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Write or type, that is the question!

Do you have to learn cursive writing at school? In Finland, instead of cursive, they are learning how to type! Do you think this is a good idea? Why/why not?

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Forensic science: handwriting

Look closely at the structure of handwriting, including signatures. See how handwriting is analysed by police. Find out how police examine handwriting samples from crimes and compare them to samples of a suspect's handwriting. Make samples of your own handwriting. Compare handwriting samples with others and identify differences. ...

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Gourmet order [Chinese] [Windows version]

Get some takeaway food from a local restaurant. First, ask your friends to write their order using Chinese characters. Then, find those dishes on a printed menu. Compare the handwritten notes and printed characters on the menu before placing your order. Identify all of the dishes correctly to get the food for your friends. ...


Desk set by Marianne Brandt, c1930-31

This is a writing-desk set made of enamelled steel and glass, designed in 1930 by Marianne Brandt and made by metalware manufacturer Ruppelwerk in Gotha, Germany, around 1930-31. The set consists of a curved blotter, a cylindrical inkwell and a long, rectangular pen tray. The lower section of the blotter is curved and holds ...


Federation gift inkstand set, c1808

This is a silver-and-glass inkstand set made in England in about 1808 and presented to Sir George Reid on the occasion of the federation of Australia's colonies on 1 January 1901. The set consists of a silver inkstand and three bottles (two round and one square). The inkstand has a scalloped edge and four feet and contains ...


'Sphere', covered jar by Les Blakebrough, 1986

This is a covered porcelain jar with a triassic sandstone and wood ash glaze and triassic sandstone trail, made by Les Blakebrough in 1986. The jar, which measures 45.2 cm (height) x 40.3 cm (width), is basically spherical in shape and tapers down to a foot rim. The jar has a small dome-shaped cover that fits inside the ...


Eternity, 1994: Eternity is a long time

This clip shows an actor (Lex Foxcraft), playing Arthur Stace, walking through the streets of Sydney and using chalk to write the word 'Eternity' in neat copperplate writing on the footpath. This is interspersed with footage of writer Dorothy Hewitt and photojournalist Mark Balfour, as well as the voices of two other Sydneysiders, ...

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Starting Smart: to market to market: stories and greetings

This curriculum package provides teachers of Foundation year with information, activities and resources for a term plan for developing and extending children's understanding in telling stories, using social language and phonological awareness. It includes a detailed initial two-week program to determine students' needs. ...

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Starting Smart: having fun: retelling personal experiences

This curriculum package provides Foundation year teachers with information, activities and resources for a term plan for developing and extending children's skills in: retelling personal experiences; using vocabulary for social language and describing positions; and understanding that speech can be written down. It includes ...

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Starting Smart: energy informers: inform and explain

This curriculum package provides teachers of students in years 4-7 with background information, lesson plans, activities and resources for a ten-week unit of work on factual texts. The lessons model a range of teaching and learning strategies to explore the purpose, organisation, language structures, features and techniques ...

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Decoding Chinese calligraphy

This resource is a video titled ‘Decoding Chinese Calligraphy’ that shows master Chinese calligrapher Cai Xingyi demonstrating the five major scripts of Chinese calligraphy. Set to traditional Chinese music, the video shows the word ‘Autumn’ being written in each of the scripts - Seal, Clerical, Standard, Semicursive and ...

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Poetry in Chinese calligraphy

This is a video showing four poems written in traditional Chinese calligraphy script. The poems are narrated in Chinese (with English subtitles) by Senior Research Fellow and Curator at the Asian Arts Museum, Joseph Chang. In addition, details about the author and the style of Chinese calligraphy used in each poem are shown. ...

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Real Chinese - Mini-guides - Chinese characters

This is a mini-guide with a linked game to the use of characters in Chinese. The resource provides detailed explanations on what characters are, the importance they play in Chinese culture, and the change from traditional to simplified characters. It demonstrates how characters have derived from pictographs and evolved ...

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e-Museum: app for Android

This Android application contains high-resolution images and descriptions of over 1,000 items from four Japanese museums: Tokyo National Museum, Kyoto National Museum, Nara National Museum and Kyusyu National Museum. The images are organised into twelve categories: Painting, Calligraphy, Sculpture, Architecture, Metalwork, ...

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BlobbleWriteHD - iTunes app

Learn to construct lower case letters and digits. Choose a letter to practise and choose a pen colour. Copy the blobble characters as they trace out the strokes to write the letters. The red dot shows you where to start. Free when reviewed 5/6/15.