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.

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.

Anzac Day March Sydney
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Anzac Day March Sydney

ABC April 25, 2019

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Live coverage of the 2019 Anzac Day March in Sydney.

Live coverage of the 2019 Anzac Day March in Sydney.

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.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Budget 2017 - Housing Affordability/Model Laws/War on Waste - School Waste/BTN Investigates - How does the Internet Work?/Screen It Competition

ABC Me May 16, 2017

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Budget 2017 - Housing Affordability: The 2017 budget has been released and one of the big talking points is the measures included to try to help people afford their first ...

Budget 2017 - Housing Affordability: The 2017 budget has been released and one of the big talking points is the measures included to try to help people afford their first home. It a problem a lot of people have been talking about, so we'll explain how the price of a home has changed over the years and what can be done about it. Model Laws: In France, laws have just been introduced that make it illegal to hire unhealthily thin models. Also, ads featuring photo-shopped images there must now be clearly labelled. We take a look at what effect these changes might have and ask you if you think they would be valuable here. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: 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 Examine how identities are influenced by people and places Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing: Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships Years 5 and 6 Health and Physical Education / 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 War on Waste - School Waste: A school in Adelaide is on a mission to wipe out waste. So much so, they're aiming to be completely bin-less by the end of the year. We take a look at their plan and find out how you could do the same in your school too. BTN Investigates - How does the Internet Work?: This week on BTN Investigates, Oliver asks 'how does the internet work?' We log on to the best research, dial up some experts and link you to more internet cliches than you can handle as we net an answer to Oliver's tricky question. Screen It Competition: If you're a budding young film maker, animator and video game creator, this story is for you. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image has just opened entries for this year's national 'Screen IT' competition. It asks school students to create and submit a short film or video game. We catch up with two schools who've just started getting their entries ready. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: The Arts / Media Arts: Use media technologies to create time and space through the manipulation of images, sounds and text to tell stories Years 3 and 4 Investigate and devise representations of people in their community, including themselves, through settings, ideas and story structure in images, sounds and text Years 3 and 4 Explore representations, characterisations and points of view of people in their community, including themselves, using settings, ideas, story principles and genre conventions in images, sounds and text Years 5 and 6 Develop skills with media technologies to shape space, time, movement and lighting within images, sounds and text Years 5 and 6 Plan, structure and design media artworks that engage audiences Years 7 and 8 Analyse how technical and symbolic elements are used in media artworks to create representations influenced by story, genre, values and points of view of particular audiences Years 7 and 8

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Cyberattack/50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum/Kids TV/Space Messages/Sea Dragon

ABC Me May 23, 2017

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Cyberattack Last week, a massive cyberattack hit computers right around the world. It caused some big problems, but how did it all happen? In our lead story next week, we ...

Cyberattack Last week, a massive cyberattack hit computers right around the world. It caused some big problems, but how did it all happen? In our lead story next week, we explain how a computer can be hacked and why some people might want to. 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum Next Saturday is the 50th anniversary of a really important moment in Australia's history; the 1967 referendum. It saw the majority of Australians vote to change our country's laws to count Indigenous Australians as full citizens. We take a special look at the events that led up to this momentous vote and how things have changed since. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - 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 Year 5 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The process for constitutional change through a referendum Year 7 History / Knowledge and Understanding: Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6 Kids TV Recently the government announced a review into how much children's TV should be shown on commercial networks. Currently there are rules about how many hours are broadcast and how much of it must be made in Australia. But some people are worried that if those rules disappear in the future, so will many great kids programs. Space Messages Have you ever wondered what you would say if you could send a message into space? Some kids in WA are working on messages that will soon be transmitted 4 light years away. We find out what they're going to say and how their messages will travel so far. Sea Dragon Australian scientists are trying to save a unique marine species that is tough to find at the best of times. It's called the Weedy Sea Dragon and there are worries the creatures are now endangered. But to confirm that, researchers need help from citizen scientists and some amazing facial recognition software. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things have life cycles. Year 4 Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive 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

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Manchester Attack/Recognition Convention//Special LaunchCoding School/Fidget Spinners

ABC Me May 30, 2017

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Manchester Attack Next week on BTN, we'll give kids a safe overview of what happened in Manchester and what's now being done to try to stop it happening again. We'll also take ...

