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No way. They will not make Australia home.

No way. They will not make Australia home. | Humanities | Scoop.it
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Our laws are ridiculous. Also, labelling anyone as "they" or "them" immediately creates a rift between. I think the Australian Government really needs to review their stance on life. 

 

All the curse words! All of them.

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What is my national identity?

What is my national identity? | Humanities | Scoop.it
What is my national identity?   To begin with, my view on national identity is that it’s a sense of belonging to a certain nation or state. But without a feeling of belonging to Australia, does...
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Some awesome guy wrote this awesome thing because he's awesome. Awesome. Some people might think that's being immodest. Some people are wrong.

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Jemma Tanner's curator insight, October 31, 2013 9:59 AM

Just... wow. Awesome. Really awesome. This guy's awesome.

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The Family Stories That Bind Us — This Life

The Family Stories That Bind Us — This Life | Humanities | Scoop.it
Studies indicate that children learn resilience when they hear what their relatives before them have faced.
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This resource helps families understand how to make their child more resilient. Teachers can use this also to create appropriate questions and discussions about personal history and other histories. There are different ways to create a narrative; a descending, ascending or osciallating narrative. These conversational methods are of varying appropriateness in different contexts and this article helps people understand these differences. This article also shows how children are more resilient when they know more about their family histories. This shows the importance of knowing one's history.

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Would The World Have Been Better Without Hitler? - Stephen Fry.

http://antitheist-atheist.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/stephen-fry-alphabet-hay-festival.html LINK TO MORE including full playlist of the literary festival. Stephe...
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Stephen Fry on the demonisation of Adolf Hitler. Although this is all in relation to his work of fiction, there was an awful amount of research that had gone into it. Without Hitler, the world could have been a whole lot worse off. This, as Stephen points out, isn't saying "thankfully we had Hitler," but simply that he wasn't the only one supporting these views. I think in history, we often think of Hitler as the single cause, so people need to be further educated on the rest of the people who had been supporting, or working towards a similar goal. Another thing that this made me thing of is that lot of the time in history classrooms there is a focus on WW1 and WW2, and little (or zero) focus on more recent examples like Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, or the Rwandan genocide. This resource isn't as much to teach or to use in classrooms, but it made me think about the fact that there should be a more diverse range of histories taught. 

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Louis C.K. Says Smart Phones Are Toxic for Kids

Louis C.K. Says Smart Phones Are Toxic for Kids | Humanities | Scoop.it
Want a more empathetic kid? Don't buy them a smart phone, Louis C.K. says.
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This explanation of relying on technology to communicate and make friends is brilliant. Without a screen "they look at a kid and they go, ‘You’re fat,’ and then they see the kid’s face scrunch up and they go, ‘Oh, that doesn’t feel good to make a person do that.’" But with a screen in the way, there is no way to see a reaction unless you're having a video call or on skype. Children with a gap between reality will say mean things and think "that's fun" and will continue to do it.

There are so many devices that have been made to make life easier... but ease of use isn't what life is about. I'm afraid that we'll eventually end up in a Wall-e type of situation and we all get fat and our bones shrink and we rely on robots. Smartphones are toxic for children.

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Shane Koyczan: "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful

By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it's like to be young and ... different. "To This Day," his spoken-wo...
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Shane Koyczan talks about standing up for yourself and following your dreams. He explains how "sticks and stones" isn't a good mantra towards verbal abuse. This video is a great example of what bullying leads to and how not to deal with it.

 

"The difference is in the reaction to the pain.

Some see it as a suffering and harden their hearts.

Others see it as an enduring and soften their hearts.

Hardening your heart makes you like oppressors and dismally sinks you below them.

Softening your heart makes you a better person since you have hope for a brighter future.

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

- Ernest Hemingway

 

I just think that's particularly fitting.

