DEC Scan Journal : May 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 2 May 2011 65 forum has been included in the website for discussion of matters like cultural difference, travel, relations between Japan and other countries and this may interest some students. A. Iredale USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: HSIE; Languages SYLLABUS: Japanese Beginners Stage 6; Japanese Continuers Stage 6; Modern History Stage 6; Society & Culture Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Japan -- History; Japan -- Social life and customs; Japan -- Religions PUBLISHER: Wa-pedia.com, Japan REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011  *1485764* SCIS 1485764 Aboriginal connections www.connectingthecontinent.com/aboriginal.htm A live online event, this commemorates the symbolic and techno- logical links between northern and southern Australia with the construction of the Overland Telegraph. Aboriginal connections is just one part of the Centenary of Federation: connecting the continent project. The site emphasises the role that ancient Aboriginal trade routes and Aboriginal knowledge of Country had in the route chosen for the Telegraph. The audiovisual representations of Colourful characters are a prominent feature of the site. It includes interviews with Aboriginal people from the bush, local community workers, and traditional landowners, all of whom have stories to tell. Aboriginal Studies 7--10 and Aboriginal Studies Stage 6 teachers may find these features useful. As this is a largely archived site from the event in 2001, its relevance may diminish over time. J. White USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: HSIE SYLLABUS: Aboriginal Studies 7--10; Aboriginal Studies Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Centenary of Federation, 2001; Aboriginal peoples -- Northern Territory; Aboriginal peoples -- South Australia; Australia -- Federation PUBLISHER: Centenary of Federation, SA REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [994.04] *1421538* SCIS 1421538 3D virtual worlds web1.macquarieict.schools.nsw.edu.au/index.php/ projects/menu3dvirtualworlds.html ABSTRACT Part of the Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre website, this resource features one of seven projects currently running at the centre. The main page contains: a definition of a virtual world, a description of the Project rationale, and a series of photographs depicting scenes from the first iteration of the project, which was conducted in Terms 1 and 2, 2010. There is a link to OpenSim -- the software used by the centre's own virtual world, Trinity. Research includes details of a paper presented at a conference in Malaysia in 2010, and Partnerships describes the centre's link to the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art. Contacts contains infor- mation about the three members of the virtual world team, while Schools lists the three schools which have taken part in project iterations in 2010. The project's blog, online training videos and two Wallwisher examples are featured in Links. Media showcases the work produced by students involved in the iterations of the project during 2010 and remains relevant. USER LEVEL: Professional KLA: CA SYLLABUS: Visual Arts 7--10; Visual Arts Stage 6; Visual Design CEC Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Computer art; Virtual reality PUBLISHER: Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre, Australia REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [006.6] *1480440* SCIS 1480440 Britannica online: School edition preK-12 www.school.eb.com.au/ An expansive online encyclopaedia, this resource offers a remark- able selection of current, authoritative and reliable information. It includes written articles and interactive activities. Free of advertis- ing, students may connect with the colourful and engaging images that complement the concise written text. Teachers have the opportunity to explore and feature the high quality multilayered teaching and learning resource. It can be used to demonstrate, explain and synthesise knowledge across all KLAs and Stages. A subscription is needed to view online material. Easily navigated, the home page directs teachers to four main sections, including Senior high school, Middle school, Primary school, and Teacher's resources. Teachers may find it useful to use the Search all levels function to locate resources across all Stages. There is some cross over between stages. Time is required to explore the extensive array of dynamic resources. Each level has access to stage appropriate reference articles from Encyclopaedia Britannica resources, Merriam-Webster dictionary, the World atlas, Workspace, journals, magazines, reviewed websites, and other potentially relevant content for NSW curriculum. World data analyst provides statistics and information comparing countries, and this is available via separate subscription. Supported by extensive and well written resources, a Guided tour, Training materials and Help facilitate understanding and use. Teachers may benefit from utilising the Guided tour initially, as it provides a useful overview of functions and resources available. This is supported by the Help section that is searchable by key word or index. A thesaurus is available to assist with clarity. There are quick links to Workspace, Dictionary, Learning materials and Teacher resources. Those already familiar with Britannica online will enjoy the addition of Teacher's resources. While there is an obvious emphasis on the American education system, there is specific reference to NSW outcomes and indicators through the Curriculum standards, which could be helpful. It is attractively laid out and generally user-friendly. Teacher learning materials are divided into English, Maths, Social Science and Science. High quality resources are included in all categories. Each topic is well supported with short descriptions, Professional reading Resources are listed in Dewey order.