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Behind the News: Israel Visit/Cybersecurity Jobs/Palm Oil/Mystery Planet/Robotic Student

ABC Me February 28, 2017

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Israel Visit/Cybersecurity Jobs/Palm Oil/Mystery Planet/Robotic Student Israel Visit The historic visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is raising questions ...

Israel Visit/Cybersecurity Jobs/Palm Oil/Mystery Planet/Robotic Student Israel Visit The historic visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is raising questions about the relationship between his nation and the Palestinian people all the way over on the other side of the world. Palestine is currently not recognised as an independent state by Australia, but some say that should change. Others say it definitely shouldn't. We take a look at both sides of this debate and find out why so many prominent have weighed in on the topic. Cybersecurity Jobs Last week Google announced it was on the lookout to hire Australia's best and brightest hackers. Hackers are normally known for trying to steal other people's information or take down websites. So why would one of the biggest technology companies in the world want to hire them? Well hacking is becoming such an important job that many organisations and government agencies say more young Aussies need to start considering it as a career. BTN Investigates: Palm Oil This week, Alice asked BTN to investigate "why palm oil effects orangutans so badly?" We sent Matt out to discover how a simple food product can hurt primates and what you can do to help. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: 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 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7 Mystery Planet Would you like to discover a new planet? Well now you have the chance, after NASA asked for help to comb through millions of photos of our solar system to find a mysterious 9th planet that they suspect exists - but have so far not been able to see. We reveal how you can get involved in the hunt. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) Year 5 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions Years 5 and 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 6 Robotic Student Being stuck at home because of sickness can be a real problem for some kids. They miss out on important lessons at school and the chance to hang with their friends too. Well now remote controlled robots are being used to help. We meet one of the kids who've used on to stay connected from home.

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Behind the News
24:27

Behind the News: Fire Aid/Vitamins/Beached Whales/Playground Sunnies/Shearing Kid

ABC Me February 21, 2017

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Fire Aid The past two weeks have been tough for many communities in central New South Wales. Bushfires hit during last week’s heatwave conditions, causing widespread damage. ...

Fire Aid The past two weeks have been tough for many communities in central New South Wales. Bushfires hit during last week’s heatwave conditions, causing widespread damage. We hear from some kids who have been affected and find out how help is reaching them. Vitamins Seven in ten Aussies regularly take supplements, like vitamins or herbal medicines. But now, Australia's leading group of doctors say people may not be getting the benefits from them that they expect. We take a look at some of the most common supplements to find out how much evidence there really is behind them. Beached Whales Last week, hundreds of whales became stranded on a beach in New Zealand. Some were able to get reach safety, while others died when they couldn't get back into deeper water. We explore some of the theories around why some of the biggest, smartest creatures in the ocean often end up beached on the shore. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: 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 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 6 Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations Year 7 Playground Sunnies Most kids know they have to wear sun protection when outside. But some eye specialists say hats and sunscreen don’t protect kids’ eyes, so they're now calling for schools to make sunglasses compulsory. They say too many kids are getting eye damage from the sun and that could easily be prevented. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Physical sciences: Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted Year 5 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives Years 5 and 6 Health and PE / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active: Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing Years 5 and 6 Health and PE / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities: Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities Years 5 and 6 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: Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions Year 6 Shearing Kid Wool has been a vital commodity in Australia ever since 29 sheep were brought out on the First Fleet in 1788. But through all of the years since, technology still hasn’t been able to replace the job of a skilled shearer. In this story, we’ll meet a 5-year old already looking to make his mark on the industry, before finding out more about the history of this important occupation.

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Behind the News
24:29

Behind the News: Bernardi's Party/Clean Coal/75th Anniversary Darwin Bombing/Women's Sport/Indigenous Art Installation

ABC Me February 14, 2017

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Bernardi's Party A South Australian Senator has controversially decided to leave the federal Liberal party - to start his own. Some say it's a good move, others say it's the ...

