DEC Scan Journal : May 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 2 May 2011 50 Kahootz 3 www.kahootz.com/kz/ Using this new version of the Kahootz software, students can create multimodal projects with features such as games, movies, sound- tracks and 3D special effects. The inclusion of New 3D objects and worlds provides more possibilities for cultural diversity. Kahootz 3 greetings translations cover basic greetings in eight languages including Chinese, Japanese and French. Recently updated subject specific choices such as Transport and Body parts may provide students with another way to demonstrate their learning; creating engaging HSIE and PDHPE projects. Resources contains extensive lists of tools such as wallpaper, storyboard templates and story starters, animated objects and worlds. Teaching activities are for Kathootz 2 and can be downloaded as PDFs. Purchasing details for school site licences and training days for educators are available online. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Professional KLA: English; Languages; HSIE; PDHPE SYLLABUS: English K--6; Languages K--10; HSIE K--6; PDHPE K--6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Computer animation; Computer graphics; Interactive media; Computers in education PUBLISHER: ACTF, Australia REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [006.6] *1374075* SCIS 1374075 Paint.NET www.getpaint.net/ Along similar lines to Adobe Photoshop, Paint.NET is another digital editing application. The site allows the user to download a free trial version prior to the commercial lease of the full application, which is intended to supersede the MS Paint application on Windows PCs. The interface and editing tools are similar to that of Adobe Photoshop. Users familiar with this application should have no trouble using Paint.NET. The site provides screenshots and support for using its capabilities to manipulate digital imagery. This application may be a suitable alternative to pricier digital editing programs and could be a useful editing tool for primary students. N. French USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 KLA: CA SYLLABUS: Creative Arts K--6; Visual Arts 7--10 SCIS SUBJECTS: Digital photography; Photography -- Data processing; Computer graphics PUBLISHER: Paint.NET, USA? REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [006.6] *1465979* SCIS 1465979 Websites 4 Small Business www.web4business.com.au/ This is a commercial website providing web design services to small business. While many of the services require payment, there are enough free features to make this site useful for students looking into website design for businesses. Information on e- business and marketing is especially relevant, as this site contains some useful introductory information about setting up an online business presence and the benefits of various types of online marketing strategies. There is plenty of information about site designs. A free downloadable website plan goes through the process and benefits of designing a business website incorporating many free resources such as Articles, Videos and Computer jargon. This site would be most useful for students investigating the benefits of online businesses or for students seeking to create their own website. J. White USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional KLA: CA; HSIE; TAS SYLLABUS: Business Studies Stage 6; Commerce 7--10; Graphics Technology 7--10; Visual Design CEC Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Websites 4 Small Business (Firm); Websites -- Design and construction; Small business -- Marketing PUBLISHER: Websites 4 Small Business, Australia REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [006.7] *1459888* SCIS 1459888 KidRex www.kidrex.org/ An uncluttered crayon-drawn interface opens this simple search engine for young students. Navigation is straightforward and results of searches are delivered speedily, making this a suitable site for a range of age groups. Parents are assured that KidRex, powered by Google Custom Search using Google SafeSearch technol- ogy, aims to filter out most of the inappropriate content from searches. A Webpage removal request tool is available. Any unexpected results are added to a regularly updated database, ensuring that the site's reputation as a reliable resource for independent student use is maintained. Tips for online safety explains cybersafety and netiquette in simple terms and empha- sises the importance of personal responsibility when using the internet. KidRex Pro is a subscription tool that monitors the results of all web browsing, even when not using KidRex. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 SCIS SUBJECTS: Search engines PUBLISHER: KidRex.org, USA REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [025.04] *1498681* SCIS 1498681 Jungle-Search.com www.jungle-search.com/US/kindle.php Aimed at assisting users to navigate Amazon.com to locate e-books suitable for Kindle technologies, this simple website contains a list of search categories that link to Amazon.com. Broad searches may include categories, keywords, author, title, subject or publisher. Subcategories are included for a more refined search. A list of free e-books for Kindle is provided, arranged in columns in no particu- lar order, so users must scroll through the extensive list. All listed e-books are only available to Kindle e-readers, or devices that enable Kindle apps. This could be a useful site for teaching infor- mation literacy skills to middle and senior students. A. Frost USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional SCIS SUBJECTS: E-books; Search engines PUBLISHER: Jungle-Search.com, USA REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [025.0425] *1485906* SCIS 1485906 DogEared: a reader's best friend kidsblogs.nationalgeographic.com/dogeared/ Part of the National Geographic site, this segment provides an opportunity for children to write reviews on books they have read.