil , wooded valley home. Life is good…’

    An to update: now I am almost 40, still have a mortgage and two daughters aged 2 & 4. We reside on the South Coast in Kiama and Education is still central to my daily existence.

  2. darcymoore:

    Life is even better…

  3. kellimcgraw:

    hee hee, yes, I still use my ICQ account – but I use it through ‘pidgin’, which lets me put all my ICQ, MSN, AOL contacts together in one place.

  4. Steve Mantle:

    Hello Darcy,

    Just read your email.

    Haven’t used ICQ for years. Also used to use something called ‘IRC’…which at the time was the best thing since sliced bread.

    My 15 year old daughter is now trying to introduce me to the ‘joys’ of MySpace and Facebook; she says resistance is futile.

    Interesting to read the northern beaches connection. I hail from that area, both my kids having been born at Mona Vale Hospital. I’m now living and teaching in beautiful Port Macquarie; couldn’t be too far away from the beach!

  5. darcymoore:

    I envisage the audiences of this blog to be educators, teachers (particulary English teachers) and those with a particular interest in professional development and technological innovation. I was hoping that ‘thinkers’ about new media and culture may also participate.

  6. Old Bar, I still have strong links there today, my son races on the motorbike track out that way and I teach English and History at Great Lakes College. I am interested in integrating more web2.0 into my classes so thought I better find out what all this blodgging means.http://tsearl.edublogs.org/2008/07/11/will-ccp-be-better-than-past-iwb-use/

  7. Darcy,

    I was just having a quick look at your blog and noticed that you have a link to Ewen McIntosh in Scotland. Ewan wrote a great review about our beta site http://www.tutpup.com It’s entirely free.

    We have quite a few international users but many of our schools are in the UK where it is now the summer holidays and so things have slowed down a bit. We are currently working on a few news games and a rewards/incentive system, most of which should be deployed by Sept.

    If any of your classes or colleagues want too give it a try I would be interested in their feedback.

    It’s nice to see so many great Australian education blogs, although I can’t see any from Wangaratta (VIC) where I went to school.


    Richard Taylor
    Director of [email protected] Tutpup

  8. darcymoore:

    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for posting. I will keep you informed the moment Wangaratta enters the blogosphere.


  9. Hi Darcy small token of appreciation for your help is awaiting you at http://tsearl.edublogs.org/2008/08/30/web20-is-real-people/
    Having other DET NSW learners is reassuring.
    PD was frankly scary last Monday, well for me anyway as a classroom teacher who may not know much, yet, its not my natural domain and others felt threatened. I’ll call next week and have a chat.

  10. DEAR Darcy ,
    The Internet has transformed how we communicate with the public, but there are still many challenges in making information easy to find. Since you cover web 2.0 in Your Blog, I thought you might be interested in a study that my nonprofit published this summer about how people find information online. The study covers three groups: non-profit organizations and cities; web designers and firms; and the general public.
    The study was fascinating on a number of levels, and I invite you to read the executive summary or download a PDF of the findings at http://www.idea.org/find-information.html .
    The survey results sparked ideas about tools we could provide that might make finding information online easier. This fall, we will start beta testing a cool new new navigational tool. I don’t have your email, so if you are interested, you can sign up for our beta here: http://www.spicynodes.org/ or to stay abreast of our (very) occasional new projects, you can get our newsletter here: http://www.idea.org/newsletter.html

  11. darcymoore:


    The views expressed on this site are my own and do not represent the views of my employer.

  12. darcymoore:


  13. Hey Darcy, just discovered your blog by looking up the tag “Kiama” in Technorati.

    I also live in Kiama, have 3 daughters (3, 5 and 7) and 3 chooks! I’m assuming your daughters must now be 3 and 5, so we’ll probably cross paths one day at pre-school, school, extra-curricular stuff etc.

    I find it really reassuring to see a local person who is this switched-on to both technology and education. Keep up the great work!

  14. Brendt Evenden:

    Hi Darcy, stumbled across your blog somehow when i was finding innovative ways of incorporating ICT/L4L/Web2.0 into my teaching practice now that the digital education revolution is here!

    I will keep coming back here no doubt when looking for great ways to do new things.

    Currently teaching English at Toronto High School and grew up in Taree (not far from Old Bar – when surfing there heaps as a kid) and also went to Newcastle Uni. Then went overseas to teach in the UK and travel.

    Keep up the great work – this new age we’re living in is exciting and full of possibilities.

  15. darcymoore:

    Hi Brendt,

    Thanks for posting, small world and all that. Are you coming to the ETA conference later in the year? If so, maybe we can catch-up. I have several workshops to present but will be in attendance both days.

    Darcy :O)

  16. Brett Thompson:

    Keep the energy going darcy. I know you never sleep!

  17. Isabella:

    Why aren’t more teachers using Web 2 – this librarian and English teacher can tell you – DET bars the most user friendly ones! So – no twitter or facebook for me.

    Yes I’m a teacher on a decent wage, but internet access is one more expense to eat into my miniscule funds. I understand entirely why my students don’t have home access. Given that most of my internet use is work-related, I prefer to do it after school at work. If people like me can’t access the media, we can’t use it. The DET isn’t listening to us – maybe they will listen to people like you.

    I can’t even begin listing the number of resources I’ve recommended only to find them blocked the next time I go there (though getting into youtube and flickr now is great) or when a student tries to go there. This includes my lovingly constructed lessons about copyright and downloading – with global commons sites the kids can’t access at all (so they keep illegally downloading and I keep turning a blind eye and they learn nothign about the most basic lesson a high school librarian should be teaching)!

