50 Years of BTN: The World Through a Classroom TV
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50 Years of BTN: The World Through a Classroom TV

ABC June 5, 2018

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Behind The News (BTN) is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and to mark the milestone we take a stroll down memory lane with a documentary looking back at the history of the show.

Behind The News (BTN) is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and to mark the milestone we take a stroll down memory lane with a documentary looking back at the history of the show.

'Stealing' water from the Murray-Darling
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'Stealing' water from the Murray-Darling

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Reporter Emma Davis explains why the Murray-Darling Basin Plan was put into place, the importance of water in the ecosystem, and allegations that some irrigators were stealing ...

Reporter Emma Davis explains why the Murray-Darling Basin Plan was put into place, the importance of water in the ecosystem, and allegations that some irrigators were stealing water that should be made available to others downstream.

Air Pollution in Delhi, India
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Air Pollution in Delhi, India

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Find out why the air pollution is so bad in Delhi and how young people are coping in the smoggy conditions. What are the environmental factors contributing to the ...

Find out why the air pollution is so bad in Delhi and how young people are coping in the smoggy conditions. What are the environmental factors contributing to the pollution? What are some of the actions being taken to lessen the pollution? Why are the young people in the video feeling frustrated?

Anti - plastic crusader
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Anti - plastic crusader

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The BtN Team spends some time with a young boy from Byron Bay who is teaching others about the devastating effect of plastic in the ocean. What are some ways we can reduce ...

The BtN Team spends some time with a young boy from Byron Bay who is teaching others about the devastating effect of plastic in the ocean. What are some ways we can reduce the amount of plastic we use? What types of animals can be in danger from plastic? What do turtles sometimes mistake plastic bags for? Arlian made a documentary, how else could you spread the word about plastic pollution?

Anzac Day
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Anzac Day

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Each year on the 25th of April, we commemorate the lives of Australians who died in war. But for one young boy, the

Each year on the 25th of April, we commemorate the lives of Australians who died in war. But for one young boy, the

Anzac Day
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Anzac Day

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Discover the history and significance of Anzac day through a narration by the BTN team.

Discover the history and significance of Anzac day through a narration by the BTN team.

Are bugs the food of the future?
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Are bugs the food of the future?

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Would you eat a piece of cake made with larvae butter? Scientist think bugs like crickets and types of larvae may be the food of the future. What are some advantages of ...

Would you eat a piece of cake made with larvae butter? Scientist think bugs like crickets and types of larvae may be the food of the future. What are some advantages of farming bugs over more traditional animal food sources such as cows?

Asia imports Australian green tea
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Asia imports Australian green tea

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BTN investigates how green tea is harvested in Australia and the importance of the crop for trade with Asia.

BTN investigates how green tea is harvested in Australia and the importance of the crop for trade with Asia.

Asia life savers
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Asia life savers

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Australia's Royal Life Saving Society is teaching children in Bangladesh to swim and save lives, BTN reports.

Australia's Royal Life Saving Society is teaching children in Bangladesh to swim and save lives, BTN reports.

AUSLAN
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AUSLAN

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BTN visits a school where AUSLAN is taught to all kids

BTN visits a school where AUSLAN is taught to all kids

Aussies kids share their experiences of escaping bushfires
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Aussies kids share their experiences of escaping bushfires

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**May be distressing for some viewers** Aussie kids share their experiences with Behind the News of having to leave their homes, farms and holiday parks due to encroaching ...

**May be distressing for some viewers** Aussie kids share their experiences with Behind the News of having to leave their homes, farms and holiday parks due to encroaching bushfires. Who helps us in the community in times like this? What do you need to do if there is a fire nearby? What number do you call for emergency services? How could you help or send a message of support to people like the kids in the video who have been affected by fires?

Australian-Indonesian sister schools
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Australian-Indonesian sister schools

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INDO SCHOOL The relationship between Indonesia and Australia is incredibly important. But how much do we really know about on

INDO SCHOOL The relationship between Indonesia and Australia is incredibly important. But how much do we really know about on

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Election Results/Greyhound Ban/Pokemon Go/Abacus Championships/Drought Aid

ABC Me July 26, 2016

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ELECTION RESULTS: Over the school holidays the 2016 federal election was held and Malcolm Turnbull was returned to the top job - just. But now he has a new challenge - up to ...