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Tim Minchin Occasional Address and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters

Tim Minchin Occasional Address and Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters | Humanities | Scoop.it
Tim Minchin, the former UWA arts student described as "sublimely talented, witty, smart and unabashedly offensive" in a musical career that has taken the wor...
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Wonderful life advice from a wonderful man. These messages show that life, despite being void of any profound meaning or purpose, can still be a great place to be. The advice for the graduates teaches them that in their lives they shouldn't be searching for purpose or happiness, and they should just do what they can. Life shouldn't be focussed on following dreams. Another comedian (Jim Jefferies) said something similar, that we were brought up on dreams, and a lot of the reason why people experience sadness is because their dreams aren't achieved. Live life to the fullest! These messages can be used to help students be inspired.

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38 Wonderful Foreign Words We Could Use in English

38 Wonderful Foreign Words We Could Use in English | Humanities | Scoop.it
Sometimes we must turn to other languages to find the perfect word.
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Someone with an immense interest in words, this list is incredible. 

It contains my favourite word: Mamihlapinatapai: a look shared between two people, both are wishing that the other would do something that they both want, but neither want to initiate it. This is a valuable resource that can be used to show what people of different cultures deem important; if a word has been created for something very specific then it must be important. 

I think this list can show the complexity of language, and could encourage students to expand their vocabularies. Language, is has been said, carries the concepts of our culture. Language is of utmost importance.


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7BillionWorld.com - 7 billion people on 1 page

7BillionWorld.com - 7 billion people on 1 page | Humanities | Scoop.it
7 billion people on 1 page

Via JMAC
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This puts into perspective the amount of people in the world. I find it's very hard to imagine any representation of the number 7 billion. It's huge. It's monumental! I think that this perfectly shows us just how big it is. I think it's a great way to show students how big the world is, and what proportion of the 7 billion are from Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe or Oceania. 

Apparently it's a giant game of Where's Wally as well.

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JMAC's curator insight, September 6, 2013 9:55 PM

A visual Breakdown of all the people in the world. 

1 image for each person in the world. You can scroll and scroll accross the five colours repesenting each of the five continents. 

This could be helpful for to use in a classroom to visually show what 7 Billion of something looks like. 

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How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different | Humanities | Scoop.it
How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different
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This is an article outlining the minds of a 21st century thinker. It's a good resource to all as it explains the nature of the young people of today. With an abundance of information jumping out at everyone at all times, it leads people to think that learning isn't the most powerful tool anymore. The habits of mind of students are reflexive, accessible, and adaptable, they continually change. I think if teaching is to survive then it needs to adapt. Life isn't static, yet teaching styles have only recently been beginning to change. This article is a perfect starting point when trying to figure out your own teaching identity. Where do you fit into the 21st century mode of thinking?

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Bright Ideas

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This site has many different things that can be accessed and used in a classroom, or even for my/your own research. There are many things advocating libraries and research strategies. There are links on how to use technology and different presentation ideas and formats. Also there are tips helping with establishing a functional workflow, which is a brilliant thing to have for stressed out students or teachers. It also advocates the use of an education blog. I think this will be a continuing source of new (and bright) ideas for teachers, students, and everyone else interested in bettering their work skills.

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21 Comics That Capture The Frustrations Of Depression

21 Comics That Capture The Frustrations Of Depression | Humanities | Scoop.it
For those who have suffered, are suffering, or simply want to learn more.
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Some of these are absolutely perfect in their depiction of depression. Mental illness is often not seen as an illness. I've heard from people before telling me that "you don't look sick" and more painfully when my (old) best friend laughed and said "you don't have depression". I still don't understand how he thought that was okay.

I think that people misunderstand depression. They think it's sadness, which is only a little bit right. It engulfs you entirely. If people had more of an understanding of these issues and how people feel when they are depressed, I think there will be a more proactive approach to mental health issues. 

A wonderful site, probably not appropriate in primary school is http://www.mantherapy.org.au/ I know it's designed specifically for men, but there is a major issue amongst men because they're brought up to think that crying is a sign of weakness and that depression is for "wusses". Mantherapy is brilliant for manly-men with depression. 

