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Go Back to Where You Came From | SBS

Go Back to Where You Came From | SBS | Humanities | Scoop.it
Join the conversation about immigration, take an interactive asylum seeker's journey, read about the partipants, and watch the trailer for the world-first TV event.
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A program that looks at immigration and the journey of asylum seekrs to Australia. By using well known Australians with varying opinions on Asylum Seekers, they take part in experiencing the journey for themselves.

It raises many questions and the website offeres resources for teachers and students. There are videos, maps and fact sheets all available to use.

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Is technology killing school? Should it?

Is technology killing school? Should it? | Humanities | Scoop.it
I don't know if you can clearly see the panoramic view of my office below (thanks iPhone - I love your panorama feature!) in this post. I've only put it here to point up a reality that many people ...
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A very insightful article discussing Sugata Mitras experiment and idea of SOLE by children and whether schools are still necessary.

 

It questions how deep the learning is when performed in groups of children on computers (how much do they really discover without guidance from teachers?) and also what happens to other factes of education - ie: handwriting, grammar or performing multiplications by hand using our own heads and not the minds of a computer. Why is that not needed any more according to people like Mitra?

 

It also points to the fact that Mitra doesn't discuss the aspect of 'community', it is all about children learning together, alone and from each other. However schools have always been part of the community and a community in themselves, why is this not relevant anymore - surely community support is a good thing?

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A very insightful article discussing Sugata Mitras experiment and idea of SOLE by children and whether schools are still necessary.

 

It questions how deep the learning is when performed in groups of children on computers (how much do they really discover without guidance from teachers?) and also what happens to other factes of education - ie: handwriting, grammar or performing multiplications by hand using our own heads and not the minds of a computer. Why is that not needed any more according to people like Mitra?

 

It also points to the fact that Mitra doesn't discuss the aspect of 'community', it is all about children learning together, alone and from each other. However schools have always been part of the community and a community in themselves, why is this not relevant anymore - surely community support is a good thing?

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The Conscious Competence Ladder - Learning Skills from MindTools.com

The Conscious Competence Ladder - Learning Skills from MindTools.com | Humanities | Scoop.it
Learn how to use the Conscious Competence Ladder to improve the way you coach people through a learning process.
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I really like the Maslow four stages of learning. It is a very apt description of how we learn and the psychological take we have on it.

I feel this would work nicely alongside the 'backward by design' model and when working on an inquiry topic - to begin with the students don't know anything about the topic, but by the end they will be experts in that field they are researching.

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Bullying. No Way!

Bullying. No Way! | Humanities | Scoop.it
Bullying. No Way! Australia's safe and supportive school communities getting to the heart of the matter!
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A site on bullying with tools to allow students, parents and teachers to use it specifically.

It has different categories so children of different ages can use it as well as looking at bullying from different perspectives eg: I am being bullied and Someone has called me a bully.

It has a teachers section that provides resources for tackling the issue in class and through a whole school framework.

I like the fact that kids could even use this in the privacy of their own home to find help on the issue. Often children are too afraid or embarrassed to talk about it to someone or in a public forum.

It could be  a tool for students to use on their own or as a way to start a class discussion on bullying.

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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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A video based on the book by Dr Seuss, it takes a look at issues such as predujice, exclusion, racism and social standing. While done in a comical fashion it is an easy way to introduce these topics to children in a form that is engaging.

It could be used as a way to start critical conversations regarding the above topics and even expanding into inquiry projects for older years.

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If the World Were a Village of 100 People: A Story About the World's People - Trailer

Award-winning If the World Were a Village animation is available at http://www.cultureforkids.com. For more info visit http://www.master-comm.com for awards ...
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An egaging cartoon that puts the world population on a small scale. 

This may be an easier concept for children to grasp than looking at the billions of people that inhabit the planet. 

You could use this as a class exercise by thinking of the school or class as a 'village' and looking at what language and cultures make up that village. 

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Occasional Address

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Tim Minchin is a comedian, actor, composer, songwriter, pianist, musical director and huge rock n roll megastar. Tim is based in London.
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Tim Minchin is a comedian and musician who creates intelligent and witty performances.

