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Primary mathematics: games, simulations and modelling

These seven learning activities, which focus on 'games, simulations and modelling' using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers use games, ...

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Start a business: location and type

Start up a retail business such as a sports, electronics or clothes shop. Investigate the spending habits of local people, the location of competitors and shop sites available for rent. Choose the business type and location most likely to succeed. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Start a business: location

Choose the best location to start up a retail business in electronics. Investigate the spending habits of local people, the location of competitors and shop sites available for rent. Choose the rental location where the business is most likely to succeed.This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Start a business: type

Start up a retail business at a given location. Choose a shop type such as sports, electronics or clothes. Investigate the spending habits of local people and the location of competitors. Choose the type of business most likely to succeed. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Muffin bakery: price and volume

Run a shop which bakes muffins. Investigate the fixed costs and variable costs involved in production. Look at how gross profit and net profit are calculated. Examine the effects of unsold stock on profit. Maximise profit by working out the best combination of production volume and price. Look closely at sales figures and ...

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Fish shop: natural or artificial

Serve two customers in a pet fish shop. Notice that one customer prefers a natural environment. Look closely at items to check their costs and suitability for each order. Select items to suit the customer's budget and needs, while also making a profit for the shopkeeper. Choose items such as fish, food, plants, aquarium, ...

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Fish market

Buy and sell fish in trading markets in a range of Australian and New Zealand cities. Compare market prices, supply and demand. Get to know other traders to find the best deals and discover new markets. Find a rare fish. Maximise your profit and reputation as a smart trader. This learning object is the last in a series ...

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Fish shop: quality or quantity

Serve two customers in a pet fish shop. Notice that one customer prefers a small number of high quality items, and the other customer wants to breed a large number of fish. Look closely at items to check their costs and suitability for each order. Select items to suit the customer's budget and needs, while also making a ...

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Australia Post - Australia Post Inc, 1990: 'A commercial enterprise'

This clip shows Australia Post staff at work as the presenter explains the changes necessary for Australia Post to become a commercial enterprise: productivity targets, cost-effective branches and reforms to work processes. Some of the annual running costs of a typical post office following corporatisation are shown and ...

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Spotswood, 1992: 'Instituting some changes'

This clip shows an efficiency expert, Mr Wallace (Anthony Hopkins), instructing Carey (Ben Mendelsohn) in staff efficiency assessments at an ailing moccasin factory in Melbourne, Victoria, and explaining the reasons behind his proposed workplace changes to a sceptical Mr Ball (Alwyn Kurts), the owner of the factory. Wallace ...

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Spotswood, 1992: 'It's about dignity'

This clip shows efficiency expert Mr Wallace (Anthony Hopkins) insisting that Mr Ball (Alwyn Kurts) sack 60 per cent of the staff at his moccasin factory in Spotswood in Melbourne, Victoria. Ball argues that his staff members deserve dignity and respect but Wallace retorts that only swift action will prevent the collapse ...

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Statistics and Probability - Data representation and interpretation (Investigating a Kale crop)

This is a teacher guide providing suggestions for Maths activities based on a scenario in which a farmer carries out an experiment to compare the profitability of two varieties of kale and investigate the effectiveness of applying fertiliser to the kale crop. It provides authentic questions for students to answer using ...