ELECTION RESULTS: Over the school holidays the 2016 federal election was held and Malcolm Turnbull was returned to the top job - just. But now he has a new challenge - up to a dozen crossbench senators, all with very different views on how the country should be run. So how will these politicians change how the government operates over the next three years? Tune in next week to find out. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The roles and responsibilities of electors and representatives in Australia's democracy Year 5 The key values that underpin Australia's democratic system of government Year 5 The key institutions of Australia's democratic system of government based on the Westminster system, including the monarchy, parliaments and courts Year 6 The key features of government under the Australian Constitution with a focus on: the separation of powers, the roles of the Executive, the Houses of Parliament, and the division of powers Year 7 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Questioning and research: Develop a range of questions to investigate Australia's political and legal systems Year 7 GREYHOUND BAN: New South Wales has announced that it wants to ban greyhound racing. It says too many trainers have been shown to use cruel practices to train their animals. But some people argue a ban isn't the way to go. We look into it. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - English / Literacy / Creating texts: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience Year 5 English / Literacy / Interacting with others: Clarify understanding of content as it unfolds in formal and informal situations, connecting ideas to students' own experiences and present and justify a point of view Year 5 Use interaction skills, varying conventions of spoken interactions such as voice volume, tone, pitch and pace, according to group size, formality of interaction and needs and expertise of the audience Year 6 Plan, rehearse and deliver presentations, selecting and sequencing appropriate content and multimodal elements for defined audiences and purposes, making appropriate choices for modality and emphasis Year 6 Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions Year 6 POKEMON GO: A new augmented reality video game is taking the world by storm. Pokemon Go has been played by millions of people since it launched a couple of weeks ago. Lots of people are excited about the benefits of these types of video games. But some are worried about the dangers of them, too. ABACUS CHAMPIONSHIPS : How would you quickly solve a difficult maths equation if you didn't have a calculator? Well not so long ago, the answer was to use an abacus. We went along to the National Abacus Maths Championships to find out how they work and why they're still being used today. DROUGHT AID: This week marked the launch of Heywire - a competition that encourages rural and regional young people to tell their stories. To celebrate, we thought we'd take a look at one of last year's winners, Callan. He shared how city people helped his family through a recent drought and how much that support meant to him.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Paris Climate Withdrawal/Koala Concerns//Uluru Street View/Albinism/The BTN Welcome Book

ABC Me June 13, 2017

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Paris Climate Withdrawal Last week, the United States announced that it's pulling out of the Paris Agreement, a big plan designed to fight climate change. The news caused a ...

Paris Climate Withdrawal Last week, the United States announced that it's pulling out of the Paris Agreement, a big plan designed to fight climate change. The news caused a massive reaction around the world. But what actually is the Paris Agreement and what might happen once the United States withdraws? Koala Concerns Scientists in New South Wales are worried about the effect rising sea levels and deforestation are having on Australia's koala population. We'll take a look at the latest research and find out what can be done to help this iconic Australian species. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4 Living things have life cycles Year 4 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment Year 5 The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7 Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Uluru Street View For the first time, students will be able to virtually walk around Uluru, after Google's Street View site recently captured the massive rock in the heart of the Australia. The filming was done with permission and advice from local aboriginal elders and some sections of the rock weren't captured due to their cultural beliefs. Next week, we'll find out more about those beliefs and find out why this landmark holds such significance in this country. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space science: Earth's surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity Year 4 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4 HASS / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / First contacts: The diversity of Australia's first peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Country/ Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the implications for their daily lives. Year 4 HASS / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 1: Landforms and landscapes: The aesthetic, cultural and spiritual value of landscapes and landforms for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Year 8 The different types of landscapes and their distinctive landform features Year 8 The ways of protecting significant landscapes Year 8 Albinism Next Tuesday is International Albinism Day. Albinism is a rare condition that only affects around 1000 Australians. One of them is 13 year old Xander. So we asked him to tell us all about it. The BTN Welcome Book - Cover Artist announced Last year, Behind the News asked all Australian kids to draw pictures of welcome for all of the young refugees and migrants that arrive here to start a new life. Incredibly, more than 12,000 of you took part. We then selected about 100 of those beautiful pictures to be printed into a special book. On the 20th of June, we will officially unveil the book that all of you helped create. And as thanks, we'll also post a free eBook version on our website for you to download and enjoy. But first, in next week's show, we will reveal the BTN Welcome Book's front cover design and introduce you to the talented young artist who drew it.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: The BTN Welcome Book revealed/Climate Debate/Qatar Tension/Desert Animals/Sheepdog School

ABC Me June 20, 2017

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The BTN Welcome Book Revealed Last year, Behind the News asked you to draw pictures of welcome for all of the young refugees and migrants that arrive here to start a new life. ...

The BTN Welcome Book Revealed Last year, Behind the News asked you to draw pictures of welcome for all of the young refugees and migrants that arrive here to start a new life. Incredibly, more than 12,000 of you took part. On the 20th of June, we will officially launch the book that all of you helped create. Tune in to find out if your pic made it in! And we'll give all of you a special gift to say thank you for helping us create it. Climate Debate Last week, we told you all about the Paris Climate Agreement and how the US is pulling out. Australia is still part of it though, and this week, talk turned to how we might achieve our own emissions goal. A review suggested a 'clean energy target' is the way to go. But the government is split on the idea. We'll take a look at Australia's energy market and find out how a clean energy target might change it. Qatar Tension Next, we're going to take you to the middle east, where tensions between neighbouring countries have flared. Some countries in this area have joined together to cut off another one - Qatar. But why? We'll tour the region to find out. Desert Animals How can some simple chicken wire save the lives of thousands of small native animals in Australia's Simpson Desert? Well, it's now being used by scientists to create homes to protect these important creatures from the feral animals trying to turn them into dinner. We take a look at the program and find out which feral animals are causing all the problems. Sheepdog School A group of kids from a small farming town in NSW are learning the art of sheep dog training. They've been involved in a special program that's all about training dogs to herd and manage sheep. We asked them to explain how it works.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: June 27, 2017

ABC Me June 27, 2017

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News and current affairs for students.

