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360 cities
About geography
Arup
Atlas Obscura: a compendium of the world’s wonders, curiosities and esoteric
Atlas of living Australia
AusAID – the Australian Government’s overseas aid program
The Australia Institute Ltd
Australia’s world heritage – location map
BBC News: world: Europe: country profiles
Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS)
CEC website
China from the inside: an exploration of China, her people, her past, and her present
CSIRO Solutions for greenhouse
Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources
Earth science Australia
The encyclopedia of Earth
Environmental science
Forest protection portal: ecological science based forest preservation & conservation advocacy
Gapminder: unveiling the beauty of statistics in a fact based world view
GIS files from Ordnance Survey
The Institute of Public Affairs: Australia’s premier think-tank for over sixty years
Making the modern world: stories about the lives we’ve made
Melbourne Water
OECD online
Population flows: immigration aspects 2006–07 edition
River life teachers’ resource kit
Safe drinking water is essential
Shadow play
Smithsonian National Zoological Park
Soil and health library
The water cycle
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Upper Parramatta River Catchment education resource kit, 2002
Urban Ecology Australia
Vital water graphics: an overview of the state of the world’s fresh and marine waters
Wanderlust: GOOD maps out history’s journeys, from Magellan to Kerouac
Who’s afraid of nuclear power?
Worldometers: world statistics updated in real time
World without oil

360 cities (external website)
Thousands of amazing panoramic photographs of cities, countries, landscapes and icons from around the world are accessible on this site. Students can browse by place and by a world map, where specific locations can be opened. Google Earth features with interactive map controls enhancing the viewer’s engagement, satellite and terrain photographs, and maps and hybrids being easily used. Photographs are by professional photographers who know how to compose a shot and maximise the panoramic effect. The potential for education is astounding: the works could be useful for photographic students; landform searches will promote geographical understanding; and creative writing would be greatly stimulated by the site’s range of dramatic photographs. This is a marvellous site which demands exploration. D. Imison
USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English K–6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; HSIE K–6; Photographic & Digital Media 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Photographs; Photography of landscapes
PUBLISHER: 360 Cities, Netherlands
REVIEW DATE: 9/08/11 [779] SCIS 1403729

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About geography (external website)
Presenting information on a wide range of topics, this large site has much to interest the persistent geographer. Teachers will find it a very interesting resource, while students will need some direction in their site research. The Search option clearly displays headings and easily navigable links, and is the quickest way to find information on the site. Kept current with interesting news, the site contains a great deal of background information to world wide events, and study tools galore. It also offers access to blank map outlines, quizzes, and classroom activities. Articles & resources provides reference to Country information, Global problems and issues, Cultural geography, and Learn about the Earth. This site provides a wealth of resources for the study of Geography, particularly for Global geography in Stage 4, the Stage 5 elective Political geography, and the Stage 6 topic Ecosystems at risk, as well as developing Geographical tools and skills. A. Fisher
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Geography
PUBLISHER: About.com, USA
REVIEW DATE: 9/08/11 [910] SCIS 1185674

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Arup (external website)
Arup is an intriguing and very large company that specialises in integrating sustainability with innovative building and engineering design. The magnificent Projects described here have multiple connections to TAS syllabuses and form an excellent resource for students. The site describes many international high profile designs, such as the massive airport terminal buildings of London and Dubai, and Beijing’s Olympic venues of the water cube and the bird’s nest stadium. There are many projects in various Locations, including Australian roads, water wise buildings, the Olympic Dam mine extension, the Mamu rainforest canopy walkway, and the Melbourne Recital Centre. Project descriptions are concise explanations of what, how and why. They are well written, interesting for students to explore, supplemented by many fine photographs, and ideal for use on IWBs. Where now for cities and How food shapes our future, both accessible from the home page, are interesting multimedia explorations of these issues. The latter offers a short slideshow on lost food varieties, and the effect of wealth on diet. This large and bountiful site is well worth a browse by teachers. Services A–Z is a good place to assess the site’s breadth and its application to NSW syllabuses. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; HSIE; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Design & Technology 7–10; Design & Technology Stage 6; Engineering Stage 6; Food Technology 7–10; Geography Stage 6; Visual Design CEC Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Building industry; Civil engineering; Sustainable development
PUBLISHER: Arup, UK
REVIEW DATE: 01/04/10 [338.7] SCIS 1444820

