Website of the Week: Digital Public Library of America


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This week’s Website of the Week is the Digital Public Library of America. This digital repository links thousands of collections across the whole of North America, with millions of digitized artifacts, printed works, published and unpublished manuscripts and much, much more. Great for teachers and students alike.

2015 Edublog Awards Nominations Now Open


You can nominate the Cabra Senior Library Blog here. Look for the best Library/Librarian blog category. We have been fortunate enough to make the Edublog Awards shortlist for the last 3 years running. Let’s make it number 4!

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Nominations for the 2015 Edublogs Educational Blogging Awards have now opened. You have till Wednesday 2 December to nominate your favourite educational blogs in any or all of the following categories.
So go nominate your favorite blogs, twitterers, community sites, videos, podcasts and more… for 2015:

The Edublog Awards started in 2004 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes.  The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.

Working together, we create an invaluable resource of the best-of-the-best on the web!

2015 Categories

Nominations are open from now through Wednesday, December 2nd.

We have decided for 2015 to focus exclusively on blogs in education, so you may notice a few categories from previous years that aren’t included. This will allow us to spend more time reviewing all nominations for a more thorough voting round.

  • Best new blog
  • Best group blog
  • Best class blog
  • Best student blog
  • Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
  • Best teacher blog
  • Best library / librarian blog
  • Best administrator blog
  • Most influential blog post of the year
  • Best individual tweeter
  • Best individual blog

Don’t forget to make your nominations here!

My nominations for 2015 are:

 

 

Research in Context Database Now Available


The Cabra Library is now able to offer students and staff access to another excellent collection of reference information. It is called Research in Context Database and it offers comprehensive detailed  information on just about every topic you could think of. You can access an incredible wealth of information on most topics and view or download these eBooks for later use in much the same way as the Gale Virtual Reference Database GVRL database. For a comprehensive set of guides on using this new research tool click here.

The Research in Context Database covers the following broad subject areas: Click here for the full list.

You will need a username and password to access the site, please ask your Homeroom Teacher for this. Access this resource and many others from the “Link Favourites” on the right hand side of our Access-It Library Catalogue.

For an overview and tips & tricks on using GVRL check out the video tutorials below:

How Much Media Do Kids and Teens Consume Each Day?


So, how much screen time is too much? Exactly what are the youngsters watching, doing and how often?

Common Sense Media has released the results of their research into the screen and media usage patterns of kids, tweens and teens.

Tweens, Teens, and Screens: What Our New Research Uncovers

By taking a “census” of kids’ media use, Common Sense’s new study quantifies screen use, identifies unique types of users, and uncovers patterns that could spark improvements in content, access, and learning.
Key Findings Include:
  • It’s not your imagination — media use is off the charts.
  • There is a wide diversity in screen media use.
  • Low-income kids lack access. 
  • Boys’ and girls’ media preferences are very different.
  • Social media use is big — but maybe not super fun. 
  • Everyone can be a maker, but not many are.

Read the whole report here.

 

 

Cabra Library Blog Views Top 10000 So Far This Year


We have just reached a milestone with over 10000 page views for the Cabra College Library Blog so far this year. 2015 is now our busiest year ever for the blog since our first full year of operation in 2012. For a visual representation of the numbers check out these images below.

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2015 Science Week Starts Now!


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National Science Week runs all this week here at Cabra. Remember to check out the links below for our huge selection of Science Related books, DVDs and videofiles. And most importantly remember what They Might Be Giants have told us, “Science is Real”!

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National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology and thousands of individuals – from students, to scientists to chefs and musicians – get involved, taking part in more than 1000 science events across the nation.

Science Week is designed for everyone – it’s definitely not restricted to schools and universities – with events and activities and talks and shows for every age group.

It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists’ to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to become fascinated by the world we live in.

Best Science Websites

Cabra Library Diigo Faves

Diigo Community Science Education Sites

Academic Search Engines for Science

With a focus on science, these academic search engines return all-science, all the time. Sites 41-50 from TeachThought’s 100 Search Engines For Academic Research.

  1. SciSeek:In this science search engine and directory, you’ll find the best of what the science web has to offer. Browse by category, search by keyword, and even add new sites to the listings.
  2. Chem BioFinder:Register with PerkinElmer to check out the Chem BioFinder and look up information about chemicals, including their properties and reactions.
  3. Biology Browser:Biology Browser is a great resource for finding research, resources, and information in the field of biology. You can also check out their Zoological Record and BIOSIS Previews.
  4. Athenus:Athenus is an authority on science and engineering on the Web, sharing a directory and full-featured web search.
  5. SciCentral:Use SciCentral as your gateway to the best sources in science. This site has a literature search, journals, databases, and other great tools for finding what you need.
  6. Strategian:Strategian is a great place to find quality information in all fields of science. Featured resources include free full-text books, patents, and reports, as well as full-text journal and magazine articles, plus a special collection of Vintage Biology with important articles and books in biology.
  7. Science.gov:In this government science portal, you can search more than 50 databases and 2,100 selected websites from 12 federal agencies. This is an incredible resource for millions of pages of U.S. government science information.
  8. CERN Document Server:This organization for nuclear research serves up a great search and directory for experiments, archives, articles, books, presentations, and so much more within their documents.
  9. Analytical Sciences Digital Library:Through the Analytical Sciences Digital Library, you’ll find peer-reviewed, web-based educational resources in analytical sciences, featuring a variety of formats for techniques and applications.
  10. WorldWideScience:Use WorldWideScience.org as a global science gateway, offering excellent search results in the sciences, and even the option to select specific databases and find resources in your own language.

