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Improving reading in a community of schools

This teacher resource describes a highly successful strategy implemented by a network of four schools in Sydney to improve their students' reading in years 3 to 6. The Focus on Reading 3-6 professional learning program resulted in teachers developing and sharing their skills and experiences. There were also positive effects ...

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How to explain chaos theory using weather systems

Maths and science help us make better decisions all the time. We can apply simple arithmetic to find out the better price for goods and services, or more complex formulas to find the perfect surfing beach. But what if there is no discernible pattern for us to learn from, and the results of the same experiments are always ...

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Trends in tourism

Tourism comes in many forms. Apart from being a holiday destination, Australia is also attracting business people and students. Find out how forecasts of future tourism numbers are made, particularly those from Asia. This clip also describes factors that threaten our tourism industry.

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Reflective writing: the 3D format

This is a teacher resource describing a scaffolding strategy developed by New South Wales teacher Kerri-Jane Burke to help her students analyse texts and write reflective responses to them. The resource describes the three-dimensional writing strategy - Describe, Disclose, Decision - in more detail, outlining how it provides ...

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Read between the lines: shopping centre: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Read between the lines: shopping centre: assessment' (L9677). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input. For the most complex task, read notes on the three main ...

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Read between the lines: neighbourhood: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Read between the lines: neighbourhood: assessment' (L9672). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input. For the most complex task, read notes on the three main ...

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Read between the lines: park: assessment: teacher guide

Use this resource with 'Read between the lines: park: assessment' (L9678). First, see a profile of that assessment object, which gives you some helpful background information. Then follow clear guidelines on the marking and interpretation of student input. For the most complex task, read notes on the three main anticipated ...

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Engage to achieve: using mobile technologies to enthuse reluctant readers

This teacher resource describes how a cluster of four primary schools in Launceston, Tasmania, worked together to explore the potential of mobile technologies to engage reluctant and low-achieving readers in year 6. The program they developed exposed students to a range of multimodal texts, developed their understanding ...

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Moby Dick

What was Herman Melville aiming for when he wrote his masterpiece? Listen to Jennifer Byrne, David Malouf, Marieke Hardy, Jason Steger and Johanna Featherstone discuss their reactions to 'Moby Dick'. Is the novel just a detailed treatise (commentary) on whales and whaling, or is it an allegory (fable) teaching us about ...

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Round and Round and Round

This resource is a web page containing an interactive that can be used to explore the relationships between the angles of turn that produce the same vertical and horizontal displacements. The task provides an opportunity to apply their understanding of division and recurring decimals. A 'Getting started' page, printable ...

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Australianness of 'Cloudstreet'

Could 'Cloudstreet' be the great Australian novel? Jennifer Byrne, Peter Garrett, Mem Fox, Marieke Hardy and Jason Steger discuss Tim Winton's novel, trying to pinpoint just what makes it a classic example of modern Australian writing. This panel discussion is aimed at people who have already read 'Cloudstreet'.

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Tuning and Ratio

This resource is a web page containing a challenging problem solving task that requires an understanding of ratios and logarithms. It explains how intervals such as an octave corresponds to a particular ratio of string lengths which produce the notes. Two types of tuning based on ratios; The Pythagorean Scale and Just Intonation ...

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Types of matter: solids, liquids and gases

Select samples from an outdoor setting. Magnify the substances to atomic level so that the particles they consist of can be seen. Sort the substances into groups based on how the particles are arranged and how they move. Classify the substances as solids, liquids or gases. For example, classify argon as a gas and ice as ...

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Riddle of the black panther: the search

Track down a black panther reported to be prowling around a town. Interview witnesses and gather information from sources such as a website, advertisement and newspaper article. Notice that some of the statements may be wrong and the opinions may be biased. Choose the evidence most likely to be accurate. Rate reliability ...

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Magical maths

At first glance, maths and magic might not appear to have much in common, but did you know that you can use maths and logic to come up with solutions to problems that can seem magical? Learn one such maths trick in this video from ABC Catalyst. What is the probability of the letter not being 'e'?

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Behind every Everest climber stands a Sherpa

The Sherpas of the Himalayas are renowned for their courage and ability to cope with high altitude. Though often receiving little credit or attention for their work, they do much of the groundwork and the heavy lifting required for climbers to reach their goals. Sherpas have also lost their lives in the process. In what ...

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Environmental implications of new Cotter Dam

A new, larger wall is being constructed at Canberra's Cotter Dam. It will markedly increase the dam's storage capacity and help to ensure the sustainability of Canberra's water supply. However, important environmental work has been taking place behind the original dam wall. This clip investigates techniques used to carefully ...

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3D is back!

Andrew Woods from Curtin University answers the question 'How are 3D movies made?' Discover how how 3D glasses work. You might be surprised to find out how long ago people started making 3D movies.

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Aftermath of a typhoon: a child's view

Listen as a boy from the Philippines reports on the effects of a typhoon on his country and its people. While the level of devastation might at first seem overwhelming, our young reporter manages to find hope for those who were lucky enough to survive.

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Three Gorges Dam: hydro-electricity as a choice

China has built the massive Three Gorges Dam to provide hydro-electricity. The dam provides power without the harmful emissions produced by burning coal. But are there other costs? Hear from a Chinese professor whose opposition to the dam has waned, but who calls for careful attention to the problems that this dam has created ...