DEC Scan Journal : May 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 2 May 2011 68 should then be integrated within this set of teaching and learning priorities. A useful concept of 2D and 3D integration shows how students consolidate their learning as they move between using a 2D screen and 3D real life activities in relation to activities such as, playing, problem solving, discussing and using role plays, to learn through a multimodal approach. Learning stories outline practical examples of technology integration. The book is particularly helpful in demonstrating how drill and practice software can act as a starting point for extended real life explorations. There are imagi- native lesson ideas using open ended software. In Developing multi- literacy skills in young learners, readers receive step by step instructions for making claymations with Movie Maker, digital stories with Photo Story and interactive e-books with PowerPoint. There are student centred activities using digital cameras, web cams and digital microscopes, and tasks that foster metacognitive discussions among students. Many early childhood teachers will be inspired by the array of possibilities that resonate strongly with a student centred, play based, negotiated curriculum, and are supported by extensive teacher scaffolding. E. Chase USER LEVEL: Professional KLA: CA; English; HSIE; Mathematics Paper $29.95 SCIS 1470933 Little books with big ideas [series] A&C Black, UK, 2010 The books in this series take a thematic approach to topics covered in the early stages of social and environmental education. When celebrating a well known festival, or organising a special day event, the suggested lessons and craft ideas about themed days can be adapted to suit a variety of celebrations. Resources used are inexpensive and readily accessible. More involved activities are included for each topic. In The little book of stories from around the world, the tales are supported by adult led and student activities. Related stories and songs are also listed. This series supports understandings in the Stage 1 COGs unit (B): Our families and Stage 2 COGs unit (B) Being Australian. With approximately 70 books in the series, teachers will find many ideas which could be could be easily adapted to the school setting. R. Parnis USER LEVEL: Professional KLA: HSIE; SciTech SYLLABUS: HSIE K--6; Science & Technology K--6 Paper $22.99 each Reviewed titles in this series: The little book of special days: themed days for children in the EYFS SCIS 1477920 The little book of stories from around the world SCIS 1471205 Visual thesaurus: launch, explore, learn www.visualthesaurus.com/online An interactive, visual thesaurus, this uses semantic webs to visually group words of similar meaning. The maps of related words resemble underwater plants, and provide connections between words, based on meaning and usage. Each word in the map gives background information about the term and its definitions. The site has much potential for linguistic play, while increasing knowledge and understanding of vocabulary and supporting the initial stages of research and aspects of the information process. Lesson plans, grammar and writing resources that could be adapted, accompany the maps. The program allows site users to create shared word lists. The site is subscription based. A free trial allows teachers to judge its usefulness and curriculum relevance. S. Pollard USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Professional KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K -- 6; English 7 -- 10 SCIS SUBJECTS: English language -- Synonyms and antonyms PUBLISHER: Thinkmap, USA REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011  *1101234* SCIS 1101234 Celebrating science for secondary tiny.cc/pqpt3 ABSTRACT This NSW CLIC Sites2See resource covers science events, with a focus on Australia. The Science talk series is onsite with talks that include Chris Smith on the best naked science, Tim Jarvis on explo- ration and environmental science, Matthew Peters on the effects of nicotine on the brain, and Juergen Goetz and Lars Ittner on their incipient cure for Alzheimer's disease. There is information on National Science Week 2010, with the theme of Australian biodi- versity, plus science surveys, festivals, competitions, workshops, teaching and learning resources, and links to science websites. USER LEVEL: Professional KLA: Science; SciTech SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Chemistry Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Physics Stage 6; Science 7--10; Science & Technology K--6; Senior Science Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Science; Education, Secondary PUBLISHER: New South Wales Department of Education & Training, CLI, Australia REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011  *1477089* SCIS 1477089 Futurelab: innovation in education www.futurelab.org.uk/ Transforming teaching and learning through the use of innovative practice and technology is the aim of this independent site. By researching and demonstrating how positive systemic change in education can improve outcomes, this extensive site promises to excite teachers eager to embrace new technologies. Links focused on Digital inclusion, Teachers and innovations and Learning spaces lead users to research reports, podcasts, web articles, videos and projects. The Handbooks in Publications, reports and articles provide material offering practical guidance for teachers, parents and policy makers. Developing an inquiry based curricu- lum will be facilitated by adopting the Digital tools from Enquiring minds. There are many possibilities for meaningful support for information and digital literacy. This exciting portal site enables users to keep abreast of new developments and research and will be invaluable to educators. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Professional SCIS SUBJECTS: Technology -- Study and teaching PUBLISHER: Futurelab, UK REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [607.1] *1352645* SCIS 1352645 Download free software, such as Adobe digital editions or Calibre, to read e-books on your computer.