Website and app reviews

By Nigel Paull

Website and apps reviewed for school library staff

Bushfire education
An abundance of pertinent bushfire teaching and learning resources are provided on this website from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. Four aspects of bushfire education are covered: learning about bushfires, preparing for bushfires, responding to bushfires, and recovering from bushfires. Material is grouped according to the appropriate stages for students.
SCIS no: 1956746

Emanating from ABC Education, the thorough subject matter featured on this website supports the teaching of the topic ‘bushfires’. Content is aligned with the Australian Curriculum in geography, science and English. It is suitable for students in years 4–10.
SCIS no: 1956750

ClimateWatch was developed by the Earthwatch Institute, the Bureau of Meteorology and the University of Melbourne to research the effects that changes in rainfall and temperature are having on Australia’s plants and animals. Schools are invited to take part in the research by undertaking field recording. Lessons linked to the Australian Curriculum are also available.
SCIS no: 1962906

Disaster Resilience Education Tasmania
Education Tasmania has developed a five-unit disaster resilience resource suitable for years 5–8, which encompasses the learning areas of humanities and social sciences, geography, science and health. Comprehensive teacher lesson guides, student lessons and resources are offered.
SCIS no: 1962919

Future Earth
Supported by a range of global institutions (including the Australian Academy of Science) and scientists, Future Earth’s mission is to ‘accelerate transformations to global sustainability through research and innovation’. Details of initiatives, knowledge networks, research projects and news are featured.
SCIS no: 1963005

Get prepared app
How prepared for disasters such as bushfires, floods, cyclones, energy outages or even public disturbances are you, your staff or your students? This app offers users information on how to devise appropriate plans that may need to be actioned in an emergency situation.
SCIS no: 1963325

National science week
An Australian Government initiative to promote science and technology to all ages, National Science Week occurs on 15–23 August. Information is available for teachers to register their schools, prepare background material, access blogs and locate events to attend.
SCIS no: 1963015

Oliver Jeffers’ world
This official website of renowned author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers offers his admirers an insight into his creative processes, personal details, a bibliography, free activities to download and print out, and specifics of artwork available for sale.
SCIS no: 1963067

UN climate change app
The UN Climate Change secretariat has published this free app to provide an updated, authoritative record of the secretariat’s conferences and meetings, news and social media, speeches and statements, documents, meetings, and the decisions that the UN has adopted.
SCIS no: 1963335

WWF Australia
The Australian branch of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has published an overview of their independent stance on the environment and how this is adapted in the Australian setting. Positive change factors are related to species, marine ecosystems, sustainable food production, and climate change.
SCIS no: 1963268

Young ocean explorers
This engaging website features a wealth of material pertaining to the oceans and aquatic life surrounding New Zealand (and by default parts of Australia). The site aims to inspire students to appreciate and care for their marine environment.
SCIS no: 1962837

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