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Maths in the Real World - Dr David Wilson (University of NSW) Dr Wilson communicates how his study of maths at school was foundational for his career in medical research. His rich career has taken him around the world and includes work with TV programs and National Geographic magazine. (8 mins)
Literacy Across the Curriculum - Professor Peter Freebody (University of Sydney) Prof. Freebody investigates the challenges in pedagogy around literacy education in the middle and secondary school. He emphasises the need for all teachers to provide rich support for curriculum-specific literacy capabilities. (11 mins)
Numeracy in the Home: Children's Access to Kindergarten - Dr Thelma Perso (NT Department of Education and Training) Dr Perso emphasises the importance of children having a strong knowledge of the vocabulary of numeracy before they start Kindergarten. Practical, enjoyable suggestions are made around five significant areas of numeracy. (22 mins)
Rich Talk About Text - Professor P. David Pearson (University of California, Berkeley, USA) Prof. Pearson considers how comprehension, enjoyment and insight into texts can be enriched by teaching and encouraging effective discussion techniques rather than simple teacher-student interaction. He considers various teaching models and research findings. (28 mins)
Teaching the Empty Number Line - Assoc. Professor Janette Bobis (University of Sydney) Prof. Bobis gives insights into this new area of research and how it can assist students' mental computation. Accompanying this video is a short interview wherein Prof. Bobis suggests ways that teachers can implement this concept.(20 mins)
Tutoring: Collaborative Approaches to Assisted Reading - Dr Gary Woolley (Griffith University) Dr Woolley provides insights into the different forms of tutoring that can be used in the classroom and gives suggestions for effective tutoring practices, especially peer tutoring. He gives guidelines and suggestions for developing trained tutors. (14 mins)
Understanding the Empty Number Line - Assoc. Professor Janette Bobis (University of Sydney) Prof. Bobis gives insights into this new tool being used in early years' classrooms and how it can assist students' mental computation. Accompanying this video is a short interview wherein Prof. Bobis suggests ways that parents can support their children's numeracy development. (12 mins)
Literacy Learning and Technology - Dr Kaye Lowe (University of Canberra) Dr Lowe investigates the impact of technology on literacy for students and teachers and the need to adjust teaching and classroom practices. She considers some current perspectives; the role of the teacher; and some considerations for the classroom. (15 mins)
Critical Numeracy in Context - Dr Jane Watson Dr Watson recommends a Framework for Critical Numeracy for the classroom to be used for planning and implementing instruction as well as for devising assessment. The video could be the basis of professional learning workshops for Mathematics teachers. (7 mins)
Parent Education and Literacy - Dr Kaye Lowe (University of Canberra) Dr Lowe recognises the impact that parents have on their children's literacy learning and stresses the need for effective parent programs to be developed to support their important role. She offers a series of strategies that parents can use at home. (13 mins)
Everyday numeracy K-4 (for parents) A series of numeracy-related activities to enjoy around the home is presented to develop deeper understanding and awareness of: shape, pattern, counting and number, measurement and calculating. (4 mins)
Supporting Young Children's Literacy Development - Dr Scott Paris (National Institute of Education, Singapore) Dr Paris shares rich insights into how literacy teachers and parents can support young learners, particularly in the important aspect of comprehension. Accompanying this video is a short interview wherein Dr Paris discusses such things as comprehension, reading assessment and ways to encourage children to read. (7 mins)
Why Use Maths? Vox pops from Years 8-9 students from Kincoppal Rose Bay, Trinity College Auburn and Concord High School convey student varied opinions about maths and its relevance to their future careers. The video provides secondary Mathematics teachers with an interesting platform for encouraging students to take their studies of mathematics more seriously.
Teaching Narrative Writing - Christopher Cheng Chris provides teachers with a strong, clear model of how to set up and conduct an effective lesson about narrative writing using explicit and systematic techniques and incorporating modelled, guided and independent writing. Along with the video, Chris is interviewed by a teacher about various techniques when writing a narrative. (20 mins)
What is NAPLAN? - Kate O'Donnell This video informs parents what the NAPLAN assessment is; helps them understand their child's results; and gives some brief advice about helping children at home.
It is available translated into six community languages (Arabic, Turkish, Korean, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese) beside the video. Also available beside the video is a downloadable audio file in each language suitable for an iPod. (6.5 mins)
For more information about NAPLAN, visit: https://detwww.det.nsw.edu.au/directorates/schoimpro/EMD/naplan.htm
Ten Literacy and Numeracy Tips (for parents) These audio files are intended for busy parents who would like some ideas about developing their children’s literacy and numeracy skills. The tips are grouped to match the Years at school that your child is in: Kindergarten-Year 2; Years 3-4; and the Middle Years 5-8.
They are available translated into six languages: