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Learning objects Journey planner: quickest route 2


Help two children travel around town. Look at a map, then check bus and train timetables. Choose the fastest route. Notice that you may need to change between train or bus lines to achieve the best result. This learning object is the second in a series of four objects that progressively increase in difficulty.

Tags: Level2

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students interpret a network diagram and transport timetables.
  • Students integrate information from a network diagram and timetable to plan a trip.
  • Students visualise and compare different trips, then select the most efficient travel option.
Educational value
  • Provides opportunities for students to practise basic map reading and timetable reading skills.
  • Challenges students to calculate journey times for different journeys.
  • Enables students to use logic and decision-making skills.
  • Provides immediate feedback and checks during the journey planning process.
Year level


Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Measurement and geometry
    • Mathematics/Visualisation
    • Mathematics/Network diagrams
    • Mathematics/Spatial patterns
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Estimation;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Name: Rod Rees
    • Organisation: Rees Films Pty Ltd
    • Address: Blackburn VIC Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Howard Reeves
    • Address: Hobart TAS Australia
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    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
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.