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Adoption of Indigenous Australian children

Imagine being taken away from your family and forced to live with people from another language, place and culture. This interview, recorded a week before the 1967 Referendum, captures an the perspective of Margaret Valadian, a prominent young Aboriginal Australian, on the practice of adoption and the removal of Aboriginal ...

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Tragic consequences of Japan's modernisation

Japan went through a remarkable transformation between 1868 and the death of the Emperor Meiji in 1912. But Japan's modernisation was accompanied by its rise as an imperialist power, with tragic results. Watch this clip to learn about the consequences of Japan's dream of empire. This clip is last in a series of six.

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Telerobots, we need you

Telerobots are semi-autonomous robots that are controlled from a distance. See telerobotic vehicles used in mining, agriculture and other workplaces where machines are used to take people out of the danger zone. Find out how the robots are controlled using communications technology.

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Science is everywhere!

Every day we draw on science knowledge. In this clip, hear scientists from a range of fields as they describe how they apply their knowledge of science to everyday activities. What are some ways you use scientific thinking to evaluate tasks, activities and information during your day?

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Rectangular stadium

Engineers and designers work with emerging technologies and innovations to improve on existing processes and workflows, and ultimately build better structures. Watch this ABC Catalyst video to examine how structural engineers have employed new technologies to build the roof of the new stadium in Melbourne.

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Open Explorer Builder

Use Open Explorer Builder to create an interactive multimedia project, presentation or unit of work. Build alone or with others. Select an image to represent your topic or area of study, then add points of interest to it and attach appropriate content to each of these points. You can import images, audio or Flash Video ...

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The futurist: online music

Use a selection of futures strategies to determine how a record company should distribute music content. Consider issues such as illegal file sharing and the future of compact discs. This learning object is the first in a series of two learning objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

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Cartown: communicating a message

Explore arguments for and against plans to reduce the number of vehicles travelling in the centre of a city. Decide whether to support a traffic congestion toll during peak travel times. Build a television report supporting your viewpoint. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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Cartown: communicating messages

Explore arguments for and against plans to reduce the number of vehicles travelling in the centre of a city. Decide whether to support a traffic congestion toll during peak travel times. Build a television report or newspaper article supporting your viewpoint. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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The futurist: music distribution

Use a selection of futures strategies to determine how a record company should distribute music content. Consider issues such as illegal file sharing, file encryption, hacking and copyright. This learning object is the last in a series of two learning objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

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Digital story: Where’s Gladys: assessment

Test your understanding of audience requirements by turning a print narrative story, designed for 3- to 4-year-old children, into a digital book with illustrations and voice narration. Read a survey to find out what different age groups like to read and what kind of illustrations they enjoy. Select illustrations to suit ...

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Digital story: A Kennel for Sophie: assessment

Test your understanding of audience requirements by turning a print narrative story, designed for 3- to 4-year-old children, into a digital book with illustrations and voice narration. Read a survey to find out what different age groups like to read and what kind of illustrations they enjoy. Select illustrations to suit ...

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Digital story: Jet's Adventure: assessment

Test your understanding of audience requirements by turning a print narrative story, designed for 3- to 4-year-old children, into a digital book with illustrations and voice narration. Read a survey to find out what different age groups like to read and what kind of illustrations they enjoy. Select illustrations to suit ...

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Twentieth-century representations of women - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea explains how the teaching of visual literacy took place within a unit exploring the representation of women in magazines across the twentieth century. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Taking a stand - Teacher idea

This Teacher idea shows how an extensive range of digital materials can be used to develop students’ critical literacy and writing skills, which then helps them to identify persuasive techniques that authors use. It includes a unit of work developed and trialled by a teacher.

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Stages of life - unit of work

This unit looks at life and its cyclical nature from the perspective of both the poet and the scientist. Students will develop an understanding of basic plant biology while simultaneously exploring aspects of the play 'As you like it', including the seven stages of life speech. The unit aims to foster an understanding that ...

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Using 'Transforming Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet' - Teacher idea

Students look closely at key scenes from 'Romeo and Juliet'. They extend their knowledge of Shakespeare, explore themes, characters and his use of language and dramatic technique, perform key speeches and scenes, and transform a scene to email. This Teacher idea is based on R11474 'Transforming Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet ...

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Shaping meaning in texts - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore texts with an Aboriginal context in order to learn about how language choices and techniques shape meaning. They learn about autobiography as a form of writing, examine storytelling in words and images, and explore ways of positioning an audience for a particular purpose.

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Writing an adventure - unit of work

This unit of work takes students through a series of scaffolded activities in which they construct and write an adventure story for younger children. Students learn about: types of adventure stories, narrative time structures, processes for structuring narratives at the stages of orientation, complication and resolution, ...

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A flight of fantasy - unit of work

In this unit of work, students explore the fantasy genre by examining a series of titles by Anna and Barbara Fienberg. They dramatise the thoughts and feelings of the characters through simple drama activities and develop their narrative writing skills through a focus on descriptive and figurative language. The unit is ...