DEC Scan Journal : May 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 2 May 2011 48 The following resources have been reviewed by a panel of teacher librarians and teachers throughout the state. Reviews of some less recent print publications are occasionally included where they have not been previously available in Australia, or have not been reviewed before and address a significant priority area. Information about reviewers for this issue can be found at the end of the review section. Classification given in Scan for nonfiction material is the 14th Abridged Dewey, although when ordering SCIS cataloguing records, the 22nd may be specified. Many more reviews than we publish in Scan go onto the Departmental website <www.curriculumsupport. education. nsw.gov.au/schoollibraries/>. Site reviews and some other resource reviews for a number of HSC syllabuses are also available on NSW HSC online at <hsc.csu.edu.au>. Resource reviews are provided for teachers to support their teaching and learning programs. The views expressed by reviewers are their own and should not be considered as an endorsement of the material by the NSW Department of Education and Communities. Copyright for reviews is held by the NSW Department of Education and Communities. Permission for reproduction of reviews in part or full for any purpose must be sought in writing. For further information contact <email@example.com>. USER LEVELS are given in Stages as follows: Early Stage 1 (for preschool/early childhood) Stage 1 (for lower primary) Stage 2 (for middle primary) Stage 3 (for upper primary) Stage 4 (for lower secondary) Stage 5 (for middle secondary) Stage 6 (for upper secondary) Community (for community/parent/adult) Professional (for teachers) The category KLA is intended to provide a guide as to which key learning area the resource supports. These, and the USER LEVEL, should only be used as a guide, as many resources transcend age and subject barriers. The following symbols indicate the key learning area: CA Creative Arts English English HSIE Human Society & Its Environment Languages Languages Mathematics Mathematics PDHPE Personal Development/Health/Physical Education Science Science SciTech Science & Technology TAS Technology & Applied Studies and VET Vocational Education and Training CEC after a syllabus denotes that it is a Content Endorsed Course COGs indicates the Connected Outcomes Groups from the Planning and programming framework. The subheading ABSTRACT indicates this resource is described rather than evaluated. Images for internet sites are from Microsoft clip art and media <office.microsoft.com/ en-us/clipart/default.aspx?lc=en-us>. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox www.storylineonline.net/wilfrid/fullscreen_lg.html The introduction by American actor, Brad Whitford, is an excellent model for preparing students for a shared reading activity that engages them in an exploration of memories. Whitford then reads the book, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, using believable voices for each character. This video e-book viewing experience, delivered by a choice of broadband downloads, could be shared on an IWB or accessed on individual computers. Captions on/off, pause options, and screen size options allow for different reading experiences, while zooming in and out from the printed text to the reader mimics a live reading session. Related activities have useful teaching ideas and Perform as reader's theatre! is a stunning resource to download. A possible activity would be to compare this version with the Australian e-book presentation at See and hear Mem <www.memfox.com/>, which focuses on full screen images of the book's pages, accompanied by an emotive reading by the author, Mem Fox. To extend the digital literacy experience, read The stories behind the stories on Mem's website and visit the online book rap <www.schools.nsw.edu.au/raps/wilfrid08/index. htm> for a diverse range of teaching and learning activities, resources and links to a student discus- sion blog and wiki. Other Storyline online titles are available. C. Keane USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K--6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Memory -- Fiction; Aged -- Fiction PUBLISHER: Screen Actors Guild Foundation, USA (Storyline online) REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [F] *1505464* SCIS 1505464 digital authoring tool; learning platform software e-book; e-journal; online database interactive e.g. game; learning object media presentation e.g. podcast; slide show; digital story; video; audio website must be purchased scan selected e-resources into SCIS Create orders or check SCIS Special order files 1398718* Changes happen daily on the internet. Sites may not be permanent or structured as they were when reviewed. Reviews indicate fees, registration or devices as needed. Icons used: Resource reviews Cathy Sly, Acting Assistant Editor, School Libraries and Information Literacy. Resource reviews e-resources Resources are listed in Dewey order.