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Atlas Obscura: a compendium of the world’s wonders, curiosities and esoteric (external website)
A collaborative and ongoing project, the atlas is a fascinating site that includes interactive maps, writing, photographs and short videos about the world’s bizarre and unusual places and events. Ideal as an IWB activity or for self directed extension work by students, the site offers a great opportunity to integrate ICT skills across KLAs. Students can focus on a specific country or investigate the Categories of wonders & curiosities. The latter includes a very wide range of material on syllabus related topics such as Microminature art, landscapes, flora and fauna, disasters, archaeology, architecture, and technology. Most of the material will work best as an inspirational illustration of where education can take students. For example, Creative Arts students can admire the artists who added resonating tubes to a bridge, in Musical wonders. The site is not merely a catalogue, it succeeds in expanding the user’s sense of identity in a wider and wondrous world. C. Sheppard
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: CA; HSIE; Science; TAS; VET
SYLLABUS: Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; Music 7–10; Science 7–10; Tourism Curriculum Framework Stage 6; Visual Arts 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Civilisation; Geography; Natural history; Wonders of the World
PUBLISHER: Atlas Obscura, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/04/10 [910] SCIS 1434156

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Atlas of living Australia (external website)
An exciting partnership between the CSIRO, Australian museums and other biodiversity research groups, this atlas aggregates information about Australian flora and fauna. Using an intuitive search interface, students access a wealth of rich multimedia data about animal and plant species in their local region or state. Within the search results, tabs along the top of the page provide convenient access to maps, scientific classification data, an image and video gallery, and supplementary online resources. Although younger students may require assistance navigating this expansive website, they could be directed specifically to Explore, a search facility. Alternatively, these students could identify species in their local neighbourhood with Explore your area. Older students, in addition to extracting information from the ALA repository, could be invited to register as contributors, sharing their personal sightings and photos through one of ALA’s Current citizen science projects. For secondary students, this site provides data and tools to investigate concepts surrounding biodiversity, taxonomy, climate change and conservation, corresponding with the Biology Stage 6, Geography 7–10 and Science 7–10 syllabuses. T.Kenny
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE, Science
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Geography 7–10; HSIE K–6; Science 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Biodiversity; Australia – Environmental conditions; Australia
PUBLISHER: National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy
REVIEW DATE: 07/10/11 [333.95]
*1521391* SCIS 1521391

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AusAID – the Australian Government’s overseas aid program (external website)
Constantly updated and easily navigated, this site provides information on AusAID, its function, current involvement and the role non-government organisations and the World Bank play in the delivery of aid. Links provides additional sources of information on other Australian government and non-government development and assistance organizations and their areas of action. Country programs includes updated and general information on those countries in which AusAID is playing an active role. Global education provides teaching resources and information for student projects. This site would be particularly applicable to: The global economy, in the Economics: Stage 6 syllabus; Global challenges, in the Geography: Stage 6 syllabus; and Australia in its regional and global context in Geography: Stages 4-5 syllabus. M. Saphin
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Commerce 7-10; Economics Stage 6; Geography 7-10; Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Economic assistance; Economic development; International economic relations
KEYWORDS: Aid; development; government aid
PUBLISHER: AusAID
REVIEW DATE: 9/08/11

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The Australia Institute Ltd (external website)
An outstanding cross curricula resource, this site contains a plethora of essays, discussion papers, newsletters and media releases. Topics, located in Newsletter, include over consumption, human rights, greenhouse gasses, environmental protection, and the ageing population. These quarterly publications are free to members, but copies, from 1998 to 2003, are freely available online in PDF format. Find offers key word searches, allowing easy location of relevant material. This is an excellent and essential source of information when studying and teaching the Geography Stage 6 syllabus modules 8.2.1 Biophysical interactions and 8.2.2 Global challenges. The site is easy to navigate, with language suitable for senior students. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; Science
SYLLABUS: Economics Stage 6; Geography 7-10; Geography Stage 6; Science 7-10; Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Ageing – Social aspects; Air pollution; Consumption (Economics); Environmental protection; Human rights
PUBLISHER: Australia Institute
REVIEW DATE: 09/08/11 [320] SCIS 1165017

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Australia's world heritage – location map (external website)
The 16 Australian properties on the World Heritage List are clearly shown on a map of Australia. The format for each heritage site opens pages of clearly written explicit text with several colourful, labelled photographs from the site. A brief introduction is followed by bullet points, highlighting its outstanding Values, which are the reason for inclusion on the world list. Clicking on the map, or on the name in the list, such as Shark Bay, Western Australia values, gives information on the zoological importance of its largely undisturbed peninsula and island habitats. The diversity of its vegetation, avifauna, reptiles and amphibians, endangered mammals and marine fauna make interesting reading. Information on Shark Bay and Map of Shark Bay are informative pdf files to download. Clear navigation tools direct the user to the other 15 sites and to background information in About world heritage, Criteria, and Laws. C. Keane
USER LEVEL:           Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA:   HSIE; Science; ST
SYLLABUS:   Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; HSIE K–6; Marine & Aquaculture Technology 7–10; Marine Studies CEC Stage 6; Science & Technology K–6
SCIS SUBJECTS:     Australia – Historic buildings, sites,etc. – Conservation and restoration; Conservation of natural resources; World Heritage areas
PUBLISHER:            Dept. of the Environment and Heritage, Australia
REVIEW DATE:       09/08/11 [333.7]          SCIS 1074459