In giving this speech he offers some great and unexpected advice. I do feel it's almost become a fad these days to have a 'passion', to follow your dream, to always be happy etc and in his 12 points of advice he gives a much more realistic approach.

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Mirror

Mirror | Humanities | Scoop.it
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A great children's book by the wonderful author/artist Jeannie Baker. A double fold out book that conveys the life of a boy living in Sydney Australia and on the opposite side, the life of a boy in Morocco. Through collaged pictures it describes their daily lives and the similarities and differences. 

It is a great resource to use to start a discussion on family history, family traditions, how each student differs from someone else. There are many activities that could come from thisincluding creating their own "Mirror" book with another student. 

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A guide to Trove - Trove

Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more.
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A huge resource available to all Australians with access to almost everything you've ever wanted! Very useful in particular to history and would be a great research tool for school projects for students and teachers alike.

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ABC Splash home - splash.abc.net.au

ABC Splash home - splash.abc.net.au | Humanities | Scoop.it
The ABC and ESA have teamed up to bring primary and secondary students and teachers world-class Australian resources, games, video and audio clips linked to the Australian Curriculum.
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Another resource to add to the collection with a multitude of games, lessons, videos and suggested reading.This is linked to the curriculum  also socould be very  useful when creating a sequence of lessons for the term. It looks like it has some really engaging and interesting content.

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Cook's secret instructions | Treasure Explorer

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A really interesting site with lots of history (somewhat unknown) in early Australian settler's and Captain Cook's two journey's to Australia. 

It is  a very interactive site and has good teaching resources also. This could be used during a unit on Australian History of specifically The First Fleet. 

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1788 | Australia's migration history timeline | NSW Migration Heritage Centre

1788 | Australia's migration history timeline | NSW Migration Heritage Centre | Humanities | Scoop.it
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This is the site for the NSW Migration Heritage centre (house at Powerhouse museum) which is probably similar to the Melbourne Immigration museum.

 

However this site has online exhibitions and great timelines of various aspects of Australia's history. There are also teacher resources that can be used. 

 

This could be used in conjunction with a visit to the Immigration museum in Melbourne and also when reseacrhing for a project. 

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What can you do with geography?

We all know that geography is important; but what can you do with it?


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An interesting look at how Google earth assists in geography and has made a contribution. It also though gives concrete examples of how geography is used. Often when something has a broad term it is dificult to imagine exactly what it is that occurs in that role. This is useful to just get students and teachers thinking a little more outside the box in terms of 'what is geography? How is it used?"

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School Economics

School Economics | Humanities | Scoop.it
You might have missed it but over the summer holidays there was a big announcement that affects all primary school kids. The government says you're all going to be studying economics lessons.
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Economics is an area of Humanities that I embarrassingly do not know much about - or at least don't feel confident in knowing.

Behind The News is an ABC show aimed at primary aged students that take current news stories and areas of interest and put them in a format that is easily understood and engaging for children.

This is a long standing program as I used to watch it myself in primary school.

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Charles Leadbeater: Education innovation in the slums | Video on TED.com

Charles Leadbeater went looking for radical new forms of education -- and found them in the slums of Rio and Kibera, where some of the world's poorest kids are finding transformative new ways to learn.
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TED offers access to thousands of talks on as many topics and I always enjoy the Education based ones. However I found this one by Charles Leadbeater truly inspiring. He talks about new forms of education and the need for learning to be "pull, not push" as in education needs to be made intrinsically interesting to have people want to take part. He focus's on education in places of poverty and explains that the difference with education in these places is that it needs to be made relevant, help people make a living as soon as possible and therefore not take 10 years to finish. He says learning has to be productive, but as discovered this does not always need to be taught by teachers. He refers to Sugata Mitras 'hole in the wall' experiment with computers as well as peer to peer learning.

It is a great reminder of how broad and exciting learning can be.

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Welcome | GeogSpace

Welcome | GeogSpace | Humanities | Scoop.it
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Geogspace is an initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers Association supported by the resources of Education Services Australia.

It is a site full of unique and interesting resources available for teachers to use that are in line with the Australian curriculum.

The site has been devloped by practising Geography teachers so units are current and have been tried and tested in the classroom.