Manchester Attack Next week on BTN, we'll give kids a safe overview of what happened in Manchester and what's now being done to try to stop it happening again. We'll also take a close look at all of the good things people did to help in the hours and days after such a horrible event. Recognition Convention More than 200 Indigenous delegates from around the country are gathering in Uluru this week to discuss Recognition. That's the name given to the push to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian constitution. But what will that change actually mean? We'll bring you all of the info from this important event in central Australia. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas Digital Technologies / Knowledge and Understanding: Examine how whole numbers are used to represent all data in digital systems Years 5 and 6 Digital Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Implement digital solutions as simple visual programs involving branching, iteration (repetition), and user input Years 5 and 6 Implement and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, iteration and functions in a general-purpose programming language Years 7 and 8 Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Generate, develop and communicate design ideas and processes for audiences using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques Years 5 and 6 Special Launch Aussie Classroom Connection - Bringing city and country classrooms together It's often thought that the lives of city and country kids are worlds apartAnd while there are many obvious differences, there are also some similarities too. It's these differences and similarities that Behind the News would like to encourage kids to learn more about. So next week we will launch the 'BTN Aussie Classroom Connection.' It will ask teachers from all around Australia to register their class to be matched up with another class from a different geographical area. We will then encourage those matched classes to build a relationship and in the process, learn more about what it's like to live somewhere else. For all the details on how you can register your class, please visit our website right after next week's show. Coding School An Aussie school is making a name for itself in the app world. Students from Aberfoyle Park High School have been designing and developing their own apps. Their school's even become the first in the country to be registered as a developer under its own name. We find out what's involved and how you can start coding too. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas 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 Year 5 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The process for constitutional change through a referendum Year 7 History / Knowledge and Understanding: Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6 Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia's Federation and Constitution Year 6 BTN Investigates: Fidget Spinners This week on BTN Investigates, Finella wants to know "what are fidget spinners? Are they dangerous? Are they bad? Are they actually good? What's the deal with this new fad?" We sent Jack undercover into the playground to find out.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: School Funding/Social Negativity/Kid Scientists/Icebreaker Comp/Young Solo Pilot/Aussie Classroom Connection

ABC Me June 6, 2017

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School Funding Since being announced in the lead up to the budget, the federal Government's new model for funding public and private schools has been a hot topic of ...

School Funding Since being announced in the lead up to the budget, the federal Government's new model for funding public and private schools has been a hot topic of conversation. This week, those changes will be debated in the senate. So to put those talks in context, we're going to explain how our country currently pays to educate millions of kids each year and why some think that should change. Social Negativity Recently a study in the UK asked more than a thousand young people about their social media activity. It found four of the five most popular social media sites were actually having a negative overall effect on kid's wellbeing. We reveal which social media sites had the biggest impact and ask kids why they think that might be the case. Kid Scientists Citizen science is what it's called when ordinary people help scientists to make amazing breakthroughs in research. But did you know some of Australia's top citizen scientists are actually kids? Next week, we'll meet Griffin and Austin to find out what it takes to be a leading citizen scientist and why they enjoy getting involved. 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 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 Science Inquiry Skills / Processing and analysing data and information: Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations Year 5 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting: Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed Year 7 Icebreaker Comp Twelve children will soon get the chance to visit Antarctica for free. But there's a catch. To win this competition, you have to come up with a unique name for Australia's new icebreaker ship. Next week, we'll find out more about this comp and find out why Australia needs a new ship to reach Antarctica. 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 as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Science knowledge can develop through collaboration across the disciplines of science and the contributions of people from a range of cultures Year 7 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple graphs, tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions Year 4 Young Solo Pilot A teenager from Hobart is aiming to become the youngest person to fly solo around Australia. We caught up with him on one of his stops to find out more about his record-breaking trip and why he decided to do it. Aussie Classroom Connection - Bringing city and country classrooms together Registrations are now open for BTN's Aussie Classroom Connection! Head to our website to find out how you can get involved.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Budget 2017 - Good vs Bad Debt/War on Waste Special - Fashion Waste/Blood Donation/Eagle Hunter/Bottle Message

