About Michael Jongen

Library Services Coordinator, SCIS, Australian Education Services

Science Links

Great Science Links here from

Lindy Hathaway, Dickson College, ACT



100 useful websites for science teachers

A US focus but a comprehensive list for different levels.




Amazing amounts of science! Latest research and findings – news, articles, videos, images, books. Click a topic and see all the resources on that topic. “ScienceDaily is best known for showcasing the top science news stories from the world’s leading universities and research organizations. These stories are selected from among dozens of press releases and other materials submitted to ScienceDaily every day, and then edited to ensure high quality and relevance”.


Includes strange science news: http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/strange_science/


Scirus: the search engine for scientific information only

“Scirus is the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With over 545 million scientific items indexed at last count, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists’ homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.” (from the home page).

The home page has a link to the latest scientific news from New Scientist. Not all articles found on Scirus will be full text.



Ptable: An excellent interactive Table of Elements

iPAd app also available. Click on the element to reveal photos, videos, info.




ABC Science

Lots of good resources here – Explore by topic, In depth features, Quizzes and games.


Ask an expert – Email your questions: http://www.abc.net.au/science/askanexpert/

News in science: http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/

Science archive – Browse by topic or date:


Videos: http://www.abc.net.au/science/video/

Dr Karl – Intriguing science facts and trivia: http://www.abc.net.au/science/drkarl/



Cutting edge research and info from Aust.’s top scientific organisation.


CSIROpedia: Discoveries and innovations by CSIRO scientists and engineers. http://www.csiropedia.csiro.au/display/CSIROpedia/Home

Achievements A-Z: http://www.csiropedia.csiro.au/display/CSIROpedia/Achievements+A-Z

Achievements by impact area (eg. environment; farming; health): http://www.csiropedia.csiro.au/display/CSIROpedia/Achievements+by+impact+area

News @ CSIRO – Quick news & updates: http://csironewsblog.com/

CSIRO Publishing – excellent resources: http://www.publish.csiro.au/home.htm

Scienceimage – High quality science and nature images. Includes access to CSIRO’s database of film and video productions. “Every image held at the scienceimage site is supplied with a short caption, scientific notes, source and copyright information. This level of detail and dedication to scientific accuracy helps to make scienceimage one of the most valuable resources for scientific images online.”


SLAV Be the expert: promote yourself with skill development

Many of our Victorian Teacher Librarian colleagues enjoyed Be the expert: promote yourself with skill development: a conference for all library staff presented by the School Library Association of Victoria at Etihad Stadium, Docklands.

Here is the slideshow from the Keynote Address Putting technology on trial by Hamish Curry – Education & Onsite Learning Manager Learning Services, State Library of Victoria

Managing your Kindles

Some Colleagues may not be aware of the Manage your Kindle function which can be found in the Amazon Tool bar.




When you click on the Manage your Kindle link you will go to your library




Go to actions and you will get this drop down menu

Go to the Deliver to my….and you should have a list of all the Kindles that are registered to your account.   You can use this facility to manage all your devices.
Colleagues are reminded that while Amazon allows sharing between five devices for personal subscribers,  the present copyright situation for Libraries is ambiguous.

George Orwell School aka IAMS

Islington Arts and Media College was once known as George Orwell School (and to me as Animal Farm) you can find its history here.

I worked there as  school librarian from 1992-1995, when it was identified as a failing school.  Our issues were lack of good facilities and resources, our socio economic base and the fact that 40% of our final year students had not been in the country at the beginning of the school year.   Our success in improving these students did not count against our GCSE results which were poor.  It is interesting to be part of the staff at a publicly identified failure in the rankings.

If fact we did a great result at raising our students abilities but we started from a low base, and in an area where education was not valued by large numbers of parents.

I lived in Islington and saw students every day, I also had the pleasure of seeing many of them studying still at City and Islington College where I worked before returning to Australia.

Those kids were tough, damaged and survivors and I learned to navigate this with humour and common sense and as always managed a popular library.  I will never be confronted again as I was working here. They were still great kids who needed the support that money can buy and that I discovered when I returned to teaching in Melbourne.

I had taught in schools without resources and where education was not valued and in moving to Melbourne I wanted to work in schools that could provide resources and an effective learning culture… and so I did

Those kids at George Orwell then would have done very nicely with some of those resources and support


Curating your own identity

Many people are writing on the impact of social media on so many fronts.  I have blogged here about how I try to control my digital imprint.

