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Arm Wrestling 101 – Basic Moves and Techniques

Posted by bronwynr on March 3, 2009

 There are many different moves in arm wrestling but the three basic techniques are the Hook, the Toproll and the Press.

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Game to play – Perilous river crossing

Posted by bronwynr on February 24, 2009

rivercrossing

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See baby touch a screen, but does baby get it?

Posted by bronwynr on February 16, 2009

New media products for babies, toddlers and preschoolers began flooding the market in the late 1990’s, starting with video series like “Baby Einstein” and “Brainy Baby.” But now, the young children’s market has exploded into a host of new and more elaborate electronics for pre-schoolers, including video game consoles like the V.Smile and handheld game systems like the Leapster, all marketed as educational.

Despite the commercial success, though, a report released yesterday by the Kaiser Family Foundation, “A Teacher in the Living Room? Educational Media for Babies, Toddlers and Pre-schoolers,” indicates there is little understanding of how the new media affect young children – and almost no research to support the idea that they are educational.

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Kids reading online

Posted by bronwynr on February 11, 2009

From the New York Times Magazine: What are kids learning to read, when they are reading online?

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Safer Internet Day

Posted by bronwynr on February 6, 2009

Safer Internet Day http://www.saferinternet.org/ww/en/pub/insafe/sid.htm is an annual international event which aims to raise awareness about safe and responsible use of new technologies—especially among children and young people. Organised by Insafe http://www.saferinternet.org/ww/en/pub/insafe/index.htm , the European internet safety network, Safer Internet Day will take place on Tuesday 10 February 2009. The event will concentrate on two themes: social networking and cyberbullying.

ACMA has organised a number of activities in which interested schools may participate:

Libraries can access the Cybersmart materials for public libraries. These include: Cybersmart Guide for Library Staff,  Cybersmart Guide for Families, a poster, and four internet safety information videos that cover a range of issues relevant to library staff. Copies of these were delivered to all libraries in mid 2008, and extra copies are available to order gratis from the ACMA website. To access the materials, visit: http://www.acma.gov.au/libraries

For more information about Safer Internet Day in Australia visit http://www.cybersmartkids.com.au/saferinternetday2009.htm 

ALIA is a supporter of activities and events that promote and facilitate responsible access to quality networked information for all library users, including children and young people. Visit ALIA’s website for more information about our policy and advocacy on online content regulation: http://www.alia.org.au/advocacy/internet.access/

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Harry Potter humour

Posted by bronwynr on January 25, 2009

“Do you remember me telling you we are practicing nonverbal spells, Potter?”
“Yes,” said Harry stiffly.
“Yes, sir.”
“There’s no need to call me ‘sir,’ Professor.”

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The Presidential Inauguration – the speech, teacher resources, booklists

Posted by bronwynr on January 25, 2009

This is such a significant event in history, and in the social arena for Americans and for the world

 

Download the Inaugural speech here

Find lesson plans and teacher resources here

Use the booklists of kids books – Inauguration Booklist,  and  The Road to the White House Booklist

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Play Mix n Match

Posted by bronwynr on January 22, 2009

Mix n MatchPlay
Mix n Match

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Paper Toys

Posted by bronwynr on January 19, 2009

Make these amazing paper toys

Paper Doll
Party Hat
Party Bugle
Pop-Up Card: Bird
Porsche 911
Queen’s Crown
Space Shuttle
Sphynx
Statue of Liberty
Stealth Aircraft
Sydney Opera House
Taj Mahal
Tank

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Spot the difference

Posted by bronwynr on January 16, 2009

Dougal Dog

 

says, “Here are two drawings that are nearly the same. There are tendifferences, can you spot them all?”

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