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Useful Links Introduction

Useful Links Intro | Online Learning | SunSmart | Other Safety Aspects

This section has been organised into chapters, with a new chapter for each course in Planet ThinkSafe (PTS). There is also a chapter for useful websites that do not currently link to a course.There are sub-chapters for each of the PTS users: teachers, and upper, middle and lower primary students. Use the links above or the Table of Contents on the right of this page to navigate around the Useful Links. 

The Useful Links chapters are not linked to the PTS courses. You need to have registered and logged in to access the courses.

Whenever you click on a link to an external website, it will open in a new window. Users are encouraged to forward recommendations of other useful sites, resources and feedback. In particular, PTS would appreciate being advised of any broken links.

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Australian Curriculum

For all information relating to the Australian Curriculum, this is the site to refer to. Developed by Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), it has a link to ACARA and Education Services Australia (ESA) websites. This will open in a new window as it is an external website.
Online Learning For teachers, these useful links will take you to companies and agencies with experience in online learning or related areas that have been used by, or recommended to, Planet ThinkSafe.
Being SunSmart There is a wealth of background information aimed mainly at teachers, but also several sites with online activities for children. There is something for children of all primary school ages.
Puffin Web Browser A lot of interactive and game websites use Flash software. This is not supported by Internet browsers for some devices, particularly Apple devices (iPads and iPhones). Puffin Web Browser is compatible with Apple and Android devices. There is a free download for both.
Text to Speech The use of text to speech software may be a useful learning aid for some students. There are a number of free options available on the Internet, but the one that PTS has found best to date is Google Chrome's SpeakIt. You need to use Google Chrome as your web browser. An alternative that is compatible with Moodle has been included on as many pages of PTS as possible, but its reliability does vary according to Internet speed and the browser used.
First Aid

First Aid Focus Program: "St John Ambulance believes every child in Western Australia should have access to vital first aid knowledge.

First Aid Focus is a FREE school program that provides first aid training to more than 65,000 students across WA each year. This community youth initiative teaches school students of all ages basic first aid skills." St John Ambulance website, Dec 2013; http://www.stjohnambulance.com.au/firstaidfocus/home

Kidsafe WA Kidsafe is a "non-government, not-for-profit, charitable organisation dedicated to the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries." Kidsafe website, September 2013. It is a great source of information for teachers and parents and also has some interactive learning activities for children.

Online Learning


Useful Links Intro | Online Learning | Teachers | Upper | Middle | Lower

The chapter will give you information about, and links to, the resources used to build Planet ThinkSafe. There are also links to discussion forums and advice about online learning (elearning). 

Please forward links to websites and resources you would like to see added to this chapter PTS, along with a short summary. All websites and resources will be reviewed before being added to PTS.

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Teachers

Useful Links Intro | Online Learning | Teachers | Upper | Middle | Lower

Teachers are invited to share resources and recommended links by forwarding them to Planet ThinkSafe by email so they can be added to this section of the site. In doing so, you will be agreeing to provide the resources free of charge and on the understanding that they may be changed into a suitable format for online learning; copyright will be attributed to the forwarding teacher unless other details are included in the email. 

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Moodle Moodle has been used to build this website. It is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning environments.

Brightcookie

"Brightcookie is a creative learning development and technology company specialising in innovative and engaging elearning solutions for teachers, trainers, schools and corporate organisations. They provide expert assistance during all phases of the design, development, and implementation of your elearning solutions. Brightcookie takes responsibility for ‘back end’ systems and processes so that you are free to get on with what you do best – delivering dynamic learning experiences for your users." Brightcookie website, August 2013

Digital Education Research Network

"Digital Education Research Network (DERN) is managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in Melbourne, Australia. It is a network for leaders, researchers and educators interested in the use of digital technologies for learning. It is not focussed on teaching and learning per se but is looking for robust research evidence of good educational practices." DERN website, August 2013

