ETL 503 Assessment task 1: Part B- Annotated resource list on curriculum topic

Part B– Annotated resource list on curriculum topic

The resources selected have been compared to selection criteria adapted from Hughes-Hassell & Mancall’s (2005, p. 46-47) learner-centred contextualised general selection criteria (Valenzuela, 2014). Not all of the selections will be added to the collection.

The selection aids used are numbered below:

 

  1. SCIS catalogue
  2. Scootle
  3. Curriculum press
  4. Booktopia
  5. Apple app store
  6. Teacher
  7. Cambridge Publisher

 

Boyer, C. (2012). Everything Ancient Egypt. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.

 

This resource is a large print book, which contains 64 pages. It is targeted at grades 3-7. It contains an overview of a variety of topics about ancient Egypt. It will be used as an overview resource.

This resource meets the general selection criteria in the following ways:

 

Primary considerations

Criteria How criteria has been met
Appropriateness Is at a reading level suitable for targeted students from low SES, ELA/D and/or Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders background.
Scope Information coincides with unit topics.
Accuracy Information is up-to-date.
Treatment Presentation will appeal to targeted students.
Arrangement & organisation Information is organised in a way that is clear and easy to understand.
Authority National geographic is a reliable source.
Format Size and layout of the book is not confronting for students and should engage them.

 

Secondary considerations

Criteria How criteria has been met
Physical quality Pictures and snippets of information support the learning style of targeted students.

 

Selection aids 1 and 4 were used to locate this resource.

1 was useful as it has large amounts of different resources as well as an advanced search option which allows for users to get more specific results which saves time. The year published and format options were used to assist in finding this resource. The summary and the review were also helpful in identifying the usefulness of this resource.

4 was used to assist in identifying the age group that this item will be suitable for.

 

British Museum. (2010). Ancient Egypt. Retrieved from British Museum website: http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/menu.html

 

This resource is a comprehensive and interactive website. The simple language used on the website along with the layout and challenges, indicate that it is targeted at students. It contains an extensive amount of information covering many topics to do with ancient Egypt. This resource will be used for deeper research.

This resource meets the general selection criteria in the following ways:

 

Primary considerations

Criteria How criteria has been met
Appropriateness Content is detailed, but still at the reading level of targeted students. It provides links to definitions which provide extra support.
Scope Detail is appropriate for deeper research. The topics include information related to the following curriculum content: ACDSEH002, ACDSEH033, ACDSE129
Accuracy Material is up-to-date
Treatment Interactive presentation of information will gauge the interest of targeted students.
Arrangement & organisation Links to definitions and the story/explore/challenge options cater for and challenge a range of learners.
Authority Reliable source
Format Compatible with iPad and computer software. Medium is engaging.

 

Selection aid 2 was used to locate this resource.

2 was useful as it has an advanced search option which allows the user to get specific results which saves time. The publication, year level and source options were successfully used to assist in finding this resource. These options also allowed for specificity to the learner. The option to view it in the curriculum again makes it specific and easy to use.

 

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. (2011). Britannica Kids- Ancient Egypt (Version 2.1) [iPad application software]. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/britannica-kids-ancient-egypt/id388254830?mt=8

 

This resource is an iPad application (app). The description indicates that only some of the necessary unit topics have been included. The interactive games seem basic and indicate that this app may be more suited to a younger group of students. Cost involved is $8.99.

This resource doesn’t meet the general selection criteria in the following ways:

Primary considerations

Criteria How criteria hasn’t been met
Appropriateness Below the targeted students development level.
Scope Does not support curriculum needs.
Comparison with other works There are other free applications that are more suited to targeted students needs.
Format School is still unable to purchase bulk iPad applications.

 

Secondary considerations

Criteria How criteria hasn’t been met
Physical quality Reviewer indicates that images are not quality and that information seems to be scanned.
Cost Unreasonable to ask students from low SES background to purchase application.

 

Selection aid 5 was used to locate this resource.

