DEC Scan Journal : August 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 3 August 2011 84 WOOD, Fiona Six impossible things Pan Macmillan Australia, 2010 ISBN 9780330426060 A madcap story about the anxieties and pitfalls of growing up, this is somewhat reminiscent of The secret diary of Adrian Mole. Destabilised by family issues, 14 year old, Dan Cereill begins his narrative with a list of six things to achieve, albeit he thinks they may be impossible. A wry sense of humour and a caring nature enable him to achieve a fairytale outcome. His name is an anagram of Cinderella and there are enough intertextual links to evoke the traditional tale. Warm, likable characters and a generous number of zany events make up for the story’s lack of credibility. It is an enjoyable tale that will keep teenage readers turning the pages. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Paper $16.99 SCIS 1466215 BUCKLEY, Peter The rough guide to the iPad Rough Guides, UK, 2010 (Rough guides) ISBN 9781848368934 [004.1675] Ironically, IT manuals in hard copy find an eager readership. The book’s resemblance to a travel guide is well suited, as it maps the many levels of this successful tablet computer. Offering explicit introductory chapters for novices, the guide extends to giving tips for using the more advanced capabilities of the iPad. It includes multimedia facilities like video, photographs and music. The later chapters on applications and accessories help to reveal the versatil- ity of the iPad. A clearly presented resource, this is a handy pocket- book style user reference. The writer has made a number of YouTube clips that demonstrate his enthusiasm and expertise, as well as the potential of the device. These online videos are easily located with a simple search at <http://m.youtube.com/> for rough guide to the iPad. They can be clearly viewed on an iPad too! V. Davidson USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage5 Stage 6 Professional Paper $16.95 SCIS 1475737 COHEN, Michael E. The iPad project book Peachpit, USA, 2011 ISBN 9780321714756 [004.1675] Three chapters in this handy book demonstrate useful and creative projects to tackle using an iPad. Divided into Living in the iPad, Working and playing in the iPad and Music, books, and movies on the iPad, each chapter provides step-by-step instructions for projects including Party project, Vacation planning project and Music syncing project. Numerous screen shots and labelled diagrams assist new users to get started with their new touch screen tool or experiment with its many capabilities. Technical jargon is minimal and practical instructions for file management and syncing the iPad with other devices are clearly explained in layperson’s terms. Teachers wishing to extend these newly acquired skills and integrate iPads into teaching and learning will find a wealth of information at the Victorian Government website, iPads for learning at <www.ipadsforeducation.vic.edu.au/>. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Community Professional Paper $24.95 SCIS 1493496 100 most awesome things on the planet Scholastic, NSW, 2011 ISBN 9781741698046 [030.2] Claybourne has collected 100 natural and man made wonders from around the globe and described them in this text. Events, creations and natural wonders are presented with colour photographs, concise explanations, fun facts, and awesomeness ratings. Entries include the march of the emperor penguins, the Amazon River, a supernova, the Paris catacombs, and the Three Gorges dam. This text is a great read for lovers of trivia and unusual wonders. The snippets of information could be a springboard for studies of natural sciences and human impact on the earth, or as an introduction to particular phenomena. R . Parnis USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Paper $10.99 SCIS 1494594 Behind the news topics. Middle primary [series] Pearson, Vic, 2010 This series has been designed to support and enhance the popular ABC television program <www.abc.net.au/btn/>. Written in the style of the television transcripts, the language is somewhat colloquial and includes subjective comments. Each volume culminates with a research team challenge. For example, Landmarks brings a wealth of extra information about world heritage areas, built and natural environments, and historic buildings and sites. The pages include photographs, labelled diagrams, and eye catching text boxes that contain brain teasing questions and answers. The concluding team challenge involves researching a landmark and its significance, and creating a written proposal to support its protec- tion or heritage listing. Although sources and key questions are suggested, the learning experience could be enhanced by scaffolding related web searching and ICT skills, and publishing created work, for example, on the school intranet, or as a Voicethread or Voki. D. Johnston USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 KLA: HSIE; SciTech SYLLABUS: HSIE K–6; Science & Technology K–6 $27.99 Reviewed titles in this series: Explorers SCIS 1454650 Heroes SCIS 1450219 Inventions SCIS 1450210 Landmarks SCIS 1454660 Information, poetry and drama Resources are in Dewey order.