Term 4 2015
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Website and app reviews
Website and apps reviewed for school library staff.
52 of the best apps for your classroom in 2015
Teachers introducing tablets and associated apps into their classrooms will find a range of valuable apps to explore here. Both iOS and Android apps are represented, but remember to link to the app store for your own country.
SCIS no. 1730461
2016 International Year of Pulses
The 68th United Nations General Assembly has declared that 2016 is the International Year of Pulses, recognising the vital importance of these sustainable food crops. Pulse crops include lentils, chickpeas, beans, and peas. Additional material is being added to the website periodically.
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Adobe Voice - show your story
Students using this fascinating app will not only narrate their own story, but add graphics, soundtracks, and text to create an animated story or project. The app is free and suitable for iPad 2 or later, with iOS7.
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An initiative of the Victorian Department of Education and Training, this site provides extensive resources, links, and information about current best practice to address bullying and cyber bullying. The material is relevant for primary and secondary students and their parents and teachers.
SCIS no. 1730472
This award-winning, interactive app allows secondary students to delve into the deep history of the Earth. Changes in the Earth over billions of years are investigated with an emphasis on continental growth and drift; as are changes in the composition of the atmosphere, biodiversity, and temperature.
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Field guide apps to Australian fauna
Australian fauna from each state and territory are represented in this suite of eight apps. Students can research over 2,000 Australian mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and invertebrates from land and water environments. Available free from the App Store and Google Play.
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The official website of award-winning illustrator Freya Blackwood comprises biographical information, specifics of purchasing prints, details of the books she has illustrated, and a link to her blog. The wonderful blog is both comprehensive and informative. A notes section is being added to the website with FAQs and information for teachers.
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Moments in time
This interactive timeline was jointly developed by the ABC, ESA, History Teachers Association of Victoria, and Design Royale. Moments in Time 'gives an accessible entry point to the complex period covered in Overviews for the Australian Curriculum: History at Years 8 and 9 (c. 650–1918 CE)'.
SCIS no. 1691456
My big tomorrow
Developed by the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education at the University of Newcastle, this website offers students the opportunity to investigate a variety of careers they may be interested in, or simply choose a random career to explore. Teachers are catered for with Stage 5 lesson plans and resources, and there is also a parents section offering advice and assistance.
SCIS no. 1730500
Return to the magic of Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein's books are enjoying a resurgence by acquiring a new generation of young readers. His official website features games, posts, animations, background material about his books, biographical information, e-cards, and teaching resources.
SCIS no. 1730512
Schools wishing to teach students basic coding and computational thinking will enjoy this website and the links to apps available for iOS and Android. The site focuses on students actively creating technology, rather than being passive users of it. Teachers are also catered for with background information, lesson plans and tracking tools.
SCIS no. 1730532
Wonderville - science driven by curiosity
Aiming to ignite and educate curious students 'with scientifically accurate and curriculum tied science resources', this well-credentialed website features a blog, videos, animations, and online games, covering most aspects of science. The site also encourages students to explore careers in science.
SCIS no. 112584
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.