Website and app reviews

By Nigel Paull

Website and apps reviewed for school library staff.

Australian Council on Children and the Media
ACCM is a national community body ‘committed to promoting better choices and providing stronger voices in children’s media’. The website provides: specifics of the organisation; searchable reviews of child-centred apps and movies; and details of advocacy, conferences and associated research.
SCIS no. 1831768

Beneath the waves
Focusing on the Kimberley coast of WA, this award-winning website features stunning underwater video footage and interviews with marine biologists. The Western Australian Museum has been studying this remote area for over six years and has encountered thousands of marine varieties and many new species.
SCIS no. 1831797

Climate change
Published by the Australian Government’s Department of Environment and Energy, this website contains information on aspects of climate change. Material includes: adapting to climate change, renewable energy, climate science, going carbon neutral, and various international undertakings.
SCIS no. 1831813

Creativity in Research, Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) is hosted by CSIRO and is a non-competitive, school-based awards program. The program supports aspects of science and technology within the Australian Curriculum for both primary and secondary students.
SCIS no. 1831904

Designed for both iPads and iPhones, this free app allows primary students to undertake coding by using blocks. Students may then progress to develop their own drawings and video games. In-app top ups are also available.
SCIS no. 1733802

Indigenous Australian: Art Gallery of NSW
The Art Gallery of NSW has provided a selection of images of artworks from their collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art for students to study. The images are complemented by stories regarding the artists and their works, and interviews. Explanation of art terms used is an additional feature.
SCIS no. 1664551

KidRex: a kid-safe search engine
This child-centred search engine harnesses Google Custom Search and uses the technology from Google SafeSearch to filter out explicit sexual content. The developers note that ‘no filter is 100 per cent accurate, but SafeSearch™ should eliminate most inappropriate material’.
SCIS no. 1498681

Available as a free app from Google Play and the App Store, Pixabay allows users to search and access over 1 million photos, videos, vector graphics, and illustrations free of copyright under Creative Commons CC0.
SCIS no. 1831909

An initiative of the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia, this database contains numerous resources about primary industries. Each topic contains a précis, subject area, suggested year level, and format (mainly video or website).
SCIS no. 1756786

Space for educators
The European Space Agency offers a wealth of space-related material on this website for teachers and students. Reflecting its multinational heritage, content is available in several languages. Specific references and material regarding both Australia and New Zealand are also present.
SCIS no. 1831939

Supporting teaching and learning
The Royal Society of New Zealand helps foster science and technology education in NZ schools by highlighting a range of programs linking both teachers and students with appropriate science and technology education providers.
SCIS no. 1831948

This app is used by teachers around the world to manage routine tasks such as logging attendance, recording students’ grades, managing behaviour notes, creating reports, and sharing data. Available from the App Store, Windows Store and Google Play in specific countries.
SCIS no. 1761923

Nigel Paull

Nigel Paull

Teacher librarian

North Coast, NSW