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Australian History Mysteries take us to Tassie
Posted on 09 Dec 2013
We have just returned from filming more Australian History Mysteries segments in beautiful Tasmania. This is for the new units we are developing for Year 4 First Contacts and Year 5 The Australian Colonies. Sites included the Cascade Female Convict Factory, Tasmanian Museum, Port Arthur, The Isle of the Dead, Richmond Convict Gaol and the Bricendon and Woolmers world heritage sites – both fine examples of the contrasting lifestyles in colonial Australia. Brickendon Estate is a microcosm of the typical life of male convict labourers assigned to free settlers, in this case the Archer family who still run the property seven generations on. Woolmers also belonged to the Archer family and is now a wonderful museum and an accurate representation of the life of colonial gentry. It is also unique in that it portrays aspects of the lives of assigned convict women who in this instance lived in the home with the Archer family. You can preview the segment rushes below:
|Cascade Female Convict Factory
|Port Arthur Historic Site
|Isle of the Dead
Posted on September 20, 2013
We are excited to announce that eStudies has now launched. Access eStudies or digital resouces for Australian Curriculum History, Civics & Citizenship. eStudies is available for free (under CAL agreement) or can licenced for distributing across your school network.
The new format enables your students to access video, interactive modules and research links on their own tablets and computers and thus make the learning experience richer
and more interactive.
In the first eStudies edition
|Glorious Days: Australia 1913||This inquiry unit presents some of the evidence in the National Museum of Australia exhibition to help students explore life in Australia 100 years ago.|
|Will this society go to war?||In 2014 we will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of Australia’s entry into and experience of the First World War.|
|How did Aboriginal Australians react to British colonisation?||The lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were profoundly changed by the arrival of British colonists in 1788.|
Access your free copy of eStudies at www.ryebuck.com/estudies
Lake Mungo: A finalist in the 2013 NSW Premier’s History Awards
Posted on August 28, 2013
2013 NSW Premier’s History Award
What are the Mysteries of Lake Mungo?
Timothy Gurry and Robert Lewis (Ryebuck Media with the National Museum of Australia)
There are many mysteries associated with the famous Lake Mungo archaeological site in southern NSW that will help students to explore important issues about ancient Australian history. Some of these are: How old are the Lake Mungo people and how do we know? Why were Mungo Lady and Mungo Man buried in these ways? What was life at Lake Mungo like? What should be done with the Lake Mungo human remains? And many more. This new case study help students to understand what Lake Mungo was, and how it became what it is today.
This teaching kit invites young people to critically engage with the archaeology, geology, science and history of Lake Mungo. The lake is first explored through a ‘mystery’ video that explores the different roles played by disparate academic disciplines in exploring the past. The video is scaffolded by a series of in-depth, multidisciplinary activities that invite students to read maps and artworks, think like archaeologists and geologists, and understand the importance of the changing environment in shaping human society, from the ice ages to 1840s pastoralism. The authors even ask students to assess Lake Mungo against heritage protection criteria.
The most exciting parts of the package, for us, were these follow up activities. We were impressed by their range, their interdisciplinarity, their challenging nature and their tendency to invite critical enquiry. This is an outstanding contribution to high school curriculum.
New Primary Units
Posted on July 18, 2013
We are developing 16 online course units to help you and your students implement the Australian Curriculum History at Years 3 to 6. The units will be immersive and able to be done online. Each unit will comprise a video introduction, an interactive decision-making module, a mystery object puzzle, preview and print student online activities, freeware research activities and student print extension activities.
Sample videos from 4 of the Australian Curriculum units are now available to preview online via the links below.
|Year 3 Key Inquiry Question 2
How has your community changed?
|Year 4: Key Inquiry Question 1
Why did great journeys of exploration occur?
|Year 5: Key Inquiry Question 2
How did an Australian colony develop over time? The nature of colonial presence
|Year 6: Key Inquiry Question 2
How did Australian society change throughout the C20th?
Myths and Mysteries of the Crossing of the Blue Mountains
Posted on June 14, 2012
In this new Australian History Mystery we will be investigating the mysteries and myths surrounding the Crossing of the Blue Mountains – who did it, when and why it happened, why was it so important and do the monuments that commemorate the crossing by Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson in 1813 really tell the true story?
We have just finished filming on location in the Blue Mountains at Mount York, St Marys, Glenbrook, Lithgow and also at the National Museum of Australia.
With the 200th anniversary of the crossing coming up in 2013 it is an appropriate time to review this great feat – an achievement that led to rapid expansion within Australia. It is also a time to find out the truth of what happened, knowing all aspects of the story, the good and the bad, and owning both as part of our history.
Watch this space for further updates. Publication date: November 2012.
Launch of a new Australian History Mystery
Posted on June 7, 2012
On 4 June 2012 a new Australian History Mystery – What are the Mysteries of Lake Mungo? launched at the Lake Mungo Visitor Centre in southern NSW. Elders from the Ngyiampaa, Paakantyi and Mutthi Mutthi people, Professor Jim Bowler, representatives from the National Museum of Australia and Ryebuck Media, and students from Chaffey Secondary College took part in a special Lake Mungo history mystery youth challenge. Students watched a newly produced video, explored the Centre and visited the Walls of China to collect evidence to help solve some of the mysteries of Lake Mungo.
The new case study is now available on the Australian History Mystery website.
You can also read more about the launch in this news article - Mysteries of Lake
Mungo launched at the Lake Mungo Visitor Centre on Ryebuck Media's website.
New AUSTRALIAN Curriculum: HISTORY
Posted on May 2, 2011
Australian History Mysteries case studies address several important aspects of Australian Curriculum: History. View the Curriculum Guide for further details of how each case study matches particular content requirements in the new course. The case studies also address many of the historical skills that students are required to learn and practice in Australian Curriculum: History. Our Curriculum Guidelines PDF provides some further information about how each case study addresses both the content and skills requirements of the new curriculum.
AIMIA Awards 2011
Posted on February 14, 2011
Australian History Mysteries Website is a finalist in the Best Learning and Education category of the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association (AIMIA) Awards 2011.
ATOM Awards 2010
Posted on October 25, 2010
Australian History Mysteries 3 is the winner of the ATOM Award 2010 for Best Secondary Education Resource.