The Story of Australia
History Project

Discovery
Available on CD-ROM
Formatted for Windows or Mac
School Price
$50.00 with a single computer site licence
$100.00 with an unlimited site licence

The Story of Australia - Discovery
Operating System
Special Instructions

 

About This Program

 

Discovery - History Project is centred on a fifteen minute audio-visual narrative that combines drawings, narration, music and sound effects to give a broad overview of the history of the discovery of the Australian continent, from the arrival of the ancient Aboriginal People, to the visits of the early Dutch navigators and the discovery of the eastern coast of Australia by Lieutenant James Cook.

Discovery - History Project is designed to fully meet the requirements of the F-10 National History Curriculum for Australian schools at Year 4 and Year 5.

The program develops students’ historical knowledge, understanding and skills in response to the key inquiry questions of the F-10 National History Curriculum for Year 4 - First Contacts...

  1. Why did the great journeys of exploration occur?

  2. What was life like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples before the arrival of the Europeans?

  3. Why did the Europeans settle in Australia?

  4. What was the nature and consequence of contact between Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples and early traders, explorers and settlers?
The Audio-Visual Narrative

The key content areas covered in the Discovery fifteen minute audio-visual narrative are...

The arrival of the first Australians, the Aboriginal People, who settled along the northern coast of the Australian continent thousands of years before the ancient civilizations of Egypt and Greece.
The visits of the early Dutch navigators who harnessed “Roaring Forties” trade winds in an effort to reach the riches of the Spice Islands as quickly as possible, and often accidentally crashed into the rocky western coast of what they began to call New Holland.
The voyages of Able Tasman for the Dutch East India Company and his discovery of Van Dieman's Land, New Zealand and the north coast of Australia.
Joseph Banks and the British scientific expedition to Tahiti to observe the transit of Venus, which sailed in the good ship Endeavour captained by Lieutenant James Cook.
Lieutenant Cook and his party’s search for the mysterious South Land and their discovery of the eastern coast of New Holland on the 20th of April 1770.
The discovery and exploration of Botany Bay, the Endeavour’s treacherous passage north along the Great Barrier Reef and the return to Europe by way of Java.
The agrarian revolution and the deplorable living conditions then existing in the overcrowded cities of England, which would eventually lead to the European settlement of Australia.


Student History Project
Discovery - History Project encourages students to 'do' and 'make' history in a manner that resembles the historian's craft. The audio visual narrative allows students to experience the story in Australia's fascinating history, and the project resources of the History Project provides a platform for linking the overview content of the narrative with more in depth studies.
The program encourages students to create their own version of the Discovery narrative by replacing all, or any, of the 109 drawings in the original program with images of their choosing.

The process of selecting and inserting the images into the program introduces learners to the use of historical methods and procedures, involving them as participants rather than spectators in the study of Australian history.

Students can obtain the images from a number of sources, such as the project resources of the school library and the internet, or they can create their own drawings or paintings and insert them into the narrative, depicting their personal interpretation of the discovery of Australia.
Being in the role of movie-maker particularly strengthens their understanding of how movies can select, exclude, control, manipulate and tamper with historical realities.
Each image of the narrative has an accompanying NOTES page, which assists learners to develop patterns of historical reasoning by encouraging them to ask questions, foster debate, use evidence to support a position and, understanding that historical and literary dimensions of students' learning are complementary, to communicating that position effectively.
The Notes pages encourage students to analyse and make judgments regarding the plausibility of the script for that section of the story and to analyse and make judgments regarding how well the images depict what is stated in the script and to give the reasons for their assessments in writing,
Teachers’ Assessment
The program also contains an assessment page where teachers can communicate with the students during their work on the project and provide an assessment of their work on completion of the project.

A great deal of discretion is given to the teacher as to how they use the program. The History Project can be used by individual students, with each student working on their own project, or by students working together in small groups, or by the entire class working on one project.

The process of working on the projects fosters debate among the participating students and enables them to exchange ideas, refine points of view, make and justify choices, and appreciate the ideas of others.

Record of Achievement

The production of the narrative gives students a feeling of accomplishment and builds a sense of pride in their achievement.

With the school’s purchase of an unlimited site licence, students can copy the program to their personal computer and work on it from there. Then, on completion of the program, students can burn a copy to CD-ROM for a permanent record of their achievement. Because the program remains active, students can consider it a work in progress and continue to update it if new and more suitable images come to hand.

Easy Program Setup and Operation

The program has easy to follow tutorials that guide you through the simple process of setting up and working on a new project.  A new project is started by simply copying it from the CD-ROM and pasting it onto your computer, or onto a flash drive that is connected to your computer.  The copied programs contain all the functions that are required for the student’s operation and the teacher’s assessment of a project.

Discovery - History Project has a comprehensive teachers' guide, student review sheets, further learning activities and an interactive review to reinforce student comprehension.

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