5 was useful as it has sample pages from the app, as well as provides a brief description of its contents. The review tab also proved valuable as an unbiased opinion was provided.

 

Fox, M. (2012). The ancient Egypt ebook. Retrieved from SCIS catalogue.

 

This resource is an ebook with the target audience being teachers. It contains an extensive amount of information related to the curriculum unit specified. This resource will be best suited as a teacher resource.

This resource meets the general selection criteria in the following ways:

 

Primary considerations

Criteria How criteria has been met
Appropriateness Content is not appropriate for the learners level, however is appropriate for teachers who can manipulate the information into a form that is suitable for the targeted students.
Scope Resource has been linked with the Australian Curriculum: History
Accuracy Material is up-to-date and makes reference to valid and reliable sources.
Treatment Presentation is suitable for teacher and includes resources that teachers can use in lessons.
Authority Publisher has credible links to the Australian Curriculum.
Format Software is compatible with interactive whiteboards, computers, iPads and other mobile devices (Fox, 2012, p. 12).

 

Secondary considerations

Criteria How criteria has been met
Cost As a teacher resource, it is value for money.

 

Selection aids 1 and 3 were used to locate this resource.

1 was useful as it contains a variety of different resources as well as an advanced search option which allows for user to get more specific results. The year published and format options were used to assist in finding this resource.

The link in 1 to selection aid 3 proved valuable as the information gained from the sample pages and Google preview provided a better understanding of how to use the resource.

 

Hurdman, C., Steele, P. & Tames, R. (2013). Find out about ancient Egypt, Rome & Greece. Anness Publishing.

 

This resource is a print book, which contains 256 pages. It is targeted at grades 3-7. It contains an overview of a variety of topics to do with ancient Egypt. It will be used as an overview resource.

This resource meets the general selection criteria in the following ways:

 

Primary considerations

Criteria How criteria has been met
Appropriateness Content is at the development level of targeted students.
Accuracy Resource is up-to-date.
Arrangement & organisation Information is organised in a clear and structured manner.
Authority Authors have contributed to other reliable sources.
Format Format will engage students.

 

Secondary considerations

Criteria How criteria has been met
Cost Is an affordable resource.

 

Selection aid 4 was used to locate this resource.

4 was used to gain access to new resources. The refine search option was useful to cull down the abundance of results. 4 was also used to assist in identifying the age group that this item is suitable for.

 

MAD Learning. (2012). Pocket history ancient Egypt (Version 2.1.1) [iPad application software]. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/pocket-history-ancient-egypt/id406913983?mt=8

 

This resource is an iPad application. The description indicates that many necessary curriculum topics have been included. The resource is text dense however matches the reading level for a year 7 student. Many images are included to help explain the text. The app is free. This resource will be used for deeper research by students.

This resource meets the general selection criteria in the following ways:

 

Primary considerations

Criteria How criteria has been met
Appropriateness Content is at an appropriate reading level.
Scope Information is detailed and correlates with the curriculum in many ways.
Accuracy Material is up-to-date.
Arrangement & organisation Information is easy to use and well structured.
Comparison with other works Provides more detailed information at the targeted students level when compared to the Britannica kids-Egypt app (Encyclopaedia Britannica, 2011)
Format Resource is easy to download onto student iPads.

 

Secondary considerations

Criteria How criteria has been met
Cost App is free, making it accessible to all students including those from a low SES background.

 

Selection aid 5 was used to locate this resource.

5 was useful as it provides sample pages from the app as well as provides a brief description of its contents. As it was a free resource, it was useful to download it to view it. The resource is easy and quick to download meaning the full contents could be assessed within a couple of minutes.

 

Secrets of the afterlife: Magic, Mummies & immortality. (2013). Welshpool, WA: Western Australia Museum.

 

This resource is a large printed book, containing 68 pages. It includes some information related to the curriculum topic as well as information that isn’t relevant. The intended audience is the general population, meaning it won’t be as relevant to the targeted students.