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BBC News: world: Europe: country profiles (external website)
An outstanding resource, this regularly updated site contains profiles of all European countries, regions and territories, the Commonwealth, European Union, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations and UN Security Council, and the World Trade Organisation. A timeline for each country, organised as A chronology of key events, is a useful databank for History students. Country profiles offers current and historical information for each country via the Overview, Facts, Leaders, and Media layout. Top, side and bottom menus provide easy navigation for students who are studying European countries in the Geography syllabuses, and for teachers gathering background knowledge for the HSIE K–6 syllabus. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; History 7–10; HSIE K–6; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Chronology, Historical; International organisation
PUBLISHER: BBC News, UK
REVIEW DATE: 09/08/11 [940] SCIS 1204700

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Bureau of Rural Sciences (BRS) (external website)
Teachers and students will be able to keep up to date with current scientific research applicable to agricultural production at this excellent site. Comprehensive information is provided on a range of topics, including: pests; Greenhouse and climate change; gene technology; and innovative and sustainable agricultural systems. Maps of Australian soils, geological bedrock, and salt affected areas are available to download. This easily navigated site would be relevant to teachers and students of the Agriculture: Stage 6 syllabus. Those students wishing to attempt the Research project component of the HSC course will find valuable information to help decide a research area. Excellent contacts to scientists working in the field can be found. P. Hurst
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; Science; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; Biology Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture; Genetic engineering; Greenhouse effect; Sustainable agriculture
KEYWORDS: Agricultural pests; climate; rural sciences; salinity
PUBLISHER: Bureau of Rural Science, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 16/5/04

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CEC website (external website)
The IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) has developed this site to provide knowledge about involving people in sustainable development through biodiversity and natural resources management. Central to this are the principles of communication and sustainable development, with guidance tools included and a Planning guide for projects. A number of IUCN Themes are discussed, including biodiversity, Drylands, Climate change, Forests, Marine environments, Protected areas, wetlands andzoos. Various Conventionsand agreements are also reviewed, including Ramsar – wetlands, climate change, the Earth Charter and some Regional agreements. Although there are a few dead links, this is an interesting site when working towards achieving a variety of outcomes in Geography. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Biodiversity; Environmental education; Natural resources – Management; Sustainable development
PUBLISHER: CEC, Switzerland
REVIEW DATE: 11/08/11 [333.7207] SCIS 1178006

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China from the inside: an exploration of China, her people, her past, and her present (external website)
Clearly presented and fascinating information on China can be gleaned from this site. Written support for a PBS broadcast, the site describes each of the four episodes with in-depth sections, an opinion piece, and a transcript of a discussion about the episode. The main topics in the episodes are democracy, AIDS, the environment, water, population, freedom and justice, censorship, and an excellent profile of some leading female activists. The site’s topics are complemented by large photographs, interactive maps, and PDF lesson plans. There are helpful links for further research. A very useful resource when studying contemporary China in several syllabuses, the site will be particularly appreciated by Society and Culture Stage 6 students investigating China in the Core: Social and cultural continuity and change, and by Geography Stage 6 students looking at China within the Topic: Global challenges. The site is easy to navigate and material downloads quickly. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; Languages
SYLLABUS: Chinese K–10; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; Society & Culture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: China – Environmental aspects; China – Politics and government; China – Social conditions; Women in China
PUBLISHER: PBS, USA
REVIEW DATE: 11/08/11 [951.06] SCIS 1344115

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CSIRO Solutions for greenhouse (external website)
CSIRO's greenhouse-related research is described in terms of the 8 Modules of the National Greenhouse Strategy (NGS). The inclusion of a national greenhouse gas inventory detailing sources, sinks and emissions data makes this site particularly useful for students of Geography: Stage 6 syllabus, where a study of issues is incorporated in the Preliminary topics the biophysical environment and the HSC Global Challenges option Natural Resource Use. Useful features include an outline of strategies related to sustainable urban planning and efficient transport; best practice in industrial processes and waste management and the sectoral adaptation strategies for climate change. The important interaction between Government and agencies in developing effective policy is reinforced. Examples, contact points and useful footnotes are provided. K. Wratten
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Greenhouse effect; Environmental protection
KEYWORDS: Environment; greenhouse action; sustainable land management; waste management;
PUBLISHER: CSIRO
AUTHOR: Geoff McAlpine
REVIEW DATE: 16/5/04