As a librarian I am fascinated by how useful our websites, blogs, facebook, tumblrs and twitter accounts will be useful in 200 years times as primary documents.

Future researchers will have a direct line to the voice of the people.  The  National Library is already collecting ‘dead’ websites such as the Sydney Olympics.  But who in fact controls our accounts, have we given over to Google, Facebook etc.  Will they own our digital imprint in a world where online retailers ensure that we do not own our digital product?

I like the thought that my website may be a source of veritable fascination for a historian or archivist.

Who has read The Book of Dave and not dreamed ….


My #PLN in no particular order…


Australian high school teacher librarian interested in reading and using social media and gaming for learning.

Melbourne · http://jway.global2.vic.edu.au

Tania Sheko


Put me in a box and I’ll crawl out. Learner, thinker, teacher, librarian, online inhabiter.

Melbourne, Australia · http://tsheko.wordpress.com


Teacher Librarian in Melb. Australia; passionately aim to connect Young Adults & literature; recent exploration of Web 2.0 in ed’n has me totally hooked!

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia · http://novanews19.wordpress.com/


A teacher librarian who loves Web 2.0, keeping bees and making sourdough bread, and making her house sustainable

Melbourne · http://titus321.globalteacher.org.au


Teacher Librarian at Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC), Melbourne. Google Certified Teacher, Sydney ’11.

Melbourne, Australia · http://www.groovylibrarian.edublogs.org


educator, learner, gamer, schemer, snowboarder, manager, State Library of Victoria, audiophile. Think sagacity. Fan of Japan.

Melbourne, Australia · http://www.slv.vic.gov.au/index.html


Primary school teacher librarian, passionate about books, exploring technology, lifelong learner, dog lover and chocoholic

Melbourne, Australia · http://smotlrcblog.edublogs.org/


Teacher -Librarian from Australia – interested in developing learning communities, new ideas for libraries, new ideas for education.

Australia · http://jennylu.wordpress.com/

My media


Guardian / Observer
The Age


The Drum, ABC


Arts and Letters Daily


Global issues


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The Death of King Arthur


The Death of King Arthur by Peter Ackroyd – review

The legend of King Arthur lives on in Peter Ackroyd’s vivid reworking of


My first introduction to the Arthurian Legend


the greatest version of the tale for mine
Given the Disney treatment
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I loved the Howard Pyle illustrations
Arthur given a grittier treatment


John Steinbeck’s retelling of the Arthurian legend, based on the Winchester Manuscript text of Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur.
A modern re-imagining
New for me, but I will read

Children’s Books aboutthe King Arthur Legend

Controlling your own digital footprint

Teaching ICT and digital citizenship to students has made me aware of my own Google trail and how to best collate and link my own cyber projects.  I needed to rationalise the information that I had placed out on the web for the last five years.

Not only this but I had to maintain two identities, my professional one and that of Larry the Librarian for my ‘creative’ endeavours and passions and my life.

I have been with  Google for a long time and my first endeavours to curate myself were with Google sites. I have now archived this site and use a Wiki as my first port of professional call.  Here you can also link to my My media  My reading page and Study and research skills. These pages form the basis of any wikis or sites I create for a Library Home page,  TUMBLR is also a great tool for a Library Blog

I use Google Chrome as my browser and take full advantage of the apps, thus I use Blogger, Edublogs, TUMBLR, Twitter and FaceBook. For me Facebook is having a conversation with my friends and catching up.  Twitter is for my PLN, information and for shared passions such as reading.  I bless Twitter for the wonderful connections I have made.  TUMBLR allows me to post directly to Twitter and Facebook.

I maintain several scoop.its and can use the widget to curate stories and again send them to Twitter.  I can also go directly to my account through the extension on my toolbar. Scoop.it is  a great source of information and current thinking on many topics and thus well worth highlighting for students and colleagues.

Other Google Apps that I use include a CV creator (very handy atm) and http://scriffon.com/ which I use to publish my writing on the net.  Kindle push.it enables me to push my writing and and longreads to my Kindle.

For myself with my passions and interests it is difficult to separate the personal from the professional but I do it as best I can and often think very hard about what I tweet or blog.