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A Lot Of People Are Very Upset That An Indian-American Woman Won The Miss America Pageant

A Lot Of People Are Very Upset That An Indian-American Woman Won The Miss America Pageant | Humanities | Scoop.it
"And the Arab wins Miss America, classic."
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This article shows the unfortunate amount of people who have been recently in outrage over a non-white woman winning Miss America, with many statements such as "I swear I'm not racist but this is America" and "Miss America is a terrorist. Whatever. It's fine." This shows examples of how racism is still a major issue around the world. This, in a classroom, can be used to show the value of diversity, and can also be used to teach children about racism. Although the winner of the contest was of Indian descent, many people still thought she was "Miss Arab", which shows how many people will jump to conclusions based only on the colour of someone's skin. This is on par with the cheerios commercial in the amount of ridiculousness shown.  

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Rising Seas - Interactive: If All The Ice Melted

Rising Seas - Interactive: If All The Ice Melted | Humanities | Scoop.it
Explore the world’s new coastlines if sea level rises 216 feet.
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Post-university stuff now. This shows what the world would be like if all the ice melted! Agh!!!!

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Babakiueria

A political mockumentary reversing the situation in Australia, where blacks landed in a white culture and took over.

Via Tye Plews
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"A political mockumentary reversing the situation in Australia, where blacks landed in a white culture and took over." This is another brilliant role reversal video, which shows the way that the Aboriginal people have been treated since the arrival of the British, but shown the other way around. I think this is an excellent resource to use to teach a history class. It would be a wonderful way to begin a more in-depth discussion about the treatment of the Indigenous Australians. I think these types of videos help form an empathetic view. The majority often finds it difficult to properly understand what life would be like being part of a minority group. Inequality is often not understood properly if it isn't experienced first-hand. These videos give a better understanding of how others are treated. 

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Tye Plews's curator insight, October 31, 2013 10:04 PM

A video that provides a sarcastic role reversal approach to highlight the indigenous way of life and how the White Colonists impacted their culture. Most likely for higher grades as they would have previous knowledge based on this topic that would allow them to fully understand the context.

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The man who wants to start a conversation about racism

The man who wants to start a conversation about racism | Humanities | Scoop.it
Tim Soutphommasane wants to encourage others to think deeply about national identity.
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Tim Soutphommasane encourages others to think more about "casual racism" and the true power of apparently harmless jokes and jests. The truth of the matter is that, as he puts it, "belittling someone or making someone feel like they're a second-class citizen detracts from our social cohesion and harmony as a community." Australians need to think more about taking a positive step towards a more inclusive society and to make "a fair go" a reality. In a classroom, this can be used to show how racism still exists in our society, and to provoke thoughts and ideas about how to deal with racism. It also addresses the point that no matter the intention, a racist remark or action will still offend and cause harm.

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How Much Would You Risk To Start A New Life In Australia?

How Much Would You Risk To Start A New Life In Australia? | Humanities | Scoop.it
“I could see the death in front of me” — listen to the hair-raising reality of seeking asylum in Australia. Two ship-wrecked asylum seekers cheat death, make a daring escape, and now face the wrenching choices of a life in limbo.
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  This article shows the extreme measures that people take to escape the dire situations that they've faced. It shows how desperation is the motivator for asylum seekers, and that those seeking asylum should be given a "fair go" just like the typical Australian value dictates. I read somewhere that Australian values don't apply to those who enter via boat. Hearing the verbal account of an escape from detention makes me angry to know that help doesn't reach everyone who needs it.

  In the context of a humanities classroom this article could be used to show the dangers that people face outside of our own worlds. Children (and often adults) don't always know what life is like outside of their own experiences.

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facebook-global-full.jpg (2368x1179 pixels)

facebook-global-full.jpg (2368x1179 pixels) | Humanities | Scoop.it
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This picture shows the world through facebook connections. It can show how influential social networking can be and just how cautious you need to be when using any social media. 

Another way to look at this map is to show the relationships between different places and their people. 