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Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources (external website)
Packed with the latest reports, research, and projects in NSW land and water management, this site successfully gives information on Infrastructure, land use, and transport planning issues. A useful and well laid out Site plan will help researchers understand the site’s scope. Within Infrastructure, Taskforce reviews highlight specific planning issues, and Natural resource management has a great deal of information on Catchments, Coasts, Soil, Vegetation, Water, and Community involvement. How NSW is reforming environment and natural resource usage, the place of native vegetation, and the role of boards and authorities are clearly described. Students will get an overview of the state of the environment, while those pursuing more complex research will find such things as the Annual Report 2002-2003 most helpful. F. Campbell
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Conservation of natural resources; Environmental protection
PUBLISHER: Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, NSW
REVIEW DATE: 17/06/04 [333.7] SCIS 163383

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Earth science Australia (external website)
A great deal of care, time and money has gone into the creation of this extraordinary site. A large amount of absorbing information is carefully arranged into headings such as Geological processes and structures, Energy and minerals, Flooding, and Fossils/time/space. Within these, topics are very easily accessed and students will appreciate the clear explanations, animations, and terrific imagery. The site is worth visiting for the diagrams alone. They are mostly simple line drawings but they communicate extremely well; the diagrams distinguishing P and S earthquake waves could be the clearest on the internet. The site has educational application beyond Science syllabuses, and teachers interested in Cyber education will be intrigued by what is done here and how it is done. R. Dircks
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE;Science; SciTech; TAS
SYLLABUS: Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; Graphics Technology 7–10; HSIE K–6;Science 7–10; Science & Technology K–6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Earth sciences
PUBLISHER: Earth Science Australia
REVIEW DATE: 17/12/07 [550] SCIS 1253288

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The encyclopedia of Earth (external website)
A wikipedia-like web reference for Earth sciences and environmental sciences, the creators of the site are, however, keen to distance themselves from the reliability issues that surrounds internet research. The site is precise about authorship, editing accountability and objectivity, and FAQs is a good place to explore the site’s credentials. Each article undergoes a process of peer review before being posted on the site. Articles can be searched by title, author and Topics, with the latter being a quick route to an alphabetical list of the site’s main areas of information. Many of the hundreds of articles available contain graphics, however much of the language is pitched at tertiary level. The site would be useful for extending students and for teachers seeking a deeper understanding of Earth related topics, up-to-date statistical data, and diagrams. J. White
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; Science
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; Science 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Earth; Geomorphology
PUBLISHER: National Council for Science and the Environment, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/02/10 [551.41] SCIS 1310326

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Environmental science (external website)
The multimedia resources on this site are sure to interest secondary students who enjoy learning using digital media. Topics on Environmental science include energy flows, matter cycles, the earth, atmosphere, biosphere, population, soils, water, global warming, and waste. Excerpts, provided as electronic Textbooks, present clear audio-visual explanations of various concepts including Photosynthesis, the Carbon cycle, the Water cycle, and Ozone destruction. The resources on offer would be useful in the connected classroom. From any page there are additional links to Maths and Science topics, such as Algebra, Biology, Physics and Psychology. The broader Hippocampus (external website) site also contains materials of relevance to the Studies of Religion Stage 6 syllabus. Teachers would need to browse these and evaluate their relevance to curriculum requirements. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; Science
SYLLABUS: Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; Science 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Environmental protection; Geography
PUBLISHER: Monterey Institute for Technology and Education, USA
REVIEW DATE: 08/07/2011 [333.7]
*1510582* SCIS 1510582

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Forest protection portal: ecological science based forest preservation & conservation advocacy (external website)
Designed for education, the site has much information on forests but most of it is best navigated by teachers. In an international collection of material and news, the site contains information on deforestation, preservation of primary and old growth forests, and ecological restoration. The most useful sections for schools are Forest biodiversity, Forest regions, Forest ecology and Forest information, which has a specific For kids section. Multitudes of links provide in-depth discussion and data. Links and the search facility download quickly and efficiently. The site will be very helpful for the study of global environments and primary production relating to forestry in Geography 7–10, and the study of forestry, biophysical interactions, and global challenges in Geography Stage 6. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Forests and forestry; Sustainable development
PUBLISHER: Ecological Internet, Denmark
REVIEW DATE: 11/08/11 [333.75] SCIS 1385962

