DEC Scan Journal : November 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 4 November 2011 57 Bumper cars www.learner.org/interactives/parkphysics/bumpcars.html Attempting to engage students in Newton’s law of motion by appealing to children’s love of games, this page is part of a website about physics and amusement park rides. An explanation of bumper cars and how they work in relation to the laws of physics is written in a concise and easy to read manner along with a link to additional information about Newton’s laws. The bottom of each page offers a back button for easy navigation. There is access to a detailed Physics glossary and another link to Colliding cars where users are given three scenarios and are required to evaluate what the reaction of the bumper cars in each situation will be. The scenarios could be a useful teaching focus for Mathematics, Science or literacy lessons. K . McDonell USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 KLA: English; Science SYLLABUS: English K–6; Science K–6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Motion; Motor cars; Amusement Parks PUBLISHER: Annenberg Foundation, USA REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011  *1522806* SCIS 1522806 Talking textiles. Colour is all around us www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac .uk/interactives/ artanddesign/talkingtextiles/colourwheel.asp An interactive website, this focuses on the nature and symbolic meaning of colours. It presents the basics of primary and secondary colours, and explains how different shades or tertiary colours can be achieved. Feelings and emotions associated with colours are also considered. It is an informative site that concludes with a quiz testing students on the information they have gained. The site provides a quick rundown on colour basics and would be well suited to the interactive classroom. N. Roche USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage2 KLA: CA SYLLABUS: Creative Arts K–6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Colour PUBLISHER: University of Manchester, UK REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [535.6] *1445702* SCIS 1445702 Interactives. Dynamic Earth www.learner.org/interactives/dynamicearth/index.html Providing a self-paced unit of work, this excellent resource allows students to read, watch animations and participate in a variety of interactive activities all concerning plate tectonics and the dynamic nature of planet Earth. This fine website is easy to navigate and presents information about plate tectonics using uncomplicated diagrams and text written at an appropriate level. Stage 5 Science students will find this an engaging student-centred learning resource when completing outcome 5.9.4 on Plate tectonics. The test at the end in Test skills, allows students to revise incorrect responses by providing direct links to areas requiring revision. Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6 students when beginning topic 9.2 on Plate tectonics will also find much of the information presented extremely valuable as revision. I. Mavin USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: Science SYLLABUS: Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6; Science 7–10 SCIS SUBJECTS: Physical geography; Geomorphology PUBLISHER: Annenberg Foundation, USA REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011  *1523795* SCIS 1523795 Biology for kids www.kidsbiology.com/ Showcasing a variety of common biological areas, this effective website is one well worth bookmarking. The Human biology section is one of the more useful areas for Stages 4 and 5 students as it covers the common areas of respiration, circulation, excretion and endocrine systems. The information provided, whilst brief, does offer relevant, appropriate detail. Biological topics covered in the Biology section include genetics, viruses, five kingdoms, classi- fication, cells, living things and origin of life. The Animals section has a great, easy to use database, perfect for any classification unit of work. Unfortunately, all web pages have advertisements through- out, which may be distracting for most students. Specific teacher direction will be required for effective classroom use or alternatively, the website is better used on an IWB. The various games found in the Biology games section would be enjoyable whole class activi- ties when completing Biology based units of work. I. Mavin USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: Science SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Science 7–10 SCIS SUBJECTS: Biology PUBLISHER: KidsKnowIt Network, USA REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011  *1523782* SCIS 1523782 Scholastic explorers teacher.scholastic.com/activities/explorer With opportunities for students to be an explorer or to choose an expedition, this website provides a variety of biomes to study. The expeditions include investigating rainforest animals and ocean ecologies, where students may view field sites, read reports, listen to an explanation of their mission, and explore. The Earth Watch Institute is linked onsite to these endangered ecosystems, and research topics and information from the Grolier Online Encyclopedia is included. The sample glossary and a detailed bibli- ography of print resources and online links are useful and well presented. Interactive activities allow students to create a food web for a jaguar and build a caterpillar to suit the rainforest environ- ment of Costa Rica. This involves selecting camouflage colours, adding protective spines and faculties, and explaining the choices made. This website supports the study of marine ecology, rainforests and other societies. D. Johnston USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 KLA: HSIE; SciTech SYLLABUS: HSIE K–6; Science & Technology K–6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Ecology PUBLISHER: Scholastic, USA REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [577.07] *1523494* SCIS 1523494 Download free software, such as Adobe digital editions or Calibre, to read e-books on your computer.