Assignment 1: Part B – Annotated Resource list

PART B: Annotated Resource List

Selection Criteria Overview (Appendix 1)

After reading a range of articles, module content and school policies on resource selection, I have compiled the most significant elements into a simple table containing five focus areas.  Each resource will be evaluated according to the areas listed in the table.  The basic elements of the table are included in each annotation below.

Selection Criteria Overview (compiled by Helen Lindsay)

Selection Focus Area

Questions to be considered:

  1. Relevance

Is this resource directly relevant to the curriculum?

Does it meet an existing or future need?

What is the intended purpose of the resource? 

Does it support the interests of the learners?

Does it provide students with the opportunity to find, use and evaluate the information in such a way that they have to make discerning choices?

  1. Authority and Accuracy

Is the resource current?

Is the information accurate?

Is the author / composer a recognized / credible source or has the author / composer used credible sources?

Are the sources acknowledged?

Is the material objective and unbiased? Are any opinions / biases acknowledged?

  1. Arrangement

Is the material easy to access?

Is the material suited to the format of the resource?

Is the material arranged in a way that is logical and easily understood by the intended users?

Does the resource include complementary material eg. Index, contents page, glossary, reference list, graphs etc.

Is the resource a good quality item – sturdy materials, attractive presentation, and simple to use?

Is the resource compatible with the school facilities?

  1. Appropriateness

Is the material appropriate for the school’s ethos and philosophy as outlined in the school mission statement and values statements?

Is it appropriate for the intended students’ age, emotional, intellectual, social and cultural development?

Is it embedded with positive values eg. Inclusive of others, valuing diversity, encourages reflection about the attitudes and values of themselves and others?

Does it incorporate a range of perspectives?

Does it complement other resources to produce a range of sources able to cater for different learning styles?

How does copyright legislation impact on the use of this resource?

  1. Value

Is it a good use of school resources? 

Will it be relevant to a range of learning areas?

Is there a better value alternative?

How will it be used?

 

 

The Selection criteria will be evaluated within each of the annotated resource lists below.

 

 

1. Lester, A. (2012). Sophie Scott Goes South. Melbourne,Penguin Group.

Selection Criteria

 

  1. Relevance

This resource is directly relevant to the curriculum and unit content as it provides an entry point into the Antarctica Unit through a story about the experiences of a 9 year old girl visiting Antarctica on the Aurora Australis.

  1. Authority and Accuracy

The author visited Antarctica in 2005 and wrote online diaries which school children responded to.  She has included her own photos.

  1. Arrangement

The material is very accessible as it is written in diary form with photos and illustrations accompanying the descriptions on each page.

  1. Appropriateness

The material is appropriate for students in upper primary as they relate to the experiences of the main character due to the similarities in their ages, intellectual and social development. The mention of Aurora Australis also ties in well with the Antarctica program mentioned later in the resource list as it is narrated from the same ship.

  1. Value

The material is good value at $29.95 as it will be used regularly for this unit as well being on the PRC list and therefore regularly borrowed for the PRC.

Selection Aids

I first used this book in 2013 after seeing it on the CBCA 2013 Short list for Picture Books and buying it to read to Year 5.  It is also on the PRC 3-4 Reading List and the SCIS entry includes 5 positive reviews. The information in these selection aids assisted in understanding the value and usefulness of the text.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Judge, A. (2010) Antarctica (series). Port Melbourne, Pearson Australia.

Selection Criteria

Judge, A.(2010) Discovery. Port Melbourne, Pearson Australia Group.

Judge, A.(2010) Current Issues. Port Melbourne, Pearson Australia Group.

Judge, A.(2010) Human Impacts. Port Melbourne, Pearson Australia Group.

Judge, A.(2010) Land, Ice and Living Things. Port Melbourne, Pearson Australia Group.

  1. Relevance

This series of books is directly relevant to the unit focus as it is designed to impart information to primary aged students. 

  1. Authority and Accuracy

The resource is only 4 years old and is produced by a recognized educational publisher.

  1. Arrangement

The contents, index, glossary and page headings ensure the information is easily accessed by students. The diagrams and illustrations are clearly labelled and relevant fact boxes are highlighted in the text. 

  1. Appropriateness

The material is appropriate for the age of the intended users as the print is not too small and the range of items on the page (pictures, diagrams, headings, fact boxes, explanations of photos etc) helps to cater for visual and reading/writing learners.

  1. Value

The books (4) were $29.98 each and they provide clear factual information.

Selection Aids

The books were cited in the November 2011 SCAN magazine as being ‘well produced’ with ‘stunning photography’ and ‘explicit diagrams’.  SCAN magazine’s review section is an excellent library resource as it reviews such a wide range of material.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Australian National Maritime Museum (2013) ‘Shackleton Epic’. Retrieved from: www.shackletonepic.com/resources/

 

Selection Criteria

 

  1. Relevance

This is a teacher resource unit that is directly relevant to the Antarctica unit of work and major project.  It suggests a range of activities and incorporates a variety of resources and links to engage students on this topic. This resource is obviously intended for teacher use and includes primary stage 3 outcomes, a glossary and a comprehensive range of activities.

