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'Jot a Dot' portable braille writer, 2005

This is a 'Jot a Dot' braille writer with packaging and accessories, manufactured from plastic, metal, paper and cardboard by Quantum Technology Pty Ltd, New South Wales. The 'Jot a Dot' is a mechanical portable brailler with six braille entry keys. It is rectangular with a blue upper surface and sides and black base. The ...

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Braille domino set, c1940

Handmade at the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind (now Vision Australia), this Braille domino set is designed for people with a visual impairment.

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Braille mah-jong set, 1936

Made with Braille characters on their tiles, this mah-jong set was designed for use by the visually impaired. it is 35.50 cm long, 18.50 cm wide and 12.50 cm high.

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Alphabet tricks and mysteries

The adventures of the Word Squad detectives, Charlie Syntax and Inspector Lexicon, continue. Ian, the magician, performs a trick with alphabet cards and a singer performs an alphabet song. These clues help the detectives solve the stolen letter mystery. Can they stop the thief in time?

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The case of the stolen letters

Join Word Squad detectives Charlie Syntax and Inspector Lexicon as they try to catch a letter thief. Mr X has been stealing letters from signs around the city. In this clip you'll see which letters have already gone and watch some letters going. Can you guess which letter will go next or work out where Charlie goes?

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Play inside the letter G

Join our two friends as they stumble across a gift after galloping in the garden. Guess what might be in the gift box. Is it a goldfish, glasses or something else that starts with the letter 'g'?

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Alphabet Town

Take a ride through Alphabet Town. Sing along and spot the things that start with the right letter of the alphabet. 'A' for apple, 'b' for bee and 'c' for cat. What letter comes next? What word starts with that letter? What might we find starting with the letter: 'x', 'y' and 'z'?

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I love the letter B

Meet the brother and sister who love the letter 'b'. One likes ballet, the other likes basketball. Guess which fruit they like? What type of animal might they love? What else do they love that starts with the letter 'b'?

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Fireflies: Letter W

The word 'wings' starts with the letter 'w'. Fly with the fireflies at night through the forest. Spot some animals with wings. What animals might we find?

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Mmm mouth music!

What sounds can you make with your mouth? View this clip to hear the different sounds four musicians make using their mouth only. It is all about the letter 'm' as they play mouth music!

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Big Bird rhymes

Join Big Bird as he thinks of words that rhyme with beep. See who comes to look for her lost sheep. Can you guess who it might be? Her name rhymes with beep!

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Play inside the letter W

Join our two friends as they discover a wand in the woods and use it to make wishes. Guess what they wish for. Here's a clue - everything they wish for starts with the letter 'w'.

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Population modeller: seagrass

Use this tool to model what happens to the populations of a seagrass ecosystem over time when one component of the ecosystem is increased or decreased. Record both your ideas and the results you observe.

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Tai hao le! My things

Explore the Chinese names for colours and paint a mask. Listen to a girl's description of items in her suitcase. Notice that she describes the colour of each object. Match the colour and object to the spoken descriptions to fill a suitcase. Explore the Chinese names for simple shapes. Notice that the descriptions include ...

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Tai hao le! My things: colours

Explore the Chinese names for colours. Follow spoken instructions to paint a mask. Score points for each correct answer. This learning object is the first in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Hebat! My things

Explore the Indonesian names for colours and paint a mask. Listen to a boy's description of items in his suitcase. Notice that he describes the colour of each object. Match the colour and object to the spoken descriptions to fill a suitcase. Explore the Indonesian names for simple shapes. Notice that the descriptions include ...

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Hebat! My things: colours

Explore the Indonesian names for colours. Follow spoken instructions to paint a mask. Score points for each correct answer. This learning object is the first in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Sugoi! My things

Explore the Japanese names for colours and paint a mask. Listen to a boy's description of items in his suitcase. Notice that he describes the colour of each object. Match the colour and object to the spoken descriptions to fill a suitcase. Explore the Japanese names for simple shapes. Notice that the descriptions include ...

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Chouette! My things

Explore the French names for colours and paint a mask. Listen to a boy's description of items in his suitcase. Notice that he describes the colour of each object. Match the colour and object to the spoken descriptions to fill a suitcase. Explore the French names for simple shapes. Notice that the descriptions include the ...

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Chouette! My things: colours

Explore the French names for colours. Follow spoken instructions to paint a mask. Score points for each correct answer. This learning object is the first in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.