DEC Scan Journal : November 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 4 November 2011 66 content would be a valuable addition to learning in the Stage 5 History topics Australia and World War II, Australia in the Vietnam War Era, Changing Rights and Freedoms and People Power and Politics in the Post-war Period. Videos and audio presentations of many significant events can be located on an interactive map of Sydney, including the 1970s Green Bans to save The Rocks, Paul Keating’s Redfern Speech of 1992, and other compelling accounts of Sydney during the 20th century. J. White USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Professional KLA: HSIE SYLLABUS: History 7–10 SCIS SUBJECTS: Sydney (NSW) – History PUBLISHER: ABC, NSW REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011  *1522030* SCIS 1522030 Australia’s Prime Ministers www.kidcyber.com.au Students seeking basic facts on each of Australia’s prime ministers will find useful information on this website. It lists the prime ministers in chronological order, giving brief biographical informa- tion, term of office, political party, and notes on their political experi- ence. The site is part of the very useful Kidcyber website aimed at primary school children. The most useful aspect of the site is that it reminds users how to acknowledge the source in a bibliography. It is a handy reference tool and teachers could use it to create open ended research questions or as background information on prime ministers and other aspects of Australia’s political history. R. Higginbottom USER LEVEL: Stage 3 KLA: HSIE SYLLABUS: HSIE K–6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Prime Ministers – Biography; Australia – Politics and government – History PUBLISHER: S. Sydenham, Australia REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [994.009] *1522693* SCIS 1522693 Great Australian leaders in focus www.ourcommunity.com.au/leadership/leadership_ article.jsp?articleId=744 Transcribed interviews with a selection of great Australian leaders are part of a larger community building website. Interview subjects have been drawn from a wide range of professions, including the arts, science, sport, politics, the law and business. The questions asked of each leader are fairly general, seeking opinions and insights into leadership qualities and advice for future leaders. While many of the approximately 40 interviewees provide detailed responses, several give only a cursory answer that contributes little. Despite this inconsistency, many of the interviews provide useful quotes for students of Stage 5 History as well as budding student leaders and coordinators of school leadership programs. Studying a range of these transcripts could inform discussion on important elements of leadership. J . White USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Professional KLA: HSIE SYLLABUS: History 7–10 SCIS SUBJECTS: Leadership – Biography; Australia – Biography PUBLISHER: Our Community, Vic REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [994.009] *1522003* SCIS 1522003 Prime Ministers of Australia www.nma.gov.au/education/school_resources/websites _ and_interactives/primeministers Created by the National Museum of Australia, this website contains biographies of Australia’s Prime Ministers from Edmund Barton to Kevin Rudd. Each entry has a photograph, term of office dates, and personal and political history. Details of their beginnings, entry to Federal politics, Prime Ministership, later years and legislation highlights are presented clearly in language suited to primary age students. For the current Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, users are directed to the official Prime Minister’s website. This informative site can be used on an IWB to help explain note taking techniques, or can be used by individuals when researching Australian political history as required in Stage 3 COGs unit (D): Making informed choices. R. Parnis USER LEVEL: Stage 3 KLA: HSIE SYLLABUS: HSIE K–6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Australia – Prime ministers – Biography; Australia – Politics and government – History PUBLISHER: National Museum of Australia, ACT REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [994.009] *1375576* SCIS 1375576 Ultimate research assistant ultimate-research-assistant.com The effort spent in navigating this website’s complex organisational structure and crowded interfaces can be rewarded with a high level informative material provided by this research tool. After entering a subject in the search bar, a user can click Generate research report. This provides links to major themes related to the search topic. The nature of the material available includes some creditable sources, such as government and institutional organisations. General searches for information on genetics, crime fiction, and drug addiction reveal relevant information aimed at a professional level. The Mind map facility outlines information in a graphic format. Selected references could be used in the classroom to support course work. While mostly American in focus, Australian and other world links are listed in search results. The site has value across a number of curriculum areas and requires clearly defined search strategies and the selection of appropriate resources. B. Kervin USER LEVEL: Professional KLA: CA; English; HSIE; Languages; Mathematics; PDHPE; Science; SciTech; TAS; VET SCIS SUBJECTS: Internet – Research; Information skills PUBLISHER: Andy Hoskinson, USA REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [001.4] *1524677* SCIS 1524677 Dropbox www.dropbox.com/home Replacing the confusion of storing files, videos and photographs on an assortment of USB drives, mobile phones, or home and work Professional reading Resources are listed in Dewey order.