  1. Authority and Accuracy

The resource is very current, being published in 2013. There is no acknowledged individual author but the Australian National Maritime Museum is a credible organization and many of the links are to other credible organizations such as government or national geographic sites.

  1. Arrangement

The material is logically arranged and comprehensive but there is no index or contents page. Icons indicate the type of activities and skills being addressed. The resource includes a timeline, a glossary and a comprehensive list of additional resources.

  1. Appropriateness

The unit is specifically designed for stage 3 students and is well suited to their academic level.  It encourages students to respond in a variety of ways, allowing all learning styles activities options that suit them.   

  1. Value

This resource is online and freely available to teachers and students.  It is relevant to a range of learning areas and even specifies the outcomes it covers in four key learning areas.

Selection Aids

The ‘Shackleton Epic’ unit of work was found on the Australian National Maritime Museum site under schools – teachers. The website also has other teacher resources and a range of activities available for incursions and excursions.

 

4. Australian Antarctic Division. (2014). Classroom Antarctica [website]. Retrieved from:  http://classroom.antarctica.gov.au

Selection Criteria

 

  1. Relevance

This is a resource that has direct relevance to the unit and project.  It has specific sections that address nature and the continent, both of which are valuable for their task.

  1. Authority and Accuracy

This site is a government site, produced by the Australian Antarctic Division so it is a credible and trustworthy site.  It is aimed at students from grades 5-8 and it intends to stimulate students in their thinking about the real world.  The site covers many topics and these are all supported by photos and links to other credible websites.

  1. Arrangement

The site is arranged to be easily navigable.  The major topics are in tabs across the top, with the current tab highlighted.  The elements of each major topic are listed in tabs down the side of the site, making them very accessible.

  1. Appropriateness

The material is well suited to the target students’ level of development.  The ideas of conservation and resource management are given prominence and students are encouraged to think critically about key environmental issues. 

  1. Value

This is free and accessible to all, making it an excellent resource option.

Selection Aids

This website was found using Google Search.  It was also listed in the ‘Shackleton Epic’ references list.  Despite being very mainstream, Google search  (Advanced) is comprehensive in completing a search and has the potential to identify excellent resources.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Waller, S. (Producer). (December 8, 2011) Antarctica [Television Broadcast]. Brisbane, Network Ten.

Selection Criteria

 

  1. Relevance

This short documentary is part of the CSIRO Scope series.  It is aimed at being fun and informative whilst educating children in the 8-12 year old age group. It directly deals with the lives of humans and animals in the Antarctic in an entertaining way.

  1. Authority and Accuracy

This is part of the Scope Series created by the CSIRO and narrated by CSIRO Education Officer and Scientist, Dr Rob Bell. This would certainly be regarded as a credible organization.

  1. Arrangement

The program flows logically and viewers are shown the Aurora Australis, which links it to the Sophie Scott Goes South.

  1. Appropriateness

The material is appropriate for students of this age and maturity.  It is an entertaining and light-hearted introduction without delving too deeply. 

  1. Value

This resource was taped off the television, as allowed for educational purposes. It could be used in a range of key learning areas including science and geography, both in late primary and lower high school age groups.

Selection Aids

This resource was on our school catalogue.  However research into the CSIRO Scope TV series shows that they are well regarded in the educational sector.  I watched it with my 11 year old son, who is the age of the intended audience, and he both learned from it and enjoyed it.

 

 

 

 

6. Tulloch, C. (2003). The Heart of the World: Antarctica. Sydney, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  

Selection Criteria

 

  1. Relevance

This resource is designed to educate children about Antarctica and what a unique continent it is.  The author has included a range of materials including photos, diagrams, notes from experts and maps to help students to contextualize the information given in the text. 

  1. Authority and Accuracy

The resource is now over 10 years old but still very relevant and helpful. It is published by ABC Books and it won the ‘Environment Award for Children’s Literature’ from the Wilderness Society.

  1. Arrangement

The material is well-organised with a contents page acknowledging chapter headings and page contents.  The index at the rear of the text is thorough and there is also a glossary and a section entitled ‘What you can do’.

  1. Appropriateness

The material is appropriate for more capable students in Stage 3 and stage 4 students.  It is embedded with positive messages about looking after the world and trying to be responsible for the future preservation of Antarctica

  1. Value

This book was $26.95 and its’ presence on the PRC list for Years 5-6, and 7-9 means it is borrowed regularly.

Selection Aids

This book was reviewed on SCIS and in resource reviews on the schools website where it is described as an ‘impressively comprehensive guide’.  Both sources are excellent in aiding teachers to find current and relevant texts, particularly as they mention the Key Learning Areas and stages that any resource would be appropriate for.

 

 

 

 

  1. Burton, P. (2006). Antarctica – Thinking Themes. Macmillan Teacher Resources, South Yarra. 

Selection Criteria

 

  1. Relevance

The book is a series of worksheets designed to break concepts down and help students find relevant information on aspects of life in Antarctica.  It incorporates a range of learning activities to suit different learning styles.