This resource does not meet the general selection criteria in the following ways:

 

Primary considerations

Criteria How criteria hasn’t been met
Appropriateness Doesn’t match the targeted student’s development or reading level.
Scope Presents information about the contents of the British museum which doesn’t relate to the unit or curriculum.
Arrangement & organisation Information is arranged to suit the general population’s needs.
Format Format may be new to students as it is not specific to their level of development.

 

Secondary considerations

Criteria How criteria hasn’t been met
Physical quality Language used is targeted at the general population and not to students in year 7.

 

Selection aids 1 and 4 were used to locate this resource.

1 was useful as it has an abundance of different resources as well as an advanced search option which allows for users to get specific results. The year published and format options were used to assist in finding this resource. The summary was helpful in identifying the usefulness of this resource.

4 was used to assist in identifying the suitable age group. The summary influenced the decision that this resource won’t be added to the collection.

 

The Children’s University of Manchester. (2009). Ancient Egypt. Retrieved from The Children’s University of Manchester website: http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/history/egypt/

 

This resource is an interactive website. The simple language used along with the layout and challenges, indicate that it is targeted at young students. It is still relevant to the targeted students especially those from an ELA/D background, as it is interactive. It contains information covering many topics to do with ancient Egypt. It will be used as tool to engage and interest students into the subject and for overview research.

This resource meets the general selection criteria in the following ways:

 

Primary considerations

Criteria How criteria has been met
Appropriateness Matches the targeted students learning style and will engage the students.
Scope Information is brief, however still can be used as a starting point for students.
Treatment Presented in an appealing and engaging way.
Arrangement & organisation Structured, engaging and easy to use
Authority University of Manchester is a reliable source.
Format Only compatible with iPads when viewed within Puffin Web Browser Free app (CloudMosa Inc., 2013). Compatible with school computers.

 

Secondary considerations

Criteria How criteria has been met
Physical quality Supports learning style of targeted students.

 

Selection aid 1 was used to locate this resource.

1 was useful due to the variety of different resources as well as an advanced search option which allows for the user to get more specific results. The format option was used to assist in finding this resource. The contents and link to the website was also helpful in identifying the usefulness of this resource.

 

The Paul Getty Museum. (2011). Mummification Process- animation. Retrieved from The Paul Getty Museum website: http://www.getty.edu/art/videos/mummification_process/mummification_process.html

This resource is an animation of a mummified body. The animation along with the narration provide information specific to the unit and more specifically to the assessment task. This resource will be used for deeper research.

This resource meets the general selection criteria in the following ways:

 

Primary considerations

Criteria How criteria has been met
Appropriateness Will match targeted students learning style.
Scope Supports information required for assessment task.
Accuracy Resource is up-to-date.
Treatment Visual animation and narration appeal to learning needs.
Arrangement & organisation Follows step-by-step instructions in which can be stopped and replayed when needed.
Format Only compatible with iPad when viewed with in Puffin Web Browser Free app (CloudMosa Inc., 2013). Compatible with school computers.

 

Selection aid 2 was used to locate this resource.

2 was useful as it has an advanced search option which allow for the user to get specific results. The year level and source options were successfully used to assist in finding this resource. These options also allowed for specificity to the learner. The option to view it in the Australian Curriculum makes it specific and easy to use.

 

Woollacott, A. (2012). History for the Australian Curriculum 7. Teacher resource package. Series: No.1. Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

 

This will provide teachers with addition resources to use alongside their class textbooks. It contains suggested responses to questions, research tasks, teaching programs and PowerPoint presentations related to the material in the class textbooks. These are downloadable and can be uploaded to the school network. This resource will be best suited as a teacher resource.

This resource meets the general selection criteria in the following ways:

 

Primary considerations

Criteria How criteria has been met
Appropriateness Coincides with textbook which correlates with the Australian Curriculum.
Scope Supports teacher’s delivery of the unit.
Accuracy Has been created to correspond with the Australian curriculum.
Arrangement & organisation Arranged to coincide with the classroom textbook.
Format Can be uploaded onto the school network for easier use by teachers.

