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We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to communication - from animal, language, books, postal, radio and television, to the internet, computers, and smart phones. SCIS 1698311

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Animal communication
Like humans, animals communicate with each other and here you can read about the various ways they interact within and outside their family groups.

Suggested level: primary

Braille is a writing system that enables blind and partially sighted people to read and write through touch.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Communication through the ages
The evolution of communication is displayed through this eye catching infographic.  

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand
Here you can learn the New Zealand Sign Language alphabet, play Sign Ninja, and read about the support and services for the deaf in New Zealand.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Explain that stuff - communications
Why do we bounce telephone calls off satellites? How do cell phones work? These and many more questions are answered in this website.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Explore communications technology

Explore some of the ways that people have communicated throughout history, and learn how these technologies have changed our world.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Federal Communications Commission - Kidszone
Discover the history of popular communication equipment like mobile phones, television, and pagers. There are other useful sections listed such as FAQs, Is it true? games, and the Satellite Learning Centre.   

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

To discover information on the home work site ManyAnswers use the search term ‘communications’.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Encyclopedia Britannica Online provides comprehensive information on communication, and telecommunication at junior and more advanced levels. School login (username and password) is required..

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Have you thought about of fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Dot, by Randi Zuckerman, 2013  (picture book)
Eric, by Shaun Tan, 2010  (picture book)
Pass it on, by Marilyn Sadler, 2012  (picture book)
Angela Parrot and the heart of mud, by Kjartan Poskitt, 2013  (junior fiction)
A dog for life, by L. S. Matthews, 2006  (junior fiction)
No talking, by Andrew Clement, 2007  (junior fiction)

The pupils of Eagleby State School, Queensland, Australia present a humorous skit on the history of communication. KidsWitnessNews. YouTube. 5:17

Demonstrates the visual, audio, tactile and chemical methods animals use to communicate. Skwirkonline. YouTube. 3:07.