Website and app reviews

By Nigel Paull

Website and apps reviewed for school library staff.

Australian Poetry Library
The Australian Poetry Library contains over 42,000 Australian poems, and various critical and contextual resources relating to them. The website is searchable by poet, poem, or phrase. Teachers and students can create their own anthologies and download them for a small fee.
SCIS no. 1522656

Best apps for teaching & learning in 2014
Compiled by a committee from the American Association of School Librarians, this website has reviews of their 25 best new apps for 2014. The apps selected are in five different categories: books; STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics); organisation and management; social sciences; and content creation.
SCIS no. 1678472

Education - Australian War Memorial
Teachers need to investigate the extensive resources on offer from the AWM. Included are details of: memorial boxes (available to borrow, with six different themes); professional development opportunities; school visitation information; publications; and student activities.
SCIS no. 1678487

Edudemic - education technology tips for students and teachers
Teachers interested in most aspects of integrating IT into the curriculum will find an abundance of pertinent information on this website. Separate subsections are available for teachers, and for students, which feature technology, news, and articles; social media use; trends; and the best IOS and Android apps.
SCIS no. 1678496

Flying High For Kids
The Flying High For Kids World Balloon Project is a not-for-profit project created to support UNICEF, particularly their Schools for Africa and Schools For Asia programs. The overland hot air ballooning journey commenced in New Zealand in 2013 and will finish in Chile in 2017. Students are encouraged to follow the journey via the blog and to help raise funds for UNICEF projects.
SCIS no. 1678508

How far is it to Mars?
This simple, yet effective site uses pixels as a unit of measurement, to show students the vast distance from Earth to the Moon and Mars. By using a measurement that can be easily viewed by students it reinforces upon them the difficult distances associated in sending a manned flight to Mars.
SCIS no. 1678520

Joyce Valenza on Pinterest
Joyce Valenza, a noted teacher librarian and an assistant professor at Rutgers University, has compiled an absorbing and eclectic selection of links, or pins, using Pinterest. Teacher librarians will find an array of interests including: 'Librarian infographics', 'Reading suggestions engines', 'Favourite libraries', 'Apps for learning', right through to 'Curly hair'.
SCIS no. 1678525

Milk Monitor - the official website of Lauren Child
Featuring beloved characters including Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean, Ruby Redfort, and Hubert Horatio, fans of writer and illustrator Lauren Child will find details of all her books and projects here. Students will be captivated with the design of the website and the variety of information it contains, which ranges from details of forthcoming publications to how she designs fabric for Liberty.
SCIS no. 1444944

NMC Horizon Report - 2014 K-12 Edition
School leaders and other technology stakeholders can use this internationally recognised report to help inform and plan for technology education, now and into the immediate future. Content focuses on trends and challenges that will impact on K-12 schools, the roles of teachers, intuitive technology, BYOD, cloud computing, gamification, and wearable technology.
SCIS no. 1678627

War Memorial - Auckland War Memorial Museum
With the centenary of the commencement of World War I and the forthcoming centenary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli, teachers will find particulars of exhibitions, school programs, teacher and student subject matter, and digital resources on this comprehensive website.
SCIS no. 1678653

The Woodlands Hub
Woodlands Primary School is a Teacher Development School with the WA Department of Education. This blog focuses on implementing the Australian Curriculum (AC), with particular emphasis on English and the Early Years Learning Framework. Examples of lessons/strands and how they link to the AC are a feature.
SCIS no. 1678665

World food clock
This thought provoking website provides a clock running in seconds to show worldwide production of food, the amount consumed, and the quantity wasted. The resources used to produce, transport manufacture and distribute wasted food are staggering. This website will generate extensive debate amongst students.
SCIS no. 1678670

The internet sites selected in Website and app reviews 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

South Grafton Public School, NSW