DEC Scan Journal : August 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 3 August 2011 46 Charles Cumming: The 21 steps wetellstories.co .uk/stories/week1/ Based on the classic thriller The 39 steps by John Buchan, this digital story, entitled The 21 steps, is an interesting transformation. Tracing the protagonist’s action on a Google map background, the narrative is told through brief written text presented in call-out balloons. A reader moves interactively from page to page and chapter to chapter, while the character’s movements are traced across satellite map projections of London, and then moves up to Edinburgh and surrounds. While the tale lacks literary merit, it models a fascinating means of using the new technology for story- telling. It is action packed, and the travel from one geographical site to another adds an exciting dimension that compels a reader to continue. This could be a good example to indicate a different and unusual way of delivering a story. C . Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English 7–10; English Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Murder – Fiction; Mystery and suspense stories; E-books PUBLISHER: Penguin, UK REVIEW DATE: 08/07/2011 *1506307* SCIS 1506307 digital authoring tool; learning platform software e-book; e-journal; online database interactive e.g. game; learning object media presentation e.g . podcast; slide show; digital story; video; audio website must be purchased scan selected e-resources into SCIS Create orders or check SCIS Special order files 1398718* Changes happen daily on the internet. Sites may not be permanent or structured as they were when reviewed. Reviews indicate fees, registration or devices as needed. Icons used: Resource reviews ❖ Cathy Sly, Acting Assistant Editor, School Libraries and Information Literacy. Resourcereviews e-resources Resources are listed in Dewey order. Scan the SCIS barcodes to select e-resources for your collection. = must be purchased. Resource reviews are provided for teachers to support their teaching and learning programs. The views expressed by reviewers are their own and should not be considered as an endorsement of the material by the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC). Copyright for reviews is held by the NSW Department of Education and Communities. Permission for reproduction of reviews in part or full for any purpose must be sought in writing. For further information contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Resources are reviewed by teacher librarians, teachers and consultants across NSW. See Who reviews? for more information about the reviewers. Access to reviews and resources The searchable database of resource reviews includes those published in Scan and more! Go to the Departmental website <www.schools.nsw.edu.au/ resourcereviews/>. Selected reviews for HSC syllabuses are also available on NSW HSC online at <hsc.csu .edu.au>. Use Scan to select resources and include them in your school collection. For example, use the barcodes of e-resources to scan your selections into a SCIS order or go to the SCIS Special order files for the Scan Primary, Secondary and Professional website compilations. DEC users can ensure ready access for teachers and students to the range of online resources through My Library. Classification given in Scan for nonfiction material is the 14th Abridged Dewey, although when ordering SCIS cataloguing records, the 22nd may be specified. KLA and USER LEVEL should only be used as a guide, as many resources transcend age and subject barriers. USER LEVELS are given in Stages as follows: Early Stage 1 (for preschool/early childhood) Stage 1 (for lower primary) Stage 2 (for middle primary) Stage 3 (for upper primary) Stage 4 (for lower secondary) Stage 5 (for middle secondary) Stage 6 (for upper secondary) Community (for community/parent/adult) Professional (for teachers) Learning area (KLA) symbols used CA Creative Arts English English HSIE Human Society & Its Environment Languages Languages Mathematics Mathematics PDHPE Personal Development/Health/Physical Education Science Science SciTech Science & Technology TAS Technology & Applied Studies and VET Vocational Education and Training CEC Content Endorsed Course COGs Connected Outcomes Groups from the Planning and programming framework. ABSTRACT indicates a resource is described rather than evaluated. Images for internet sites are from Microsoft clip art and media <office.microsoft.com/ en-us/clipart/default.aspx?lc=en-us>.