Website reviews

Children’s Books Online – Read, Create & Share 
Although most activities require a subscription, teachers and teacher librarians should investigate the possibilities on offer. This site allows students to read and access multimedia versions of popular books and to devise and share their own books. Work is applicable to interactive whiteboards. SCIS No: 1435089

Chopin: The Poet of the Piano
The subject of this award-winning website is the great Polish composer and pianist, Frederic Chopin. The site contains a biography, all of Chopin’s music, images, quizzes, music analysis and links. SCIS No: 1435091

Eric Weisstein’s World of Physics
Noted internet encyclopaedist Eric Weisstein has authored several informative science websites. This one focuses on physics and contains over 2700 entries ranging from astrophysics to wave motion. SCIS No: 1435095

Library Conferences and Events
Teacher librarians committed to keeping abreast of upcoming conferences and events should bookmark this site. Compiled by edna, the site also contains pertinent links to the subject matter highlighted. SCIS No: 1435106

Nette Hilton – Children’s & Young Adults Author
Students and teachers are invited into Nette Hilton’s world via this appealing and informative website. Readers are offered autobiographical material, writing hints, an endearing Notes from My Studio section, bibliography of published works and a link to her blog. SCIS No: 1435108

New York Philharmonic Kidzone!
By clever use of audio, animation, video and text, primary students will be motivated to explore the comprehensive world of this renowned orchestra. Students can research composers, explore instruments, compose music and even construct their own instruments. SCIS No: 1136807

Teacher Resources

Teachers can access a variety of classroom resources regarding the various scientific education projects, events and services operated by CSIRO. Links are present to related sites run by the organisation. SCIS No: 1435113

Toyota Children’s Web Site
Containing colourful graphics and a clear layout, this promotional site allows younger students to investigate the Toyota company, how it makes cars and the increasing emphasis it places on people-friendly and environmentally friendly cars. SCIS No: 1435132

UNICEF NZ Children’s Charity
The School Room area of the overall UNICEF NZ site outlines the work the organisation undertakes in relation to education, child labour, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, sanitation and refugees. Classroom resources for both students and teachers are a feature. SCIS No: 1435143

Using your Interactive Whiteboard Interactive%20Whiteboard.htm
Developed by Yowie Bay Public School, this portal allows teachers to access a plethora of K-6 links focused on using interactive whiteboards. Subjects covered include mathematics, science, English and HSIE. SCIS No: 1435151

Visual Aids for Learning – Free Downloads index.htm
The images contained on this site are particularly useful for teachers and aides working with students who experience learning difficulties. The images are gender and age specific and are applicable to charts, timetables and specific learning situations. SCIS No: 1435157

Welcome to Mapzone mapzone/index.html
Ordnance Survey, Great Britain’s national mapping agency, has created a fascinating interactive website that brings mapping to life. Features include mapping conventions and symbols, GIS (Geographical Information Systems), a global knowledge quiz, games and teacher resources. SCIS No: 1435168

WFP Food Force – The Game, The Reality, How to Help
Operating under the auspices of the United Nations World Food Program, this site encourages students to undertake a series of educational quizzes which result in rice grains being donated to hunger relief. Lesson notes and background information are also available. SCIS No: 1370661

Engineering Impact – Interactive Science & Engineering for 9-11 Year Olds
Suitable for an interactive whiteboard or individual use on a computer, this website will engage primary students with a clever mix of graphics and text, often using a games format. Topics covered include: electricity, earth and space, forces and motion, light and sound. SCIS No: 1435461

Reviewed by Nigel Paull


Teacher librarian South Grafton Primary School, NSW

The Internet sites selected in Website 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 may not be permanent.