  1. Authority and Accuracy

The templates are simple but do not attempt to direct students to any particular sources.  The advantage to this is that nothing gets out of date and online links are not a problem.  Macmillan, the publisher, is a recognized educational publisher (Primary Publisher of the Year 2007-2013).

  1. Arrangement

The material is arranged by topics and each worksheet is designed to be visually appealing to late primary students with simple graphics and illustrations. 

  1. Appropriateness

The material is appropriate for the students, both developmentally and philosophically.  It encourages students to seek the input of others and reflect on their own learning. It incorporates the concept of respect for the environment and the importance of conservation for future generations.

  1. Value

This resource was $32.99 and is expensive for a book of worksheets however there is such a range of sheets and tasks that teachers could definitely use quite a number of them without it becoming tedious.  Its’ relevance would be limited to this age group and topic. 

Selection Aids

The MacMillan sales representative visits our library each year.  She is very knowledgeable about the curriculum and her products and is happy to demonstrate any eresources or show samples of relevant books. 

 

 

 

  1. Reid, G. (2005). Antarctica Series.  South Yarra, Macmillan Education Australia.

Selection Criteria

Reid, G (2005) Antarctica: The Frozen Continent. South Yarra, Macmillan Education Australia.

Reid, G (2005) Antarctica: Human Impacts. South Yarra, Macmillan Education Australia.

Reid, G (2005) Antarctica: Ecosystems. South Yarra, Macmillan Education Australia.

Reid, G (2005) Antarctica: Exploration. South Yarra, Macmillan Education Australia.

  1. Relevance

The information students will require for their major projects is available in these books.

  1. Authority and Accuracy

The books are published by Macmillan, a recognized educational publisher.  They were published in 2005 so the information is reasonably current however not all the weblinks listed in the book are active.

  1. Arrangement

The material is clearly arranged.  The text is not too small or dense and pages include ‘frozen facts’, diagrams, photos, weblinks and maps so the text is engaging and approachable.

  1. Appropriateness

The reading level of each book is well suited to Year 5.  The material is detailed without being overwhelming. 

  1. Value

The books are $28.95 each so buying the set is not a cheap exercise.  It is good to have some physical books in the collection with solid information but the non-working links date the books and may not be the best use of funds when there are so many current and maintained websites that are freely accessible.

Selection Aids

This set of books was reviewed by www.schools.nsw.edu.au/resourcereviews/?section=search.  This review describes the books as ‘ideal’ for this topic and mentions that future issues facing Antarctica are ‘particularly well covered’.  This is a helpful selection aid as it is very relevant for the NSW syllabus, being a NSW site.

 

9.  Dixon, J. (ed) (2012) Antarctica.  KidsDiscover App.  Retrieved from: http://www.kidsdiscover.com/apps/

Selection Criteria

 

  1. Relevance

This app is very relevant to the topic, particularly the major project as students can investigate ‘cold critters’ on the app. 

  1. Authority and Accuracy

The resource is current and the app has used a consultant on Antarctica from the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University in New York so you would regard it as credible.  The sources are acknowledged and material is short and factual.

  1. Arrangement

The App has an index at the beginning which you can access from anywhere on the app. The material is arranged in 8 topics and each one allows the student some choice in how they proceed.

  1. Appropriateness

The material is appropriate for this age group.  It is a good introduction to the topic but in-depth research would need additional resources. The interactive nature of the app means students would enjoy interacting with it but it would not hold their attention for an extended period. 

  1. Value

The App is $4.99.  If you had a class set of iPads, it might be worth buying one for each iPad but it is certainly not worth installing on all the school iPads. 

Selection Aids

Information about the app was found at www.eschoolnews.com.  This is an American site for school teachers that looks at how Daily Tech News and Innovation can be utilized in the classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

10. Ward, P. (2001). Cool Antarctica. Retrieved from http://www.coolantarctica.com

Selection Criteria

 

  1. Relevance

‘Cool Antarctica’ is clearly relevant to the Antarctica Unit of work and has sections on the human impact on Antarctica as well as the animals that live there.

  1. Authority and Accuracy

The website composer is Paul Ward. He is a teacher who lived in Antarctica from 1985-1987 and he has been developing this website since 2001. 

  1. Arrangement

The section in the ‘Schools’ tab has some sections that are divided into easy, medium and hard to cater for all levels and abilities..

  1. Appropriateness

This is best suited to the upper and middle level of the class.  Struggling students may need to work with a peer to find the information they need. The site includes forums and videos.

  1. Value

This website is free and readily available to the general public.  The advantage of this resource is that it is comprehensive and free so many students could access it at once.

Selection Aids

This website was given a 5 star rating on www.surfnetkids.com (a website designed to make parents and teachers aware of educational websites).  It is also included on TROVE. It is good to go to an independent site like surfnetkids for feedback as they not just giving you the publisher’s comments.

 

 

 

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