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Where have the Honey Ant Readers been? Kiwirrkurra Community, WA.

Aug 7, 2016

Kiwirrkurra, located 22°49’03.4″S 127°45’58.8″E, is one of the most remote communities in the world. The first delight on stepping out of the mail plane onto the red airstrip, is inhaling deep breaths of the clear, fresh air! A dot from the air, but magnificent on the ground, the community is situated in the open, sparsely…

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Denyse Ritchie from THRASS and Honey Ant Readers’ Margaret James share ideas at ALEA

Jul 16, 2016

Honey Ant Readers’ Margaret James was thrilled to meet the dynamic and innovative Denyse Ritchie  from THRASS at the AATE/ALEA conference in Adelaide. Both Denyse and Margaret, always prepared to think and ‘do’ outside the box as long as it benefits children’s literacy learning  –  enjoyed sharing new ideas, and past experiences.

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Benedict Stevens and Margaret James present a workshop at AATE/ALEA Conference in Adelaide.

Jul 15, 2016

Central Arrernte cultural Elder, Benedict Stevens, and Honey Ant Readers Margaret James, had fun presenting a workshop on how a deeper knowledge of student’s language and culture can positively assist teacher’s teaching – in turn, enhancing the learning experience for the students  – at the dynamic Australian Association for the Teaching of English and the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association National…

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Central Arrernte Elder Benedict Stevens at AATE/ALEA Conference in Perth with HARs

Jul 14, 2016

Central Arrernte Cultural Elder, Benedict Stevens, discussing with passionate teacher, Danielle Calleja of La Salle College in Perth, why he believes it is important for teachers to understand their students linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and how this can help the students to adapt to the new, and often foreign, school environment. Benedict co-presented at the…

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Honey Ant Readers congratulate Dr Chris Sarra NAIDOC Person of the year 2016!

Jul 12, 2016

Congratulations to Dr Chris Sarra on his well-deserved award last night. Dr Sarra had this to say about HARs: “Engaging children in reading can be a complex and difficult process. This can be even more complex where children speak a language other than English, and come from a background that is vastly different to other…

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HARs Margaret James attends CoLang 2016 in Alaska

Jul 12, 2016

The Institute of Collaborative Language Research (CoLang) met on 20th June, 2016, on the traditional territories of Ten Khwt’ana for two weeks of intensive language work at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). In attendance were language activists, linguists, speakers, students, teachers, Elders, archivists and publishers, hailing from the Mohawk, Tlingit, Potawatomi, Tunica/Biloxi, Tutuni, Ahtna,…

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Recording and Using Video in Language Documentation with Ben Levine and Julia Schulz.

Jul 4, 2016

Margaret has been learning invaluable skills for HARs language and teaching documenting work, under the well known video artist and documentary filmmaker, Ben Levine and his assistant Julia Schulz, from Maine, UAS, on  their course “Recording and Using Video in Language Documentation”. Ben’s work has been seen at the Museum of Modern Art, Boston Museum…

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Consent, Rights, and Intellectual Property

Jul 3, 2016

Consent, Rights, and Intellectual Property, a very informative course delivered by Dr Susan Smythe Kung, archive manager at the  Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America – AILLA –  at CoLang, being held at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. HARs Margaret (in yellow top!) gained a lot of insight on the subjects and was inspired by…

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New HAR iPad activities cause a stir

Jul 2, 2016

Using paints on canvas is one thing, using a finger on a screen is a whole new extension of that artistic expression. One that appeals to the young people in Warakurna, WA. So exciting to witness our new iPad activities in use! Thanks to the talented Mark Gillow for developing them for HARs.  

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