Learning objects Old Bernie's story


Interview a farmer about a local pond and its environment. Notice Old Bernie and his family have lived near the pond for generations. Ask him a series of questions about the ecology of the pond and how things have changed. Watch his answers via video clips.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify processes for rectifying and preventing environmental damage.
  • Students evaluate the impact of introduced species on a food web.
  • Students investigate changes in relationships within ecosystems and between ecosystems.
Educational value
  • Enables students to interview a farmer about the changes he's noticed in a local pond, over time.
  • Provides a farmer's response to interview questions in the form of video clips.
  • Suggests that students use interviews, photos and maps to help describe a local area that has changed a lot.
  • Suggests that students identify ways to improve a local area.
  • Provides a glossary that can be printed out.
  • Provides both audio and textual instructions.
Year level


Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Earth and space sciences
  • Science/Science as a human endeavour
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Natural environment
    • Science/Animals
    • Science/Ecology
    • Science/Environmental impact
    • Science/Habitats
    • Science/Human intervention
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Subject matter expert
    • Organisation: Department of Education, Tasmania; e-magine Centre of Excellence in Online Learning
    • Address: Hobart TAS 7000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.education.tas.gov.au/
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
    Access profile
    • Generic
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    Platform requirements
    • Initial load time may exceed 10 seconds on a dedicated 64kbps connection due to the use of rich media content. Load time on some screens may exceed 10 seconds on a dedicated 64kbps connection due to the use of rich media content.
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.