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Teacher Information

The teaching-learning sequences in this program provide a range of activities in which students can develop their skills in discussion to enhance their knowledge and understanding about issues relating to technology and its impact on society.

Teacher guidance is needed for discussion to be an effective learning strategy because students need to develop skills in being willing listeners and in reasoning and they need to use agreed guidelines to facilitate a high level of verbal interaction and exchange of ideas. Students need to be able to exchange ideas, facts and opinions if they are to help each other to better understand the issues involved.

In traditional Aboriginal communities children learn through listening, demonstration and involvement. Knowledge is traditionally passed on orally and accessed once a person attains the appropriate level of initiation. Forms of nonverbal communication are also an important part of Aboriginal culture. Discussions provide opportunities for students to develop understanding of and skill in verbal and nonverbal communication techniques.

Greg Simms, elder, Mt Druitt community, talks about tools and weapons

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One of the main tools was the firestick. We used stone axes to make our spears, shields, nulla nullas, woomeras, battle-axes and bindy sticks.

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There are certain timbers out there that you can only cut six months of the year, which is autumn and winter. Some of the other weapons we used, we cut the timber and would leave it lie for about two weeks and then over the period of two weeks the timber was split at both ends and we cut the ends off and then we have the length which is required. And for boomerangs, we used to get the elbow shape out of the branches or the roots to make our killer boomerangs or returning boomerangs.

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