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Archive for August, 2009

AudioPal

AudioPal is a free website that enables you to easily add audio to your blog or website.

AudioPal homepage

Users can record and use their own voice on their website, or select from numerous voices available on AudioPal. If you select to use a pre-recorded voice, you simply type in the text of what you want your visitors [...]

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Preston Girls’ Secondary College teacher librarian Judith Way was recently one teacher selected by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s KnowledgeBank: Next Generation branch to trial gaming in schools. Judith explains:
In term 2, 2009 (April-June) selected schools in the Australian state of Victoria are trialling videogames as learning tools. The Department of Education and [...]

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An interesting article in today’s Herald Sun:
Laurie Nowell and Stephen Drill, August 30, 2009 12:00am
 VICTORIA’S VCE is set to be replaced by a national education certificate as schools move to an Australia-wide curriculum for years 11 and 12.
A paper created by the newly formed Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority and obtained by the Sunday [...]

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Academic Earth provides free videos from some of the world’s top scholars. Universities that provide content are:

Berkeley

Harvard
MIT
NIH
Princeton
Stanford
UCLA
Yale

Subjects covered include:

Astronomy

Biology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Economics
Engineering
English
Entrepreneurship
History
Law
Mathematics
Medicine
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion

This could be a useful site for teachers and advanced/extension students.

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Web 2.0 Guru

The Web 2.0 Guru wiki is worth a visit. With the top 10 Web 2.0 tools for classes listed as well as all tools broken down into categories, this is a handy site.

Top 10 Web 2.0 Must Haves for Every 21st Century Classroom

Class Blogs – Wordpress or Blogger
Class Wiki or Website – Wikispaces, Wetpaint, Webnode, [...]

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SLAV Awards

Thanks to Mary Manning for this text:
SLAV News
Each year, the School Library Association of Victoria celebrates International School Libraries Day by recognising the excellence and innovation of Victorian teacher-librarians, school library teams, research and school leaders.
Applications for the following awards close on Friday 18 September 2009:
The John Ward Award – a professional development grant of [...]

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Infloox

Infloox is a website with an interesting idea.

Introducing infloox™, the website on influential people’s influential books!
Let’s say you are interested in Agatha Christie! infloox™ allows you to find:

her favourite books or authors;
the most famous readers of all her books, and why they liked them;
whether one of her books served as an inspiration for some other [...]

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ePals

 ePals promotes itself as ‘the internet’s largest global community of connected classrooms.  It is a free resource that offers collaborative school projects, eMentoring as well as ‘ePals on the web’.

Homepage

From the website comes the following information:

The Social Network for Learning
ePals is the largest and fastest growing K-12 online community for meaningful learning. More than half a [...]

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ISLM Bookmark Project update

Rick Mulholland, the International School Library Month Bookmark coordinator, is seeking more participants for the project:

Once again the ISLM committee is organizing a bookmark exchange project. Currently, we have a shortage of participants from outside of North America.
The details of this projects is as follows:
The ISLM Bookmark Project involves matched schools making homemade bookmarks (any [...]

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Helen Boelens has passed on the following website which may give you ideas and inspirations for library activities.
The Amercian Library Association’s Association for Library Service to Children has a long list of activities that can be used or adapted to Australian school libraries.

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