Bernardi's Party A South Australian Senator has controversially decided to leave the federal Liberal party - to start his own. Some say it's a good move, others say it's the wrong thing to do. But either way, Cory Bernardi isn't the first person to start a new political party. This week, we find out more about the political parties Australians have voted for in the past and what it takes to get a new one going. Clean Coal Australia is one of many countries around the world currently trying to cut carbon emissions. And last week, the Prime Minister announced that the government would soon look to 'clean coal' energy generation to help do that. But what is clean coal and can it really generate cleaner energy? We find out. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science" Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6 Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Some of Earth's resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable Year 7 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4 75th Anniversary Darwin Bombing There were a lot of life-changing events that happened during World War Two, but most happened far from Australia's shores. That was until the 19th of February 1942, when Darwin was bombed by Japanese forces. It became the single biggest attack on Australian soil. Next weekend is the 75th anniversary of that bombing, so we're going to take a look at what actually happened and how it affected our country. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines Years 5 and 6 Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources Years 5 and 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 / Knowledge and Understanding / History: The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6 Women's Sport The new AFL women's league launched last weekend. Fans packed stadiums and nearly 900,000 people tuned in to watch the opening game. The AFL says it's great, not just for the league, but for women's sport in general. We talked to some of the stars of the new league and their young fans to find out what impact this success might have on girls considering sport as a career. Indigenous Art Installation Kids from the town of Parkes in New South Wales have helped to create a major piece of art. They recorded their voices in Wiradjuri, the traditional language of the area and then got to hear the results when the exhibition launched in Sydney.

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Behind the News: President Trump/Hijab Day/Terms and Confusion/School of the Air/Farm Living/BTN Investigates

ABC Me February 7, 2017

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President Trump/Hijab Day/Terms and Confusion/School of the Air/Farm Living/BTN Investigates President Trump Over the holidays, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the President ...

President Trump/Hijab Day/Terms and Confusion/School of the Air/Farm Living/BTN Investigates President Trump Over the holidays, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the President of the United States. And in the weeks since, his decisions have made headlines around the world. The reason he’s been able to make so many big calls in such a short time is because he has a special power that many other leaders don’t have - Executive Orders. We’ll find out all about them next week. Hijab Day Over the holidays, the Muslim religion was in the news a lot too. While some of that attention focused on Donald Trump’s recent visa restrictions for people from some Muslim nations, in Australian there was also controversy around an Australia Day billboard featuring two girls wearing hijabs. The 1st of February was World Hijab Day, so we asked one young girl to tell us what a hijab is and why she wears one. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas Health and Physical Education: Describe how respect, empathy and valuing diversity can positively influence relationships Years 3 and 4 Civics and Citizenship / Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: How a person’s identity can be shaped by the different cultural, religious and/or social groups to which they may belong Year 4 Civics and Citizenship / Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Reflect on their cultural identity and how it might be similar and different from others Year 4 Civics and Citizenship / Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: How Australia is a secular nation and a multi-faith society Year 7 How values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and a ‘fair go’, can promote cohesion within Australian society Year 7 Terms and Confusion Many kids use social media sites like Instagram and snapchat. But did you know they are all not allowed to be used by people under 13? That is just one of the rules written in the terms and conditions that you agree to when you install them. But experts say there is no way kids could read let alone understand all of the things they are signing up to, so they are campaigning for them to be simplified. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Digital Technologies Processes and Production Skills: Plan, create and communicate ideas and information independently and with others, applying agreed ethical and social protocols Years 3 and 4 Plan, create and communicate ideas and information, including collaboratively online, applying agreed ethical, social and technical protocols Years 5 and 6 Plan and manage projects that create and communicate ideas and information collaboratively online, taking safety and social contexts into account Years 7 and 8 Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active: Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 ABC ‘Back to School’ feature: School of the Air Most Australian students have now returned to school for another year. But for the kids in this story, that experience was very different. They live on a remote property in Queensland, so their classes are actually held in a small building next to their home. We asked them to explain what it’s like to do all of your lessons over the net and how their school day is different to yours. Farm Living A young girl has found a fun way to teach people about what it's like to live on a farm. She and her Dad record parody songs and upload them to YouTube. And they've been getting heaps of attention. We invited Aimee to tell you all about it. BTN Investigates Have you seen or heard something in the news you'd like explained? Well now, clarity is only a click away with BTN Investigates. It's a section on our website where you can let us know what topics you want us to cover. It could be because it's confusing you, worrying you, or exciting you. We’ll pick the most popular suggestions to cover on the show.

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