Electronic Macquarie Schools Dictionary
Franklin Electronic Publishers has launched an electronic Macquarie Schools Dictionary. This portable, interactive device combines a collection of powerful, built-in reference books from Australia's premier dictionary publisher, Macquarie Dictionary Publishers.

Weighing only 113g, the device combines seven reference books in the Macquarie Dictionary range. It also includes phonetic spell correction and a thesaurus with half a million synonyms to build word power and confidence. The eight built-in word games and spelling bees make learning fun.

It also translates major Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island languages by region, to and from English, with cultural context. Brief background notes sketch the history and culture behind the words, and a full index gives instant access to all the details.

Valued at $99.95 RRP it is available in department stores, duty free, electrical, book and other leading retailers. Visit www.franklin.com.or call 1800 882 588.

Tools to teach biotechnology in WA's new Biotech Box
A Biotech Box filled with practical science tools, developed by Murdoch University, will give WA teachers practical science tools to excite their students about DNA, gene technology, stem cells and cloning.

Biotech Out of the Box allows teachers to implement hands-on activities and experimental learning in their classrooms. Using the box, they can demonstrate biotech laboratory procedures using science equipment they may not have had access to previously.

The kits will be rotated between science teachers at metropolitan and regional schools over the next two years – reaching about 150 state Government and 80 private schools.

Biotechnology is a key component of the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) Biological Sciences – Human Biological Science Courses of Study, to be introduced in WA high schools in 2009.

WA schools contact Carolyn Jones – Biologocal Sciences and Biotechnology at Murdoch Univeristy tel (08) 9360 2159.

The Good Universities Guide 2009 Edition
Hobsons has released the 2009 edition of The Good Universities Guide. Now in its 17th edition, the guide is Australia’s only definitive guide to university performance. No other publication compares and rates Australian university performance across a broad range of indicators including Student-Staff Ratios, Staff Qualifications, Access by Equity Groups, Graduate Starting Salaries and Getting a Job, among many others.

University performance is rated at institution, campus and field of study level, providing the depth of information essential to anyone deciding where and what to study.

The Good Universities Guide will be available through newsagents, bookshops and online at www.isubscribe.com.au/hobsons or by contacting Hobsons on Freecall 1800 682 133.