Friday, July 30, 2010

Australian Museum: resources for education

While toddling about the Australian Museum site being gobsmacked by science photography, I thought I'd locate a couple more useful links to pop on the blog.

The Education Services site has a bunch of possibilities to explore, including videoconferencing, teacher previews/talks, competitions and more.

The Collections section is the gateway to exploring an extensive number of options, including biodiversity, natural science collections, interactive science activities, cultural collections and more.

Minerals and fossils
Cultures (including Australian Aboriginal  and Ancient Egyptian material)

Worth sharing with your Science staff, Society and Culture teachers, Aboriginal committee/liaison group/Aboriginal studies teachers, History teachers and others.  You don't have to be in Sydney or NSW to make use of many of the resources on the site.



Thursday, July 29, 2010

Amazing science photography

There are three finalists in this year's Eureka Science Photography prize.  Take a look:

and maybe share them with your Science staff?

You can also search on past Eureka Science prizewinners (there are lots of other categories as well as Science Photography - it's near the end of the list) by clicking here.

There are also Eureka teacher resources, state-specific and all!  Find them here:

No blog entry yesterday.  Yup, I know.  Not slackness, just a crazybeans day.  As happens.



Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Old Spice and Libraries

As a keen watcher of The Gruen Transfer (an ABC television show about advertisements, advertising and marketing) I recently learned about the world's best ad 2010, one for Old Spice aftershave:

A tad bewildering, on first view.  All one take, and all 'real' except for the hand with an oyster/tickets/diamonds.  Original URL:

The company has follow-up spots in which the Old Spice Man talks about topics suggested by people.  And whaddya know, here's one (in the same sorta style as the ad) about libraries:

What can I say?  I'm here to share.  Original URL:



PS.  Couldn't resist.  Here's another one.

Original URL:

Monday, July 26, 2010

The past may come back to bite you...

There's a sign on the window by my office door that points out that I'm not young enough to know everything (kids read it sometimes, and go, well, of course...)...and yet sometimes you see the bulletproof young heading towards disaster - or at least, problems - assuming they're teflon-coated, when you know they aren't.  Internet privacy's one of those problems.

In The Web Means the End of Forgetting, (NY Times) Jeffrey Rosen discusses how publication of information about individuals can influence present circumstances, future prospects, eliminate opportunities.

We’ve known for years that the Web allows for unprecedented voyeurism, exhibitionism and inadvertent indiscretion, but we are only beginning to understand the costs of an age in which so much of what we say, and of what others say about us, goes into our permanent — and public — digital files. The fact that the Internet never seems to forget is threatening, at an almost existential level, our ability to control our identities; to preserve the option of reinventing ourselves and starting anew; to overcome our checkered pasts.

Worth reading.  One to share with colleagues, students and children.



PS. if the lemon tree in your garden is utterly ignored except when you can pick fruit from it, does that benign neglect qualify it for 'organic' status?  If so, today's lemon cupcakes with chocolate icing had organic lemon zest in them... Hurrah for a cupcake Monday!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Official movie site: Tomorrow When the War Began

The official site for the film of Tomorrow When the War Began, based on the excellent book series by John Marsden, has just been launched.  Find it here:

How does the website fit in with the film's marketing: “Our goal was to engage the current fan base of the John Marsden novels and create a truly engaging interactive site that could feed their appetite for content and broaden our audience leading into the film’s release. Tequila understood our vision to interact, engage and create a site that fits with international standards”, said Cate Smith, Marketing Director Paramount Pictures Australia.

“Extending the narrative into the interactive space is really where we see the future of entertainment marketing. It’s a real privilege to work with like-minded people when working on projects like this,” said Russ Tucker, Tequila’s Creative Director. (source)

43 days left before the film premieres...



...about to toddle off and work with Year 7 on a biography assignment we've called: Who Are They? And Why Should I Care?  Invented it for one class and the good news spread - today's will be the third class to do it.  Woo hoo!  The kids don't do another Powerpoint? groan!, but instead have set requirements including a model related to their person.  Much more fun.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

You know you're back at school when.... hear lots of holiday stories from the kids.  I've found an excellent question to ask is, "And the best part of your holiday was - ?" - gets some great replies.  Although I could have done without the detailed description of one kid's vomit -

- but Miss, you could see -


And at recess I got a detailed description of hunting feral pigs (to help the farmers).  Pig-dogs, knives... don't ask.  More than I evah knew before.

The happy life of teacher librarians.  All the news that's fit to print, and some you'd rather avoid.  Bless 'em.

As you could probably tell by the silence on this blog, the end of term got VERY busy around here.  Had a great holiday, back with a more ideas to play with and share.