Today we had our first webinar session ! Due to some technical difficulties, we missed some of the discussion along the way, however, one of the main things we spoke about was the idea of transformation. Some of the definitions we came up with were the idea that transformation was about change, radical change of something or someone. It shows a learners growth, and how they have changed along the way.
We also spoke about the use of Google Drive, and how that can be used as a transformation tool in the classroom. Although we had some hiccups along the way, it was good to discuss these ideas with other staff members and gain an understanding of where they are in terms of their journey !
As you know we are about to embark on our Breakfast Cereal Media Project. I hope you have been thinking of new and unique breakfast cereal names. I will be giving you the project outline and informing you of your groups on Wednesday. Unfortunately, time is limited to complete this project which means you will need to be really organised, focussed and consistently on task. Prior to Wednesday, you may like to do some mini market research – asking parents, siblings and friends what they would like in a new breakfast cereal.
Please bring in any empty cereal boxes you may have at home.
I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday and getting started on this exciting project!
Our main learning intention for maths has been to: Calculate percentage discounts on sale items.
Tonight when I was walking through the supermarket I took some photos of shelf tags showing the prices of items that were on special this week. Next to many of these specials were signs showing the percentage discount of each item.
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This Saturday all Australian citizens over the age of 18 who have enrolled with the Australian Electoral Commission have the responsibility to vote for who they want to represent them in the Federal Parliament.
How often are federal elections held in Australia?
Federal elections are generally held every three years. The Constitution specifies that the term of a Parliament is three years, and there is only a short period after the expiry of the parliamentary term before elections must be held. The exact timing of elections is usually up to the Prime Minister, who formally requests the dissolution of Parliament from the Governor-General. A Governor-General may refuse a request for an early dissolution of Parliament. Elections in Australia are always held on a Saturday.
How does Australia’s voting system work?
Australia works on a preferential voting system. This is a majority system where candidates must receive an absolute majority, 50% plus 1 of the total formal votes cast to be elected.
The term “preferential voting” means voters can indicate an order of preferences for candidates on the ballot paper, ie. who they want as their 1st choice, 2nd choice and so on.
This clip from BTN explains how it works:
When did women win the right to vote in Australia?
South Australia was the first colony to give women the right to vote in 1893, while Victoria was the last in 1908. The first Federal election was held in 1901 but women weren’t allowed to vote. They have been able to since the 2nd election in 1903.
Whilst our voting system might be complex it allows everyone to have their say. The Parliamentary Education Office provides many great resources to help students understand Government and how it works. This page outlines the process of an election.
What do you think people need to be aware of when they vote?
How do you feel about women and Indigenous Australians not always having the right to vote?
Our Wonderful Writing task is going to be personalised using the iPad. Using your knowledge of Compfight, you need to choose an image that relates to the theme of SPORT. You are free to choose your keyword to search for this image. It might be netball, soccer, dancing, athletics for example.