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation - eSmart Schools

The Alannah and Madeline Foundation's eSmart Schools system is designed to help schools manage cybersafety and deal with cyberbullying and bullying. "eSmart Schools is making a real difference in schools across all sectors and year levels, equipping them with the resources and knowledge to effectively create a school culture that embraces the positives of the ever-changing cyber-world." For most schools there is a small fee to access the full site, but some brochures and fact sheets are available free of charge and there are other useful links. The Alannah and Madeline Foundation website, August 2013

Upper

Useful Links Intro | Online Learning | Teachers | Upper | Middle | Lower
There are a lot of fun things to do on the Internet that will help you learn more about online learning, including how to keep you and your work safe. All you need to do is click on the links below. Make sure know how long you can use the computer as others may need a turn. You should also stand up and stretch or walk around about every 30 minutes. If you find great activities that have not been included, please talk to your teacher or parents and ask if you can email the link to Planet ThinkSafe.
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Cybersmart

The Australian Government's website

Middle

Useful Links Intro | Online Learning | Teachers | Upper | Middle | Lower
There are a lot of fun things to do on the Internet that will help you learn more about online learning, including how to keep you and your work safe. All you need to do is click on the links below. Make sure know how long you can use the computer as others may need a turn. You should also stand up and stretch or walk around about every 30 minutes. If you find great activities that have not been included, please talk to your teacher or parents and ask if you can email the link to Planet ThinkSafe.
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Cybersmart

The Australian Government's website

Webonauts Internet Academy

http://pbskids.org/webonauts/about/

Cybersmart

http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/

Lower

Useful Links Intro | Online Learning | Teachers | Upper | Middle | Lower
There are a lot of fun things to do on the Internet that will help you learn more about online learning, including how to keep you and your work safe. All you need to do is click on the links below. Make sure know how long you can use the computer as others may need a turn. You should also stand up and stretch or walk around about every 30 minutes. If you find great activities that have not been included, please talk to your teacher or parents and ask if you can email the link to Planet ThinkSafe.
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Cybersmart

The Australian Government's website

Cybersafety educational

http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/young%20kids.aspx

SunSmart

Useful Links Intro | SunSmart | Teachers | Upper | Middle | Lower

Cancer Council Australia and Cancer Councils of each state are independent organisations. However, they work closely with each other and all provide excellent resources for teachers and students to use. Some of the resources are available on the website of each Cancer Council, such as the UV widget. PTS has linked directly to some resources, but you are encouraged to look around each website for additional resources.

PTS acknowledges the assistance of each of the Cancer Councils contacted and expresses gratitude for the support given and permission to use and link to various resources. These organisations are also a valuable resource for schools to contact directly.

My UV website Provides valuable information about UV, the forecast UV for towns/cities and the current UV level for Perth.

UV Alert Widget

The widget allows users to check the forecast UV Index for the current day. Whilst it is easy to do this on websites of Cancer Councils, Bureau of Meteorology, Cancer Council Australia's widget may be added to your website and it is free!

SunSmart Android app Download the SunSmart app for Android phones from Cancer Council Victoria so you can check the forecast UV Index wherever you are in Australia.
SunSmart iPhone App Download the SunSmart app for iPhones from Cancer Council Victoria so you can check the forecast UV Index wherever you are in Australia.

Teachers

Useful Links Intro | SunSmart | Teachers | Upper | Middle | Lower

Teachers are invited to share resources and recommended links by forwarding them to Planet ThinkSafe by email so they can be added to this section of the site. In doing so, you will be agreeing to provide the resources free of charge and on the understanding that they may be changed into a suitable format for online learning; copyright will be attributed to the forwarding teacher unless other details are included in the email.

The names in the left column are linked to external sites and will open in a new window.

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Cancer Council WA - Generation SunSmart

This educational resource has been designed for early childhood, primary and secondary teachers, school health nurses and school students in Years 5 to 10 by Cancer Council Western Australia.

Cancer Council WA

As well as factual information about skin and other cancers, this website has information and details of how to become a SunSmart School.

