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Freedom of the Press

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"Freedom House has been at the forefront in monitoring threats to media independence since 1980. A free press plays a key role in sustaining and monitoring a healthy democracy, as well as in contributing to greater accountability, good government, and economic development. Most importantly, restrictions on media are often an early indicator that governments intend to assault other democratic institutions." 

 

This interactive map shows some intriguing spatial patterns about the freedom of press internationally.  What other patterns to you see in matching up with the most free presses in the world (in green)?  How does a free (or not free press) influence the cultural and political values of a country? 


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Pictorial material | National Library of Australia

Pictorial material | National Library of Australia | DSC Library | Scoop.it
The National Library collects pictorial material in order to document significant people, places and events in Australian history and society. Formats include photographs, prints, drawings and cartoons.
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National Library of Australia's Federation Gateway

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The National Library of Australia's Federation Gateway has been created to assist you to locate a wide variety of materials like books, web sites, pictures and manuscripts relating to the Federation of Australia
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A wealth of information about Australian federation
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CommonLit | Themes

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CommonLit is a free digital collection of fiction and non-fiction texts organized by the themes students love to discuss.
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 Has an USA bias but many topics have general relevance.
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Kate Hart: Citing Sources: A Quick and Graphic Guide

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how to avoid plagiarism: an infographic for bloggers and harry potter fans.
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A simple summary easily understood by students.

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The Industrial Revolution - Research - LibGuides at St. Peter Claver College

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A variety of resources on the Industrial Revolution

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Genetic Inheritance: Genetic Crosses - Resources - TES Australia

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A PowerPoint presentation that explores the different types of genetic crosses (monohybrid vs dihybrid) and examines some of the resulting phenotypic ratios. Developed for VCE Biology but easily adaptable.
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Lots of lateral thinking puzzles - Resources - TES Australia

Lots of lateral thinking puzzles - Resources - TES Australia | DSC Library | Scoop.it
I use these every lesson with all of my classes (years 7-11) as ‘bell work’ to get them settled. I’ve found them to be really effective. Most of the kids seem to really enjoy them and they’re always keen to try and work out the answers. Quite entertaining for the teacher too - some of the solutions the kids come up with are hilarious!
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These would be useful fillers and useful to get the kids thinking.  Click on the resource and create an account if you don't already have one.

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Classroom Antarctica

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This 'Continent' unit will enable students to appreciate the uniqueness of Antarctica, while developing skills in critical analysis, working scientifically, literacy, language and arts skills. 

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Write an essay plan | Ergo

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Your essay plan is the skeleton of your essay, and includes your argument, main points and conclusion.
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Ideas to support students in their essay writing.

There are some accompanying links on the lower right-hand side too.

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Non-Fiction: Persuasive Writing/Speaking - Resources - TES Australia

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A collection of resources and lessons that I've either created or used to teach persuasive writing and speaking skills.Apologies in advance for any errors on the slides.Feel free to adapt, change and use!
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A variety of worksheets and power points on persuasive writing. Click on the resource and create an account if you don't already have one.

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12 Angry Men Study Guide - Resources - TES Australia

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Study guide for 12 Angry Men
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Detailed work sheet for senior students, plus power point of legal vocabulary and their meanings. Click on study guide/powerpoint, create an account or email me.

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Year 12 English 2014

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Rhonda discovered this site and it has lots on encountering conflict.

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The National Library of Australia's Federation Gateway - People

A collection of materials and guide to significant people associated with the Federation of Australia
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More on federation in Australia - constitutional conventions 1890-1898 and the Constitution*
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A tenth of the world's wilderness lost since the 1990s, study finds

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Researchers reporting in the journal Current Biology show catastrophic declines in wilderness areas around the world over the last 20 years. They demonstrate alarming losses comprising a tenth of global wilderness since the 1990s - an area twice the size of Alaska and half the size of the Amazon. The Amazon and Central Africa have been hardest hit.

 

The findings underscore an immediate need for international policies to recognize the value of wilderness areas and to address the unprecedented threats they face, the researchers say.

 

"Globally important wilderness areas—despite being strongholds for endangered biodiversity, for buffering and regulating local climates, and for supporting many of the world's most politically and economically marginalized communities—are completely ignored in environmental policy," says Dr James Watson of the University of Queensland in Australia and the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York. "Without any policies to protect these areas, they are falling victim to widespread development. We probably have one to two decades to turn this around. International policy mechanisms must recognize the actions needed to maintain wilderness areas before it is too late. We probably have one to two decades to turn this around."

 

Watson says much policy attention has been paid to the loss of species, but comparatively little was known about larger-scale losses of entire ecosystems, especially wilderness areas which tend to be relatively understudied. To fill that gap, the researchers mapped wilderness areas around the globe, with "wilderness" being defined as biologically and ecologically intact landscapes free of any significant human disturbance. The researchers then compared their current map of wilderness to one produced by the same methods in the early 1990s.

 

This comparison showed that a total of 30.1 million km2 (around 20 percent of the world's land area) now remains as wilderness, with the majority being located in North America, North Asia, North Africa, and the Australian continent.

 

However, comparisons between the two maps show that an estimated 3.3 million km2 (almost 10 percent) of wilderness area has been lost in the intervening years. Those losses have occurred primarily in South America, which has experienced a 30 percent decline in wilderness, and Africa, which has experienced a 14 percent loss.

 


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GI Practice | Guided Inquiry in Australia

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An explanation on guided enquiry and lesson plans for various topics at the secondary level
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Exam Preparation 3: Exam Questions and Timing - Resources - TES Australia

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PDF version of PowerPoint presentation together with classic sheet on what verbs in exam questions are looking for. Includes MP3 and MindMap versions of presentation. Presentation looks at allocating time in the exam, Making sure that all questions are answered as well as structuring answers.
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Some nice little summaries on exam preparation.

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Genes Are Us - Meet Pamela - Resources - TES Australia

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Pamela is living with Sickle Cell Anaemia, an inherited blood disorder which causes bouts of intense pain that can strike anywhere in her body.

For more resources that accompany this film take a look at www.genesareus.org
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Introduction to Genetics - Resources - TES Australia

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Discuss genes and what students already know. Then have students complete the worksheet attached that looks at their inheritance and the traits they display such as tongue rolling and widow's peak hairlines.
Complete by showing the Ishihara Colour Blindness plates as an indication of testing for genetic inheritance.
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A ready- to- go worksheet and power point looking at simple genetics.

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ODYSSEY/Homepage

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 Could be useful for the Australian National Curriculum History...

 

Explores ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures.  Includes museum objects, puzzles, games, worksheets.....

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Oceans - Resources - TES Australia

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A range of powerpoint lessons on Oceans - their environments, animals, adaptations and threats and pollution.
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Some quite  useful lessons to get to know the oceans of the world, their structure and their problems. Click on the resource and create an account if you don't already have one.

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How WW1 Affected the Australian Home Front - Resources - TES Australia

How WW1 Affected the Australian Home Front - Resources - TES Australia | DSC Library | Scoop.it
A lesson on how WW1 affected the Australian home front.
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A power point presentation including  some excellent activities using propagander posters/cartoons as a source. You will be asked to sign up to TES Australia to get into the resource. It has lots of teacher resources and is worthwhile joining.

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Cybersafety support for Teens: Cybersmart

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A great site however teachers should evaluate the site for quality and reliability. 

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Evaluation Criteria: CRAAP Test

A means of evaluating the information you find on the web. Adapted from the Meriam Library, CSU Chico guide.
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A succinct summary of how to test information researched on the internet

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