DEC Scan Journal : February 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 1 February 2011 73 The site illustrates aspects of Elizabethan England, such as Puritan reactions to the theatre, and it has some excellent tools in the animated Globe Theatre and an interactive 3D version of the Globe. Each section of the site has teaching notes and icons suggesting specific teaching strategies, including IWBs. This is a fine resource to introduce students to the Bard as it concentrates on vibrant non-literary aspects that will give younger students a little confidence about Shakespeare and his times, before they tackle a play. C. Thomas USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K--6; English 7--10 SCIS SUBJECTS: Great Britain -- History -- 1485--1603, Tudor period; Dramatists, English; Shakespeare, William PUBLISHER: University of Cambridge, UK REVIEW DATE: 01/02/2011 [822.3] *1446617* SCIS 1446617 Austen.com www.austen.com./ This alluring site is a rich source of ideas about Austen's work and it invites engagement with many reading and writing opportuni- ties. As a forum that models the diverse ways in which texts are valued and enjoyed in current and past contexts, the site is an excellent resource for senior English students. It is particularly suitable for the English Stage 6: Extension 1 Module: Genre in English. From The works of Jane Austen there are links to Austen's texts supported by chapter descriptions and presented in an attractive reading frame. Links to Jane Austen on the web, includes offline resources and information about the Regency. How does this place work > Using the board, a tutorial which guides new users to contribute thoughts and stories to a message board. Archived writing based on Austen's works and times is available in Epilogue Abbey and in Fantasia gallery a variety of modern stories can be accessed. Both of these sections are useful for English Stage 6: Extension 2 students, particularly concerning Outcome 2. While the site supports many of the outcomes in English 7--10 syllabus and is considerate of its younger audience, teacher preview would be useful before use within this syllabus. J. Stevens USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English 7--10; English Stage 6: Extension 1; Extension 2 SCIS SUBJECTS: Novelists, English; English fiction -- History and criticism PUBLISHER: Derbyshire Writers' Guild, UK REVIEW DATE: 30/09/2010  *1474189* SCIS 1474189 Find people & places kids.nationalgeographic.com/Places/Find A subsection of the much larger National Geographic kids website, this section allows users to access information about a chosen continent on the side bar or select from a range of countries repre- sented in photographs. Each selection features tabs of information and resources. Also available are links for Video, Map, and Related content, including games, quizzes, stories and videos about aspects of the country. For more advanced searching and satellite images, there is a link to MapMachine. Suitable for connected classrooms, this site is a colourful reference resource which introduces students to the concept of researching countries and cultures. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 SCIS SUBJECTS: Geography Civilisation PUBLISHER: National Geographic Society, USA REVIEW DATE: 25/09/2010  *1417292* SCIS 1417292 World geography www.covenantworks.com/Bouncy-A/SocialStudies/ WorldGeography/index.htm Introductory playful activities such as Geospy, Geo world and Country toad, accessed from this page, engage students in exploring countries and maps of the world. Activities requiring teacher direction and investigation can be located in World geography, Geography bee and Explore the world. Registration is not necessary for any of these sites. Suitable for connected class- rooms, this site has application for beginners using reference tools for the first time. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 SCIS SUBJECTS: Geography -- Problems, exercises, etc PUBLISHER: Covenantworks Educational Software, USA REVIEW DATE: 25/09/2010 [910.76] *1417328* SCIS 1417328 Map skills www.covenantworks.com/Bouncy-A/SocialStudies/ Maps/index.htm A fascinating collection of interactive games and animations related to map reading, navigation and direction sense is presented on this page. Each graphic links to an external website and teachers would need to be aware of the destination and check for suitability. After initial teacher direction, the activities would be suitable for independent use by students. Find the sunken treasure links to activities such as Explore a pyramid and Explore Mars which require students to follow directions and understand grid coordinates. Engaging in games such as these prepare students for more abstract studies in mapping and using an atlas. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 SCIS SUBJECTS: Map reading -- Problems, exercises, etc; Geographical information systems -- Problems, exercises, etc; Charts -- Problems, exercises, etc; Navigation -- Problems, exercises, etc; Direction sense -- Problems, exercises, etc PUBLISHER: Covenantworks Educational Software, USA REVIEW DATE: 25/09/2010 [912.076] *1417315* SCIS 1417315 See the Resource reviews database <www.schools.nsw.edu.au/ resourcereviews> for reviews of more resources.