Website and app reviews

By Nigel Paull

Website and apps reviewed for school library staff

Alannah & Madeline Foundation
The goal of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation is to ‘keep children safe from bullying, cyberbullying, and violence’. Details of the variety of programs, workshops, and events offered to parents, families, schools, and communities are available on the website.
SCIS no. 1536231

Archives New Zealand – Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Archives New Zealand houses a searchable collection of over six million documents, maps, paintings, photographs, and films, covering most aspects of New Zealand life from 1840 onwards. Of particular relevance to schools are the details of exhibitions and events conducted on behalf of the Archives.
SCIS no. 1894882

Classroom Antarctica
A subsection of the Australian Government’s Australian Antarctic Division, this website offers detailed online teaching units for years 3–8 in key curriculum areas. Associated content includes links to Australia’s bases, news feeds, and webcams.
SCIS no. 1083667

Eruptions, Earthquakes & Emissions
This intriguing and widely acclaimed time lapse animation, presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Global Volcanism Program, shows worldwide eruptions, earthquakes and volcanic emissions since 1960. Links to related subject matter are also available.
SCIS no. 1894984

Indigenous Weather Knowledge
The Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology has collaborated with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
peoples to formally recognise and share their traditional weather and climate patterns knowledge.
SCIS no. 1162949

The Orb
The Orb is a stunning, inspirational, and comprehensive multimedia resource to assist and enhance the teaching of Tasmanian Aboriginal history and culture. It highlights the interconnections between Country, peoples, identity, culture, and today’s communities. Classroom resources are available for teachers.
SCIS no. 1884953

Aimed at preschool and kindergarten children, this app encourages users to manipulate shapes, which ultimately boosts their logic and visual–spatial skills. The app allows children to progress through various levels that each emphasise different skills. Also available on Google Play.
SCIS no. 1894999

SDGs in Action
Available free of charge, this app encourages students to learn about the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which highlights 17 sustainable development goals. These include climate action, gender equality, quality education and healthcare, sustainable environments and ending poverty and hunger.
SCIS no. 1895022

This appealing and innovative app is designed to teach drawing ‘using augmented reality, machine learning, and neural networks’. Using a smartphone, virtual drawings are projected onto paper for the user to trace and add to. Available from the App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft.
SCIS no. 1895029

Teachers’ Toolkit For Students with Little or No Speech
Developed in Australia, this toolkit assists teachers to enable students with little or no speech to achieve their full potential. The strands for both primary and secondary teachers cover methods of communication, student profiles, individual learning plans, adjusting the curriculum, and social and behaviour supports.
SCIS no. 1895033

VLN Primary School
Focusing on years 1–8, the Virtual Learning Network Primary School is a collaborative community of like-minded schools in New Zealand that aims to broaden online learning opportunities in a collaborative setting.
SCIS no. 1895052

VRROOM – Virtual Reading Room
Emanating from the National Archives of Australia, and promoted as archival records for teachers and primary and secondary students, this website offers over one thousand primary sources aligned to Australian Curriculum history topics. Notable features are classroom resources and search tips.
SCIS no. 1223870

The websites and apps selected for review are often of a professional nature and should be initially viewed by teachers and library staff to
determine suitability for students. The links, content and address of these sites are subject to change.

Nigel Paull

Nigel Paull

Teacher librarian

North Coast, NSW