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What if Money Was No Object - Alan Watts

I love this video, it suites the mission of Balance By Visalus so well. Do what you love to do and the money will come. For me, helping others has been a lif...
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A great video of that produces the idea "What do you want to do?", based on a reality where money doesn't exist. What can you do with your life to reach maximum happiness. As teachers we can help students reach their full potential in reaching goals, optimising talents and educating them in an engaging way.

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Lessons Worth Sharing

Lessons Worth Sharing | Humanities | Scoop.it
Use engaging videos on TED-Ed to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on any video from YouTube.
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Ted Ed aims to capture and amplify the voices of the worlds greatest educators and provides the opportunity to successfully engage lessons and to share these with other teachers. They believe, "the more you know, the more amazing the world is".


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Blood Found in Mosquito Fossil: “One of a Kind”

Blood Found in Mosquito Fossil: “One of a Kind” | Humanities | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered blood in a mosquito fossil, a new study says—but don't get your hopes up for a pet velociraptor.
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Blood has been found in a mozzy that dates back 46 million years ago. This is incredible, and I feel like this could easily engage a group of children leading into science lessons or units on dinosaurs etc. and how the blood inside the insect could determine an extinct life form. Cue Jurassic Park....

These lessons could easily relate into info about other insects or how these animals live and develop in regards to lifecycles.

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A Teacher Tries To Avoid Drama, But A Jerky Question Sets Him Off

A Teacher Tries To Avoid Drama, But A Jerky Question Sets Him Off | Humanities | Scoop.it
This is brutal and beautiful.
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Briliant comic strip dealing with 'What teachers make'. Addesses the perception that someone might have about teachers. I don't think that the response could be put better, my personal favourite is the "I can make a C+ feel like a congressional medal of honour, and an A- feel like a slap in the face".

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Daily Show on Australians Election 2013

John Oliver talking about Australian election 2013. Fore more info on the show: http://www.thecomedychannel.com.au/shows/the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart. Sub...
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Comedian takes advantage of the controversial rubbish within the election seaon. Relates back to the idea of teaching children proper knowledge of religion and culture. As well as the safety and understanding of how technology, being so easy to access these days should be restricted to an extent.

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The 'Australian Sarah Palin' Embarrasses Herself (Video)

"If you need to know the differences between Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, you probably shouldn't ask Australian nationalist politician Stephanie Baniste...
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I really don't like politics, there's too much rubbish involved and it doesn't interest me at all. And this is why. 
The media's responses to her idiocy is quite funny and the panel afterwards pretty much sums up the general idea about Stephanie Banister. She withdrew from the election not long after this.

This clip is evidence that teaching children knowledge about diverse religions and cultures, and how they relate to geographical and historical aspects is essential .

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The Other Final (2003)

The Other Final (2003) | Humanities | Scoop.it
Directed by Johan Kramer. With Matthijs de Jongh, Stephen Bennett, Dinesh Chhetri, Wangay Dorji.
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I am using this resource as a part of an assessment for Humanities. It depicts the story and football match between the two lowest teams in FIFA world rankings in 2002, Bhutan - a small kingdom in the Himalayas and a Monarchy; and Montserrat - a Caribbean island that has been devastated by volcanic activity.

This documentary reveals cultural and diverse historical backgrounds between both these teams and have such a low economony compared to the major leagues yet the love of this competitive sport brings harmony and respect to one another.

As teachers, this resource can influence lessons greatly in regards to culture, religion, natural distaster and how something such as sport can create an atmosphere that is both competitive and inspiring.

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Teacher resources - Consumer Affairs Victoria

Teacher resources - Consumer Affairs Victoria | Humanities | Scoop.it
Check out our fun and interesting resources that assist teachers to educate students on consumer issues.
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The online resource base that we were directed to by the guest speaker in our Humanities lecture in week 7. It is designed to educate and advise customers by providing information on legislation and industry codes, consiliate disputes and enforce and ensure cpmpliance with consumer laws.