Cancer Council Victoria 

This SunSmart website has additional information and links, including 'Fun and free interactive whiteboard lessons for primary schools' and free resources to download. There is the opportunity to do comparisons with Western Australia, particularly in relation to the UV Index, due to differences such as daylight saving and latitude.

Cancer Council Australia

This is the website for the National Cancer Council body. Whilst a lot of the information is the same as available on the state websites, this is useful because of the number and ease of using links provided at the bottom of the page. SunSmart position statements, SunSmart Schools, Vitamin D and online shop are examples of topics with links.

Bureau of Meteorology

The Bureau of Meterology (BOM) provides daily UV forecasts for cities and towns around WA and other states, information about the UV Index and links to other relevant sites.  

My UV - Cancer Council WA

As well as providing forecast UV levels for cities and towns around the country, with the current UV level for Perth being a feature of the website banner, it provides important information and relevant links about UV that are easy to follow.

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) website has extnesive information and links related to UV radiation, including UV Data, UV Resources Guide and UV Protection Factor testing (Our Services tab). Also on the ARPANSA website is a very useful educational fact sheet that is free to download.

Sausage experiment

This simple but very effective experiment from SunSmart and Cancer Council Victoria uses sausages, sunscreen and other things to show what happens to 'skin'. It is best done when the UV is high or above. This experiment is included on the useful links page for Middle Primary students as well. It is recommended that teachers discuss with students when this experiment should be completed to avoid repetition and possibly reduce its impact. Click here for a recording sheet.

Skin Cancer and Outdoor Workers Booklet: A Guide for Employers

This booklet contains a lot of excellent information that can be used as background knowledge and for developing sun protection policies.

Upper

Useful Links Intro | SunSmart | Teachers | Upper | Middle | Lower
There are a lot of fun things to do on the Internet that will help you learn more about sun protection and being SunSmart. All you need to do is click on the links below. Make sure know how long you can use the computer as others may need a turn. You should also stand up and stretch or walk around about every 30 minutes. If you find great activities that have not been included, please talk to your teacher or parents and ask if you can email the link to Planet ThinkSafe.
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Generation SunSmart

Register and log into Generation SunSmart, a website provided by Cancer Council WA, for some great fun and interactive sun protection activities. 

My UV website

The forecast and current UV levels are in the one place with this website, along with helpful information about UV. It even includes links to download SunSmart Apps for your mobile phone!

Sunscreen Calculator

Do you know how much sunscreen to put on before going in the sun? Do you put on enough? The Sunscreen Calculator, provided by SunSmart, Cancer Council Victoria, is very helpful.

SunSmart Millionaire

SunSmart Millionaire is a game based resource developed by the Centre for Learning Innovation for the NSW Department of Education.

Stop The Clock

Stop the Clock  is on the Oswego City District, new York, USA, website. It provides students with activities at different levels in which they have to match the digital time with the analogue time. You need to scroll down the page as the links are towards the bottom.

Middle

 PTS Home | Links Intro | SunSmart | Teachers | Upper | Middle | Lower

There are a lot of fun things to do on the Internet that will help you learn more about sun protection and being SunSmart. All you need to do is click on the links below. Make sure know how long you can use the computer as others may need a turn. You should also stand up and stretch or walk around about every 30 minutes. If you find great activities that have not been included, please talk to your teacher or parents and ask if you can email the link to Planet ThinkSafe.

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Sausage Experiment

Here is your chance to experiment with sunscreen and lots of other things to see what happens to 'skin'. In this case, it is the skin of sausages! Make sure you get help from a your teacher or a parent and do the experiment when the UV is very high or more for the best results. Click here for a recording sheet. You will need to print it.

Skin Song

Alan Caswell has generously allowed Cancer Council Australia and SunSmart to share this song with schools and services for free and this link takes you to the SunSmart page. We are very grateful for his support. This upbeat song has a focus on tolerance (and sun protection!). You will need to download the song - if it has not been done already. Check with your teacher at school and your parents at home.

