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New Release: Hardball Series 2 Teaching Toolkit

Do your year 3-6 students love Hardball? Download our new education resource for learning tasks that address all Media Arts content descriptors with this popular comedy series. 

In the second series of Hardball, Mikey and Tiffany have become an awesome doubles team and are training hard with Prisha and Salwa but things get complicated with the arrival of new classmates. Together, the kids from Block Street face twin villains: the end of primary school that is fast approaching, and a scholarship opportunity for Mikey that could split up the gang for good. With lots of heart and humour, Mikey and Team Mahaki realise that change doesn’t have to be a bad thing, and that no matter where they are or what they’re doing, they’ll be friends forever.

The newly released Hardball Series 2 Teaching Toolkit provides Year 3–6 teachers and students with engaging learning tasks for each Content Descriptor in the Australian Curriculum: Media Arts. In addition, General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum are also addressed and specified under the respective content descriptors. Developed by Karyn Chapman, a Brisbane-based teacher of Film, Television and New Media, Media Arts and Visual Art, this resource will support primary teachers in exploring the 5 Key Concepts of Media Arts: Technologies, Representations, Audiences, Institutions and Languages.

Download your free resource here ahead of 2021 Media Literacy Week (October 25-29). And for teachers wanting even more Hardball in their classrooms, register now for this week’s ACMI Education x ACTF webinar with Hardball cast members!

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May 23rd 2022

NITV kids’ content for primary classrooms

Teachers looking to explore and celebrate First Nations history, cultures and perspectives during Reconciliation Week will find quality children’s programming on our national Indigenous channel, NITV. 

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ACTF at the Empowered Students Leaders Conference

Senior students at Bonython Public School (ACT) recently participated in a program to develop their leadership potential. As part of the program, the ACTF presented a keynote address highlighting moments of leadership in our 40 years of content.

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View and respond to election campaigns with Little Lunch

When Rory announces that he wants to be the prime minister, Mrs. Gonsha suggests that students run their own election campaigns. Respond to this timely Little Lunch episode with the following Year 3-6 English tasks.

April 27th 2022

New educational resources for The PM’s Daughter provide a youth lens on politics

As Australians prepare to go to the polls, educators can teach their students about politics and democracy with two brand-new educational resources for political comedy-drama series The PM’s Daughter.

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