 

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Google Earth

Google Earth | Humanities | Scoop.it
Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.
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Google Earth is such a fantastic interactive tool to teach Geography with. Not only in teaching this, it could then lead into how these geopgraphical aspects have been effected over history or how the economy is effected by location etc.
It's incredible how much technology has developed over the years and has provided education with such incredible teaching resources. 
It makes you wonder what will be available in the future. 

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Australia had a government shutdown once. In the end, the queen fired everyone in Parliament.

Australia had a government shutdown once. In the end, the queen fired everyone in Parliament. | Humanities | Scoop.it
That was the first and last Australian government shutdown.
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The US is shut down, here's what Australia did in a smiliar situation.
Not only this article, but this situation could be a way to research government bodies and policies etc. By basing lessons on how government works in regards to the strands of humanities, especially economics, students can gain insight into political issues. Another great way to explore this could be by considering the students perspectives on the topic once research has been conducted. 

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Julia Gillard writes on power, purpose and Labor’s future

Julia Gillard writes on power, purpose and Labor’s future | Humanities | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Australia's former prime minister breaks her silence, writing exclusively for Guardian Australia on her legacy, her hopes for a new Labor leader … and the pain of losing power
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Interesting read written by Julia Gillard, after she was challenged for leadership, about what was right and wrong with Labor from 2007 - 2013.

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Home | Global Education

Home | Global Education | Humanities | Scoop.it
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Global education promotes positive values and assists students to take responsibility for their actions and to see themselves as global citizens who can contribute to a more peaceful and sustainable world.

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities > Home

The Australian Academy of the Humanities > Home | Humanities | Scoop.it
Advances knowledge of, and the pursuit of excellence in the humanities. Features information on events, fellows, grants and publications.
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An independent, not-for-profit organisation that promotes the humanities for the public good. The Academy embraces new and emerging fields in the humanities, and promotes the crucial role of the humanities in interdisciplinary collaboration.

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Babakiueria

A political mockumentary reversing the situation in Australia, where blacks landed in a white culture and took over.
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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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"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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Death takes a holiday: NYC had a murder-free week

Death takes a holiday: NYC had a murder-free week | Humanities | Scoop.it
Murder took a holiday last week. There were no murders in the five boroughs in the seven days ending last Sunday, the mayor’s office said on Monday. “It’s an anomaly.…
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An article of facts based around the murder rate in New York City and how last week an irregularity occurs with no murders for a week. The last time it happened was last January.
With this article, teachers can reflect the importance of teaching safety to children. We may not have the same crime rate here in Australia but children still have the need to be safe. Also, an economic value could be explored with how crime can be influenced by this.

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Having an imaginary friend can help children later in life

Having an imaginary friend can help children later in life | Humanities | Scoop.it
Young children's habit of talking to imaginary friends can spur the development of an inner dialogue they can use to talk themselves through challenging tasks now and later as adults, a study says.
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An article on how children with imaginary friends can have a impressive cognitive impact anddevelop personal speech, similar to the result of conversations between children and adults. This can heavily influence social abilities in a school environment and impact a childs learning and involvement within a classroom.

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Healthy Harold

The Healthy Harold website provides interactive drug and health education for primary and middle school children. Healthy Harold is an initiative of Life Education Australia.
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When I was in primary school, I loved Healthy Harold. It is a not for profit organisation that establishes a creative and engaging way to educate children about social skills, communication and negociating skills while reflecting a need for indiviuality. It tackles issues regards drugs and alcoholism and the choices that students have during life.

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Paper Clips (2004)

Paper Clips (2004) | Humanities | Scoop.it
Directed by Elliot Berlin, Joe Fab. With Sandra Roberts, Dagmar Schroeder-Hildebrand, Tom Bosley, Casey Condra.
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A documentary about a small towns school project that developed into a worldwide experience about the prejudice of Jews over history. It promotes the view that bigotry and discrimination has no place in today society and that stereotyping people based on their religion or culture is unfair. It is a powerful tool that could be used in a classroom as all the emotion and passion is real and provides a lot of educational material for students.