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Gapminder: unveiling the beauty of statistics in a fact based world view (external website)
Gapminder aims to illustrate the economic and developmental gaps between countries. Statistics tend to be one-dimensional and hard to grasp, but here they are presented in a variety of visual ways for all learners. The graphs display a wide range of statistics including deaths due to disasters, cancer rates, child mortality, wealth and health of nations, and carbon emissions. Each country is colour coded and users can highlight a particular country, or countries, and click on Play to see how statistics have changed over time. It is possible to watch the change at a preselected speed, and on a world map or chart. The facility can be paused to explore events that are reflected at any point in the process. The site includes a data section that references the information provided. There are teacher guides, Videos and Labs where new ideas are discussed. Useful guides and Downloads are also available. The site will encourage students to consider the gaps in our world and explore the reasons behind them. R. Higginbottom
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Commerce 7–10; Economics Stage 6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Statistics; Economics, Mathematical
PUBLISHER: Gapminder Foundation, Sweden
REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [330.1]
*1485597* SCIS 1485597

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GIS files from Ordnance Survey (external website)
A plethora of information on geographic information systems (GIS) is available on this outstanding site. The basics of computer mapping are clearly explained, making the site invaluable for teaching mapping skills and GIS in the Geography Years 7-10 syllabus. The site will aid proficiency in tools and skills for Geography Stage 6 students, and case studies provide real world examples. Using consecutive pages, this easily navigated site looks at the history of mapping, map types, map features, raster and vector, plus the use of data for mapping purposes. How data is captured from maps, surveying, remote sensing, and topology are also discussed. The development and use of GIS is outlined, with outstanding diagrams and graphics facilitating understanding. The site is British and its maps and statistics reflect this. A. Frost
USER LEVEL:           Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA:   HSIE
SYLLABUS:   Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6  
SCIS SUBJECTS:     Geographical information systems; Map drawing; Maps; Remote sensing
PUBLISHER:            Ordnance Survey, UK
REVIEW DATE:       14/06/05 [910.28]        SCIS 1208025

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The Institute of Public Affairs: Australia’s premier think-tank for over sixty years (external website)
Examining issues of Australian public affairs and promoting free enterprise, the site is a series of papers, transcripts of speeches, and other resources on a variety of topics. These include: Murray-Darling water quality, corporate social responsibility, an energy forum, deregulation, biotechnology, property rights, and economic freedom. This would be an interesting resource when teaching and learning across a range of environmental, science, business and social areas in the secondary school. An easily navigated site, the language, style and format are suitable for senior students, and as a resource for teachers of middle school students. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; Science
SYLLABUS: Geography 7-10; Geography Stage 6; Science 7-10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Biotechnology; Economic policy; Real estate – Law and legislation
PUBLISHER: The Institute for Public Affairs, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 09/06/04 [320] SCIS 1165026

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Making the modern world: stories about the lives we’ve made (external website)
(external website)An outstanding example of the educational uses of internet technology, the site has information on the development of modern society since the mid 1800s, with a timeline facilitating understanding. Icons of invention in scientific, technological and medical concepts are explored in images, sound and words. How technology and science have impacted on Everyday life is discussed. Guided tours focus on a variety of topics, including transport, women, conflict, health and employment. Learning modules currently feature demonstrations and activities using a variety of media on Biology, History and Psychology. Especially useful for science and technology topics, the site has extraordinary breadth and capacity for cross curriculum student engagement, from Urban sustainability essays to a creative audio visual using Kennedy’s moon landing speech. The site is designed for older students and is well worthy investigation by educators. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; Science; TAS
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Design & Technology Stage 6; Geography Stage 6; HSC History Stage 6: Extension; Science 7–10; Textiles Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: History, Modern; Science and civilisation
PUBLISHER: Science Museum, UK
REVIEW DATE: 11/08/11 [303.48] SCIS 1391894

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Melbourne Water (external website)
Enormously detailed and professionally arranged in chapters on Water, Sewerage, Rivers and creeks, Drainage and stormwater, and Recycling, the site begins with an overview of Melbourne Water’s responsibilities. Current projects in the Port Phillip and Westernport catchment areas are discussed. There is a wealth of information on conservation and resource management, and statistics on water, drainage, and systems in the natural and human environments to support the Earth and Environmental ScienceModule: Caring for the country. This easily navigated site, particularly Fact sheets in Publications, will support research on themes involving the water cycle, conservation, health, technology and sustainability, and the impact of people on the natural environment. As well as news items and current issues, Our website and Quick links provide a wealth of related material. P. Conroy
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; Science; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture 7–10; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; Science 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Sewerage; Water conservation; Water pollution; Water supply
PUBLISHER: Melbourne Water, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 26/05/06 [354.3] SCIS 1248127

