DEC Scan Journal : May 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 2 May 2011 69 Teen Growth www.teengrowth.com/ Colourful in appearance and direct in content, this site's language is appropriate to teenagers and non-judgmental in tone. Note that some content related to abuse, violence and suicide needs teacher consideration before use, and teacher guidance when used by students. Such material may be considered inappropriate for some students. New stuff is a helpful Q&A section where the main focus is on offering straightforward advice about a wide range of health topics associated with adolescence. Material is general rather than specific, and there are some useful links to other sites for assignments and research. There is PDHPE related content such as Body, Health and Sports, and some useful connections for school counsellors in topics such as Emotions, Sex and Danger. The majority of key areas relate well to the Australian context; for example, conversion to metric is included in BMI charts. R. Cox USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Professional KLA: PDHPE SYLLABUS: PDHPE 7--10 SCIS SUBJECTS: Adolescents -- Care and health; Sex; Life skills PUBLISHER: KG Investments, USA REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011  *1466327* SCIS 1466327 HAMILTON, Maggie What's happening to our boys? Viking, Vic, 2010 ISBN 9780670073931  Teachers and parents will find this well researched book worth reading in order to understand how to build on boys' strengths to overcome the many challenges new technologies bring to their lives. It covers many aspects of life from 0--18 years, and gives sensible advice on preventing problems and dealing with those that may arise. It reminds us that the most important thing you can give children and young people is time, and that means switching off the television and getting them out of their bedrooms. Real life play is more beneficial than cyber play, which narrows a child's interests and experiences. There are excellent chapters on issues such as bullying, drugs and alcohol, sleep problems, early sexuality, and access to pornography. A. Soutter USER LEVEL: Community Professional Paper $29.95 SCIS 1465947 BEARNE, Eve The story spinner learning: professional development materials [videorecording] Day One, UK, 2010 ISBN none [809.0071] Created for use in British classrooms, this professional resource intro- duces The story spinners series and details how best to use the narra- tives for teaching and learning. Supporting a range of abilities, the planning DVD contains videos of teachers explaining how they use the series and the actual lessons taught with the aid of the IWB. Stories are presented without any embellishments, and seeing the reaction and engagement of students in the classroom as they encounter stories such as Sleeping Beauty shows the positive impact of oral storytelling. The ideas and plans provided as Word documents and PDFs on the accompanying CD-ROM make this a useful resource for teachers. There are also DVDs, such as The story spinner. Year 4 (separately reviewed), available for student use. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Professional KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K--6 $POA SCIS 1484310 Making tracks. www.nma.gov.au/kidz/making_tracks/ Part of the National Museum of Australia's website, this is targeted at teachers, and reviews a series of fiction books. Each book is based on items that can be found at the museum. The books have been created by a variety of Australian authors and illustrators. Information is featured on all texts in the series, including the title and author, a short plot synopsis, graphic of the book cover and the museum artifact on which the text is based. Links under each title provide notes on the book and discussion questions, classroom activities, and how to purchase the book online. These seventeen texts cover a wide variety of topics and would be fasci- nating reading for upper primary students, especially prior to an excursion to the museum. K. McDonell USER LEVEL: Professional KLA: English; HSIE SYLLABUS: English K--6; HSIE K--6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Australian stories; Australian fiction -- History and criticism PUBLISHER: National Museum of Australia, ACT REVIEW DATE: 02/03/2011 [A823.008] *1498724* SCIS 1498724 WALSH, Maureen Multimodal literacy: researching classroom practice e:lit, NSW, 2011 ISBN 9781875622825 [428.4] The result of a five year collaboration between the Australian Catholic University and the Catholic Education Office, Sydney, this book is based on a study involving 50 primary school teachers during 2008--2009. Literacy strategies needed for reading, using and producing multimodal texts were examined. Researchers explored the explicit pedagogy required in order to integrate literacy learning in print based and digital communication The Office of Schools Plan 2009--2011 <www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/policies/lite racy/guidelines/> articulates what is needed to best support every learner in NSW government schools. Literacy and Numeracy are priority areas. Reviewers include literacy and numeracy experts to show how resources might support these priorities. Literacy and Numeracy resources Resources are listed in Dewey order.