  18. How inspiring and exciting to have come across you Darcy at this time in my life and career!
    I’ve been an English/Esl/Humanities teacher for 20 years in Melbourne, including one year in Greece and I’ve recently increased my online presence as both a teacher, reader/reviewer, writer through social media and blogs. I’ve also begun to use web 2.0 tools in the classroom and find your blog a fantastic resource. I had ameeting with the principal today to get approval for a facebook class group page and to talk about what I’m doing in the classroom. He had no idea.
    I’m looking forward to learning from you.

  19. Deb McPherson:

    Hi Darcy
    I may be teaching a secondary preservice teacher group about literacy across the curriculum at UOW next year and I would like to set your blog as recommended reading – are you OK with that?
    best wishes

  20. Deb Hogg:

    Hi Darcy,
    Just thought I’d leave a comment so you knew that I dropped by… 2010 has been such a huge year for me, especially with regard to the explosion of learning that is Yammer for DET! I have been convicted regarding the issues of teaching kids about establishing and maintaining their ‘digital footprint’ – for which you personally hold significant responsibility! So I have started websearching a few of the DET identities I have enjoyed “listening” to on Yammer and am learning LOTS about how you and they are maintaining their footprints! I am trying hard not to be overwhelmed! If 2010 was big… I suspect 2011 is going to be amazing! Thanks for holding such a large torch to lead the way!
    Regards, Deb

    • Darcy Moore:


      What a lovely comment to read at my blog as 2010, the insanely busy 2010, draws to a close. Best wishes for 2011 and may our journey continue as positively at our schools!


  21. Luke Cotter:

    Stumbled upon your blog after doing search on BlogEd in preparation for a job interview. Great to see you are still teaching since the old days at sunny Ingleburn High School. I also live on the south coast now and have 2 daughters. I am in the throws of persuing a Science teaacher position closer to home since moving from Ingleburn to Campbelltown Performing Arts High School four years ago. Love to know more about the effectiveness of using your Blog with the students in your classes

    • Darcy Moore:

      Hello Luke,

      Good to hear from you. I have found that this blog has been useful in a range of professional situations and I do show it to students. I am a DP and do not have many classes though. In the past, I have found blogs could for:

      – motivating kids
      – metacognitive strategies to assist with reflection
      – student politics/SRC
      – encouraging boys to write freely

      and much more besides.

      @Darcy1968 :O)

  22. Jenny Johnson:

    Came across your blog when looking up ICTs in the classroom and 1:1 laptop usage . You have been doing some great work. I am Head of Visual Arts in a catholic school in Adelaide and we are presently integrating more technologies into our school . Alot of trialling and changes at present.
    you’ve def achieved alot since THS.

  23. Darcy, I´m astonished. I´ve got new point of view for teaching. Your blog is awesome, interesting and useful. I can speed days reading your articles,watching you videos and teaching publication just learning new ways how to teach through technology . There are several helpful resources where teachers can take advantages of your daily research and development to improve our teaching knowledge. Nowadays, We as a teachers have to be awared that we depends on technology “TIC” to get better results and create a new educational enviroment for our students. It´s great to share your blog, I realize there are many things to do…I look forward to hearing from you. Olga Torres. Greetings from Colombia.

  24. Alex:

    Hi Darcy and fellow Educators

    My name is Alex and I am a researcher for TV production company “Mindful Media” based in Sydney, Australia. We are currently producing a 3 part TV series called “Change your Brain” which follows host Todd Sampson on a journey around the world to improve his brain.

    As part of the show, we are looking at optical illusions. I am writing today as I am desperately seeking help in trying to find an “Ames room” – also know as a “distorted room” – complete with furniture. This particular youtube clip is the kind of the thing I am after: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjmHofJ2da0

    As education professionals, I thought you may have a good idea of where such a room is located.

    The room can be based overseas, or in Australia. If you have any idea of where I can find a room like this, I would sincerely appreciate your help

    Best wishes

    Alex Howes

    Researcher for Mindful Media
    Email: [email protected]wiredproductions.com

  25. Louise Morgan:

    Hi Darcy,
    Is there a free platform to use to display students’ text messages in the classroom?
    I have researched wiffiti but they dont give you a number for students to text to unless you subscribe. Also I’ve read apparently it doesn’t work in Oz and or conditions apply???
    Louise Morgan

  26. Megan Bowmer:

    Hi Darcy,

    My name is Megan Bowmer and I am a preservice English teacher who is looking to research popular culture and/or critical literacy in high school English classrooms.

    I am very impressed with your blog and your generosity in collecting and sharing professional resources. In light of this, I am wondering if you have done any work using popular culture or critical literacy in classrooms, or if you know of any excellent English teachers who incorporate these into their teaching?

    If you know of any teacher who currently integrates these practices into their teaching, I’d be very appreciative. Thank you.

    Kind regards,

    Megan Bowmer


  27. Hi Darcy
    Love your photos too! I’ve used one of them in my latest blog post https://sustainingcommunity.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/saturday-quote-5/.

  28. Hey Mr Moore,

    Hope you’re having a great day!

    I’m doing an expert roundup on my site and I think many new English teachers using education technology products in their classroom would love to know your answer to this question :

    If you could only use 3 Education technology tools/apps/sites for your teaching which 3 tools would you choose? e.g. Grammarly, Remind, and Skype.

    Thanks in advance!

    As soon as I’m done compiling the results, I would inform and link back to your blog.

    Thank you!

    • Darcy Moore:


      A very challenging, quite impossible question but nevertheless: Google Classroom; WordPress; and, Twitter.


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