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OECD online (external website)
Well organised, this site is relevant to the study of developing countries. The home page directs to information on such things as health, agriculture, money laundering and economic policies. Regular updates are given on OECD issues. Some current statistics are provided, but the user is often instead directed to journal articles that students and teacher may not have access to. A bonus for teachers is that much of the information included will inspire lively classroom discussion. This is a recommended site with a huge amount of relevant facts for teachers and students. Time is required to locate specific information. The site could be used to teach search strategies to students in the context of their learning needs. K. Dally
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Geography Stage 6; Economics Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: International economic relations; International relations
KEYWORDS: Agriculture; economic policies; health
PUBLISHER: Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development
REVIEW DATE: 15/8/03 SCIS 1021376
EMAIL: rights@oecd.org

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Population flows: immigration aspects 2006–07 edition (external website)
(external website)ABSTRACT
The online version of Population flows: immigration aspects, contains information on Australia’s population growth through immigration. The site is laid out in PDF chapters. Chapters are: Population growth and international movement; Migration program; Temporary entry; Humanitarian program; New Zealand movement; Economics of immigration; Settlement and cultural diversity and Migration flows to the states. Chapters can be downloaded in their entirety or the sections listed can be opened as separate PDF files. Written, statistical and graphical information is presented. Where migrants come from, the places they settle, their skills, cultural background, and the economic benefits of migration are some of the areas of focus.
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Economics Stage 6; Geography Stage 6; Legal Studies Stage 6; Society & Culture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australia – Immigration and emigration – Statistics; Australia – Population – Statistics
PUBLISHER: Dept. of Immigration and Citizenship, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 01/12/08 [304.8] SCIS 1393172

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River life teachers' resource kit (external website) (external website)
Although this site examines environmental issues of the Upper Waitaki Basin in New Zealand, a Braided rivers region, the broad concepts may be used in Australia, and especially for case studies in the Geography syllabuses. Caves and rock formations, Coasts, Forests, Glaciers, Islands, the Marine environment, Mountains and volcanoes, Rivers and lakes, flora, fauna, Wetlands, Predators, Recreational activities, settlements and a hydro electrical scheme are defined and described. Various international conservation agreements are discussed. Scientific data has been collected and analysed. Activities, focus questions and Worksheets facilitate understanding of the Upper Waitaki Basin in this easily navigated site. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Environmental education; River ecology; Upper Waitaki Basin (N.Z.)
PUBLISHER:
Department of Conservation, N.Z.
REVIEW DATE: 16/03/05 [577.6] SCIS 1178013

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Safe drinking water is essential (external website)
(external website)Developed to help students explore solutions to this global issue, the site includes an absolute wealth of easy to access information and simple and informative graphics. Sources, Treatment and Distribution have detailed sections on water use around the world, interactive graphics and video support. An Atlas describes access to sanitation and safe drinking water. Of particular use for Science 7–10 and Geography 7–10 is the explanation of the water cycle that includes stages of the cycle and pie charts of the types of water on Earth. The site’s material is engaging and useful, and a comprehensive list of links will help further investigation of water issues. J. White
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; Science
SYLLABUS: Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; Science 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Water supply
PUBLISHER: National Academy of Sciences, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/02/10 [333.91] SCIS 1427020

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Shadow play (external website)
Developed as a resource to support a documentary film of the same name, this site provides extensive information about Indonesia’s geography and history, and the violence against communists under President Suharto’s rule. It provides extensive primary and secondary sources of information, making use of a range of multimedia slideshows, video clips, photographs, and maps. There is an education section with a series of lessons plans with resources, however they are limited in scope and fail to make full use of the information on the site, focusing more on culture than politics. The site also has a profile of the changing Indonesia with Sukarnoputri as leader. The slick design will appeal to students and teachers, and its interactivity makes using the site both enjoyable and educational. A. Byron
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Geography Stage 6; Modern History Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Indonesia – History – 20th century; Indonesia – Politics and government – 20th century; Indonesia – Social life and customs; Television documentaries
PUBLISHER: Thirteen/WNET, USA
REVIEW DATE: 15/0708 [791.45] SCIS 1364218

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Smithsonian National Zoological Park (external website)
Packed with information and online activities, this site has wide educational appeal. In Animals, students can Take a virtual world tour for information about domestic farm animals, such as how they are cared for and anatomy. The Kids farm takes some navigation skills, but educates students about animals and the food chain, providing information about the food we eat and giving solid support for personal health outcomes inPDHPE K–6. The pizza garden gives information on ingredients and how they are grown. Education contains animal fact sheets on a huge variety of ecosystems and animals, with zoo images and conservation information. Older students will find that studies of ecosystems in Conservation and science will have application to Science and Geography syllabuses. D. Croker
USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: PDHPE; HSIE; Science
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Geography 7–10;Geography Stage 6; PDHPE K–6; Science 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: National Zoological Park (U.S.); Zoos – United States
PUBLISHER: Smithsonian Institute, USA
REVIEW DATE: 16/07/07 [590.73] SCIS 1304226