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Top 10 Premier League Transfers

Top 10 Premier League Transfers | Humanities | Scoop.it
Big quantities of money spent in one player doesn’t necessarily mean a great performance on the pitch! In Premier League we have numerous of this cases and some of them are presented down here.
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An article that describes the highest transfer rates in the English Premier League over the years. I have used this in relation to the source "The Other Final" as it is described in the doco that because of the economy, their football resources like flags, balls, whistles etc. need to be sourced from other countries. Pretty ridiculous after seeing some of the millions spent for player. 

Strongly relates to the economic value that sports influences as well as geographic in regards to where these players are based.

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Dr. Seuss' The Sneetches - Full Version

This is Dr. Seuss' view of prejudice: Some Sneetches have a star on their bellies, and some of them don't. The ones that don't have a star on their bellies a...
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As crazy and weird as Dr Suess' books and videos are, they have underlying aspects of morals and beliefs that are vital in a childs education. The Sneetches could be used in the classroom as it absurdly addresses the idea of prejudice and equality and how these ideologies can be abused and exploited in a way that makes sense for children. Also, how an economic influence can take advantage of this. However it does take it to the point where it may become over the top.

It could also lead into lessons about how other aspects religion and race can sometimes be subject to this type or prejudice.

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Home | My Place for teachers

Home | My Place for teachers | Humanities | Scoop.it
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Education material to support schools in learning about history and other aspects of humanties. Provides heaps of visual resources and activities that can assist in constructing a unit on history or economics which will engage students in their learning.

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History

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Teaching government systems with gummy bears.
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Creative way of teaching government systems. Could be used in the classroom to explain how countries systems can differ from our own and the significance of each. This could lead into more lessons about the aspects of humanities that are effected by these different styles of governments.

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Letter from Bishop Eugene Hurley to Tony Abbott

Letter from Bishop Eugene Hurley to Tony Abbott | Humanities | Scoop.it
Read a powerful letter from Most Reverend Eugene Hurley, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Darwin, to Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott.
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An intense letter from the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Darwin to Tony Abbott addressing his grief and beliefs about people arriving by boats in Australia. He strongly relates the treatment of these people to The White Australia Policy and how we don't treat these people as equals.

In a classroom context, we as teachers could address this through the aspect of perspectives. By addressing it this way, it provides children with the opportunity to give their personal opinion on this subject as well as hearing what others have to say about it. It is important that students are able to approach topics like these as it provides them with knowledge about prejudice, discrimination and racism and leads them towards respects, equality and appreciation of different cultures.

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When the reality of an Abbott Government hits home, how will you feel?

When the reality of an Abbott Government hits home, how will you feel? | Humanities | Scoop.it
So you helped vote Labor out. Here's something to think about. How will you feel when the reality of an Abbott Government hits home? How will you feel when it starts to hurt your pocket? How will y...
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On ya Straya! A list of what Abbott won't do...

 

Personally, I'm not a fan of politics. But I know enough to say that I don't want this man running our country. There would have been a substantial amount of funding for education if the Labor Party was re-elected as well as tax deductions for small businesses and an internet speed that suits the advance technology we have access to today. Another major thing is that with Abbott in charge, there won't be a law to allow same sex marriage Australia wide. 

As teacher we need to have an opinion on these issues within politics, however not enforce them upon students, they have the right to their own opinion. We can simply provide them with information that they're interested in.

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Taxi drivers bar Aboriginal actors

Taxi drivers bar Aboriginal actors | Humanities | Scoop.it
Aboriginal actors in town to rehearse an indigenous version of King Lear were repeatedly refused a fare by taxi drivers in Southbank on Monday night, and racially abused on the St Kilda tram Tuesday morning while making their way back to work.
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A story most likely suited to the higher years of primary education, it could engage students beliefs that this form of racism still exists, and how it effects not only places in Australia like Melbourne, but on a global level. It strongly links to factors that the The White Australia Policy comprised of and how racism in this extent is unacceptable. Students could investigate more on this topic by researching historical experiences including things like the Dictation Test etc.

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