ABC Me May 9, 2017

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Budget 2017 - Good vs Bad Debt: Next week, the federal Government will announce what it would like to do with the country's money. But in the lead-up, there's been a lot of ...

Budget 2017 - Good vs Bad Debt: Next week, the federal Government will announce what it would like to do with the country's money. But in the lead-up, there's been a lot of talk about debt. The treasurer says he'd like people to remember that not all debt is bad debt. So next week we'll find out when spending money you don't have could be a good thing. War on Waste Special - Fashion Waste: Each year, Australians generate a huge amount of waste. So this month, the ABC is tackling this issue with a series called 'War on Waste'. And over the next few shows, we'll look at a few ways kids can cut down on the waste they produce. This week we're focusing on fashion waste. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Evaluating and reflecting: Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions 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 Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6 Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions based on criteria for success developed with guidance and including care for the environment Years 3 and 4 Design and Technologies / Knowledge and Understanding: Examine how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability in the design of products, services, and environments for current and future use Years 5 and 6 Blood Donation The Red Cross has come up with a new way to encourage people to donate blood more regularly. It's introducing a text message system that will let each donor know where their blood is being used. So we thought we'd trial the new system with help from BTN reporter and regular plasma donor Nic. We'll also find out how blood gets from you to the person who needs it. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: 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 Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 Eagle Hunter Next week you'll also meet a young girl from Mongolia who, like most kids, goes to school, hangs with her friends and helps out with chores around the house. But on the weekends, she heads into the mountains to learn how to hunt with a trained eagle. Learn more about this amazing ancient practice and the culture it comes from. Bottle Message Imagine walking along a beach and finding a message in a bottle that had drifted there from thousands of kilometres away. Sound like something out of a movie? Well that happened to a young Aussie kid recently. We helped him track down who threw it in the ocean in the first place.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Ministry Changes/Plastic Bag Ban//Classification Review/Mushroom Hunt/BTN Investigates: How do fireworks work?

ABC Me July 25, 2017

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Murray Basin Controversy A lot of people have been talking about the Murray Darling Basin Plan. It's a massive, multibillion dollar agreement designed to help save Australia's ...

Murray Basin Controversy A lot of people have been talking about the Murray Darling Basin Plan. It's a massive, multibillion dollar agreement designed to help save Australia's most important rivers. But a recent report says some people might be doing the wrong thing. 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 Year 5 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places Year 5 The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them Year 5 Geography / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Water in the world: The way that flows of water connects places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places Year 7 The quantity and variability of Australia's water resources compared with other continents Year 7 Economic, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic value of water for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and peoples of the Asia region Year 7 Four Year Terms Recently, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced that he was throwing his weight behind changing the length of time between federal elections. Currently it's three years; he says it should be extended to four. But why? We'll take a look at the arguments for and against next week. Dr Yunupingu Australia's most prominent Indigenous musician, Dr G Yunupingu, has died. We'll look back at his life and music, plus we'll learn more about the impact he had on Australia. Cultural Differences In all of the reports about Dr Yunupingu's life, you won't see a picture of his face. You also won't see his full name written. But why? Well it's all to do with the cultural beliefs held by some Indigenous people. We'll find out more about them next week. Aussie Fossil Find Scientists searching the entire south coast of Australia have found hundreds of fossilised footprints on a beach on Kangaroo Island. Some of them belong to ancient megafauna, others, to extinct animals like the Tasmanian Tiger. We visited one of the palaeontologists that made this discovery to find out what these footprints can teach us about the past. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6 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 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

Behind the News
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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: 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.