Website and app reviews

By Nigel Paull

Website and apps reviewed for school library staff.

100 voorwerpen
Using 100 unique objects from 25 museums in the Netherlands this website offers a unique perspective of the Second World War. The artefacts were chosen to evoke emotions, stimulate memories, and to emphasise a personal viewpoint in regards to the conflict.
SCIS no. 1695564

Canva offers teachers and students free, high quality design software that is simple to use, fast, and effective. Users can create multi-page presentations, blog and website graphics, flyers, posters, and invitations.
SCIS no. 1695568

CSIRO science image
This science image library is an Open Education Resource that offers a categorised, and searchable database of thousands of science and nature images. Users can add images to their own album and download a zip file on completion.
SCIS no. 1119440 is a creative and appealing drawing app designed for Apple's IOS7, or later versions. The app is free, easy to use, and allows drawings or doodles to be saved and shared with friends.
SCIS no. 1695573

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
Developed by a team of Canadian teachers this is definitely a technology site to follow. The posts offer a range of pertinent articles, links, reviews of educational web tools, apps, guides and video tutorials focusing on integrating technology into education.
SCIS no. 1695578

Innovative schools
From cloud services to Chromebooks, this Australian website offers a wide-range of pertinent information for teachers integrating ICT into the curriculum. It contains four major sections: News, Planning and policy, Classroom ICT, and Infrastructure.
SCIS no. 1509813

International Year of Light - Home
The United Nations General Assembly has declared that 2015 is the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL2015). The website was created in collaboration between world-wide light source facilities to promote IYL2015. It highlights the importance and application of light-based technologies.
SCIS no. 1695588

iPads for education - Education apps
A plethora of apps, in all curriculum areas, are outlined on this website from the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Details include price, learning focus, appropriate year level, and links to the app purchase point.
SCIS no. 1695592

Metro Magazine - Study guides
Study guides and educational kits for feature films, documentaries, television programs, exhibitions, etc. produced by Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM). Written for teachers and students of all year levels, a team of curriculum experts from all disciplines review each guide to decide whether or not it can be linked to the curriculum and for which year levels and subjects it is most appropriate.
SCIS no. 1213291

National Museum of Australia - Schools
The National Museum of Australia offers an array of material for schools, including interactive TV, resources for classrooms and school visits, and professional development. The K-12 units of work are of particular relevance, as they relate to the new Australian curriculums.
SCIS no. 1695596

The official Graeme Base web site
Content on this visually rich website includes background information about author and illustrator Graeme Base, a bibliography, details on purchasing artworks, particulars of related apps, and an Animalia challenge.
SCIS no. 1695600

Our languages
This portal encourages sharing and collaboration on activities regarding traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages from Australia. Content includes languages and language centres, community programs, resources, news, protocols, and education.
SCIS no. 1695603

The periodic table of videos - Nottingham University
Videos are used to showcase each of the 118 elements on this contemporary periodic table of elements. Scientists from the University of Nottingham succinctly explain the features of each element in the videos.
SCIS no. 1537940

Nigel Paull

Nigel Paull

Teacher Librarian

South Grafton Public School, NSW