Website and app reviews

Nigel Paull

Australian children's books

An accessible account of the rise of both Australian children's books and publishing is available on this authoritative site. Links are provided to the early works of Ethel Turner, Norman Lindsay, Dorothy Wall, Ruth Park and Ivan Southall, and to more contemporary authors including Simon French, John Marsden and Shaun Tan. Additional information includes videos, awards and references.
SCIS no. 1345999


Learning another language is much easier with apps such as Duolingo. Judged as an Apple App of the Year and a Google Play's Best of the Best, this free resource has been independently tested and currently features five languages, with several more being trialled.
SCIS no. 1651280


Teachers and students can use this subscription-based application to create high quality flowcharts, Venn diagrams, floor plans, class diagrams and organisational charts. The interface is simple to use and is browser-based.
SCIS no. 1435695

Hairy Maclary and friends

The irrepressible Hairy Maclary features on this endearing website. Aimed at Years K-3, students can view the latest news associated with Lynley Dodd's character and his friends, explore the stories, download the app, gather details on eBooks and audio books, or even investigate the resources to host a themed party.
SCIS no. 1651289

Maths monkey's quest

Produced by the NSW Department of Education and Communities, this engaging app has been devised for students in Years 3-8. Strands covered include: addition, multiplication, division, subtraction, percentages, Roman numerals and ratios. A highlight is the random questions generated each time you play.
SCIS no. 1584691


Promoted as "an all-in-one solution for the use of mobile devices in education", this free app allows teachers to teach a multimedia lesson without a projector. Students interact on their device via quizzes, polls, videos and image generation. Nearpod is also suitable for bring-your-own devices.
SCIS no. 1591692

The newspaper clipping generator

Students can create a variety of captions and articles to place on the supplied templates, including a newspaper and a clapper-board. Another feature is adding dialogue to various animated creatures for in-class tasks or even publishing on the school blog.
SCIS no. 1651310

Numbl: number jumble fun

A creative, addictive number game app suitable for use on an iPad or iPhone that aims to improve mental capability, memory and concentration. Students can challenge themselves, use the split function to play a friend, or see how their own scores relate to other scores from players around the globe.
SCIS no. 1651323

Popular baby names - NSW Government

Created by the NSW Government, this site has details of the 1200 most popular given names registered in the state from 1900-2011. As a name is searched its popularity is graphed against corresponding decades. Teachers can also utilise the website as a teaching example for history, graphs and timelines.
SCIS no. 1651327


Teachers and administration staff wanting to create quality, stylish online flyers, reports and newsletters can trial this product before subscribing. Easily used by primary and secondary students.
SCIS no. 1651335


The Internet offers many high technology, extravagantly funded astronomy resources. However this intriguing website showcases an observatory housed in a tiny shed, yet offering stunning solar astro-photography that has been published and exhibited worldwide.
SCIS no. 1651348

Teaching resources - ABC Splash

This section of ABC Splash houses a quality array of resources for both primary and secondary teachers. These comprehensive units are linked to appropriate curriculum strands and also offer related items to explore.
SCIS no. 1656377


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Nigel Paull

Teacher librarian
South Grafton Public School
New South Wales

The internet sites selected in Website and app reviews are often of a professional nature and should be initially viewed by teachers and library staff to determine suitability for students. The links, content and address of these sites are subject to change.