DEC Scan Journal : November 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 4 November 2011 51 Harry the dirty dog www.storylineonline.net/harry/fullscreen_lg .html This is an online version of the classic story about Harry and his endeavours to avoid having a bath. First published in 1956, it is now available free online for children to experience and enjoy. The book is brought to life with the eloquent reading of Betty White. Throughout the reading, animated pictures of the book are shown. There are captions along the bottom of the screen that can be turned off if not required. This is one of the children’s books on offer from the Storyline online streaming video program featuring famous actors reading children’s books aloud. Related activities are available with a download option. The video can only be viewed online and Flash 8 or later is required. It could be used as a model for children to record themselves reading stories with expression using a variety of pitch and tone. This e-book is useful as an intro- duction to a discussion on hygiene in Early Stage 1 COGs unit (D): Healthy choices or simply as a valuable sharing experience of a classic story on the IWB. G . Maugle USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 KLA: English; PDHPE SYLLABUS: English K–6; PDHPE K–6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Dogs – Fiction PUBLISHER: Screen Actors Guild Foundation, USA REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [F] *1522662* SCIS 1522662 Dipity www.dipity.com Interactive digital timelines can be found and created on this attrac- tive site. The simple interface allows for easy navigation. Ranging from current world affairs to historical events, users can find timelines with the Search function or use Hot Topics to view the most popular ones. Free sign up for persons thirteen years or older is necessary before timelines can be created. With this Personal plan, it is possible to create three timelines containing one hundred and fifty events in each. Content can be synchronised from a wide variety of social media sources. Also, links can be made to Google maps. When completed, timelines can be embedded in other sites or blogs. Student designed timelines could prove useful writing prompts for autobiographies and biographies, or as a tool for under- standing character development or chronological plot sequence. As some content is not linked to the curriculum, previewing by the teacher is suggested before classroom use. H . Gardiner USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: English; History SYLLABUS: English 7–10; English Stage 6; History 7–10; Modern History Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Time; Chronology, Historical – Computer applications PUBLISHER: Underlying, USA REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [001.02] *1521929* SCIS 1521929 StaySmartOnline www.staysmartonline.gov.au ABSTRACT A cyber security guide produced by the Australian Government, this website provides information for Australian internet users on the simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online. Directions are available for Home internet users, Small & medium business, Schools & teachers, Teens, and Kids. An Alerts link offers information on the latest computer network threats and vulnerabilities in simple, non-technical language. It also provides solutions to help manage these risks and the option to subscribe freely to an Alerts service. Video clips, available from the home page, give directions on different ways to manage computer security, and present recounts of experiences by people who have encountered problems with their computer security in the past. Hyperlinked Top tips offer sound advice, and there are many downloadable brochures on specific issues. USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Community Professional KLA: SciTech; TAS SYLLABUS: Information & Software Technology 7–10; Information Processes & Technology Stage 6; Science & Technology K–6; Technology (Mandatory) 7–8 SCIS SUBJECTS: Internet – Safety measures; Internet – Social aspects; Safety education PUBLISHER: Canberra: e-Security REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [004.67] *1354468* SCIS 1354468 i-nigma www.i -nigma.com/Downloadi-nigma Reader.html Available for Android, BlackBerry and Apple mobile devices, i-nigma claims to be the most widely used mobile barcode reader in the world with over 150 million patrons. Once installed, this free app allows users to scan QR codes, and traditional one dimensional barcodes, by pointing the device’s camera at the barcode image. Students and staff can also create QR codes using the i-nigma website <www.i-nigma.com/CreateBarcodes.html>. Both services work reliably though, as a rule, results are better on a flat display surface and when long URLs are shortened (e.g . via a service like TinyURL <tinyurl.com>. Like other QR code services, i-nigma could be utilised to create QR codes to embed on the jacket of physical library resources. These codes could, for example, refer students conveniently to book trailers, reviews, related fan fiction and supplementary infor- mation about each book. Teachers seeking ideas and inspiration for using QR codes in the classroom and library may be interested in the iPad4Ed diigo group <groups.diigo.com/group/ipad4ed>, and in Gwyneth Jones’ insightful presentation, QR codes in the classroom & the library, too! <www.slideshare.net/gwynethjones/qr-codes-in-the- classroom-the-library-too>. T. Kenny USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Community Professional SCIS SUBJECTS: Optical data processing; Scanners PUBLISHER: 3GVision REVIEW DATE: 07/10/2011 [006.4] *1529046* SCIS 1529046 Photovisi – easy photo collages! www.photovisi.com Users can quickly and easily create a photo collage using their own digital photographs. There is a wide variety of preloaded style formats to select from. Uploaded photographs can be added automatically to the selected layout, making this application suitable for students to use. The application offers limited editing facilities. Publishing options are available, including sharing it on Facebook and Twitter.