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Do-it-yourself podcast

This resource for educators and students details a do-it-yourself podcast activity that gives students the opportunity to host a show featuring astronauts conducting experiments on the International Space Station, or NASA experts explaining scientific concepts. A set of NASA audio and video clips is provided, along with ...

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Pitching the perfect news story

Ever considered the amount of thought and planning that would need to go into each and every news item? Journalists must plan their stories carefully and pitch them to their editors, who decide which items will go to air. Learn some tips about creating the perfect pitch from Triple J Hack experts Michael Atkin and Kaitlyn Sawrey.

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My caravan 'home'

What do you think of when you hear the word 'home'? For Shaye Fisher, it's a caravan at Portarlington, Victoria. Although Shaye's family only use the caravan on weekends and holidays, it is a constant among all the changes in her life. In this 'Heywire' clip, Shaye uses text, audio and visual images of the caravan park ...

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Paying for the news, or not

Imagine a time before modern technology: no television, radio or computers. How did people find out about what was happening in the world? Through newspapers! Times are changing, however. With the internet at our fingertips, do we even need newspapers anymore? Watch this clip to find out how the internet is creating issues ...

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The slow sizzle of SFX

Without the benefit of visual images, audio texts often rely on sound effects to create a mood or to position the audience, sometimes without their realising it. Analyse how Rafiqua Fattah's sound effects affect you as you listen to her Heywire audio story, which presents her perspectives on life as an Australian who is ...

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Postcard from Uluru

Many texts explore the connection people have to a particular place. In this clip, explore the beauty and majesty of Uluru and learn about the significance this sacred place holds for many Australians. Notice how visual language can be used to reinforce these ideas.

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Who wants to be a journo?

Learn about being a journalist in this clip from Triple J Hack journalist Sophie McNeill. As you watch, consider the way the clip has been constructed to promote journalism as a career choice to a particular audience.

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TXT spelling: the end of formal education?

Should students be allowed to use text-message spelling in an exam? It's not uncommon for older generations to disapprove of the ways that younger people mould language to fit their lifestyles. Using this news report, explore the 2006 controversy surrounding plans to allow New Zealand students to use text-message spelling ...

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Community stories, community values

What does community mean to you? Watch this Heywire clip to find out what Melody Pedler thinks. During her quest to become a city journalist, this girl from a Darling Downs grain farm found a sense of purpose that involves telling stories of vibrant regional communities to city dwellers. Could you write or record a similar ...

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Talking dino - app for iPad

This is an iPad app. Design a talking dinosaur to present at show and tell. Create your dinosaur by selecting from a range of elements such as mood, size and colour. Choose a voice and background picture for your dinosaur. Decide on a name that suits your talking dinosaur. Select a note about your dinosaur. Watch the animation. ...

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Jessica's career in mining

In this Heywire clip from 2011, note how Jessica Faustini constructs her argument in favour of coalmining in Australia. Investigate her use of persuasive techniques in this picture story, which is accompanied by voice-over and sound effects from Jessica's working environment. Could you write or record a similar story about ...

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The construction of TV news

Have you ever thought about how a news clip is put together? It's a process of carefully combining a range of audio and visual conventions to present information in a way that seems unbiased. Use this ABC News clip to explore some of the features of TV news.

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Collie's 'pretty normal'

What's life like in a coal mining, power-generating region of Western Australia? Teenager Kaitlyn Clews challenges local misconceptions about the town of Collie and its surrounds. In this 'Heywire' clip, enjoy Kaitlyn's humour and innovative media techniques as she introduces you to the Collie River Valley. Could you write ...

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'Namorrodor'

Animation is a relatively recent art form. Some might see it as strange to use animations to tell ancient stories, while others feel that this is a unique way to share such stories with a new generation. Watch this animation of 'Namorrodor' and explore your response to an old story told in a new way. Be aware that this ...

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Dorothea Mackellar's 'My country' as a song

Do you know a poem with the line 'I love a sunburnt country'? The poem is 'My country' by Dorothea Mackellar. Find out what inspired Mackellar to write this famous poem and how she felt about teenager Christine Roberts basing a song on it. This is a black-and-white clip from a 1967 current affairs program This Day Tonight.

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Images and symbols for quick, persuasive power

What can you do in just a few minutes? Current affairs stories are only a few minutes long yet need to present an entire argument. Let's explore a story about digital footprints, to see how words and images are used to convey a lot of meaning in a short space of time.

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Floating ping pong ball

A ping pong ball usually floats on the surface of water. Watch what happens to a ping pong ball in a tank of water as Ruben Meerman, the Surfing Scientist, experiments with the pressure of the air. (air pressure)

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Framing the news

Have you ever thought about how much your experience of watching the news is framed by the way it's been filmed? In this clip, learn from ABC Open's Marc Eiden as he explains some of the different camera techniques used in the construction of news programs.

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Internet privacy

Imagine if 60,000 people turned up to your birthday party! How would you convince your parents that it wasn't your fault? A good way would be to use evidence to make your argument credible, or believable. Watch how this clip, a news story about Facebook and internet privacy, carefully selects sources of information to make ...

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Tough zirconium - but what's its secret side?

The element zirconium is often used for its tough, abrasive properties. It also has a secret side. View this clip (developed by students for the 2013 Sleek Geeks Eureka Science Schools Prize competition), which highlights the properties and uses of zirconium in a highly visual and fun way.