Stop The Clock

Stop the Clock  is on the Oswego City District, new York, USA, website. It provides students with activities at different levels in which they have to match the digital time with the analogue time. You need to scroll down the page as the links are towards the bottom.

Lower

Useful Links Intro | SunSmart | Teachers | Upper | Middle | Lower

There are a lot of fun things to do on the Internet that will help you learn more about sun protection and being SunSmart. All you need to do is click on the links below. Make sure know how long you can use the computer as others may need a turn. You should also stand up and stretch or walk around about every 30 minutes. If you find great activities that have not been included, please talk to your teacher or parents and ask if you can email the link to Planet ThinkSafe.

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Skin Song

Lyrics (The words)

Allan Caswell has generously allowed Cancer Council Australia and SunSmart to share this song. This links to the SunSmart website, provided by Cancer Council Victoria. As well as the SunSmart message (although there is one thing missing), the song reminds us that even though we may look different (shape and skin colour) we are really the same and need to respect everyone.

SunSmart TV ad

The first SunSmart television advertisements featuring Sid the Seagull started in the 1980s. The slogan at that time was 'Slip, slop, slap'. As more about the damage caused by UV became known, the slogan progressed to 'Slip, slop, slap, wrap.' The current version was introduced in the early 2000s. It is included with permission of Cancer Council South Australia.

SunSmart Countdown Song

Lyrics (The words)

The SunSmart Countdown Song is a great way to remember the five things that we need to do to be  safe in the safe in the sun. The 'slip, slop, slap, seek and slide' message is matched to a countdown from 5 using a bright and happy tune. It is included with permission of SunSmart and Cancer Council Victoria.

Stop The Clock

Stop the Clock  is on the Oswego City District, new York, USA, website. It provides students with activities at different levels in which they have to match the digital time with the analogue time. You need to scroll down the page as the links are towards the bottom.

Other Safety Aspects

Useful Links Intro | Other Safety Aspects | Teachers | Upper | Middle | Lower

There are a large number of useful resources for teachers and students on other websites and this section is dedicated to providing links to as many of these as possible in an easily accessible place.

PTS users are encouraged to forward websites by email, with a brief summary that includes:

  • web address:
  • recommended age/s:
  • safety aspect:
Print Email the Planet ThinkSafe Coordinator.
PDF documents that focus on ThinkSafe SAM's steps are provided below for some topics that have not had courses developed as yet. Teachers are encouraged to use the PDF documents as a starting point, and use the blank template that is also provided to adapt them to suit the age and environment of the students. 
  • SAM's Steps to Hazards - Blank template:
MS Word Version PDF Version
  • At Home:
General Safety  Bathroom  Kitchen
  • At School
Classroom Verandahs and Corridors

                                        

Teachers

Useful Links Intro | Other Safety Aspects | Teachers | Upper | Middle | Lower

Teachers are invited to share resources and recommended links by forwarding them to Planet ThinkSafe by email so they can be added to this section of the site. In doing so, you will be agreeing to provide the resources free of charge and on the understanding that they may be changed into a suitable format for online learning; copyright will be attributed to the forwarding teacher unless other details are included in the email.

The names in the left column are linked to external sites and will open in a new window.

Print Email the Planet ThinkSafe Coordinator.

SAFETY ASPECT ACTIVITIES SUMMARY RECOMMENDED AGE NOTES
First Aid

First Aid Focus Program: "St John Ambulance believes every child in Western Australia should have access to vital first aid knowledge.

First Aid Focus is a FREE school program that provides first aid training to more than 65,000 students across WA each year. This community youth initiative teaches school students of all ages basic first aid skills." St John Ambulance website, Dec 2013

Farm Safety

Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety

Detailed information for teachers and activities to print and photocopy for students that relate to farm safety. Water (especially dams), vehicles (including quad bikes) and animals are some of the topics. There are curriculum links (state) and suggestions of other activities that teachers may want to introduce to their class.

