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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 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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Dressing up [Greek]

Find out words for items of clothing that children in Greece wear to school, the beach or a carnival. Identify clothing items suitable for each activity. Follow instructions to dress either a boy or a girl. This learning object is a combination of three objects in the same series.

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Dressing up [Italian]

Explore clothes worn in Italy to school, for skiing or for carnival time. Identify clothing items suitable for each activity. Follow instructions to dress a boy or girl. This learning object is a combination of three objects in the same series.

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Dressing up: school [Greek]

Find out words for clothing items in Greek. Identify clothing items suitable for school. Follow instructions to dress either a boy or a girl for school. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Dressing up: beach [Greek]

Find out words for clothing items in Greek. Identify clothing items suitable for the beach. Follow instructions to dress either a boy or a girl for the beach. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Dressing up: carnival [Greek]

Find out words for clothing items in Greek. Identify clothing items suitable for a carnival. Follow instructions to dress either a boy or a girl for a carnival. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Dressing up: carnevale [Italian]

Explore clothes worn in Italy for different activities and identify clothing items suitable for carnival time. Follow instructions to dress a boy or girl. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

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Naming the nation's capital, 1913

This is an official government document concerning suggestions from members of the House of Representatives for a name for Australia's new federal capital. There are four columns headed 'No.', 'Name', 'Date' and 'Suggestion'. The document is titled 'SUGGESTED NAMES FOR FEDERAL CAPITAL CITY / FROM MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT'. ...

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The me generation - unit of work

In this unit of work students explore what it means to be part of the 'me generation' through looking at identity, what defines the 'me generation', the influence of the media, advertising, new technology and social and political issues that are considered personally relevant. Students compare these influences and issues ...

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Dugong and whale distributions off Australia's coast: dataset

This is a map that provides a visual representation of the distribution of dugongs and several species of whales in the waters off the coast of Australia. The map shows the migration paths, breeding and resting areas of whales, as well as the density of dugong populations. A blue scale indicates the bathymetry (depth) of ...

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Gaps in understanding of coral reef ecology

In this clip, coral reef scientist Professor Peter Harrison explains that there are still huge gaps in our knowledge of coral reef ecology. He states that one of the key concerns among researchers is how corals are likely to respond to a changing climate that is causing sea temperatures to rise and ocean chemistry to change. ...

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The future of coral reefs

In this clip, Dr Kiki Sanford asks coral reef scientist Professor Peter Harrison whether he sees a bleak future for the world’s coral reefs. He replies that, although the overall health of coral reefs worldwide will probably continue to decline, there is much reason for hope that at least some coral reef communities will ...

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Chief mourner's costume

This is a mourning costume worn in the Society Islands (French Polynesia) in the late 1700s. It consists of an apron and a mask. It is made from pearl shell, wood and feathers, and was collected from the islands during Captain James Cook's second voyage into the Pacific.

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Murray Island mask

This is a mask of a triangular, bearded face wearing a European-style hat. It measures 37.4 cm x 35.5 cm x 43 cm and is made of turtle shell, sennit (plaited coconut fibre), shells and feathers. The face has inlaid pearl-shell eyes (one is missing), slits underneath the eyes and a slit mouth. The long, hooked nose is made ...