November 22

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New technology is coming out which will make coding easier.

Python is a really easy to understand coding language.

Python also allows you to use your ipad to code.

What future technology will make coding easier?

Will someone create a new coding app like scratch?

How was coding first ever invented?

June 1

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This btn was about fidget spinners.

Fidget spinners are banned in some schools.

Online they’re marketed as a way to help kids with ADHD or autism spectrum disorder to concentrate.

The Western Australian government has planned an investigation after some kids got hurt by the other complicated fidgets.

Who created fidget spinners?

Why are they still trending?

One day a new toy was introduced. It was the fidget spinner. Originally fidget spinners were for kids with ADHD or autism to help them concentrate. But now they’re just a trending toy.

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4674375.htm

May 25

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This btn was about a recent cyber-attack.

WannaCry is a recent cyber-attack made by hackers that want money.

Hackers sent out a bunch of emails with dodgy links or attachments. When people clicked on them, the software was downloaded and locked up all the files on their computer. It didn’t allow them back on unless they paid a ransom of about 400 Aussie dollars. 

WannaCry has so far infected 300, 000 computers over 150 countries.

Why do people hack?

Why do they use a computer to get money?

A super secret US government department called the National Security Agency (NSA) is to blame. One of the things they do is go through computer and phone software to find mistakes they could use to spy on people. When they find that, they hold on to it until needed. But one of mistakes was leaked online and it got in the wrong hands and WannaCry was born.

May 18

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This btn was about reducing land fill.

At some schools, in their recess and lunch they have the land fill whelly bin. But in class they have a very small bin to try and reduce land fill.

Every year Aussies throw out 50 million tonnes of waste, which equals 2 tonnes per person in Australia.

Each class has 3 different bins. A compost for food or vegetable scraps, a recycling for paper and glass or anything with the recycle logo. And finally the land fill bin for broken things, non-recycable things and anything else.

Why don’t more schools try this?

Why doesn’t the government change the land fill bin size?

Some schools have sorted out their rubbish in their schools into certain categories so that we don’t produce as much land fill.

May 11

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This btn was about video games.

People are playing video games way too much.

Game developers use tricks to make you not log off or leave the game, and they do that with online interactivity, losing progress if you log out or levels are really long.

Some kids get so interactive in their games that parents have to yell from somewhere for them to get off their mobile, console or computer.

Why don’t some people make charts for video games or time limits?

why don’t people ban video games in some families? (not in mine!)

kids get stuck in video games and they can’t stop because of the tricks that lure you in and make sure that you don’t log out.

May 3

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This btn was about marngrook footy. Aboriginal footy.

Marngrook is an old aboriginal sport, that relates to AFL or aussie rules.

Marngrook sometimes had more than 50 players on a team and you had to be pretty fit to play because games could last 2 days.

Marngrook is the Gunditjmara word for ‘Game Ball’.

Why don’t modern Australians play marngrook as a sport these days?

Why did the games last for 2 days?

AFL was created more than 150 years ago by Thomas Wentworth Wills who at the time was one of the best cricketers. He grew up in Australia and stayed in England for a while, and he saw lots of sports. So he decided to come up with an idea to create a new winter sport game with his cricket mates, known as AFL, and it was because of marngrook.

April 26

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This btn was about cyclone debbie.

Cyclone debbie wiped out lots of small buildings.

Cyclone debbie made massive trees fall over, take out and demolish parts of buildings. Winds got so high people moved into the middle of their house.

Most people evacuated Queensland or went to bunkers. But some people stayed in their homes and thought they were safe from debbie.

Why did some people stay in their homes when debbie struck?

Why didn’t they evacuate the cyclone?

Cyclone debbie made most people evacuate QLD or go to cyclone proof builds or bunkers. Some stayed behind and reinforced they houses with sand bags, but most homes were destroyed.

March 28

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This was about the events that happened on the trip to Australia from Vietnam.

The Vietnamese escaped the war at Vietnam, and were on a boat to Australia for 5 days and were lost at sea.

There were two pirate attacks on the 5 day ‘trip’. One was when a pirate threatened to drop a kid into the ocean, but decided at the last minute to throw him back. And that kid was Anh do’s brother.

When the Vietnamese ship was lost at sea, a German ship found them, but couldn’t rescue them until they were sinking. Luckily Anh’s dad could speak German, so they gave him an axe to smash a hole in the boat.

The Vietnamese were evacuated from Vietnam, and were sent to Australia, they got lost at sea for 5 days and were just floating there, until a German ship found them.

The Germans weren’t aloud to save them, so they gave Anh’s dad an axe to smash a hole in the ship and they got rescued and were driven to Australia.

Why did the Germans make them smash their boat?

March 8

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This clip was about two convicts who wanted to quit their job for an easier one.

If you were a very bad criminal, like stealing lots of clothing and/or food, you could end up in having iron chains around your feet which make it really hard to walk in.

It was very easy to catch a disease back then, and some could be fatal.

Two soldiers tried to get themselves fired from the soldier role, but they ended up in a painful punishment. They had to wear iron chains around their feet, with guards surrounding them with weapons. Private Thompson and private Sons were struggling to keep up, and Sons caught a disease and eventually died. Thompson was left and was stuck with chains around him for a long time.

The reason why Thompson and Sons got themselves caught, was because they thought that being a convict was easier than a guard.

Why did they really want to be a convict?  

March 3

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This was about how the English settled Australia.

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When the jails were full, the English took some of the prisoners to America or South Africa. But then Africa got full, it was all on America. But then America said no, so they were no longer an option. Then they travelled to New South Wales, Australia.

11 ships were sent to Australia on the journey, leaded by Captain Arthur Phillip. 6 of them were full of convicts, 2 navy ships and 3 ships filled with supplies.

If you stole something, you could end up in death by hanging.

The English had to take the prisoners to Australia because they knew that they couldn’t take them anywhere, but they could take them to Australia because they knew no one would fight back.

The aboriginals had no choice because the English had more advanced technology. The aboriginal’s weapons like spears and maybe bows, had no chance against the English’s guns.

Why did the English go to Australia to dump their convicts? Why didn’t the aboriginals fight back?