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Website and app reviews

Nigel Paull

The boat

www.sbs.com.au/programs/go-back-to-where-you-came-from/learn/boat 
This website links the award-winning interactive graphic novel The Boat with classroom activities and background information. Based on the poignant story from Nam Le, this multimedia adaptation offers insight into the Vietnamese refugee experience, and is suitable for secondary students.
SCIS no. 1764455

Caring for your collections

natlib.govt.nz/collections/caring-for-your-collections 
Emanating from the National Library of New Zealand, this informative guide provides practical advice on how to best preserve and care for collections of books, artworks, digital images, photographs, and sound recordings. Its content also includes digitising collections, disaster recovery, and links to further information.
SCIS no. 1764496

Digital learning resources

nfsa.gov.au/learning/digital-learning/ 
The National Film and Screen Archive offers links to thousands of Australian video and audio clips that are available to download or stream. The website features teaching notes, resources, and classroom activities related to the audiovisual content.
SCIS no. 1212021

Ice and sky: the history of climate change

education.iceandsky.com/
This comprehensive, interactive website outlines the career and discoveries of glaciologist Claude Lorius, ‘the first scientist to prove the impact of human activity on our climate’. The website unfolds the history and ramifications of climate change. Students will be absorbed by the visual presentation, and teachers will appreciate the range of quality material available.
SCIS no. 1764544

Indigenous Literacy Foundation

www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/
ILF is a charity that aims to address the literacy levels of children in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Founded by members of the publishing industry, ILF focuses on supplying culturally and developmentally appropriate books, publishing books in the communities’ first language and in English, and raising awareness of remote Indigenous literacy needs.
SCIS no. 1534140

Inside a dog

insideadog.com.au
An initiative of the State Library of Victoria’s Centre for Youth Literacy, this site encourages young adults to explore the works of Australian and international writers, share reviews, contribute to blogs and forums, and join a book club.
SCIS no. 1276536

Learning potential

www.learningpotential.gov.au 
Published by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, Learning Potential presents advice for parents on how to increase their involvement in their child’s learning, which is likely to enhance learning outcomes. Relevant information and resources are available for all school years. The app is available from the App Store and Google Play.
SCIS no. 1764560

LEGO Movie Maker

itunes.apple.com/au/app/lego-moviemaker/id516001587?mt=8
This free iPad and iPhone app allows students to create stop-motion movies using their own LEGO minifigures. The has several useful features, including soundtracks, speed adjustment, colour filters, dialogue and title cards, and sound effects.
SCIS no. 1764595

Librarian art, posters & framed artwork

www.zazzle.com.au/librarian+art 
If your library is in need of a spruce up, this commercial website offers an array of artwork and posters. Find a wide range of librarian-related items, including T-shirts, coffee mugs, ties, stickers, mousepads, postcards, and bags.
SCIS no. 1764715

Science360 for iPad

itunes.apple.com/au/app/science360-for-ipad/id439928181?mt=8&ignmpt= uo%3D4
Hundreds of science and engineering images and videos are available within this app, which was developed by the US Government’s National Science Foundation. Science360 features a breaking news feed, and the capacity to save images within the app for later use or to share them via social media or email. Also available from Google Play.
SCIS no. 1764741

Splash : STEM

splash.abc.net.au/home#!/stem 
The ABC Splash website has a broad selection of STEM resources, offering K–12 teachers pertinent curriculumlinked videos, games, discussions, and news. Topics include makerspaces, robotics, coding, nanotechnology, engineering, design, construction, and careers. You can browse by subject or by year level.
SCIS no. 1702474

Walker Books classroom

classroom.walkerbooks.com.au/home 
Walker Books have developed bibliographies, primary and secondary teaching notes, and classroom ideas mapped to the Australian Curriculum for their range of books. Cross-curriculum resources include sustainability, the cultures and histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and Australia’s engagement with Asia.
SCIS no. 1764780

Nigel Paull
Teacher librarian
South Grafton Public School
New South Wales

npaull@telstra.com

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.