DEC Scan Journal : August 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 3 August 2011 65 Interview with Shaun Tan www2.scholastic.com/browse/collection.jsp?id=153 An interview with author Shaun Tan about his wordless picture book, The arrival is featured on this site. The interview is divided into 16 short segments, which include an introduction of the book, comments on his inspiration, the use of symbolism, and the creative process. It is fascinating to hear the composer speaking about his work and this informative resource has been produced for classroom use with an IWB. It is a valuable means of engaging students with the author and his unique narrative style. A list of questions posed in each brief episode of the interview enables teachers to be selective and present those that are most applicable to supporting their lesson content. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 KLA: CA; English SYLLABUS: Creative Arts K–6; English K–6; English 7–10; Visual Arts 7–10 SCIS SUBJECTS: Tan, Shaun. Arrival; Graphic novels – History and criticism; Wordless stories – History and criticism; Australian fiction – History and criticism PUBLISHER: Scholastic, USA REVIEW DATE: 08/07/2011  *1509495* SCIS 1509495 The lost thing, Shaun Tan www.mirroroftheworld.com.au/imagination/begins/the_ lost_thing.php A section of the State Library of Victoria's historically significant books, this site showcases The lost thing by Shaun Tan. Brief infor- mation about the book, including Tan’s acknowledgement of the intertextual links to artworks by Jeffrey Smart, Edward Hopper and John Brack, offers an inspiring overview of this delightful publica- tion. Clicking Turn the page gives access to an interactive display of a selection of pages from The lost thing. A zoom lens provides close-up viewing of the finer details on each page. Teachers will find this resource very valuable for classroom use with an IWB when exploring this text or picture books in general. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K–6; English 7–10 SCIS SUBJECTS: Tan, Shaun. Lost thing; Children’s literature, Australian PUBLISHER: State Library of Victoria REVIEW DATE: 08/07/2011  *1509489* SCIS 1509489 WorldMapFinder www.worldmapfinder.com/ Maps of all kinds are easily searchable and downloadable from this free site that is more of a search engine for maps than a content provider. As a result, not all searches are immediately successful and the user may need to click a few samples to find the map that meets their needs. Maps range from small scale maps of the world to more detailed large scale maps of particular areas. A large range of maps is available, including fairly standard political and physical maps, blank outline maps, thematic and interactive maps. Different maps of continents and countries are readily available. Users need to check the accuracy of maps that are linked to external sites. Geography teachers will find this site easy to navigate and a valuable source of free mapping resources. J . White USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional KLA: HSIE SYLLABUS: Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: World maps PUBLISHER: WorldMapFinder, USA REVIEW DATE: 08/07/2011  *1510534* SCIS 1510534 Ziptales www.ziptales.com/ A colourful, animated, interactive website, this aims to encourage children to read. The extensive online library provides stories, poems, videos, comics, puzzles, jokes, and projects. Voiceovers assist with the reading tasks. Interactive comprehension exercises at the end of each story are scored to provide instant feedback on understanding. This is a commercial online learning program. Paid subscription is offered at various levels for schools and home users. Promotional videos are available through Home use or School use. Primary teachers could view the site to see if the resources on offer are appropriate for their students’ needs. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Community Professional KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K–6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Short stories; Children as authors PUBLISHER: Ziptales, Australia REVIEW DATE: 08/07/2011 *1121127* SCIS 1121127 FLANNERY, Tim Here on Earth: an argument for hope Text publishing, Vic, 2010 ISBN 9781921656668  Flannery’s range of disciplines in Here on Earth, including evolution, anthropology, palaeontology, biogeography, geology, genetics and global geopolitics, demon- strate the scope of his thesis. More simply, the work is described as a biography of our planet and our species. Its aim is to provide a planetary history in order to put the activities of prehistoric and modern human activities into context. Flannery’s central argument is that humans are transforming the planet at a rate unprecedented in history and that these changes will inevitably have major consequences for how we live. Environmental debate needs to recognise that Earth systems are dynamic, and dramatic change has been a defining feature. Teachers of Geography and Science will find this a stimulating presentation of ideas and a powerful contribution to contemporary environmental debate. J. White Professional reading Resources are listed in Dewey order.