 

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Graffiti from Pompeii

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A hilarious example of how some aspects of humanity haven't changed that much through time. Graffiti such as "Aufidius was here.  Goodbye" is something that is repeated on so many bathroom stalls and school desks. This can be shown to students, obviously filtered, to show examples of how humans were probably just like we were only they didn't have telephones and computers. My personal favourite is "On April 19th, I made bread." Brilliant. 

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101 Shockingly Sexist Vintage Ads

101 Shockingly Sexist Vintage Ads | Humanities | Scoop.it
Excuse me while I go down on my lipstick.
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These adverts are a great insight into how society ran in the past. With such statements as "keep her where she belongs," or when advertising an easy-to-open bottle, the slogan "you mean a WOMAN can open it?" It goes to show how sexism was thrown around without a second thought. After looking at these adverts you realize that there are still loads of adverts using sex appeal to sell things, and it brings to light the unfortunate reality that sex sells. Regardless of whether or not it's appropriate it still happens. These adverts, not all appropriate to show in a classroom, could be used to show what life would have been like women in the past, and how we're still striving to reach equality today.

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Personality test based on C. Jung and I. Briggs Myers type theory

Personality test based on C. Jung and I. Briggs Myers type theory | Humanities | Scoop.it
Personality test based on C. Jung and I. Briggs Myers type theory
provides your type formula, type description, career choices
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This personality test can show how a person learns and interacts. It shows the ways that their minds work and how suited they are to different social interactions. These tests also give examples of personal growth, and common issues a person of your personality type would face. These tests are quick, and accurate. They're brilliant when thinking about your personal identity.

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The Science of Happiness - An Experiment in Gratitude

What makes you happy? Have you ever wondered why? Join us as we take an experimental approach on what makes people happier. Behind the Scenes of the episode!...
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This is one of my favourite videos. This is a wonderful bounce-back strategy to help you through any problems you've been facing. It only has positive outcomes, you'll make yourself happier, and you'll make someone else happier. I think this should be shown as a strategy to any student who feels stressed or uncomfortable or sad. I'll even suggest it to teachers who are feeling the same. Methods of making yourself and others happy are sometimes hard to come by, so something like this is perfect for everyone. 

It could even be made into a literacy program, where students have to write a thank you letter to someone who has helped them out.

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Malala Yousafzai on The Daily Show video: Girl shot by Taliban leaves host Jon Stewart speechless with her message of peace

Malala Yousafzai on The Daily Show video: Girl shot by Taliban leaves host Jon Stewart speechless with her message of peace | Humanities | Scoop.it
The teenager said she had told herself that if attacked by the Taliban, she would talk to her intended killer about the importance of education
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The courage and persistence of this girl leaves many people speechless. I think that anyone who doesn't value their education or is having doubts towards the educational system should watch this video and take a leaf out of her book. If people attack someone for wanting an education, that clearly shows the power of knowledge and the power of learning. If someone is afraid or against the idea that any person will become educated and takes extreme measures to stop them shows the incredible value of education. Everyone deserves the right to an education. Malala Yousafzai is the perfect person to show that.

If I ever become doubtful of my future career, I'll read this and I think I'll be inspired once again.

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Humanities | Kanopy Streaming Service

Humanities | Kanopy Streaming Service | Humanities | Scoop.it
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This site has many videos pertaining to the humanities; everything from human rights to anthropology to politics. The content is rich and abundant. The downside of this site is that it is not free. Nevertheless, if it can fit into a school budget, it will be money well spent. 

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Stephen Hawking's big ideas ... made simple - video animation

Stephen Hawking's big ideas ... made simple - video animation | Humanities | Scoop.it
Stephen Hawking's big bang theory and the creation of the universe explained in two and a half minutes
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This explains the concept of The Big Bang in very very simple terms. A lot of people don't understand it at all, and think of it as something coming from nothing. The beginning of the universe as we know it is a huge topic regardless of what year they're in it's still a massive thing to grasp. This video is a perfect way of reading A Brief History of Time in only 2 and a half minutes.

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