NT Teachers, Access ACTF Series Through eLearn
Teachers in Northern Territory government schools can now access a suite of ACTF-supported children’s series and related support materials through the Department of Education’s eLearn site. Teachers, log in with your ntschools or nt.gov.au username and password for free access to the following series.
Stay tuned for announcements about additional titles in the coming weeks. The ACTF Education team and NT Department of Education will also be announcing professional development to support teachers in using these quality screen stories in the classroom.
Are You Tougher than Your Ancestors? is a fun and immersive living history series that pits the skills of today’s kids against the exploits of children from Australia’s past, to find out how they measure up.
Fun and fast paced, we challenge modern kids to walk in the shoes of a child from another era. Diving into new worlds, they learn as much about themselves as they do about history… and unearth some unexpected skills in the process!
The series brings the bush to the ‘burbs, as Brandon sets Kayne a new challenge each episode to track down one of Australia’s unique animals. But, it is as much about the journey as it is about the destination. It’s a fun-fuelled, adrenalin-pumping, fast-paced adventure following these two colourful characters – one, an ice cool bushman; the other, a skateboarding city-slicker, who’s never been into the heart of Aboriginal Australia.
Whether it be chasing down dangerous spiders, killer sharks and venomous snakes, or friendly penguins and loveable turtles; adventure is never far away, as the boys challenge each other with rock climbing, skydiving and zip-lining.
Along the way, Brandon introduces Kayne to friends from local Indigenous communities, who get the boys involved in everything from traditional smoking ceremonies, to investigating local bush tucker and bush medicine.
Hardball is a fish-out-of-water comedy set in the western suburbs of Sydney. When Mikey moves from New Zealand, he finds himself in the thick of the ultra-competitive schoolyard game of handball. Mikey’s new friends Jerry and Salwa discover that he has a powerful handball strike, but zero precision or skill. They join forces to train Mikey, hoping he can topple the resident king of the court, Tiffany, and take home the western suburbs crown.
In this comedy series, every episode takes place during that highly-anticipated school break – morning snack time!
Each self-contained episode revolves around, and is told by, six diverse and distinctly identifiable children: Atticus, Melanie, Tamara, Rory, Batty and Debra-Jo. And then there is Mrs Gonsha, their much-loved teacher, with extreme patience, a generosity of spirit and the tendency to nod off in class…
Little Lunch tackles the big issues in the playground. Who gets to go on the monkey bars? Who gets to join whose club? Who gets Mrs Gonsha off the top of the slide pole, when she gets stuck? Little Lunch tells stories that may seem small to adults, but loom large for kids.
The My Place television series adapts the classic picture story book, written by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins, into 13 episodes about 13 children who live in the same house over 130 years. Their special place is the fig tree that represents a place of belonging.
With their country under threat from a huge dust cloud and the mysterious Takers that lurk within, a small group of Indigenous kids have to make their way to the Thalu, a place of great power, in order to stop the cloud before it destroys everything in its path. Along the way, they encounter friends and foe alike as they search for eight sacred stones and a special key that will unlock the power of the Thalu and, they hope, stop the Takers in their tracks.
July 27th 2022
Secondary teachers across Australia now have access to a new resource to safely explore challenging topics with teenage students, including consent and respectful relationships.
July 26th 2022
During Term 2, the ACTF learning team delivered two live virtual workshops exploring the impact of light and colour in television series and a behind-the-scenes look at the series Li'l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers. These recordings and resources are now available to view and explore on our website.
June 21st 2022
With the release of Version 9.0 of the Australian Curriculum, the ACTF Learning team is reflecting on the value of locally produced screen content in teaching all three dimensions of the curriculum. In this issue, we look at the general capability of Intercultural Understanding.