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of collections across the whole of North America, with millions of digitized artifacts, printed works, published and unpublished manuscripts and much, much more.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.

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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


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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.

 

 

Website of the Week: Nations Online


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The Nations Online Project :: Get In Touch with the World.

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This week’s Website of the Week is The Nations Online Project. This site provides a superb collection of information and links about just about every country in the world. Search by country, continent or language. There are also some excellent articles on cities including Megacities and famous cities. Nations Online compliments the excellent statistically focused CIA World Factbook and the more culturally oriented A-Z of World Culture.

The Nations Online Project – is, among other things, a more or less objective guide to the world, a statement for the peaceful, nonviolent coexistence of nations. A statement in favor of cultural diversity and the free flow of information and knowledge across national, cultural and religious boundaries.

Nations Online Project is a pioneer in providing information about countries. It is actually as old as Google, and older than Wikipedia.

 

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.

 

 

Website of the Week: The Carbon Shrink


This week’s Website of the Week is The Carbon Shrink. This site is a Digital Library of the best examples of sites, documentaries, games etc, addressing Sustainable Matters curated by a Teacher Librarian.
These examples have been chosen for their innovative, clear and immediate style in presenting ideas and information. Areas of focus include;

 

 

Website of the Week: What Happened In My Birth Year.com


This week’s Website of the Week is What Happened In My Birth Year.com. This site is  a fun way to find out what was happening in the year of your birth.  It was created by Philipp Lenssen.  You can  Check out more of Philipp Lenssen’s web projects here. Just type in the year of your birth or any other year you want to find out about and this simple site will start scrolling out all the facts, figures, people and things that made that year and that decade special.

Website of the Week: Vintage Ad Browser


This week’s Website of the Week is Vintage Ad Browser.com. Vintage Ad Browser is an indexed website devoted to advertising images stretching from the mid 1850s to the present day. Vintage Ad Browser was created in 2009/2010 and released in 2010, by Philipp Lenssen from Germany, currently living in China. This site aims to collect vintage ads from a variety of sources, including comic books, CD-Roms, websites, APIs, your submissions, book, magazine & comic book scans, and more. At the moment, this site contains 123,311 ads. Vintage Ad Browser has a sister site called Cover Browser, started in 2006 – please have a look. This site is an amazingly useful tool for English, Media Studies, Art and HASS amongst other subjects. It allows you to compare the depiction and marketing of a product over time and between countries. Fantastic for tracking society’s changing relationship with a particular commodity such as alcohol or tobacco. Check out more of Philipp Lenssen’s web projects here.

Website of the Week: Charity Navigator


This week’s Website of the Week is CharityNavigator.org. Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator has become one of the world’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. In their quest to help donors, their team of professional analysts has examined tens of thousands of non-profit financial documents. They’ve used this knowledge to develop an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system to assess over 8,000 charities.

So if you want to donate to a worthy cause but you’re not sure which charity is for you, use this site to get the cold hard facts about just where your money will go.

Website of the Week: A Mighty Girl


a mighty girl headerThis week’s Website of the Week is amightygirl.com. A site devoted to book and movie reviews and author interviews of particular interest to girls. There are some really fantastic lists of books and authors that feature strong female characters and positive role models for girls and young women. Browse the sections below for more strong girl stories both fiction and non-fiction:

Mighty Girls & Women; Fiction;  General Interest;  History/Biography; Personal Development; Social Issues