Science Resources August 2015

Year 9 English Students Play Casting Director


Today Year 9 English students had the opportunity to play casting director in their own adaptation of a short story.

goodreads list     jane campionAfter choosing a short story of 10 pages or less from the Library collection students had to read their story, paying close attention to the setting and the characterization of the main and secondary protagonists. After completing a short setting and character worksheet, students cast real-life actor’s in the principal roles of their imaginary film adaptation.

Some useful links and the worksheets are below: Short Story Collection 2015Film Resources.

Character Map Female

Character Map Male

Casting the Characters and Setting Worksheet

short story index  Short Story index. Browse and read short stories online.

Neil Gaiman’s Free Short Stories

19 Short Stories from Nobel Prize Winning Author Alice Munro

10 Wonderful Stories to Read Online from Flavorwire

100 (or so) Great American Short Stories

New updates to Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre


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New updates to:
Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre

There are more than 150 topics in your Australia / New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre subscription, helping you to critically analyse multiple sides of a current / controversial issue, and develop persuasive essay writing skills.

This quarterly update includes the following new topics:

  • Australian Jihadists in Iraq
  • Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginals
  • Corporate Tax Rate
  • Drug Use
  • Education & Aboriginals
  • Effect of Mobile Devices on Personal Relationships
  • FIFO Workers in the Mining Industry
  • Journalist Peter Greste Jailed in Egypt
  • Nuclear Cooperation between Australia & India

All topics contain four essays written by subject experts from Australia or New Zealand, with a balance of materials from all viewpoints, overviews, arguments, and opposing ideas.

For more info on Points of View go here. For ‘How To’ Tutorials on ‘Points of View’ and other EBSCO Research Databases click here.

You will need a username and password to access the site, please ask your Homeroom Teacher for this or one of the friendly Cabra Library staff.

Cabra Libraries Introduce Flipster™, a New Way to Access Digital Magazines


~ The One-Stop-Shop for Digital Magazines Allows students, staff and parents
to Browse the Latest Issues of the Most Sought After Magazines ~

The whole of the Cabra College community can now access their favorite digital magazines using Flipster from EBSCO Information Services. Flipster is a next-generation digital magazine service that allows people to browse the latest issues of high quality digital versions of popular magazines, courtesy of the library.

Cabra Libraries have both Flipster and  Hardcopy magazines  so patrons have the option of accessing the content at the library or remotely. Magazines can be downloaded to iPads, phones or any mobile or desktop device via a native app for offline reading anytime anywhere. Current Flipster titles are below. We will be adding more as the year progresses. All suggestions for additional titles gratefully received.

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Flipster offers an easy, browseable reading experience. Users can browse magazines by category as well as perform searches for specific periodicals. An online newsstand provides a carousel of the most recent issues, as well as a carousel of all issues allowing for quick access to magazines. The table of contents contains links to quickly go to articles of interest and hotlinks within magazines are hyperlinked, opening in separate tabs when clicked. In addition, there is an option to zoom in and out for better readability.

Contemporary School Libraries should be all about choice. A wide selection of resources, and a choice of the best way to access these for each user. Flipster provides Cabra Libraries with a digital access point for both general interest and curriculum magazines. Coupled with our vast EBSCO eBook and Gale Virtual Reference Library Collections Flipster allows users a digital reading experience for both research and pleasure.

To access Flipster and all these digital collections use the usual Cabra Login details. For a reminder of these contact Libraries Coordinator Mr Bull.

To view tutorials for all our databases click here. To view a Flipster tutorial see below:

Gale Virtual Reference Library Now Available


The Cabra Library is now able to offer students and staff access to another excellent collection of reference information. It is called Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) and it offers comprehensive detailed  information on just about every topic you could think of. You can access an incredible wealth of information on most topics and view or download these eBooks for later use, keyword searching…

GVRL is arranged into the following broad subject areas:

You will need a username and password to access the site, please ask your Homeroom Teacher for this. Access this resource and many others from the “Link Favourites” on the right hand side of our Access-It Library Catalogue.

For an overview and tips & tricks on using GVRL check out the video tutorials below: