DEC Scan Journal : May 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 2 May 2011 53 etc.) -- Problems, exercises, etc; Educational games; Computer games PUBLISHER: Learning and Teaching Scotland REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [363.72] *1446324* SCIS 1446324 Edmodo www.edmodo.com/home Accessibility, ease of use and potential for collaboration are just a few of the features of this Web 2.0 microblogging tool. It is designed for online classroom discussion and collaboration. Creating an Edmodo account is easy. With an appearance very similar to Facebook, teachers and students will have very few problems negoti- ating the site. Edmodo allows for a centralised place for online classroom collaboration and discussion, as well as for posting useful resources such as videos, images, notes, surveys, and assignments. Another important feature is the safety and security of the site. It provides teachers with full administrator rights and the ability to monitor activity. Students are invited to join a group using a computer generated group code. While teachers have direct communication with individuals and groups, student communica- tion is limited to public posting of messages, allowing for trans- parency of communication within this forum. S. Leaney USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Community Professional SCIS SUBJECTS: Weblogs; Elearning PUBLISHER: Edmodo, USA REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011  *1424354* SCIS 1424354 ABCya! www.abcya.com/ Developed by an American elementary school computer teacher, this site incorporates a range of online Mathematics and English activities that could supplement curriculum. It offers colourful, easy to navigate links to educational games and activities. These are categorised in grade levels. Games provided for lower grades are combined with audio instructions that require students to listen and comprehend. Older primary students will need to read and follow simple instructions. Each level offers a link where users can learn the functions of the various icon buttons used in the games. This computer skills website has taken simple and enjoyable games such as memory, Pac-man and dot-to-dot and transformed them into educational activities. ABCya! is an engaging site for individual use and could be used for a whole class IWB lesson. K. McDonell USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 KLA: English; Mathematics SYLLABUS: English K--6; Mathematics K--6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Educational games; English language -- Computer-assisted instruction; English language -- Study and teaching; English language -- Problems, exercises, etc; Mathematics -- Study and teaching; Mathematics -- Problems, exercises, etc; Mathematics -- Computer- assisted instruction PUBLISHER: ABCya! USA REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [371.33] *1498683* SCIS 1498683 iLearn technology: an edublog about integrating technology into the classroom ilearntechnology.com/?p=2973 An outstanding edublog, this site contains a range of innovative strategies for incorporating technology into the classroom. A basic search function facilitates navigating through this large website. Teaching and learning strategies include descriptions of activities, games, videos, or lesson plans, and ways to integrate these into programs and lessons. Sourced worldwide, using Web 2.0 technolo- gies, the tools will readily engage students. The Bloom's taxonomy: Bloomin' peacock is a modern and exciting strategy for teaching information skills. Links listed in the peacock diagram offer a digital compilation for supporting higher order thinking skills in research. Teachers and teacher librarians will be able to demonstrate using Bloom's taxonomy visually and foster the means to undertake research using traditional and technological strategies. A. Frost USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 SCIS SUBJECTS: Educational technology; Elearning PUBLISHER: iLearn Technology, USA REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [371.33] *1485949* SCIS 1485949 In touch: your gateway to further education www.intouchaustralia.com An exciting portal, this promotes further education in Australia. Aimed at encouraging discourse between current and future students it offers blogs, Forums, Twitter, Facebook and RSS feeds. Senior students investigating post school options have the oppor- tunity for open dialogue as they investigate career and education options. Divided into states, authentic links to TAFE, University, Apprenticeships, Training and careers guides are readily accessi- ble. Information on Grants and scholarships is also available. Easy to navigate, it offers students the option to register and participate in discussions. Careers Advisors and teachers of Work Education and CEC Work Studies will be interested promoting this website. It contains information on education and training, open days and a myriad of other topics to facilitate further education. A. Frost USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional KLA: HSIE SYLLABUS: Work Education Stage 5; CEC Work Studies Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Education, Tertiary -- Australia; Continuing education PUBLISHER: Australian Learning Communities Network REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [378.94] *1498982* SCIS 1498982 Japanese holidays and cultural events web.mit.edu/jpnet/holidays/Events.shtml Using a straightforward layout, this site provides a list of special cultural events and holidays observed throughout the year in Japan. Cultural significance and traditional practices for each event are clearly explained and illustrated with photographs. The tradi- tional songs are presented in audio format, and words to the songs for each occasion have been included in Japanese and English. The presentation is particularly useful for primary school activities.