Website of the Week: Slashfilm.com


 

This week’s Website of the Week is slashfilm.com. This site offers a comprehensive range of reviews, news and criticism of movies, TV shows and related entertainment industry stuff. Includes Calendar of upcoming productions, Trailers as well as interviews, audio commentaries and even live broadcasts.

The Cool Stuff tab features TV and Movie merchandise and related paraphernalia for the movie buff and serious collector alike.

 

Website of the Week: Roads to Refuge


Roads to Refuge

Image © UNHCR / E.Dorfman

This week’s Website of the Week is Roads-to- Refuge.com.au. This site offers a wealth of information on the current global refugee crisis and where Australia fits in. This website provides definitions of what a refugee is, the law and the current debate within Australia around this sensitive and important issue.

Designed for students, teachers and the general community, Roads-to-Refuge explores and explodes many myths surrounding refugees and asylum seekers globally.

Click here for access to a bunch of excellent resources.

 

 

Minecraft Library Design Competition Winners Announced!


Thanks to all those who entered our Design a library in Minecraft Competition. We had some truly amazing entries and I can now reveal the winners below.

  • Overall Winner
    • Ned P. (8 Black)
  • First Runner Up
    • Matthew D. (8 Tan)
  • Third Place
    • Grace A. (7 Gold)

Ned created a truly wonderful library space with an excellent, insightful commentary as part of his video tour.

Ned has scored himself a HUGE $70 EB Games gift card and $30 Dymocks Book voucher for his stellar efforts. Matthew D. will receive a $30 EB Games and $20 Dymocks voucher, while Grace can enjoy both $20 EB Games and $20 Dymocks vouchers.

Congratulations to these extremely talented Minecrafters and well done to all the other entrants of our first competition for the year. Well done!

To understand how Minecraft can help develop skills in so many areas check out these links below.

Maker Kids

The Atlantic

 

 

 

Words We All Should Use More


English is an amazing language and extremely rich in synonyms. We are fortunate to have at our disposal a vast panoply of different ways of saying the same thing. Check out this post below from the Oxford Dictionary’s OxfordWords blog about a bunch of great words you may not have heard of but could find useful.

Click on the image below to see the list.

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Minecraft Library Design Competition closes this Week.


Kyle Kingsbury

Image by Kyle Kingsbury

Thanks to the fabulously talented students who have already submitted their Minecraft Library entries into the competition. If you are still working on your dream library (or haven’t started yet) you have time yet.

ENTRIES CLOSE BY END OF SCHOOL THIS FRIDAY.

Great prizes to be won! Book Vouchers as well EB Games Gift Cards.

What better way to get these ideas and plans across than to build them in Minecraft and enter our great competition? We are looking for innovative, funky, student-centred ideas to incorporate into our new, real library re-design here at Cabra. You have till the end of Week 10 (Friday 8 April), to design, craft and submit your ideal library (or part thereof) to our competition. You can use the Submit Form at the bottom of this post or email us a link to a short 3 minute video tour of your finished Minecraft Library for us to judge. Please ensure you also include your name, Home room any other technical specifications you want us to consider.

Use the Contact Form below to submit your entry.

Check out some of the best Libraries ever created in Minecraft here.

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How much Do You Know About Australian Film and TV?


Test your Australian film and television knowledge with Australian Screen Online’s Aussie Film Pop Quiz.

Screen Online Trivia QUiz

ASO Australia’s audiovisual heritage online

  • australianscreen is operated by the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). The NFSA is the national audiovisual archive, collecting, preserving and sharing the nation’s moving image and recorded sound heritage.
  • It is a promotional and educational resource providing worldwide online access to information about the Australian film and television industry.
  • It contains information about and excerpts from a wide selection of Australian feature films, documentaries, television programs, newsreels, short films, animations, and home-movies produced over the last 100 years.
  • It also includes teachers’ notes that identify and describe the educational values of many of the film clips. These resources are developed in partnership with the NFSA by Education Services Australia through The Le@rning Federation.
  • The site brings together material from the vast collections of the National Film and Sound Archive, the National Archives of Australia, the ABC, SBS, and AIATSIS in a unique collaboration. All material is made available with the permission of the copyright holders.
  • The site is curated by experts, specially commissioned for australianscreen.

