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New wiki for Salesian Staff

Posted by SalesianLibrary on September 15, 2010

The staff here in the Library have started up our own wiki for the rest of the staff at Salesian College. Mrs Stanislawski and myself often found that we would be recommending websites and books for the staff but that they’d often forget about them or loose the address. So we thought that the wiki would be a great place to list all of these useful sites together in one place!

We’ve also included on there Pathfinders (there’s only a couple on there so far but feel free to recommend topics), and lists of new books in both the non fiction and teacher reference sections.

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How Stuff Works

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 5, 2010

How Stuff Works would have to be one of my favourite websites. It’s a fantastic resource which offers information on so many different topics from history to science to animals to entertainment and so on.

My absolute favourite parts about this site are the blogs that some of the staff writers write. Plus twice a week they also run podcasts about some of the topics they’ve written about, which are very interesting and very witty, especially the Stuff You Should Know ones. Each podcast is created by two staff writers and include titles such as Stuff You Should Know (my favourite), Stuff Mom never told you, Stuff you missed in history class, Stuff from the science lab and more. You can find these podcasts on the website or download them for free from iTunes.

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Sleedo Search Engine

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 30, 2010

You might have heard about the game Free Rice, which offers grains of rice for correct answers given to a quiz. Now there’s a new search engine which does a similar thing. The search engine is called Sleedo, and for every search you conduct using Sleedo, they donate 10 grains of rice to the poor. So the more searches you do, the more grains of rice get given away. It’s definitely worth using this search engine!

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Virtual Tour of the Sistine Chapel

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 29, 2010

The Vatican has a new website out that allows you to view the interior of the Sistine Chapel. The site has 360 degree views of the Chapel including the floor and ceiling. This is a great resource for students studying history, art or who are just interested in ‘travelling’ from their own computer.


All you have to do is click with your mouse and rotate to whichever part you want to see.

Thanks to Bright Ideas for another great website recommendation!

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Organising yourself

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 27, 2010

Soshiku is a great website for students who need help with organising their school work and assignments. It’s a free resource that allows you to save notes, manage tasks and assignments, attach files and share messages with your partners. If you’re working in a team Soshiku also allows you to partner up with other students to collaberate, assign tasks and share files.

You can even sign up for email or mobile phone messages to remind you about due dates for assignments and tasks that are coming up.


This is what you would see in your home page. You can quickly see all of your overdue and upcoming assignments and use the calendar to get an overview of all of your assignments for the month. You can also view the five most recent tasks assigned to you, and use the search bar to search your assignments, tasks, etc.

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Study Search

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 16, 2010

Study Search is a new search engine which is run by Google, however the search results that come up are all filtered by professional teachers and librarians to make sure that the students using this tool are getting good information. The site is split into Primary and Secondary so students can look up information relevant to their age group.

As you can see this is what the Secondary student search area looks like. It has a very simple layout, very similar to Google and is very easy to use. I did a search on the Human Body and as you can see in the picture below I received many reputable and relevant websites in my results. Study Search is a great tool, and will be very helpful to students and teachers that don’t want to be wading through thousands of websites that don’t have any good and relevant information.

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World’s Biggest Earthquakes

Posted by SalesianLibrary on April 15, 2010

CNN’s resource showing students where the most deadly and biggest earthquakes in the world since 1900 is another great resource I’ve found out about recently. Each map has numbers that you can hover or click on over that will bring up the date, place, magnitude and death toll of the earthquakes.

Thanks to SLAV’s Bright Ideas blog for informing us about this great tool!

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Periodic Table: Elements & their real world use

Posted by SalesianLibrary on March 22, 2010

I found this really interesting resource through Bright Ideas, a blog run by the School Library Association of Victoria. It’s a periodic table containing all of the elements but what’s really interesting is that it explains how each element is used in the real world.

So you can see for example, that Hydrogen is used in rocket fuel, vehicle fuel and ammonia. It brings a new meaning to learning the periodic table and may make learning it a whole lot more interesting for some students!

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Museums of the World

Posted by SalesianLibrary on March 9, 2010

Locate museums, art galleries, historical societies, and travel and tourism information for countries around the world. Museums of the World are assembling a growing collection of helpful resources for education or just plain fun. There are many many different types of museums listed from Art to Fashion to History. You’ll be able to find information about The Louvre in Paris, The Met in New York, The Carrot Museum in England(!), the Museum of Costume in Bath and more!

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Great websites

Posted by SalesianLibrary on September 14, 2009

While browsing around on the internet the other day I came across some great websites which I wanted to share with you all.

The first website is a very simple but helpful one, called OttoBib. This helpful little resource will help you generate a bibliography for any books you have used. All you have to do is enter the ISBN into the bar, choose which type of bibliography you need to make up and click Get Citations. Too easy!

Next is a website called MondoLibrary which is an image library. It contains photos which have been catagorised under the headings People, Society, Earth and Special. The site describes the photos as ‘award-winning, fair trade photography for the public interest community’. You may find these royalty-free images helpful for your next assignment or presentation.

Notely is another great website which contains all the tools a student could need. You can store you schedule, calendar, notes, homework plan and more on here. It’s a great tool if you want to get organised with your schoolwork.

Another great image website, that you might already know about, is GettyImages. All you have to do here is sign up to become a member and you have access to millions of royalty-free photos and images that you can use. GettyImages also contains footage and music that you might be interested in using.

I’ll try to post more of these websites on a regular basis.

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