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Investigating technologies in agriculture

This is a teacher resource containing a series of inquiry teaching sequences about the role that technologies play in the production of food and fibre in Australia. It contains material to assist the planning, implementing and assessing a study of a range of primary industries and the innovative methods and equipment they ...

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Considering augmented reality technologies

What do you know about augmented reality (AR)? In this clip, Tony Jones speaks with inventor and entrepreneur Ralph Osterhout about worn technology and an augmented reality future. What are some of the examples Ralph gives of the ways AR technologies will be used in the future? Do further research to find out how this kind ...

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Ironing clothes in the olden days

How do your parents get all the wrinkles out of your clothes? Do you sometimes see your parents using an iron? In the olden days there was no electricity, so the iron had to be heated up on a fire. In this video, Buckingham House volunteer Jeannie Green shows us some old-fashioned irons and explains how people used them. ...

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CubeSats: satellites and data collection

Launching a satellite into space has always been the purview of those with hundreds of millions of dollars to spare, but Cube Satellites have started to change all of that. Most “CubeSats” are smaller than a loaf of bread, but these innovative machines are revolutionising the way we collect data in space. What do you think ...

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The Conversation: innovation

A series of articles exploring the concept of innovation, including how governments can promote innovation, investment, science, and technology. The articles are authored by experts from universities in Australia and around the world. The collection is regularly updated with new contributions.The articles are clearly written ...

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An olden day toilet

In the olden days, there were no toilets inside the house. Why do you think that was? Instead there was a "potty" for the children and a commode chair for the parents. Would you be brave enough to help empty the potty in the morning? How did people in the olden days wash their hands if there was no tap? Buckingham House ...

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Digital Careers: Technology and learning integrator

How do schools use computers? Could they be using computers in new and more innovative ways? Is it important to learn coding and computational thinking? Meet Chris Betcher. Chris is an Australian K-12 educator with over 25 years experience in helping students and teachers make the most of digital technologies for learning.

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Digital Careers: Technology and learning integrator 2

How have new technologies changed the way students learn in schools? Is it important to learn coding and computational thinking? Meet Chris Betcher. Chris is an Australian K-12 educator with over 25 years experience in helping students and teachers make the most of digital technologies for learning.

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What makes the internet run reliably?

Watch this clip to see software engineer Lynn Root and co-creator of the internet Vint Cerf explain what keeps the internet running reliably. When information is sent on the internet, it is broken down into packets that are able to take a number of routes to get from one computer to another. Why might this be important? ...

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Algorithms inspired by ants?

Did you know that ant behaviour inspired the creation of the software that runs our phone networks? What other things has it inspired? What new discovery has scientist Chris Reid made about the ability of ants to navigate? And how might this new insight influence computer networks of the future?

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How is your personal information kept secret on the internet?

Lots of private data is exchanged over the internet. What are some examples? As Mia Epner explains, cryptography allows for the secure transfer of data online. How does encryption work? And what is a key? Today information is encrypted using 256 bit keys. This keeps information safe because it means there are way too many ...

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Combatting hackers

Did you know that simply by being connected to the internet, your devices like computers, phones and TVs could be hacked? What are the implications of having your connected devices hacked? And why might some industry and governments want to encourage hackers within their own organisations?

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How do computers get hacked?

What are some examples of cyber crime? Watch this clip to find out how viruses, denial of service attacks (DDoS) and phishing scams work. What is a botnet? And how are they used by hackers to bring down websites? Most of the time computers get hacked because of simple mistakes users make. What can users do to better protect ...

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What are IP addresses?

Meet Vint Cerf, the co-creator of the internet! In this clip, Vint and software engineer Paola Mejia explore the way computer networks talk to each other. Find out what an IP address is and why it's similar to a street address. What's the domain name system? And how does your computer find out the IP address of a website ...

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How 'binary information' is communicated via the internet

Ever wondered how your photos, emails and messages get sent between devices? Watch as software engineer Tess Winlock explains what binary information is, and how it gets from one place to another. Can you explain what 'bits' are? How about 'bytes'? In the past, binary information was sent using physical systems like semaphore ...

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What is a meat safe?

Before fridges were invented, people used meat safes to keep their food cool. But what is a meat safe? Watch this clip to find out! What was the meat safe made out of? How was it designed to keep bugs out? And how did the meat safe actually keep food cool? Think about the way we keep food cool today. How do the fridges ...

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Assisted Finger Orthosis

Rehabilitation from hand tendon surgery, one of the most common types of surgery in Australia, is set to benefit from new technology. Assisted Finger Orthosis will help recovering patients by restricting the movement of the fingers so as not to damage the work done by the surgery, while at the same time restoring strength ...

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Biometrics and security

Biometrics is the use of a person's unique physical characteristics for identification. Can you name some examples of biometric verification? What are the pros and cons of this form of identification? Do you think it's more secure than having a security code you have to remember? Why/ why not?

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Discover how smell unlocks memory

Are there certain smells that remind you of particular people, places or events? Watch this clip to learn how smells unlock our memories. What are the parts of the brain responsible for processing smells and creating memories? And how do they relate to each other? How can we use this knowledge to improve our memories?

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What are pixels?

Meet Kevin Systrom and Piper Hanson as they explain how digital images work. What are pixels, those tiny dots of light, made from? How are colours created and represented? What does Kevin say about the way mathematical functions are used to create different image filters. What is the difference between image resolution ...