Top 10 in Stem

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We have picked 10 of the best Stem programs and tv series to use in your next class. All Ages.

14 MINUTES FROM EARTH

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FIRST IN HUMAN – ADMISSION (S01E01)

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BATTLEBOTS (S02E01)

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GIRLS CAN CODE

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YEAR MILLION – ENTIRE SERIES

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SPEED IS THE NEW BLACK (S01E01)

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HACKING THE WILD – THE BLACK BAYOU (S01E03)

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JAMES MAY – THE REASSEMBLER – ELECTRIC GUITAR

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The Good Doctor (s01e01)

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SCIENCE MAX- EXPERIMENTS AT LARGE

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Building Resilience in your students

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Learning about resilience is a useful skill for any student and when they experience failure or loose at a game they can think about the life lessons from these movies.

Young Students:

Mulan (1998)

An ancient legend of a woman who disguises herself as a man so she can fight with the Chinese army.

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Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius (2001)

11-year-old Jimmy Neutron comes up with a plan to save Retroville’s adults from Aliens

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TURBO 2013

an accident gives a snail the chance to fulfill his dream of becoming the worlds best race car driver.

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The Emperors New Groove (2000)

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Older Students:

MR PEABODY AND SHERMAN (2014)

Join them on a journey through time.

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PRINCESS DIARIES 2 ROYAL ENGAGEMENT (2004)

Now settled in Genovia, Princess Mia faces a new revelation: she is being primed for an arranged marriage to an English suitor.

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Antz (1998)

A worker Ant decides he wants to be more and enlists as a Soldier Ant

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School of Rock

After being kicked out of a rock band, Dewey Finn becomes a substitute teacher of a strict elementary private school, only to try and turn it into a rock band.

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Teens and adults:

Silver Linings PLaybook (2012)

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

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Safe Haven (2013)

A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.

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THE HUNGER GAMES – CATCHING FIRE

Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.

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Dirty Dancing

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

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Chef

A head chef quits his restaurant job and buys a food truck in an effort to reclaim his creative promise while piecing back together with his estranged family.

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Year 9 Geography – Biomes

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Australian Biomes

SECRETS OF WILD AUSTRALIA – Snakes (s01e01)

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Nature’s Microworlds – Australia’s Red Centre

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Nature’s Microworlds – Great Barrier Reef

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The Human MicroBiome

Ask The Doctor Gut (s01e09)

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Biomes from around the earth

EUROPES GREAT WILDERNESS – EUROPES GREEN HEART

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HELLO WORLD – USHER PRESENTS STRONGER (S01E01)

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Planet Earth II – Cities

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Planet Earth II – Jungle

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Scope – Hydro Habitats

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Nature’s Microworlds – Deep Sea

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Nature’s Microworlds – Yellowstone

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Nature’s Microworlds – Namib Desert

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Shark Tank – Investing and Entrepreneurship

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Humanities and Social Sciences – Economics and Business

Curriculum Code: (ACHEK020)

Aim:
Students understand how people derive an Alternative sources income.

Preparing:

Ask students to give you 10 different businesses that they use everyday. (E.G. apple, coles etc)

Presenting:
Investing

Shark Tank http://www.tv4education.com.au/SmartLibrary/SmartLibraryWeb/TitleView.html?BookID=153106.01

Owning a business
Be your Own Boss
http://www.tv4education.com.au/SmartLibrary/SmartLibraryWeb/TitleView.html?BookID=139810.01

Choose a business case from each of the programs and ask students if they would invest/Start that business.

Divide class into business owners and investors. Give half different businesses with Financials, growth and details.
Give the other Half a portfolio of money and different businesses they own.
Use Shark Tank.doc to look at businesses and investors portfolios, you can use this list create your own or get your students to make up businesses.

Applying:
Get students with businesses to find investment and investors to find a business that will be good for their portfolio.
Get students to discuss why they should be invested in or why they should accept the terms from the investor.
After get them to explain why they choose their partners.
Read out list of successful companies and the companies who failed. (Mix up the ones that didn’t get investment with those that did that were successful)

Links:
Stock Market Game
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/games/off-site/ogol/_invest-quest.html

Our amazing History!

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Functional Solutions more than 25 years ago by the grace of God was given $100,000 by Ferntree Computers to take over their 85 school library customers of the Ocelot Library system as they were pulling out of this market and would be dumping these schools.

To put perspective behind this history; the average wage back then was $28,000/year,  all library software licenses were a minimum of $35,000 to purchase plus $6,000 annual support and there were 28 library products to choose from.

A gift of $100,000 went in the face of all commercial business decisions, especially from a corporate organization. This so inspired us that we decided we would honour this legacy and as we had “freely received, we would freely give”.

We decided to freely give away our software free of any purchase or license fees and only charge a nominal support fee of $2,000 for primary schools and $5,000 for secondary schools. Additionally, we also committed never ever to charge for upgrades.

This went against the grain of all commercial business practices, especially in the education sector.

What surprised us then and still continues to surprise us today is the ridicule and negative reporting from education departments and our competitors about our business practices in regards price.

