Research and Study Skills
A person’s intellectual property does not just refer to their ideas or words. It also means any images, music and videos that they have created. These types of works are protected online by a licence that tells us if and how we can use or modify them. Understanding these licences is important not only for accessing great media for your research projects, but for making sure you're a respectful digital citizen. Show Less
Most of us always try to abide by the law. But did you know that just by submitting a research report, you could be committing a crime? That is, if you have used the work or intellectual property of others without acknowledging it. Plagiarism is theft and it has serious consequences in schools and workplaces alike. The good news is that it’s not hard to research ethically and compile a bibliography that cites the work of others and strengthens your own! Show Less
Our school and local libraries have a wealth of information to help us research just about any topic we can think of. But where do you start? Understanding online library catalogues, classification systems and signage is a fundamental library skill that can mean the difference between hopelessly trawling the shelves and a quick, focused library search that leaves more time for research! Show Less
It is easy to feel overwhelmed when we perform a search online. Often, we get millions of results, only a fraction of which will be appropriate for our research. Enter: databases, and using them is simpler than you might think. This programme explains how you can save time, frustration and level up your research skills by making the most of databases. Show Less
Emerson and Parker have lost control of the final commercial flight of the Berringer-848 model aeroplane. As it plummets from the sky, every second is vital. Fortunately skills coach extraordinaire, Ray Roundtree, is on hand to outline some strategies for better managing their time. As Ray himself remarks when all was said and done, they learned a valuable lesson. Show Less
World-famous magician Angelo Mysterioso can’t take a trick. No matter how hard he studies his craft, he can’t get it right. Enter skills coach Ray Roundtree, who enlightens the magician on learning styles – visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic – and how important they are for developing effective study skills. Angelo is so impressed, he takes the show on the road. Show Less
It’s high drama – police have identified a time-bomb in a car boot. Brave Constable Taviner decides to defuse it herself – brave because she has no idea what she’s doing. In a flash, skills coach Ray Roundtree appears to save the day with sure and savvy tips about online research – using search engines effectively, identifying reliable information sources and skim-reading. Show Less
It’s the day of the bank raid. Underworld lynchpin Black Cat isn’t impressed that Bugsy’s forgotten how to crack a safe. A knock at the door…it’s skills coach Ray Roundtree who loads them up with guidelines for digesting and remembering information. But Black Cat doesn’t buy it…big mistake! The cops busted them and they’re in for a long stretch. Show Less
In this animated programme, our character Sam shows students the basics of networking and data transmission. Engaging graphics are used to explain concepts clearly and visually, depicting how data is transmitted via cables and fibre optics, and why switches and routers are important. Students will also learn about binary, LANs, WANs, and why protocols are used. Show Less
This creative programme takes students on a journey as Kat teaches them about data storage and communication. Powerful visual diagrams and animations are used throughout, in order to aid students’ understanding of the concepts that are explored. Students will learn about the role of binary in communicating and storing data, the standard units for file sizes, ASCII, and the differences between a variety of audio and visual file types. Show Less
Search engines are a useful tool, but how can students get the best results from them? Join the fictional Professor Doogle as she looks at skills including: selecting and searching search engines and databases; using precise keywords; predicting expected results to assess credibility of the information, and assessing website credibility. This programme helps students develop a critical approach to conducting online research. Show Less
Information has never been more accessible than it is today. With millions of people contributing material to the Internet, the temptation to plagiarise is ever-present. In this programme, we explore the nature of plagiarism, including some common myths and misconceptions that drive some people to cheat others out of their intellectual property. The legal, academic, professional and personal consequences of being branded a plagiarist are also examined. Students and professionals will benefit from the advice provided to help guard against the theft of both their own intellectual property and the creative work of others. Show Less
Creativity can be the difference between success and failure. In this entertaining and informative programme students learn ways in which people can become more creative and develop a questioning mindset, enhancing their ability to generate, challenge, test and reinvent ideas. Critical thinking and creative thinking are very different from each other, therefore knowing how best to utilise your creative thinking skills can separate you from the rest - now let's get creative! Show Less
This programme begins by illustrating the meaning and significance of evidence and the presentation of evidence in numbers, percentages, rates and over time. The case against zoo's is used to give students the opportunity to evaluate and question how evidence is being used to support the arguments being made. Dr. Roy van den Brink Budgen then provides his analysis of the case study. Show Less
The Internet has revolutionised our daily lives. But what are the dangers? Remaining safe online is no easy task. Much has been said about what not to do, but how do you unwittingly give away too much about yourself? And why is that a problem anyway? This programme discusses ways users can avoid predators, online marketers, and cyberbullies, as well as discussing the role of the internet as a media. Also highlighted are the risks associated with the use of popular social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace. An invaluable resource for internet users of all ages. Show Less
A digital story is a form of media that allows students to share their creative writing in a way that can be expressed through audio files, digital photos and imagery. It can be shared via email or downloadable link and can be stored safely on a CD, DVD, website, computer hard drive or other storage device. A perfect example of using multi-literacy in the classroom, creating a digital story is one of the ways in which technology is re-shaping the way students learn and relate to each other by allowing them to share their thoughts, ideas, images and music digitally with the world. Show Less
Stress is something we can learn to cope with. In this video, we explore some of the types of stress encountered in secondary school, their main causes and how adolescent people can identify and cope with them. We look at various ways young people can learn to manage their stress, minimising distress and preparing themselves to survive anticipated stressful situations, such as examinations. This video looks at positive and negative attitudes towards coping with stress, expressed by those who have successfully learnt how to accomplish this. Show Less
This programme teaches the relevant research, quoting and referencing skills that will enable a student to steer clear of plagiarism, whether intentional or unintentional.
Using a dramatised story set in an upper secondary school environment, this programme covers how to prepare and conduct a successful interview.
The program takes students through the process of essay-writing from preparation and planning, through structure, fluency and style, to a decisive conclusion.
The program examines the preparation, planning, writing and review stages of essay writing.
Jim is a student who is struggling to improve his study skills. As he does so, the viewer is transported into his mind, where the characters of Left Jim and Right Jim, bicker over the best way to proceed. Viewers will gain an understanding of left brain/right brain theory and good learning skills, including motivation, study schedules, reducing tension, taking notes, and much more. An entertaining video that captures a perfect balance between fun and instruction. Show Less
Now that computers are an integral part of our working and recreational lives, several health problems have emerged including: * repetitive strains * back pain * the socio-health problems related to lack of exercise and reduced inter-personal communication. Most, if not all, of these problems appear to be preventable, provided a few basic rules are followed. In this programme we show healthy ways to use computers, including laptops, and the exercises which help to prevent health problems developing. Show Less