Ziptales is an online Australian literacy resource, offering a vast digital reading collection for students at all levels of primary school and is the only online learning resource completely aligned to the Australian schooling curriculum.
eLearning at home has never been more fun with Ziptales offering over 600 interactive stories and activities ranging from the classic favourites like - Cinderella, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel to original tales - animal stories, scary stories, mystery, comedy, and many more genre categories. Read by trained actors, all stories come with follow up quizzes for those who wish to check reading comprehension.
To access Ziptales click here, then enter your library membership barcode number. Navigate to the Parent Dashboard located in the drop down menu on the left hand side of the screen where you can access resources on Getting Started, How to Use and the Ziptales: Full Guide.
This collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic Magazine, every page of every issue; from 1888 – current (one month embargo). Along with the Magazine Archive; a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, images, maps and videos as well as National GeographicTraveler magazine from 2010 to the present make up the People Animals and the World (PAW) collection. Click on the icon above to access these collections, using your Library Membership barcode number as the password.
The final part of the National Geographic Virtual Library collection is comprised of the National Geographic Kids Magazine, from 2009-present (3-month embargo), along with a selection of National Geographic books, images and multimedia. This collection can be accessed by clicking on the above icon and using your Library Membership barcode number as the password.
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Animalia is an interactive digital resource focused on language and literacy for children and available free to Whitsunday Regional Library Members.
More than the classic picture book
This exciting and engaging product features every illustration of the classic picture book by Graeme Base in beautiful, zoomable detail. Children and families will still meet Diabolical Dragons, Armoured Armadillo and Crafty Crimson Cats of the published book but with even more ways to engage with the words and characters they love. Children progress through a range of levels as they gain expertise. All the activities focus on learning literacy and language. Memory games, quizzes, fun facts, things to find and other great challenges keep kids coming back for more.
Enjoy Animalia on your favourite device
Animalia (Library Edition) can be downloaded on four platforms:
Learn to use Animalia (Library Edition)
The printed guide provides the information you need to access and start using this fun and interactive digital resource.
Do we still use real books?
Animalia complements and augments the printed book and takes the magic of the books into new and exciting areas of learning. The characters, themes, content, and hidden elements in Graeme Base's picture book Animalia is brought to life in Animalia (Library Edition).
Will this run on my computer?
Animalia (Library Edition) runs on laptop and desktop computers using Windows or Mac OS (including Microsoft Surface devices). The Base Factory does not support Chromebooks.
Will the program work on Tablets?
Yes. Animalia (Library Edition) runs on iOS and Android. This includes iPad, iPad Pro and iPad mini. The iPad models 2 and 3 can struggle to run some of the animations, and the application will run on iPhones, but the small screen size is not ideal and is not recommended.
Do I have to be online to use the resource?
You only need to be online to sign in and download the activities. Once the applications are loaded onto a device, you do not need to be online to complete activities.
Can I use this at home?
Yes. Animalia (Library Edition) is available to all public library members in Queensland anywhere at any time.