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Behind the News - Farm Uni

Behind the News - Farm Uni | Rural and City Communities | Scoop.it
Every week there seems to be another story about the drought and struggling farmers But while its great that the country is aware of the issues in the bush it might be creating a whole new problem
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This story on the children’s news program Behind the News focuses on the community of an agricultural high school in Urrbrae, South Australia. In the video the presenter and students discuss various roles important to rural communities: farming crops, large animal vet; architecture, wine making science, designing computer software for farming machinery; marketing products; researching ways of growing better crops; and others.

 

After the class watches the video, lead them in brainstorming the different roles that can make up a rural community. Each role could be written on a sheet of paper with a child standing somewhere in the classroom holding it up to represent someone with that job. Then the class is to establish relational links between these roles. Give other students pieces of yarn or wool and they have to connect two of the roles to each other explaining how they work together. For example, farming crops could be linked to designing computer software for machinery because better machinery will mean the work is easier for the person farming the crops. This task should involve all the students in visually conceptualising the make-up of a local rural community and how a variety of different roles interact with this specific environment.

 

The other community this video looks at is, obviously, an agricultural high school. Before or after the task it would be worthwhile asking the students what they thought of the school community and how they feel it’s similar and/or different from their school.

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The 2012 Heywire Winners - Regional Australia

The 2012 Heywire Winners - Regional Australia | Rural and City Communities | Scoop.it
A list of the 2012 Heywire competition winners.
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Heywire is a competition where young people from regional Australia submit stories about themselves and their communities in the form of video, audio, photography or text. This website presents the 36 winning entries from 2012 in the form of an interactive map of Australia with the communities marked out.  Clicking on a location or name will take you to that person on the map where you can select to “check out their winning story.” The fact that these stories are from young people’s perspectives should mean that students will hopefully find this resource relatable.

 

This is a great resource for getting students to work on an assessment task in pairs. In the school’s computer room, get the pairs and have them look at the website and choose a community to research. Have them in the form of a speech, poster or report present their finding. This should include:  places in the local area that are important; how the person interacts with the environment; and what makes up the community.  The students should have an opportunity to hear each other’s speeches, look at each other’s posters and read each other’s reports so they can learn from one another. Given the short nature of the stories this could be done in a manageable amount of time.

 

This should get the students to understand local rural community from the perspective of a young person. It will also start to develop research skills, collaboration and presenting acquired knowledge. After the assessment is complete some time should be given for a led discussion in what the students have learnt about local community and environment in order to solidify objectives.

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CabramattaNet.com.au - Vietnamese Community in Ausralia

CabramattaNet.com.au - Vietnamese Community in Ausralia | Rural and City Communities | Scoop.it

There were 154,807 persons born in Vietnam counted on the 2001 Census night, August 31, 2001 amongst a total of 19,972,350 Australians.

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This is a website dedicated to the Vietnamese community in Australia. A primary purpose of the site is to build bridges “between the Vietnamese community and Australian mainstream.” It contains statistics, information, news and photos. It is worth noting that some of this website is in Vietnamese, an internet browser such as Google Chrome will be needed to translate the site.

 

The information on this site can serve as a case study when looking at multicultural communities. Different students in stage 2 may have different knowledge and experience of cultures. Given this, it would be worth teaching multiculturalism first, then providing children a chance to share their own cultural background (perhaps make it the theme of that weeks show and tell?). Then you can talk about the Vietnamese culture in Australia using this site as a reference point. Talk about some of the statistics, news stories, religious establishments, community activities and Cabramatta as the largest local community in Australia. In a computer classroom get the students to do some independent research on Vietnam to fill out a country fact sheet so they have some grounding on the roots of the community. Following this with an excursion to Cabramatta for noodles would be helpful in experiencing a different community if not too logistically hard.

 

This should help children understand a global perspective on community.

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National Centre of Indigenous Excellence - Redfern

National Centre of Indigenous Excellence - Redfern | Rural and City Communities | Scoop.it
The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence will host programs and facilities for young Indigenous people to help them achieve their dreams and aspirations in the areas of sport, art, education and culture.
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This is the website of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) which was opened in Redfern in 2009. The centre’s aim is to build futures and create pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. It provides arts, heath, learning, sport and other programs. Particularly helpful are the videos on the “Who are we” and “Innovation” pages which explain and show the community of the centre and how it contributes to the broader city community of Redfern. This is a resource that provides a perspective on an Indigenous community for students.

 

Show students the web site on a smart board (including the above mentioned videos) and then break then into groups with large sheets of paper to brainstorm through writing and/or pictures the NCIE community and then share this with the class. Appoint someone in the class to write common themes and ideas on a white board (they may need some prompting with this). Afterwards, ask the students to identify what was important about the NCIE community.

 

Additionally, if the BTN task (to the left) has been completed, a comparison can be made between a rural educational community and a city educational community in class by drawing up a grid on the board and getting students to identify similarities and differences.

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Youth Week in the City 2012 - Sydney

Imagine, create and be inspired at one of the many events on as part of Youth Week in the City from 13 - 22 April 2012. There is a program stacked with event...
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This is a YouTube video promotion by the City of Sydney for Youth Week 2013. It contains images of young people in the city engaging in various activities.

 

This resource can be used as a stimulus for prompting thought about a city community. Show students the video in class on a large screen. While watching the video, on paper they should write or draw the various ways people are interacting with the environment of the city. Since it is a two minute video additional time may be needed and/or the video may need to be played again to allow students to complete the task. Afterwards, go round the room and get the students to share their answers. Follow up questions with the class would be: what are important places in the city? and what makes up the city community?

 

As a take home task this week, they could look at one of these places (park, coffee shop, video game arcade, etc...) in their own community and report back (perhaps for that week’s show and tell).

 

Additionally, if the Heywire Assignment (to the left) has been completed, a comparison between young people in a rural community and young people in a city community can be done in class by drawing up a grid on the board and getting students to identify similarities and differences.

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