The War That Saved My Life is an outstanding, heart-warming, coming-of-age story set in the English countryside during World War 2 and is historical fiction at its best. Reminiscent of Goodnight Mister Tom, we highly recommend it as a holiday read for our younger Middle Years' students.
In the current environment of information overload, social media and 'fake news', it has never been more important to have the digital literacy skills necessary to evaluate and find accurate and good quality information. To assist our learners with this, the iCentre has purchased subscriptions to Britannica School - a true and trusted source of information, and Britannica Image Quest, an online image library that students are able to use for their research project work.
This term our Year 8 students are investigating Medieval society and how it was impacted by the outbreak of The Black Death in 1347, and other exciting topics like the Vikings, Charlemagne, the Mongols and Women of the Middle Ages. The iCentre has curated Pinterest boards to support our teachers and learners with their inquiry.
We recommend that our Senior students who are studying poetry this term visit Australian Poetry Library, a website providing access to a wide range of poetic texts as well as to critical and contextual material relating to them, including interviews, photographs and audio/visual recordings.
Curation tools, such as Diigo and Pinterest, are important for 21st century teaching and learning as they help learners manage the infowhelm! We have recently discovered Draggo, an online bookmark manager, and a great way to save, organize, and access favourite links from any online location. We recommend you add it to your curation toolbox.
We recommend that students and teachers follow the iCentre on Pinterest where we curate boards to support teaching and learning across the curriculum. This term, our Yr 7s will find the Ancient China board useful to support their unit of work and as a starting point for their enquiry.
Located under the iLearn tab on the website, we have added some new video tutorials to help students with research and referencing tasks. The new tutorials step you through how to register, login and create a citation using CiteMaker, our new online referencing tool.
Our Yr 10 History students are learning all about the struggle for rights and freedoms of people around the world. To assist them with their learning, we have curated Pinterest boards that contain resources about significant individuals and events central to the Australian, South African and US Civil Rights movements.
Our students live in a world of infowhelm where they are bombarded with information from a myriad of sources, most of which are unmediated. The skill of being able to evaluate the quality of the information is an information literacy and fluency skill which is essential today. We are teaching our Yr 7 and Yr 8 students how to go about this by using a set of criteria to apply each time they use an information source.
Opinions differ about the usefulness of Wikipedia as a source of information for research. At Mt Alvernia, we teach students that it depends on the quality of individual articles and show them how to find the grade of the article on the Wikipedia Quality Scale before deciding if they are going to use the information or not.
The ability to use databases to locate and select quality information is an essential research skill in secondary education. The iCentre website is your portal to academic databases. We have recently added Gale Reference Library and Expanded Academic ASAP to our online database collections for students to access quality print articles for research purposes. Students can find these resources under the iResearch button.