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BTN- How The Internet Works

Facts:

  • Internet was started in 1960s, in USA
  • Now 3.2 billion people around the world use the internet
  • The cables that connect the internet run under the sea, and the cables are about as thick as a soda can

Questions:

  • How were the cables actually out under the sea and who put them there?
  • Have people ever tried to disconnect the cables, and if so, why?

Wondering:

  • I wonder what people would do now if we didn’t have the internet. How would we communicate and pass on information?
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BTN- Photoshopped Music

This BTN video was about how in  one of Meghan Trainor’s music videos, the producers photoshopped her waist.

Facts:

  • Meghan Trainor didn’t ask for the video to be photoshopped and when she saw it she didn’t approve of it and wanted it to be changed
  • Lots of kids think that photoshopping is negative and shouldn’t be used to make people’s bodies different because it makes people think that their bodies should be a certain way, and that can be unhealthy
  • In the music video, Meghan Trainor’s waist was photoshopped to be smaller and to make her look thinner, and this gives people the thought that they should be as thin and flawless as pop stars

Questions:

  • Have other artists’ music videos been photoshopped like Meghan Trainor’s?
  • Why did the video producers photoshop her waist if Meghan didn’t want them to?

Wondering:

  • In the future, will people have different thoughts on photoshopping than they have now?

 

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BTN- Changing Barbie

Facts:

  • They are changing Barbie because the original dolls are too unrealistic
  • The original ones are giving young kids the idea that they have to have the proportions of the dolls
  • The new dolls will come in a various range of different skin colours and body shapes
  • They are also changing some other dolls and actions figures to be more realistic
  • People have figured out that if a Barbie doll was a human then her legs would be too skinny to support her weight and her head would be too large and heavy for her neck to hold up

Questions:

  • How many people have complained about the original proportions of the Barbie doll?
  • How many kids around the world actually play with Barbies?

Wondering:

  • As time goes on and people change, will the Barbies change too or will they stay the same?

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4399714.htm

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BTN- Netball Star

Facts:

  • Name- Madeleine Proud
  • Top of class
  • Netball team is called Adelaide Thunder Birds
  • Trans Tasman Netball Competition- youngest player
  • Playing netball since 4yrs of age
  • Still doing year 12 in high school

Questions:

  • If 16 is the youngest age they will recruit people, what is the oldest?
  • How many teams compete in the Trans Tasman Netball Competition?

Wondering:

  • I wonder if lots of young girls will be inspired by young girl playing professional netball?

 

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BTN- Anh Doh

Recalls:

  • When he was 2, Anh Doh fled from Vietnam with his family
  • He and his family were warmly welcomed as refugees
  • His family spend 5 days at sea before being picked up by a German ship

Questions:

  • Was Anh Doh frightened coming to Australia and did he know what was going on?
  • Was there as much racial discrimination toward the Vietnamese refugees?

Insight:

  • I now understand that the Vietnam war caused many Vietnamese people to become refugees in Australia

Homework Video:

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BTN- Federation Explained

This video was about how Australia came together to form one big country. Australia was once divided into the states and territories (Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory, New South Wales and Tasmania) had very different customs and laws. In 1901, after getting permission from Great Britain, the colonies came together to form Australia. Was there a lot of fighting between colonies when they were coming together? Did Great Britain help Australia form or did the colonies do it all? I wonder how different Australia would be if the colonies didn’t form together and they just stayed separate?

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BTN- Convicts Steal a Place In History

This video was about 2 English soldiers, Private Suggs and Private Thomson, who purposely got themselves arrested so that they could live a more interesting life. What they didn’t know was that the punishment was much tougher than they thought. The two prisoners were put in irons, which were hard and painful. Having them on meant that you couldn’t stand or walk properly. The men were originally sentenced to 7 years transportation, which meant that they shipped you to Australia for 7 years, but then their punishment got changed to 7 years of hard labour, in chains. A lot of the time, prisoners would die in time period of their punishment, like one of the men in this video did.  Why did the punishment get changed? Why would Suggs and Thompson want to be arrested and sent to prison? I wonder what Australia would be like if the English had never introduced the idea of transportation?

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BTN- Australian History- First Fleet

In this video, the story was set in the perspective of an aboriginal family. At the time of the story the convicts were just arriving in Australia and the aboriginals didn’t like them because they were invading their space and had no right to do so. They also didn’t want the white people to find their camp, otherwise the English would force them to leave.

In this video, the story was set in the perspective of the convicts getting sent to Australia. It showed how easy it was to be sentenced to a lifetime in prison back in England in the 1700s. How little a crime you had to commit, like stealing some clothes. The reason for all the punishment was because England’s population had risen a lot, and because there was a lot more poverty, the crime level raised a lot too.

In the videos, I found that they were both set in the same time period, the time of the first fleet, but they were coming from different perspectives. In the first video, it was from an aboriginal’s perspective and in the second, an English convict’s. It really showed me how this event changed the life of both races and countries. But even though it was a very harsh time period without that event we would not be here today. The poverty in England brought white people to Australia, and without that happening, we would not have been born.

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BTN- Humans in Space

On the 12th of April, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first person to ever successfully launch into space. But on July the 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, and quoted the famous words, ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’  The ISS (International Space Station) was launched in 1998, and people have been living there since 2000! Have the same people been living in the ISS continuously since 2000, or do they switch people up? Where does the ISS sit- how far from Earth does is it? I wonder if humans will stop exploring space in person- if so when, and if so, what will they use as a substitute?

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BTN- Cyclone Yasi

In 2011 , cyclone Yasi hit Queensland. Cyclone Yasi was a terrible natural disaster, whose wind speed reached up to 280km per hour. Although this cyclone was predicted and authorities were able to get people out, the power of Cyclone Yasi was very unexpected. Research a s shown that if we were to harness the energy of Yasi, we would be able to power the whole world for a year with that energy alone. Now there are many more rules on how you have to build your house if you live in a cyclone prone zone. You have to have reinforcements so that your house will stay up. Cyclone Yasi was a terrible cyclone that changed the lives of many in Queensland.