The resources go through allthe steps of how you would implement the lesson in the classroom making it easy for you to adapt to your own class.

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What A Week Of Groceries Looks Like Around The World

What A Week Of Groceries Looks Like Around The World | Humanities | Scoop.it
It seems as a people, we have a fascination with photographing our food. From Henry's series of riders, to looking on instagram we cant help but document what we consume. Photographer Peter Menzel ...
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A look at not only the different foods families around the world eat but the different quantities.

This could be a great comparitive exercise and incorporate not only Humanities and a look at different cultures but also health. In a world where too much food is often being consumed it would be a good way to start talking about how much is too much?

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Home | AC History Units

Home | AC History Units | Humanities | Scoop.it
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These are history units developed by the History Teachers Association of Australia that support teachers in the implementation of Australian Curriculum History. 

It has some very useful and well explained information to assist you in starting to teach history, such as What is History? How to Teach History? Historical Skills. 

 

I think this would be really helpful particularly for first year teachers who may feel unsure ofplanning a lesson or sequence. 

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A great site with History units. Not all stages are covered.

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CLIMATE AND WEATHER - what's the difference?

CLIMATE AND WEATHER - what's the difference? | Humanities | Scoop.it
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A useful page to help students understand the difference between weather and climate. It gives literary examples to show this. The BOM site would also be helpful during units on weather, predicting weather, rainfall etc for children to use for statistical information. 

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Learn - RBG

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Royal Botanic Gardens Education utilises the rich natural and cultural resources of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne to provide opportunities to enliven and enhance the learning of students from kindergarten to tertiary.
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The Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne offer programs and excursions for school children of all ages. Their excursions and activities are designed to help teachers achieve Ausvels and they offer teacher resources as well. 

 

Topics such as sustainability, evolution and Indigenous studies are covered and professional development for teachers is also offered. 

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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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A interesting article that discusses how it has been found in studies that children show more resilience when they know about their family story and what their relatives have gone through before them. It is firstly important I believe to encourage resilience in children. It seems we may have skewed too far on the side of sheltering kids, of wrapping them in cotton wool and telling them they're wonderful at absolutely everything so that when something occurs out of our control that is hurtful, painful or not to their plan it can be quite devastating for them. I also found this to be a bit of inspiration for my Humanities AT2.
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A interesting article that discusses how it has been found in studies that children show more resilience when they know about their family story and what their relatives have gone through before them.

It is firstly important I believe to encourage resilience in children. It seems we may have skewed too far on the side of sheltering kids, of wrapping them in cotton wool and telling them they're wonderful at absolutely everything so that when something occurs out of our control that is hurtful, painful or not to their plan it can be quite devastating for them.

I also found this to be a bit of inspiration for my Humanities AT2.

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Google Earth for Educators

Google Earth for Educators | Humanities | Scoop.it
Visit this site to learn all the tips and tricks for using Google Earth as a teaching tool.
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This would be a really great geography resource in particular but also covers science and maths . There are so many things they offer that I'd had no idea about. I like the idea of using Google Street view to 'travel the world without leaving your classroom'.It's uses are vast and would be so engaging for students. I can imagine kids being excited about using this for research purposes, and some students may find it easier to learn and grasp concepts using a tool such as this.

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Civics | About Civics and Citizenship Education

Civics | About Civics and Citizenship Education | Humanities | Scoop.it
Civics and Citizenship Education (CCE) promotes the knowledge, skills and values that prepare students to be informed and active citizens of Australia's democracy.
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Created by the Australian Government, this gives some insight into what the subject of Civics and Citizenship entails. I feel somewhat int he dark about this aspect of Humanities and I find this to be areasonably clear and concise explanation with links to curriculum.

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Twelve Canoes

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.
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ABC Online Indigenous - Interactive Map

ABC Online Indigenous - Interactive Map | Humanities | Scoop.it
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This is specifically a map indicating the different Indigenous languages in areas of Australia. It is very interesting to see how broad the language is and how many different dialects there are. but this is also part of thE Indigenous section of ABC broadcasting online and has many other sections specific to Indigenous Australians such as art, sport and special events. 

The map could be a great thing to hang in the classroom for students to refer to and the site could be useful when researching for lesson or unit. 

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