January 2011

Program summaries for Learning Works, and for selected programs, some additional resources for listeners to follow up on the program.

Monday 3 January/ Repeat Friday 7 January 2011

Justice and Legal Issues
The Law: Young People, Parents and Schools

Program 5: Our kids and media devices

Today we begin several programs in which we look into issues around connected kids, beginning with a look at young people, mobile/camera phones, social networks and introduce some first
thoughts on bullying – cyber-bullying will be treated in more detail over the next few weeks.

Contributors today are Professor Elizabeth Handsley, Faculty of Law at Flinders University in Adelaide, Dr Matthew Sorell, Senior Lecturer in Telecommunications and Multimedia Engineering at the University of Adelaide, and Senior Constable First Class Michael Schooley, from SA Police.

PBA FM acknowledges the support of the Law Foundation of South Australia in the production of this Community Legal Education initiative.

Arts, Literature and Music
Meet Colin Thiele
Program 5: Wattle Park Teachers College

Colin Theale and Tony RyanSome fifteen years ago, PBA FM’s Tony Ryan recorded an extended interview with South Australian educator and award-winning children’s author Colin Thiele, at his home in Brisbane. In this interview, Colin recalls his early home life in Eudunda in SA, his schooldays and tertiary education, and his early days of teaching, including at Port Lincoln.

This week, Colin reflects on his time as Principal of Wattle Park Teachers College in Adelaide, and recalls the demands of balancing his work as an author with his work as Principal. Colin Thiele died in Brisbane in 2006. This extended interview was originally recorded for Conversations, an oral history initiative of the Australian College of Educators

Monday 10 January / Repeat Friday 14 January 2010

Justice and Legal Issues
The Law: Young People, Parents and Schools
Program 6: Those Mobile Phones!
Dr Matthew Sorell

Dr Matthew SorellThe program begins with a look at just how important mobile phones are to all of us. With young people, there is an expected etiquette, with an emphasis on instant replies – for them, the social networking sites and text on mobile phones are more used than emails. The point is made that the practice of “sexting” could well result in a charge of creating and disseminating child pornography. The program ends by noting the responsibility of parents to ensure that, as when a bike is purchased for a young person, firm rules are set in place to ensure the safety of young people in using their mobile phones. Contributors to today’s program are Dr Matthew Sorell, Senior Lecturer in Telecommunications and Multimedia Engineering at The University of Adelaide, and Associate Professor Marilyn Campbell from the School of Learning and Professional Studies at the Queensland University of Technology. For the audio of this program, and a supporting Study Guide, go to

PBA FM acknowledges the support of the Law Foundation of South Australia in the production of this Community Legal Education initiative.

Online Resources : Audio Study Guide

Arts, Literature and Music
Meet Colin Thiele
Program 6: Beginnings of Murray Park College of Advanced Education

Today, Colin Thiele reflects on the beginnings of a new teachers college – Murray Park CAE, and his move to then set up the Wattle Park Teachers Centre. This extract is from an extended interview with Colin Thiele, recorded at his home in Brisbane in 1996.

Monday 17 January/ Repeat Friday 21 January 2011

Science and Technology
Australia’s Key Role in Deep Space Exploration

Deep Space Station CanberraThe NASA Deep Space Network - or DSN - is an international network of antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions and radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the solar system and the universe. The network also supports selected Earth-orbiting missions. The DSN currently consists of three deep-space communications facilities placed approximately 120 degrees apart around the world: at Goldstone, in California's Mojave Desert; near Madrid, Spain; and near Canberra, Australia. This strategic placement permits constant observation of spacecraft as the Earth rotates, and helps to make the DSN the largest and most sensitive scientific telecommunications system in the world.” From a NASA website

In late 2010, Glen Nagle, Spokesperson for the NASA Tracking Station Canberra, gave Learning Works Tony Ryan a guided tour into the heart of the Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla, some 35km from Canberra. In this program, we hear about some of the history of the exploration of deep space and Australia’s role in the NASA Deep Space Network, the present role of this key facility in Australia in monitoring and supporting spacecraft, and the work of scientists and others in this vital international project.

Online Resources: Podcast – Part 1; Podcast – Part 2;;

Monday 24 January/ Repeat Friday 28 January 2011

A Learning Society
A New Venture – The Summit

Digital Story Telling, Introduction to Reiki and Money Management Made Simple are just three of the range of community education options offered through The Summit, a new community centre at Norton Summit, in the Adelaide Hills. An initiative of the Adelaide Hills Council, The Summit’s Team Leader Anne Ellis shows PBA FM’s Tony Ryan the excellent facilities and talks about the process of identifying the needs of the local community and developing a range of new programs to meet those needs.


Online Resources: Podcast

Justice and Legal Issues
The Law: Young People, Parents and Schools

Program 7: So what is cyber-bullying?

The program begins with a look at the age-old issue of bullying and the more recent phenomenon of cyber-bullying. Electronic media now provide more opportunities for this kind of activity, and the means of sending out false allegations against others – and other forms of nastiness – much more quickly around the world. The key issue here is the immediacy that technology provides. After reflecting on the question Why do people engage in cyber-bullying? This program then takes a first look at the implications for victims and their families. Contributors to the program this week are Michael O’Connell, Commissioner for Victims’ Rights, Attorney General’s Department, South Australia, and Dr Matthew Sorell, Senior Lecturer in Telecommunications and Multimedia Engineering, The University of Adelaide.

Online Resources: Podcast Study Guide

Monday 31 January – Repeat Friday 4 February

A Learning Society
Wandana Community Centre – Connecting with the Muslim Community

“Wandana Community Centre, situated in the Adelaide suburb of Gilles Plains, offers a range of low cost or free services, social, recreational and adult education activities for members of the local community, particularly those people experiencing disadvantage. The Centre works with new arrivals and refugees as well as long term residents of the area and has a strong connection to the local Muslim community. A strong volunteer team assists in delivering a range of programs.” (Website for Wandana Community Centre). This week, we meet Rille Walshe, Team Leader at the Wandana Community Centre and Chairperson of Community Centres South Australia.

Online Resources: Podcast

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