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Virtual Books

Recently I was exploring the Queensland Government Library Services website, and amongst the hundreds of fantastic resources I found there (which I HIGHLY recommend you explore!!), I came across some wonderful – FREE – virtual books.

This interactive book collection uses the latest page flip technology to deliver virtual books. You can zoom in on a page, listen to accompanying audio and discover detailed information.

Please note: not all virtual books include audio.  

The books, such as the ‘Rosie and Wallace’ series, are fantastic to display on an interactive whiteboard.  If you are an employee of Education QLD, you are also able to download the ‘Rosie and Wallace’ books from the Learning Place as well.



Take some time to explore not only the ‘Rosie and Wallace’ series, but the other fantastic books on offer as well.

Storyline Online

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is proud to bring you Storyline Online, an online streaming video program featuring SAG members reading children’s books aloud.  Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas.

The site has some wonderful activities, and a great selection of books and readers:

  • To Be a Drum, by Evelyn Coleman; read by James Earl Jones
  • Guji Guji, by Chih Yuan Chen; read by Robert Guillaume
  • Sebastian’s Roller Skates, by Joan De Deu Prats; read by Caitlin Wachs
  • Sophie’s Masterpiece, by Eileen Spinelli; read by CCH Pounder
  • Stellaluna, by Janell Cannon; read by Pamela Reed
  • Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, by Mem Fox; read by Bradley Whitford
  • No Mirrors in My Nana’s House, by Ysaye M. Barnwell; read by Tia and Tamera Mowry
  • The Night I Followed the Dog, by Nina Laden; read by Amanda Bynes
  • Thank you, Mr. Falker, by Patricia Polacco; read by Jane Kaczmarek
  • My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, by Patricia Polacco; read by Melissa Gilbert
  • Knots on a Counting Rope, by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault; read by Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels
  • Brave Irene, by William Steig; read by Al Gore
  • A Bad Case of Stripes, by David Shannon; read by Sean Astin
  • Private I. Guana, by Nina Laden; read by Esai Morales
  • Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch, by Eileen Spinelli; read by Hector Elizondo
  • The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg; read by Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Me and My Cat, by Satoshi Kitamura; read by Elijah Wood
  • Dad, Are You the Tooth Fairy, by Jason Alexander; read by Jason Alexander
  • When Pigasso Met Mootisse, by Nina Laden; read by Eric Close
  • White Socks Only, by Evelyn Coleman; read by Amber Rose Tamblyn
  • Romeow and Drooliet, by Nina Laden; read by Haylie Duff
  • Enemy Pie, by Derek Munson; read by Camryn Manheim

What a fabulous way to encourage the students to add expression and variety of pitch and tone to their reading.

You could even take the idea further by having the students record themselves reading their favourite story books and make them available on the server for students from the school to access.  Perhaps they could create a compilation of authors or stories in a Powerpoint file that they could load on junior school computers.  What a great project! 😉

The students of my class have really enjoyed listening to these stories, and I hope yours will too!

Maths Starter of the Day

Many teachers around the state have recently had interactive whiteboards installed, yet are still a little unsure of how to incorporate them in their daily teaching.  A fantastic site that I found through Twitter recently was the Maths Starter of the Day website.  The concept behind the site is incredibly simple, and as the name suggests, is one problem for the students to work on each day.  Fabulous to put up on the interactive whiteboard first thing in the morning to get students settled and straight into independent work.  Who knows?  We may even see some improved results come NAPLAN time!

Beware … some of these problems are quite tricky, so you are best to view them beforehand!  Don’t forget to scroll down to find the answers!

I love this concept, but I am thinking that I’ll need to go through the archives and possibly create my own whiteboard file that has more tailored activities for my year level. I’ll let you know how I go! 🙂

The Periodic Table of Videos

Tables charting the chemical elements have been around since the 19th century – but this modern version, ‘The Periodic Table of Videos‘ from The University of Nottingham, has a short video about each one.

Below is an example of the type of videos that are available.  This video is about the helium element:


Students will love exploring this fun and interesting periodic table.  The videos are all hosted on You Tube, so if your school has blocked the site, you may experience some difficulties.  The team at Nottingham University have foreseen that this problem may occur in some education sectors, and have provided the following information to assist you in getting the site working in your school 



KISS to download YouTube Videos

Have you ever wanted to use a You Tube video in the classroom, but perhaps don’t have internet connection …. or you’re connected at such a slow speed that you don’t have a spare 15 minutes to wait for the video to download?  😉  Then worry no more, as there is a very easy way to download your video – just think KISS!



By adding ‘kiss’ to the you tube address,, you will be taken to a site that gives you the following instructions to save your video:

Method 1
Whenever you are watching video on YouTube, go to your browser’s address bar and insert the word ‘kiss’ in front of the domain name and press ‘Enter’.

Example: (Video tutorial here)

Method 2

Copy the whole YouTube Video URL (Eg. and paste directly into ‘Enter YouTube Video URL’ field above [at ] and hit the ‘Get’ button.

Once you have followed these instuctions, you should get the following icons under a thumbnail picture of the video you want to download. 

Simply click on one of the icons to start your download – couldn’t be easier! 

Important:  Please remember that the files you download may be subject to copyright.  It is advised you seek the authors permission prior to download.  Some authors will have no issue giving permission, whilst others may be happy for you to download but request you delete the file after use.