On January 30, Rubik applied for a patent on his cube (1975). On the next day, 17 years earlier, the first U.S. Satellite passed through the Van Allen radiation belt. On March 17, the airplane "black box" made its maiden voyage (1953). And what about today? Every day of the year has a rich scientific and technological heritage just waiting to be uncovered, and Wired's top-flight science-trivia book MAD SCIENCE collects them chronologically, from New Year's Day to year's end, showing just how entertaining, wonderful, bizarre, and relevant science can be.
Not your average science reference text but a great cornucopia of a whole range of scientific stuff. Worth a look if you're into science and technology or just in knowing how things tick.
Seventeen Australian Authors are interviewed in this book and draw on their experience to discuss writing, books, language and publishing.
Literati explores their influences and inspirations, their fears and frustrations, their views on success and fame, research and writers block, critics and craft.
Belinda Alexandra Tara Moss
Selwa Anthony Jane Palfreyman Garth Nix
Alan Attwood John Marsden Di Morrissey
Carmel Bird Mark Rubbo Matthew Reilly
JohnBirmingham Sonya Hartnett Shane Maloney
Peter Craven Andy Griffiths Louise Zaetta
Robert Drew Tony Shillitoe
Kathryn Fox Celestine Hitiura Vaite
Sometimes geography can feel like a huge mass of info to learn by rote and remember. But it's actually an incredibly important way to make sense of our complex and unpredictable world. From glaciers and global warming to latitude and longitude, this book goes right to the point, providing students with 101 of the most important geographic facts they'll need to know. It's fast, it's fun, and it's the perfect introduction to a subject that's cooler than kids ever imagined!
Bear in in mind that this is a US publication and some of the information has a northern hemisphere bent. However, highly readable - simple accessible facts about geography.
This is a great starting point to organise your ideas for any sort of venture.
The information is simple and easy to understand. It provokes you to think about reasons for starting a business, and how to test the waters for its viability.
If you're in year 8 and about to start Mind Matters, this would be a terrific book to look at - not only if you are doing the tasks relating to making a business plan, but for helping with a range of tasks on the grid.
Well worth a look!
Philosophy for Children (P4C) is an approach to learning and teaching that aims to develop reasoning and judgement. Students learn to listen to and respect their peers' opinions, think creatively and work together to develop a deeper understanding of concepts central to their own lives and the subjects they are studying. With the teacher adopting the role of facilitator, a true community develops in which rich and meaningful dialogue results in enquiry of the highest order.
Each chapter is written by a leading P4C expert and provides an introduction to the relationship between P4C and the subject area, lesson stimuli and activities for extending and deepening students' thinking. The book includes:
• guidance on how to embed P4C in curriculum subjects in a crowded and demanding secondary curriculum timetable
• troubleshooting advice for the teacher-turned-facilitator
• a companion website containing useful links, downloadable resources and material to display on your interactive whiteboard.
Edited and collated by the UK's leading P4C organisation, this book introduces a rationale for using and adapting P4C in the secondary curriculum.
I've dipped in and out of this one a little and its provoking thought and challenging ways of presenting content and ideas to promote deep thinking.
I do want to spend more time getting to know this book and maybe taking it out on a few excursions into the classroom.
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