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Internet filters: a good idea?

Have you ever been confronted with something you didn't want to see while surfing the internet? When governments propose laws to filter the internet they can cause quite a stir, as shown in this clip from 2010. Many people think it's a great idea that will protect children, while others argue that such censorship limits ...

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Advertisements in schools

Should companies such as supermarkets be able to advertise directly to you at school? Find out about the school rewards programs offered by large supermarket chains. See what happens in the USA, where advertising is permitted in schools.

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Internet privacy

Imagine if 60,000 people turned up to your birthday party! How would you convince your parents that it wasn't your fault? A good way would be to use evidence to make your argument credible, or believable. Watch how this clip, a news story about Facebook and internet privacy, carefully selects sources of information to make ...

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Writing a scientist's journal

Imagine you are a scientist who discovered a prehistoric animal in one of Australia's harshest environments. This is what happened to Dr Nick Murphy, an evolutionary biologist from La Trobe University. He was very excited to discover several new species of crustaceans living in desert springs near Lake Eyre. Learn about ...

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Persuasive writing: albatrosses under threat

Imagine you are an ecologist who is desperate to save an endangered bird species, the Wandering Albatross. How can you convince people to support your cause? In this audio clip, explore how language choices can have a big impact on your audience.

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The construction of TV news

Have you ever thought about how a news clip is put together? It's a process of carefully combining a range of audio and visual conventions to present information in a way that seems unbiased. Use this ABC News clip to explore some of the features of TV news.

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When mining comes to town

Imagine living in your own little piece of paradise, only to have a mining company move in and start changing it in ways you don't like. On the other hand, imagine the benefits that a mining company would bring to struggling businesses in the area! There are always different perspectives on any issue. As you listen to this ...

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Credibility and the news

Have you ever heard the phrase, 'Don't believe everything you hear'? Well, it's true of things you see, too. Television news programs work hard to make their stories credible - this means that they appear honest and believable. In this clip, explore how credibility can be established and manipulated.

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Always check your sources

What better place can you imagine for a Library of Knowledge, where the answers to all questions can be found, than beneath the paws of the Sphinx? Sounds perfect. But how reliable are your sources of information? Make up your own mind as you watch this clip about ancient Egypt's legendary hall of records.

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World Wonders TV show: bushfire

Build a script about bushfires for a television show. Help a researcher to sort facts and pictures. Use a model structure, sample text and images to build an explanation. Include sections on causes, processes and effects. Connect ideas in the script by adding words to form noun groups such as 'many hectares' and 'surrounding ...

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Riddle of the black panther: evidence in favour

Build a TV report for a current affairs program. Tell the story that there is a black panther roaming around a town terrorising the people. Make the viewers feel sorry for people in the town. Examine photos, sounds, witness reports and video clips. Choose footage to fit your storyline. Edit and arrange the evidence. Choose ...

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Patrick Brennan: the legend of Ned Kelly

Play the role of a reporter in 1881. Produce a feature article for a newspaper about the life of Ned Kelly. Review a brief history. Interview his friends and enemies. Gather evidence of social and political influences that affected Ned Kelly’s life. Compile an article that explores the myth and decide whether Ned Kelly ...

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Save our bridge: arguments: assessment

Test your understanding of the arguments concerning a community issue. Help a local council decide on a development proposal. Look at an old footbridge that may be replaced by a larger, modern bridge. Talk to people in the local community to find out their opinions. Restate the reasons given for and against the proposal ...

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The First Fleet - dataset

The dataset provides information about 780 of the convicts transported to Australia on the First Fleet ships 'Alexander', 'Charlotte', 'Lady Penrhyn', 'Friendship', 'Prince of Wales' and 'Scarborough' in 1788. The dataset includes information on items such as the convict's name, occupation, crime, date of trial and term ...

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Ground Zero 1945, pictures by atomic bomb survivors

This is a powerful collection of online materials that focus on drawings and paintings by the 'hibakusha', the survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945. The materials consist of an illustrated essay by Professor John Dower and a Visual Narrative of eight images, drawn and annotated ...

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First Australians: telling our Indigenous stories

In this unit of work students are asked to consider how the National Museum of Australia’s First Australians gallery presents Indigenous cultures and history. The unit includes a number of activities that help students explore the stories and experiences of Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

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Reading between the lines: developing skills to analyse political cartoons

In this unit of work students consider how cartoonists work by identifying a number of key elements that exist in good political cartoons. Students are provided with examples of the best political cartoons from the National Museum of Australia's 2007 'Behind the Lines' political cartooning exhibition and the national schools ...

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John Thomson's China II: illustrations of China and its people, photo albums, 1873-74 - visual narratives

This is a collection comprising five sets of 19th-century photographs of China and the Chinese people selected from photographs taken by John Thomson, the first Western photographer to travel widely throughout China. The sets are organised around five topics: town; country; people; ethnicities; and the monumental past. ...

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Throwing off Asia I: woodblock prints of domestic 'Westernisation', 1868-1912 - visual narratives

This is a collection comprising two paired sets of text and images that focus on the rapid transformation of Japan following the Meiji Restoration. The first set is titled 'The Meiji Emperor and invention of the Emperor system', and the second 'Technology and industry'. The text introduces the images and gives historical ...

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Felice Beato's Japan: people - an album by the pioneer foreign photographer in Yokohama, c1869 - essay by Alona Wilson

This is a collection of online materials centring on a richly illustrated essay by Alona Wilson. The essay is about the photgrapher Felice Beato and an album of 50 photographs of Japanese people that he compiled about 1869. As well as the essay, the collection includes a glossary of photographic terms, a chronology of Beato's ...