Simulation & Podcast: Was Australia invaded?


As we are studying pre-British history of Australia, I decided to get another class to invade mine: bash them into a corner with rolled up newspaper, give them diseases (stickers on forehead) and bribe them for their land (with minties). This was to give them some stimulation to think about European settlement of Australia. OK, extreme I admit, but fun!

I then had my students reflect on the experience, and record them into a podcast, which you can find here. One of the main themes that came out was their confusion at what was going on, and their delight at getting a sticker/disease – they said it made them feel special! So I guess that part of the simulation didn’t really correspond to actual history.

If you would like to see a video of that chaos, go here.


About Dave Fagg

I'm a dad, husband, and resident of a regional town in Bendigo. I earn a crust through freelance writing, and youth work. I am also studying sociology. When I'm not working I love reading on the couch, playing soccer with my son, and musing.
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