For lots more Australian film and television resources visit our blog page here.

 

 

Acclaimed Author Phillip Gwynne talks Australian Rules


adelaide cinematequeAcclaimed author Phillip Gwynne is returning to Adelaide in May for a one off showing of the award-winning film Australian Rules (which he adapted from his novel, Deadly, Unna?).

 As part of the Mercury Cinema’s 2016 ADELAIDE CINÉMATHÈQUE season, Phillip will be introducing the film and doing a Q & A after the showing.

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Details here:

https://mercurycinema.org.au/products/our-films/cinematheque/2016-season-1/australian-rules-off-the-record-with-phillip-gwynne/

Whilst in South Australia he will be visiting primary and secondary schools.

Phillip is best know for Young Adult novels, first making his mark with the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Deadly Unna in 1998. Since then Phillip’s books have all received both high acclaim and popularity amongst readers, and he has penned works for all ages. He continues to write young adult novels (Swerve being the most recent), and his adult thriller The Build Up led to an epic thriller series for upper primary students: The Debt. Phillip now has a legion of young fans too, with picture books Yobbos Do Yoga, What’s Wrong Wobbegong? and more.

Phillip Gwynne’s first novel Deadly Unna? was the literary hit of 1998 winning Children’s Book of the Year and selling over 200,000 copies. It was made into the feature film Australian Rules for which Phillip’s screenplay won an AFI award in 2002.

Phillip is published by Penguin Books. For a full list his books click here. To read an interview with Phillip from Good Reading Magazine click here.

 

 

 

 

 

March 8 is International Women’s Day.


The theme for International Women’s Day 2016 is “Pledge for Parity”. So, what exactly is this year’s theme all about?

Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Yet let’s also be aware progress has slowed in many places across the world, so urgent action is needed to accelerate gender parity.
Leaders across the world are pledging to take action as champions of gender parity.

IWD posters

Want to do more than just say, “Happy IWD”? Then check out the excellent Pledge for Parity resources to kick-start your own campaign.

iwd-resourcesClick on the image for more resources.

Also, take a peek at all our own blog resources related to women, girls, and gender.

View these IWD videos from all around the world.

IWD vids

 

 

Help Design Our New Library. In Minecraft! Entries close End of Week 10.


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Calling all library lovers and Minecrafters. As you know we are planning to re-design the Cabra Library spaces and as always we want student input. If you have a great idea, fantastic concept or dream library space in mind, we want to know. You can work as an individual or collaborate in a group.

Great prizes to be won! Book Vouchers as well EB Games Gift Cards.

What better way to get these ideas and plans across than to build them in Minecraft and enter our great competition? We are looking for innovative, funky, student-centred ideas to incorporate into our new, real library re-design here at Cabra. You have till the end of Week 10 (Friday 8 April), to design, craft and submit your ideal library (or part thereof) to our competition. You can use the Submit Form at the bottom of this post or email us a link to a short 3 minute video tour of your finished Minecraft Library for us to judge. Please ensure you also include your name, Home room any other technical specifications you want us to consider.

Check out some of the best Libraries ever created in Minecraft here.

minecraft libraries thumbnails

Some of these are Minecraft re-creations of real ‘bricks and mortar’ libraries while others are a you will see pure fantasy!

Not sure how to get started? Check out these super ‘how-to’ video tutorials below:

 

What’s the Librarian Reading Now? You Are The Music.


Mr Bull is currently reading You Are The Music, by Victoria Williamson.

Dr. Victoria Williamson is a post-doctoral research fellow at Sheffield University and one of the world’s foremost researchers on the Psychology of Music. In this, her first book, she explores the complex relationships between music and our brains. She poses such questions as:

  • Do babies remember music from the womb?
  • Can music help with exercise or recovery from illness?
  • What is going on in your brain when that certain song transports you back to teenage years.

For more Psychology and Music information and latest developments check out Vicky’s Blog here.

For more info on Vicky and her other publications and research interests check out the link below.

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