DEC Scan Journal : May 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 2 May 2011 54 Links within the site allow easy navigation through the informa- tion. The content on the website is relevant to the Japanese K--10 syllabus outcomes, connected to moving between cultures. It is also useful for the HSIE K--6 syllabus. A. Iredale USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 KLA: HSIE; Languages SYLLABUS: HSIE K--6; Japanese K--10 SCIS SUBJECTS: Festivals -- Japan; Japan -- Social life and customs PUBLISHER: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [394.2] *1485796* SCIS 1485796 Roy: tale of a singing zebra www.roythezebra.com/index.html Helping emergent readers through the use of interactive games, stories and resources is the aim of this literacy site. Navigation is via tabs across the homepage, which allow users to select the main sections of the extensive site. For a global view of the many links within each section, About reveals a Site map which lists every component and facilitates the planning of a sequential reading program. The Guided reading stories tab explains that the Tale of a singing zebra is a nine part guided reading story designed to be used with discussion sheets and literacy worksheets that focus on specific reading skills such as capital letters and rhyming words. Selected reading games on this site may be useful for group work on an IWB. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K--6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Reading materials; Literacy -- Study and teaching; Reading games; Computer games PUBLISHER: T. Bowerbank, UK REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [428.4] *1498669* SCIS 1498669 German steps: German for beginners www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/lj/ Providing listening practice and interactive activities on six topics, this site is appropriate for the beginning learner of the German language. Focus topics include meeting people, sightseeing, ordering food and drink, taking a holiday, making arrangements, and shopping. Students are guided by pictures and audio files. Activities focus on basic grammar and vocabulary. The exercises could be useful for revision or to reinforce work covered in class. Presented as an online course, the site offers users the option of registering with the BBC to receive a weekly email with encour- agement and tips to help on the way to learning German. P. Robertson USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: Languages SYLLABUS: German K--10; German Stage 6 Beginners, Continuers SCIS SUBJECTS: German language PUBLISHER: BBC, UK REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011  *1432138* SCIS 1432138 Voyage kids www.ukgermanconnection.org/kids/?location_id=868 This delightful site contains a wide range of appealing material and resources. Games & quizzes provides multiple self-correcting interactive activities on a range of topics. Students will have fun working on these creative and well presented activities and games. The Find out link provides teachers with excellent resources to support the German K--10 syllabus. It includes songs with audio files, recipes, interesting facts, and has further links to sites written especially for the beginning learner. Students will enjoy the tour through Neuschwanstein and the easily digested story of King Ludwig II. Other aspects include Stories and songs, Fun with German and Make & do. There is much to keep students focused and involved, with the site being continually updated. P. Robertson STAGE: Stage 3 Stage 4 KLA: Languages SYLLABUS: German K--10 SCIS SUBJECTS: German language -- Problems, exercises, etc.; Germany -- Social life and customs; Germany -- Problems, exercises, etc. PUBLISHER: UK-German Connection, UK REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [438.0076] *1440268* SCIS 1440268 Photo album: daily life. 1 (German) tlf.dlr.det.nsw.edu.au/learningobjects/Content/L5955/ object/index.html (intranet) ABSTRACT A learning object for language students, this site focuses on the topic of daily life. Activities are varied and engaging, and include contemporary stimulus material. Immediate feedback and comments guide Year 9 and 10 students towards the correct responses. Vocabulary quizzes reinforce basic material before students complete a photograph album, matching captions and audio files with pictures. Further activities help to reinforce an understanding of this topic. The option to print enables students to keep a record of the work covered. USER LEVEL: Stage 5 KLA: Languages SYLLABUS: German K--10 SCIS SUBJECTS: German language -- Problems, exercises etc.; Lifestyles; Photographs; Visual literacy; Germany -- Social life and customs PUBLISHER: Le@rning Federation, Australia REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [438.2] *1303129* SCIS 1303129 Photo album: daily life. 2 (German) tlf.dlr.det.nsw.edu.au/learningobjects/Content/L5956/ object/index.html (intranet) ABSTRACT A continuation of Photo album: daily life. 1, this resource includes some repetition of activities to reinforce the work covered, immediate feedback, constructive comments and guidelines for students. Vocabulary quizzes reinforce basic material before students complete a photograph album, matching captions and audio files with pictures. In Daily life 2, the captions and further activities are at a more complex level than for Daily life 1.