 

Secondary considerations

Criteria How criteria has been met
Reputation Previous textbooks were from the same publisher.
Cost Budgeted for in coordination with the history faculty.

Selection aids 6 and 7 were used to locate this resource.

6 was used to discuss prior resources, new resource options and finally the best resource to purchase.

7 was used to research the complete series of the resource. In discussion with 6 the resource will be budgeted for to coincide with the other student resources that the history faculty will purchase.

 

References

Apple. (2014). Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/au/genre/ios/id36?mt=8

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2014). Australian Curriculum: History year 7. Retrieved from The Australian Curriculum website: http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/humanitiesandsocialsciences/history/Curriculum/F-10?y=7&s=HKU&s=HS&layout=1

Booktopia. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.booktopia.com.au/

Boyer, C. (2012). Everything Ancient Egypt. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.

British Museum. (2010). Ancient Egypt. Retrieved from British Museum website: http://www.ancientegypt.co.uk/menu.html

Cambridge University Press. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.cambridge.org/

Callow, J. (2010). I’m way more interested: using visual texts to engage students from a low SES background. SCAN, 29(3), 28-34.Retrieved from http://www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/schoollibraries/assets/pdf/callow_29%203.pdf

CloudMosa Inc. (2013). Puffin Web Browser Free (Version 3.2.5) [iPad application software]. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/puffin-web-browser-free/id472937654?mt=8

Curriculum Press. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.curriculumpress.edu.au/index.php

Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. (2011). Britannica Kids- Ancient Egypt (Version 2.1) [iPad application software]. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/britannica-kids-ancient-egypt/id388254830?mt=8

Fitgerald, L. (2014). Resourcing the curriculum [ETL503 Module 2.5]. Retrieved March 29, 2014, from Charles Sturt University website: http://interact.csu.edu.au/portal/site/ETL503_201430_W_D/page/107347c1-3a72-453a-8091-13f98fefcf2c

Fox, M. (2012). The ancient Egypt ebook. Retrieved from SCIS catalogue.

Herring, J. (2007). Teacher librarians and the school library. In S. Ferguson (Ed.) Libraries in the twenty-first century: charting new directions in information (p. 27-42). Wagga Wagga, NSW:

Hughes-Hassell, S. & Mancall, J.C. (2005). Collection Management for Youth : Responding to the Needs of Learners. Retrieved from http://www.eblib.com

Hurdman, C., Steele, P. & Tames, R. (2013). Find out about ancient Egypt, Rome & Greece. Anness Publishing.

MAD Learning. (2012). Pocket history ancient Egypt (Version 2.1.1) [iPad application software]. Retrieved from https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/pocket-history-ancient-egypt/id406913983?mt=8

Morris, C. (2010). Successful classrooms for indigenous students. Retrieved from http://www.daretolead.edu.au/STORY_Successful_Classrooms_Conference_report

Noon, T., Landrigan, K., Haselhurst, T., Drapalski, T., McPherson, J., & McNamee, C. (2013). Ashcroft High School: Annual school report. Retrieved from Ashcroft High School website: http://www.ashcroft-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/documents/4089790/4095893/Ashcroft%20HS%20ASR%202012.pdf

Secrets of the afterlife: Magic, Mummies & immortality. (2013). Welshpool, WA: Western Australia Museum.

The Children’s University of Manchester. (2009). Ancient Egypt. Retrieved from The Children’s University of Manchester website: http://www.childrensuniversity.manchester.ac.uk/interactives/history/egypt/

The Paul Getty Museum. (2011). Mummification Process- animation. Retrieved from The Paul Getty Museum website: http://www.getty.edu/art/videos/mummification_process/mummification_process.html

SCIS Catalouge. (2014). Retrieved from http://www2.curriculum.edu.au/scis/home.html

Scootle. (2014). Retrived from https://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/p/home

Valenzuela H. (2014). ETL501 Adapted selection criteria. Retrieved from WordPress website: https://hannav102.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/342/

Woollacott, A. (2012). History for the Australian Curriculum 7. Teacher resource package. Series: No.1. Port Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

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