News and current affairs for students.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Cyclone Debbie/Cashless Issues/BTN Investigates: Space/Cloud Atlas/Silo Art/Kind Classrooms 2017

ABC Me April 4, 2017

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Cyclone Debbie People in North Queensland are counting the cost and cleaning up after a huge tropical cyclone hit the area this week. We'll check in with kids from the area to ...

Cyclone Debbie People in North Queensland are counting the cost and cleaning up after a huge tropical cyclone hit the area this week. We'll check in with kids from the area to find out what it was like to go through such a destructive storm and how the clean-up is going now. Cashless Issues The Reserve Bank says it will soon roll out a new way of paying for things, further reducing the need for people to carry cash. They say it will help consumers to buy things quickly and easily, but are there any people who will suffer from the move away from coins and notes? We take a look and find out how some groups are planning to solve the difficulties caused by a cashless world. BTN Investigates: Space This week on BTN Investigates, Tye has asked us if space is infinite. Well Tye, strap in because we will blast off to find an answer to your question next week. We'll also give you an exclusive look at the ABC's special educational event 'Stargazing', coming live to ABC TV next week. Cloud Atlas Did you know there's something called an International Cloud Atlas? It's a guide to all the different clouds that can be seen around the world and recently, the World Meteorological Organisation released a new one. It contains some pretty impressive new clouds, including one from a man in Australia. We take a look at some of most common types of clouds and find out how they're actually formed. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings using formal and informal representations Year 4 Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences: Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways Year 5 Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Some of Earth's resources are renewable, including water that cycles through the environment, but others are non-renewable Year 7 Silo Art Recently, artist Guido Van Helton began an ambitious project to create a massive artwork in a rural town. His canvas are 35 metre tall silos. His subjects; students from the local school. We find out from the kids involved what it's like to have your portrait painted 11 storeys high. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: The Arts / Visual Arts: Identify intended purposes and meanings of artworks using visual arts terminology to compare artworks, starting with visual artworks in Australia including visual artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Years 3 and 4 Explore ideas and practices used by artists, including practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent different views, beliefs and opinions Years 5 and 6 Identify and connect specific features and purposes of visual artworks from contemporary and past times to explore viewpoints and enrich their art-making, starting with Australian artworks including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Years 7 and 8 Develop ways to enhance their intentions as artists through exploration of how artists use materials, techniques, technologies and processes Years 7 and 8 Analyse how artists use visual conventions in artworks Years 7 and 8 Kind Classrooms 2017 Tune into this week's show to see all of the nice things Aussie classrooms have done for Kind Classrooms this year!

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Should we be scared of North Korea?/Citizenship Changes/Battle of Coral Sea//Suing Trump/Marn Grook Footy

ABC Me May 2, 2017

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Should we be scared of North Korea? Over the school holidays, North Korea threatened many countries around the world with nuclear war. And Australia was one of the countries ...

Should we be scared of North Korea? Over the school holidays, North Korea threatened many countries around the world with nuclear war. And Australia was one of the countries singled out. But why would North Korea threaten us? And should you be worried about it? We find out. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The geographical diversity of the Asia region and the location of its major countries in relation to Australia Year 6 Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 and 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including Years 5 and 6 Civics and Citizenship/ Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 Citizenship Changes Recently the Australian Government announced changes to the way refugees and migrants become citizens of this country. We take a look at what citizenship means and how the new process might affect those wanting to go through it. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Civics and Citizenship/ Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Years 5 and 6 Civics and Citizenship/ Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: Who can be an Australian citizen, the formal rights and responsibilities, and shared values of Australian citizenship Year 6 Civics and Citizenship / Civics and Citizenship Skills / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation: Identify over-generalised statements in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues Year 6 Battle of Coral Sea Next week, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will meet US President Donald Trump to mark 75 years since the beginning of Australia's military relationship with America. The two countries teamed up on the 4th of May 1942 to fight Japan in the Battle of the Coral Sea. We travel back to find out what happened and how it helped forge more than seven decades of friendship. Suing Trump A nine-year old American kid is part of a group of young people currently suing US President Donald Trump over his environmental policies. We talk to him to find out what he's worried about and why he's decided to take the President to court to try to fix it. Marn Grook Footy A researcher has uncovered evidence that Aussie Rules football could have been influenced by a traditional Indigenous game called Marn Grook. Marn Grook has been played for thousands of years and bears a striking resemblance to the modern game we see on our TV screens each weekend. We take a closer look at the similarities and differences between them.