DEC Scan Journal : February 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 1 February 2011 74 CARLSON, Jeff The iPad pocket guide Peachpit, USA, 2010 ISBN 9780321717580 [004.165] This beginner's guide is an unvarnished introduction to the first successful computer tablet. The author is clearly impressed with what he calls the first real spontaneous device, and has written a comprehensive manual with critical insight. It is unlikely that an iPad owner will have no experience of other Apple products, but the extensive operational and organisational vocabulary is covered precisely without becoming too dense. The layout of headings, subheadings, screen grabs, tips and notes is well balanced. From settings through apps to the multimedia potentials, including the book reading apps, this is an excellent hardcopy addition to the endless online resources. Given that iPads are likely to infiltrate all levels of education in the near future, it is worth being prepared. V. Davidson USER LEVEL: Professional Paper $19.95 SCIS 1465441 Good research begins with a good question www.teachers.ash.org.au/researchskills/default.htm Addressing the big questions about how to set assignments and avoid plagiarism, the sections on this site link to creative and critical thinking ideas and further reading. Question, Thinking, Planning and Examples develop alternative methods for setting open ended questions and encourage teachers to engage in pedagogy that embraces problem based learning using the internet. Information in Applying Bloom's taxonomy and Curing read and regurgitate disease provided much food for thought. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Professional SCIS SUBJECTS: Information skills -- Study and teaching; Problem solving -- Study and teaching; Thought and thinking -- Study and teaching; Internet; Computers in education; Teaching methods PUBLISHER: Aussie SchoolHouse, Australia REVIEW DATE: 15/09/2010 [028.707] *1044258* SCIS 1044258 Bursting the bubble www.burstingthebubble.com/ Information on abuse and domestic violence can be difficult for students to access when they believe their family is the only one which is so unhappy. This site is designed to help young people who are thinking of running away from home as a result of abuse or domestic violence. It has much teenage friendly information including pages on domestic violence, child abuse and sexual abuse, FAQs and stories. There is an excellent page on dealing with feelings and a third of the site is about what teenagers can do, including a safety action plan and links to helpful sites. A. Soutter USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional SCIS SUBJECTS: Family violence PUBLISHER: Domestic Violence & Incest Resource Centre, Australia REVIEW DATE: 23/09/2010 [362.82] *1462051* SCIS 1462051 Connecting lives and learning: renewing pedagogy in the middle years / Edited by B. Prosser, B. Lucas & A. Reid. Wakefield, SA, 2010 ISBN 9781862548923 [370.15] With a mainly British focus, but including one South Australian example, this series of school case studies deals with the impor- tance of constructing respectful, collaborative and relevant pedago- gies within socially disadvantaged communities. Too often, deficit views of a community lead to a continua- tion of poor educational outcomes. This book sets out to present an enriched, suffi- cient perspective which focuses on local places and communities as important resources for teaching. Every case study here views young people and their families as possessing funds of knowledge that teachers can access in working with their students. In effect, children come to school with virtual school bags already packed with information. Teachers in these studies were encouraged to see themselves as knowledge producing professionals. They conducted action learning in projects which focused on school based opportunities for urban renewal. This thoughtful examination of how the pedagogical dynamics at play in low socioeconomic communities can present Australian teachers in similar contexts with useful scenarios for action learning. E. Chase USER LEVEL: Professional Paper $29.95 SCIS472936 ANDERSON, Michelle [and others] A collective act: leading a small school ACER, Vic, 2010 ISBN 9780864318626 [371.2] Collectively, the authors have much to offer their colleagues. Their knowledge has been gained through their leadership, insights and reflections on their leadership, and teaching practices drawn from small school experiences across Australia. In researching the notion of small schools, one contributor suggests that school size is an emotional issue encompassing school enrolments, student perfor- mance and community links. Given this context the central thesis explored is how school leaders create the conditions for student learning, and how teaching principals focus and direct resources to achieve desired learning goals for students. The research chapters are strengthened by the addition of five principal case studies which provide practitioners' detailed reflections on teacher quality, leadership, and professional learning, and students as learners and people. Each case study chapter concludes with lessons related to leadership style, challenges of the dual role as teacher and leader, and career path opportunities. F. Plummer USER LEVEL: Professional Paper $34.95 SCIS 1464326 Professional reading Resources are listed in Dewey order.