Now in July 2017, I am pleased to report we have been vindicated against all the naysayers and our competitors (most of whom are no longer in business), we are still here. Additionally, our competitors no longer charge excessive obscene license and purchase cost.

The big benefit for education is funds are rightly being placed where they should be; in material resources and NOT services.

We believe we have single handily brought down the cost to market realistic terms.

Well, what about the future?

My next blog we will tell you our direction and how we believe we will also succeed in this new direction.

Why?

Our business ethos is “education is a right and NOT a privilege”. Anything we can do to make our ethos a reality for every student is our goal!

Michael Fernandez, CEO Functional Solutions International P/L

Introduction to Romeo and Juliet – Year 10 English

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Year 10 English

Aim: Introducing ideas, language and themes of Romeo and Juliet.

Preparing:

Short animated clip of Romeo and Juliet

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SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED – JOSEPH FIENNES – ROMEO AND JULIET

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Shakespeare’s Globe – ROMEO AND JULIET (2010)

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When Romeo Met Juliet S1 E1

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When Romeo Met Juliet S1 E2

When Romeo Met Juliet EP3

AUSTRALIAN BALLET – ROMEO AND JULIET

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Rwanda & Juliet

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Romeo and Juliet Movies:

Romeo And Juliet (1968)

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Romeo And Juliet (1996)

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ROMEO AND JULIET 2013

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West Side Story (1961)

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Analyzing advertising, Blogging and Film.

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Aim: To teach students how to analyze advertising, blogs, and films. Giving them understanding into the different techniques and elements used to create each of the above disciplines.

Preparing: Pick a blog, series of adverts or a movie and have the students watch or read the content, noting down as much as possible about the language used, imagery, music, and elements.

For a Film: A quick search of TV4Education with the keyword being “Film (2014) will bring up all the movies that were made in that year. We do have a number of new releases also. Once you have found the movie, you can then do the analysis in the following format.

For advertising: Since TV4Education has all of its videos ad free the best way to find adverts on TV4Education is to look for shows who talk about them for example Gruen

You can also use Youtube to find great advertising videos.

 

You can also use Atom Lessons

ATOM_LOGO

Presenting: 

Film: Film theory

Matrix Education

Full Movie here: TV4Education Link

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Full Movie here: TV4Education Link

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Advertising:

Writing Commons

Understand Media

Applying: 

Film

Enter an Australian Film Competition

Advertising

Understand Media

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Introducing SmartSuite Interview Series

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SmartSuite has an array of new and unique features which grow and evolve with your needs and within that of your school. Join us as we talk to industry leaders about their thoughts about the new system.

How did TV4Education begin?

The CEO Michael Fernandez tells us about the origin story of TV4Education and how it grew to the largest Educational Multimedia Provider in just 7 years. (Watch time 1:44)

 

Next, we are joined by James Dickinson from Screenrights.

Now if you do not know what Screenrights is this interview tells you why every school should and practically does have it. (Watch time 1:54)

 

So what exactly is SmartSuite? (Watch Time 3:24)

Here is a quick start up guide on some of the features you will find on it.

We speak to Jan Macnamara from John Paul College about her role as Director of ICT and her thoughts on how Digital Content is Changing Education. (Watch Time 1:43)

We are joined once again by our CEO who talks about how teachers benefit from and react to learning they have access to every channel available on Australian Television including all Foxtel. (Watch time 2:09)

Charles and Quentin discuss the benefits of current customers being activated on the system and all the features you could be missing out on. (Watch Time 5:00)

Jan Macnamara discusses Her preference of Cloud Vs Local and her thoughts on SmartSuite. (Watch Time 3:05)

And finally, the promises of our company going forward from our CEO (watch Time 2:09)

If you want to see all the new videos and want to know when we have an upcoming webinar session make sure you subscribe to the channel. We also release video tutorials of how to use and customize the system to work for you on a personal level and that of the school.

Now if you aren’t activated you won’t get those features so make sure you do.

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Spinning Earth – It’s Fidget time. Year 3 Science

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Rotation vs Orbit

This lesson requires spinning tops or fidgets, depending on your school’s rules on fidgets.

Aim: To teach students the difference between rotation and an orbit.

Preparing: Ask students how a fidget or spinning top works.

Presenting:

Now we understand how a spinning top works you can explain that this is how the earth’s rotation works.

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Full Proof – Sun (S01E04) Watch clip Starting at 1:17 till 3:10

What is an orbit?


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Journey Into Space With Dr. Duffy And Grace – Why Does The Moon Change Shape (s01e04)

Use this to explain how an orbit works. Have children play a game of duck, duck, goose. Stand in the middle of the circle and be either the earth or the sun. As the students run around the circle explain that this is an orbit.

Alternatively, you can use a hula hoop to represent an orbit and explain that orbits are fixed due to gravity and that they rotate around a central point.

Applying:  Have students explain how the earth rotates is like a spinning top and how orbit is like a hula hoop or a game of duck, duck, goose.

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