DEC Scan Journal : November 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 4 November 2011 83 of good against evil, this suspenseful novel is suitable for mature primary and older readers who enjoy fantasy and the paranormal, with a grounding of reality. The characterisation is convincing and there are a number of tangents in the storyline, all satisfyingly resolved. For teachers wishing to promote this novel within their library or library website, Westwood’s dramatic book trailer <www.ministryofpandemonium.co.uk/index2.php> offers a strong starting point. S. Morton USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Paper $16.95 SCIS 1508170 The wilful eye / edited by Isobelle Carmody & Nan McNab. Allen & Unwin, NSW, 2011 ISBN 9781742374406 The modern reader will be enticed by this selection of fairy tales reconstructed with modern twists. Using a selection of classic fairy- tales as their inspiration, well respected authors put their own inter- pretation on the core ingredients. They all offer some insight on relationships. Envy, desire, control, power, abandonment, courage, sacrifice and love are all explored, with some tales being very confronting, especially in relation to issues of violence and drug use. Not all of the tales hit their intended marks but all offer value in the writers’ explanations of their writing process, interpretation and method. They would be excellent sources for critical study of texts, and as writing models for mature English students. This is an exciting new approach to old themes and techniques. B . Kervin USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Paper $27.99 SCIS 1499938 Safety net [videorecording] Athena Education, Worcester, 2009 ISBN none [004.67] Addressing current cyber safety issues, this detailed 48 minute program examines key issues facing students and other internet users. Issues include computer crime, cyber bullying, internet dating and social networking. Practical examples are offered, which students will be able to relate to. Also addressed are technical components of internet safety relating directly to computing studies syllabuses such as firewalls, viruses, malware and spyware. Production was in 2009, making the information appropriate to current issues. This video would be particularly suitable for Stage 5 students investigating Digital media and Internet topics in Information & Software Technology and Stage 6 students exploring Multimedia systems and Social and ethical issues in Information Processes and Technology. A . Parnis USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: TAS SYLLABUS: Information & Software Technology 7–10; Information Processes and Technology Stage 6; Technology (Mandatory) 7–8 $125 SCIS 1526177 Data: ethical use and storage [videorecording] VEA, Vic, 2011 ISBN none [005.8] With a running time of 22 minutes, this short yet thorough program focuses on current issues relating to the storage, retrieval, usage and display of data. Practical case studies are examined with reference to web based job search company, Seek, and the devel- opment of a data management system for the Australian aviation industry. Data issues relating to ethical use, storage needs, accuracy, privacy and data backup are all discussed using practical examples. The future direction and emerging trends for data storage, including cloud computing, are also analysed. With a production date of 2011, the video is up to date with current issues. This infor- mative program would be particularly suitable when studying Networking systems, Digital media and Internet topics in the Information & Software Technology Years 7–10 course and would support all topics in the current Information Processes and Technology Stage 6 course. A . Parnis USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional KLA: TAS SYLLABUS: Information & Software Technology 7–10; Information Processes and Technology Stage 6 $125 SCIS 1514952 Multimedia systems [videorecording] VEA, Vic, 2011 ISBN none [006.7] This short program is a valuable resource for students exploring multimedia topics in Stage 5 and Stage 6 computing studies courses. The video provides practical examples of modern multimedia products in the gaming industry, allowing students to easily relate to the use of key principles in multimedia. Various sections of the video focus on professions associated with multimedia, allowing students to see a variety of jobs involved in the development of multimedia products. The five key elements of multimedia are explained in detail, as well as the importance of interactivity in multimedia appli- cations. Chapter summaries at the end of each section are a useful inclusion, highlighting key points. Other topics include technologies and their demands on hardware, combining key components together, and social and ethical issues relating to current multimedia products, including copyright and privacy. Catchy theme music and graphics are likely to maintain students’ attention. A. Parnis USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: TAS SYLLABUS: Industrial Technology Stage 6; Information & Software Technology 7–10; Information Processes and Technology Stage 6 $125 SCIS 1514949 Know it all: facts, stats, lists, records, and more Dorling Kindersley, UK, 2010 ISBN 9781405355339 [030.2] Filled with a large range of facts and trivia, this attractive book will be greatly appreciated by students and teachers alike. Chapters that could be useful to students in Science 7–10 include Space, Earth, Dinosaurs, Nature, History and Human body. Within each of these chapters subsections are explored, each across a colourful and densely populated double-page. The information provides an inter- esting general overview, but due to the vast diversity of topics Information, poetry and drama Resources are in Dewey order.