Farmsafe Alliance WA

Farmsafe Alliance WA is "an independent not for profit, non-government organisation encouraging and leading the way in to safer farming." (Farmsafe Alliance website, Dec 2013). It provides a lot of background information that is aimed at adults, but useful for teachers. There is also information about free interactive workshops for primary students The Safety of Young People in Agriculture. Please click on the link for more information, including contact details.

All Primary levels, divided into 4 sections: School Entry, Early, Middle and Upper Primary.

This booklet (138 pages) was published in 2008. It has many timeless activities.

Fire and Emergency Services 

 Fire Inside Out and Natural Hazards are two programs available on the Education and Heritage Classroom Resources section of the DFES website. Information about excursions and programs and a link for teachers to sign up for eletters are examples of other helpful information that is available from this website.

All school ages, including some that are appropriate for Secondary courses.

PDF documents for teachers to print and use with classes and some interactive activities.

Disaster Resilience Education for Schools

Teaching and learning activities about emergencies and natural disasters around Australia and internationally are available on the Australian Government Attorney-General's Department website. Preparing for and facts on 13 different types of disasters, digital stories, lesson plans, resources, interactive teaching tools and a WebQuest are examples of the extensive resources available on this website, or from links to other websites. Bushfires, droughts, floods, cyclones, severe storms, tsunami and volcanoes are examples of the disasters that are included.

All Primary and Lower Secondary, divided into sections: Lower, Middle and Upper Primary/Lower Secondary.

Downloadable documents (PDF and DOC), including Australian Curriculum mapping.

Upper

Useful Links Intro | Other Safety Aspects | Teachers | Upper | Middle | Lower
Info about Flash and headphones; request feedback recommending most suitable ages.
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Emergency and General Triple Zero Kids Challenge Emergencies and other safety messages are the focus of games and mysteries. When to call 000, the possible impact of prank calls and bush fire plans are examples. Fire and Emergencies Fire Inside Out Prevention of, Preparation for, Responding to and Consequences of Fire are the main headings, with several sub-headings and activity sheets for students to download and complete.

General

Safety Island

An interactive website from Kidsafe WA which provides children with an opportunity to discover a range of safety messages. Users need to register to log in and play.

Road Safety

Izzy's Road Safety Games

Games and puzzles, stories and songs, colouring in, and cooking activities focus on pedestrian, passenger and bicycle safety. (SDERA) website.

Middle

Useful Links Intro | Other Safety Aspects | Teachers | Upper | Middle | Lower
Info about Flash and headphones; request feedback recommending most suitable ages.
Print Email the Planet ThinkSafe Coordinator.
Emergency and General Triple Zero Kids Challenge Emergencies and other safety messages are the focus of games and mysteries. When to call 000, the possible impact of prank calls and bush fire plans are examples. Fire and Emergencies Fire Inside Out Prevention of, Preparation for, Responding to and Consequences of Fire are the main headings, with several sub-headings and activity sheets for students to download and complete.

General

Safety Island

An interactive website from Kidsafe WA which provides children with an opportunity to discover a range of safety messages. Users need to register to log in and play.

Road Safety

Izzy's Road Safety Games

Games and puzzles, stories and songs, colouring in, and cooking activities focus on pedestrian, passenger and bicycle safety. (SDERA) website.

Lower

Useful Links Intro | Other Safety Aspects | Teachers | Upper | Middle | Lower
Info about Flash and headphones; request feedback recommending most suitable ages.
Print Email the Planet ThinkSafe Coordinator.
Emergency and General Triple Zero Kids Challenge Emergencies and other safety messages are the focus of games and mysteries. When to call 000, the possible impact of prank calls and bush fire plans are examples. Fire and Emergencies Fire Inside Out Prevention of, Preparation for, Responding to and Consequences of Fire are the main headings, with several sub-headings and activity sheets for students to download and complete.

General

Safety Island

An interactive website from Kidsafe WA which provides children with an opportunity to discover a range of safety messages. Users need to register to log in and play.

Road Safety

Izzy's Road Safety Games

Games and puzzles, stories and songs, colouring in, and cooking activities focus on pedestrian, passenger and bicycle safety. (SDERA) website.