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AMSA Kids: Stage 2 HSIE

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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Kids Website
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The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has provided an eye-catching, interactive website to educate children about managing the effects of human activity on Australia's marine environment. It features basic educational fact sheets and other teaching material,  a number of online educational games, as well as a short video clip on the detrimental consequences of oil pollution.

 

Because of the basic level of interaction and informative material, it would be most beneficial to use this resource as a supplement to an already existing unit of work based on the management and care of features, sites, places and environments. The engaging and interactive activities provide a simple, quick and fun way of reinforcing students' notions of the conservation of Australia's waterways. Additionally, links to Marine Environmental Protection agencies both in Australia and overseas provide teachers with the opportunity to incorporate the evaluation of government initiatives and management plans into their lessons.

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Learning & Teaching - Mungo Youth Project: Stage 3 HSIE

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The Mungo Youth Project is a ten-week long school-based research program ending with the Mungo Youth Conference - hosted by the Traditional Elder communities (The Paakantji, Ngyiampaa and Mutthi Mutthi) in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. This comprehensive program features highly engaging teaching models to facilitate genuine connections between Australian classrooms and Indigenous communities. It is divided into six key presentation areas: Language & Identity, Fossil Footprints, Changing Landscape of Mungo, World Heritage, Science and the past - what happened when?, Initiation - then and now. Each of the key presentation areas address critical concepts in HSIE pertaining to knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture, as well as the management and care for unique Australian sites.

 

Whilst a major aspect of this resource is attending the 3-day conference (which may present financial issues, as well as restrictions on the number of students who are able to experience the site visit and conference), the Mungo Youth Project also provides access to a vast range of classroom teaching material and links to relevant documents and useful websites.

 

In accordance with relevant resource guides for Aboriginal Studies and Torres Strait Islander Studies, this resource fulfills five key areas of evaluation criteria: authenticity, balanced nature of the presentation, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander participation, accuracy and support, and exclusion of content of a secret or sacred nature (Queensland Studies Authority, 2007).

 

 

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National Tree Planting Day | Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots: Stage 2 HSIE

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Roots & Shoots is a Jane Goodall Foundation initiative which aims to inform students worldwide of their role in environmental protection for both people and animals. The "Project Centre" is an activity hub where schools from around the world share the details of their achievements in raising awareness for environmental protection campaigns - such as National Tree Planting Day, Orangutan Awareness Week and National Park Visits.

 

As a basis for a unit of work, this program is rich in opportunities for students to engage with content related to the care and management of features, sites, places and environments on a number of investigative levels (insert outcome).

 

Through the curriculum-based service learning program (Pearson Foundation, 2011), teachers can find resources for project planning including a Community Survey, Guide to Choosing a Project and a Project Report Writing Guide.

 

An example of an introductory feature for a unit of work is The Community Survey activity which clearly illustrates the development of critical thinking skills that are ideal for learning in HSIE. It requires a close evaluation of a local area of interest in regards to the following categories: water, land, air, plants and the human community. Through this activity, students understand the importance of initial evaluation in order to plan an effective intervention project or strategy. Various aspects of this activity hold links to other Key Learning Areas such as English, Science, Maths and Creative Arts.

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World Heritage - Aussie Educator: Stage 2 HSIE

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World and Australian heritage sites and wonders of the world. Includes man-made and natural wonders.
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Aussie Educator is an Australian educational website created by a group of educators with a combined period of about 70 years teaching experience, with the intention of providing a rich and extensive one-stop source of teaching content and activities aligned with all Australian syllabi. The World Heritage Information page provides a wealth of links to government and educational websites pertaining to both overseas and Australian World Heritage listed sites.

 

Aside from worksheets and lesson plan links, Aussie Educator also provides links to the latest in interactive technological resources. The most notable example is the Google World Wonders Project which uses Street View, 3D modeling and other Google technologies to allow students to survey World Heritage listed sites from detailed and specialized perspectives from classroom computers.

 

The layout of the website allows for easy navigation for both teachers and students, and can be used to structure a World Heritage List themed Unit of Work.

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Habitat Heroes: Stage 2 HSIE

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Habitat Heroes is an interactive online program which features games, fact sheets, teachers' resources and webinars to engage students in environmental protection. Registration for schools is free, making it an easily accessible, versatile classroom resource.

 

As pedagogical approaches become increasingly technology-orientated, teachers are hard-pressed to siphon through a myriad of programs and websites to find the most appropriate and effective activities for their students. Habitat Heroes is a desirable source of information and stimuli for learning about environmental care and management which can be adapted for a variety of classroom settings. Teachers can potentially base a whole unit of work on various features of the website, or perhaps use resources to supplement an already existing unit. It's so handy!

 

This resource is particularly ideal because of the vast amount opportunities for students to engage in technology-based learning. Being a Flash-based website, almost every interaction involves entertaining and engaging animation material which can make learning experiences highly enjoyable for students. That being said, the material of the website is explicitly linked to concepts of management and care of sites and the environment. This means that students are acquiring required knowledge and developing critical investigation skills, all whilst having loads of fun.

 

 

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