A wealth of teaching learning opportunities on the NSW State Library website. The vast collection of historical records and artifacts available online are an excellent resource for students or teachers to explore the themes of Community & Remembrance, particularly Aboriginal Australia, Colonial life and Australia's involvement in WW1.
The facts and figures about Australia's diversity on this site provide useful conversation starters to get students thinking about what it means to be Australian in a culturally respectful way. For example, did you know that around 45 per cent of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas? Or that more than 60 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia?
The Australian Bureau of Statistics is a useful website for students wanting to locate specific information relating to the diverse cultural and religious backgrounds of people from communities, and particularly address the Syllabus content descriptor: "identify the various cultural groups that live and work in the local community"
Peace Corps Volunteers travel overseas to make real differences in the lives of real people. Apply online to Volunteer, find a local recruiting event, donate to a Volunteer project, or access teacher and student resources.
12 Canoes is a broadband website presenting, in an artistic, cultural and educational context, the stories, art and environment of the Yolngu people who live around the Arafura swamp in north-eastern Arnhem Land.
Monique Jamgotchian's insight:
This website is a beautifully presented, authentic resource to teach students about the significance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples history, culture and traditions. The site contains a study guide for teachers to use, and guide students through the 12 canoes, or 'segments'. Although all are significant to this topic, the particularly relevant 'canoes' for this topic include 'Ceremony' and 'Nowadays' which together encourage students to think about important examples of change and continuity over time in the local community, region or state/territory (ACHHK061).
A neat overview of Australia's celebrations and observances. Links to references and further information are contained under each event, making it a useful website for teachers' to develop content knowledge about the celebrations.
This website aims to tackle racism in schools in Australia, through providing teachers, school students, parents and governors with games, research and lesson ideas that explore the causes and effects of racism for practical use in the classroom.
Importantly emphasises the contribution communities make to enrich our daily life. The interactive timeline on the site highlights important dates, and is a fun way for kids to learn about the development of Australia as a multicultural country.
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