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Soil and health library (external website)
Offering a plethora of bibliographies and full text books about holistic agriculture and health, self sufficient living, and personal development, this comprehensive free public library site is divided into four major areas; Agriculture library, Health library, Personal sovereignty library, and Spiritualfreedom library. This would be a useful resource when studying modules 8.2.1 Biophysical interactions, 8.2.2 Global challenges, Option 3 Development geography, and Option 4 Natural resource use in the Geography Stage 6 syllabus. The language, concepts, style and format are suitable for senior students and as reference material for teachers when teaching sustainability for Stage 4 and Stage 5. Students studying the Agriculture Stage 6 syllabus would find this an essential resource. The site is easy to navigate and downloads quickly. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; Science; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture – Environmental aspects; Alternative lifestyles; Health – Environmental aspects; Soils; Sustainable agriculture
PUBLISHER: Steve Solomon, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 16/03/05 [333.76] SCIS 1178000

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United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (external website)
The battle to combat land degradation and desertification around the world is explored on this site. It could be effectively used to support the study of Geography 7–10 Focus Areas and numerous areas of the Stage 6 Geography syllabus, especially the Topics: Ecosystems at risk and People and economic activity. After navigating an initially complex homepage, a wealth of information can be accessed through Publications. Teachers will find an online Interactive education kit, fact sheets, case studies, a simplified version of the convention, and various online and print resources. Case studies within the kit that are related to soil degradation through runoff and land management would be of use to teachers of theEarth and Environmental Science Module: Water issues. C. Beckett
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; Science
SYLLABUS: Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Conservation of natural resources; Deserts; Erosion; Soil conservation; United Nations
PUBLISHER: United Nations, Germany
REVIEW DATE: 02/09/08 [333.73] SCIS 1252458

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Upper Parramatta River Catchment education resource kit, 2002 (external website)
An outstanding collection of environmental resources for schools, this kit includes Field trips, Maps, Information sheets, and Activities, for the Upper Parramatta River. Topics examined include biodiversity, demographics, geology, hydrology, land use, rainfall, soil types, and vegetation. Specific creek systems are examined and environmental issues discussed. A Virtual field trip, Ganges River, India provides a comparative study. Written to cater for NSW schools, the site particularly targets the Geography Years 7–10 syllabus, modules 4G2, 5A2, 5A3, and 5A4; the Geography Stage 6syllabus, module 8.2.1; and the Science Years 7–10 syllabus, modules 4.8.2, 4.8.4, 4.10, 5.10, 5.11.2, 5.13, and 5.14. The site would also be useful for modules within the Biology Stage 6syllabus and the Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6 syllabus, and the topic Water for living: pollution in my day in Senior Science. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; Science
SYLLABUS: Biology Stage 6; Earth and Environmental Science Stage 6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; Science 7–10; Senior Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Biodiversity; Parramatta River (N.S.W.); River basins – Management; Water pollution
PUBLISHER: Oz Green, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 11/11/04 [333.91] SCIS 1171093

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Urban Ecology Australia (external website)
Promoting ecologically integrated human settlements, this site offers a range of information on ecocities. Christie Walk in Adelaide is used as a Case study to demonstrate how communities can address the core issues for sustainable living in cities, including water and energy conservation, material reuse and recycling, and healthy people friendly public spaces. Fact sheets and virtual tours are available. Conference articles on urban ecological sustainable development are provided as is the EcoCity2 proceedings. This is an interesting site when studying environmental issues and urban growth and exploitation in module 5A3 of the Geography Years 7–10 syllabus and urban places in module 8.3.2 of the Geography Stage 6 syllabus. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Sustainable development; Urban ecology – Australia
PUBLISHER: Urban Ecology Australia
REVIEW DATE: 16/03/05 [307.76] SCIS 1177999

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Vital water graphics: an overview of the state of the world’s fresh and marine waters (external website) (external website)
Based on a 2002 United Nations study, this impressively visual water study uses graphs, maps, and diagrams to illustrate growing concerns about climate change and water issues. The effects of water usage, trends and threats to water resources are discussed, as are biodiversity, species distribution, and population changes. Strategies for the management of water resources are outlined. Freshwater resources identifies quantity and distribution, explains the water cycle, and shows the relationship between precipitation, evaporation and runoff. Coastal and marine waters looks at integrating management of water resources, the protection of marine environments, and the monitoring of changes in ecosystems and climate. Quality diagrams and explanations provide valuable support for the study of water resources and management research in the Geography syllabuses. The site is especially useful for the Geography Stage 6 Topic: Ecosystems at risk and the Earth and Environmental Science Topic: Water issues. J. Hawkes & A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; Science; TAS
SYLLABUS: Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; Marine & Aquaculture Technology CEC 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Sustainable development; Water conservation; Water resources – Management; Water supply
PUBLISHER: United Nations Environment Programme (external website), Kenya
REVIEW DATE: 10/09/07 [333.91] SCIS 1324384

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Wanderlust: GOOD maps out history’s journeys, from Magellan to Kerouac (external website) (external website)
Some of history’s greatest journeys are mapped out on this interactive site. There are real journeys, such as Cook’s Endeavour voyage and the flights of Earhart and Lindberg, and imaginary ones such as Jules Verne’s Journey to the center of the Earth. History students could obtain some use from following the journeys of Pizarro in Peru, Marco Polo, Columbus, and Magellan. Each journey has a summary and pictures of each port with comments about its significance in the journey. In Cook’s travels there is a series of photographs of the transit of Venus provided by NASA. The site’s blogs on mapmaking, including language maps and abstract cartography, will extend students’ horizons. A. Soutter
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: English; HSIE
SYLLABUS: English 7–10; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; History 7–10; HSC History Stage 6: Extension
SCIS SUBJECTS: Discovery and exploration; Voyages and travels
PUBLISHER: GOOD Worldwide, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/02/10 [910.4] SCIS 1428467

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The water cycle (external website)
Water science basics are shown here in thorough diagrams and easy to read summaries. Major aspects of the water cycle are clearly explained and vocabulary in articles often leads to expanded explanations in other water cycle topics, including Precipitation, Ground water storage, and Surface runoff. Each related topic features a brief definition followed by well illustrated and understandable content. The options of Quick summary or Complete summary facilitate the adaptation of information for interest and ability levels and increase the site’s relevance for a number of syllabuses. Although some statistics are dated and predominately based on American examples, the format, content and other features of the site will ensure that it is a valued and well used resource. J. Hawkes
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; Science
SYLLABUS: Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; Science 7–10; Senior Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Water cycle
PUBLISHER: U.S. Geological Survey, USA
REVIEW DATE: 10/09/07 [551.48] SCIS 1329934

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Who’s afraid of nuclear power? (external website)
A broadband edition of the TV report, this site investigates nuclear power as an option for Australia. A menu allows navigation to chapters on historical and environmental aspects of the Australian debate, discussion on renewable energy resources, and case studies on wind energy and nuclear waste. Chapters are in small blocks of time, making them useful as lesson support. Issues are clarified by the use of Danish and Swedish examples, and interviews with experts in the field. Web resources provides a comprehensive set of reports and additional resources on the topic. The program runs well on one computer, and teachers would need to test technical suitability for screening with large groups. B. Smith
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; Science
SYLLABUS: Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; Science 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Energy resources – Australia; Nuclear energy; Nuclear power stations – Public opinion; Uranium mining
PUBLISHER: ABC, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 01/11/06 [333.792] SCIS 1282632

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Worldometers: world statistics updated in real time (external website)
Part of the international Real time statistics project, the site is a dynamic display of world statistics, as, onscreen, rapidly changing numbers show what is happening in the world right now. Statistics are listed under sections of: World population; Government & economics; Society & media; Environment; Food; Water; Energy and Health. There is a strong connection to sustainability education. Especially useful for HSIE subjects, the site’s numbers’ display will create interested discussion in classrooms. IWB display will have great visual appeal and impact on students. It would be fascinating to compare fast and slow number changes in different categories, and to then discuss reasons for and effects of the varying speeds observed. About us is useful and FAQ is very useful, with a great set of links and information on how the statistical data is accessed and presented. C. Thomas
USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; Mathematics
SYLLABUS: Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6; HSIE K–6; Mathematics 7–10; Society & Culture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Statistics
PUBLISHER: Worldometers.info, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/04/10 [310] SCIS 1447816

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World without oil (external website)
The site documents a 2007 social experiment game that simulated a massive oil shock. Thousands of participants imagined what their lives would be like, with petrol prices almost doubling, civil unrest and misinformation from suppliers and governments. They created blogs and posted video reports on YouTube, all of which can be viewed through this website. Players of the game demonstrated active citizenship by getting involved in campaigns to reduce energy use and explore alternatives. Lesson plans are provided, and although they are pitched at a fairly sophisticated level, they are easily adaptable. Even though this game is over, the archived materials provide an interesting perspective on international issues of sustainability and use of resources. J. White
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE
SYLLABUS: Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Educational games; Energy conservation; Petroleum – Environmental aspects; Renewable energy; Sustainable living
PUBLISHER: ITVS Interactive, USA
REVIEW DATE: 01/06/10 [333.79] SCIS 1457344

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