Nov 24

Pirate School From Cyberspace Attacks!

All is not right on the world wide web! The news is out that there has been a series of pirate attacks at a virtual excursion near you! Join the Australian National Maritime Museum for ‘Pirates from Cyberspace Attack’ on 7th and 9th December 2016 at 10.00am 11.30am and 2.00pm.

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Your senses will be raided by all types of skulduggery and all things piratical. Topics for new apprentice pirates include:
– Earn and personalise a pirate licence with your new pirate identity
– Fashion tips for well-dressed pirates
– Count your loot Dance to a pirate sea shanty
– Pirate Q & A and much more

Book now for Pirates from Cyberspace Attack

Nov 07

Gondwana Garden

Gondwana Garden live stream presented by the Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens. Bring dinosaurs and plants live into your classroom in this thrilling experience for your students.
Go back in time to when Australia was part of Gondwana 165 million years ago and meet Winny the Australian
Museum’s life size Muttaburrasaurus and discover dinosaur environments.





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Nov 02

Sculpture By The Sea

Another fantastic live video conference was run by the DART team today at Sculpture By The Sea, held at Marks Park near Bondi Beach in Sydney. Incase you missed it, the event was streamed and recorded on YouTube where you can watch it over again.

Oct 24

ClickFest 2016

ClickFest is an annual video conferencing festival run in November each year. ClickFest is an exciting initiative from education organisations across Australia. It highlights the diversity and scope of video conferences available to schools across Australia. Sessions are delivered free or at reduced cost to schools, providing a great opportunity for teachers to give it a go.

Topics and programs will vary over the month long video conferencing festival to provide flexibility for teachers and students. Each day multiple sessions will be available on a variety of topics from content providers around Australia.

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Thursday 3 November

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 09:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 14:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

Monday 7 November

Dinosaur Day – Fascinating Fossils

Time: 09:30

Overview: Fossils are fascinating reminders of life in ancient times and provide a window into the past. They can also reveal an amazing amount of information about extinct species and the ancient world. Step inside the shoes of a palaeontologist to use fossil material and modern animals to reconstruct some extinct Australian animals

Dinosaur Day – Meet Winny

Time: 10:30

Overview: Come along to meet Winny to learn more about Australian Dinosaurs. Winny Saurs is a life size Muttaburrasaurs dinosaur puppet and she takes you on a journey to explore her world. You will be transported back 100 million years into Cretaceous and discover what life was really like for the dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Day – Gondwana Garden

Time: 11:30

Overview: Bring dinosaurs and plants live into your classroom in this thrilling experience for your students. Go back in time to when Australia was part of Gondwana 165 million years ago and meet Winny the Australian Museum’s life size Muttaburrasaurus and discover dinosaur environments.

Dinosaur Day – Fascinating Fossils

Time: 13:00

Overview: Fossils are fascinating reminders of life in ancient times and provide a window into the past. They can also reveal an amazing amount of information about extinct species and the ancient world. Step inside the shoes of a palaeontologist to use fossil material and modern animals to reconstruct some extinct Australian animals.

Dinosaur Day – Gondwana Garden

Time: 14:00

Overview: Bring dinosaurs and plants live into your classroom in this thrilling experience for your students. Go back in time to when Australia was part of Gondwana 165 million years ago and meet Winny the Australian Museum’s life size Muttaburrasaurus and discover dinosaur environments.

Tuesday 8 November

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 09:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 14:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

ClickFest – Minibeast Magnified

Time: 14:00

Overview: Minibeast Magnified explores the exciting and diverse world of invertebrates. Students will learn how to identify common groups of invertebrates and why they are important. Minibeast Magnified brings the world of invertebrates to your students.

Wednesday 9 November

ClickFest – Minibeast Magnified

Time: 09:30

Overview: Minibeast Magnified explores the exciting and diverse world of invertebrates. Students will learn how to identify common groups of invertebrates and why they are important. Minibeast Magnified brings the world of invertebrates to your students.

ClickFest – Minibeast Magnified

Time: 10:30

Overview: Minibeast Magnified explores the exciting and diverse world of invertebrates. Students will learn how to identify common groups of invertebrates and why they are important. Minibeast Magnified brings the world of invertebrates to your students

Thursday 10 November

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 09:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

ClickFest – Spiders

Time: 13:30

Overview: Explore the vast world of spiders. Found on every continent in the world except Antarctica, spiders are one of nature’s great success stories. Find out what spiders are, where they came from and how they got around, as well as Australia’s own diverse spider fauna.

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 14:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

Tuesday 15 November

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 09:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

ClickFest – Spiders

Time: 09:30

Overview: Explore the vast world of spiders. Found on every continent in the world except Antarctica, spiders are one of nature’s great success stories. Find out what spiders are, where they came from and how they got around, as well as Australia’s own diverse spider fauna.

ClickFest – Spiders

Time: 10:30

Overview: Explore the vast world of spiders. Found on every continent in the world except Antarctica, spiders are one of nature’s great success stories. Find out what spiders are, where they came from and how they got around, as well as Australia’s own diverse spider fauna.

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 14:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

Wednesday 16 November

ClickFest – Museum Secrets Revealed

Time: 09:30

Overview: This video conference provides a glimpse behind the scenes of Australia’s oldest natural history Museum. Become a detective and discover how scientists collect, preserve and display the many extraordinary specimens in their collection.

ClickFest – Museum Secrets Revealed

Time: 10:30

Overview: This video conference provides a glimpse behind the scenes of Australia’s oldest natural history Museum. Become a detective and discover how scientists collect, preserve and display the many extraordinary specimens in their collection.

Thursday 17 November

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 09:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

ClickFest – Museum Secrets Revealed

Time: 11:30

Overview: This video conference provides a glimpse behind the scenes of Australia’s oldest natural history Museum. Become a detective and discover how scientists collect, preserve and display the many extraordinary specimens in their collection.

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 14:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

Tuesday 22 November

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 09:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

ClickFest – Fascinating Frogs

Time: 09:30

Overview: Frogs play a key role in many food webs, both as predators and as prey. By observing frog populations, we can get a good indication of the condition of the environment as frogs are sensitive to environmental change.

ClickFest – Fascinating Frogs

Time: 10:30

Overview: Frogs play a key role in many food webs, both as predators and as prey. By observing frog populations, we can get a good indication of the condition of the environment as frogs are sensitive to environmental change.

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 14:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

Wednesday 23 November

ClickFest – Fascinating Frogs

Time: 09:30

Overview: Frogs play a key role in many food webs, both as predators and as prey. By observing frog populations, we can get a good indication of the condition of the environment as frogs are sensitive to environmental change.

ClickFest – Geology Rocks

Time: 13:00

Overview: The Geology Rocks video conference looks at the dynamic earth forming processes. Students will learn about plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes and the earth’s layers. You will also see real specimens and there will be opportunities to ask questions.

ClickFest – Geology Rocks

Time: 14:00

Overview: The Geology Rocks video conference looks at the dynamic earth forming processes. Students will learn about plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes and the earth’s layers. You will also see real specimens and there will be opportunities to ask questions.

Thursday 24 November

Plants and Pollinators – Pollinator Week – ClickFest

Time: 09:00

Overview: Join in on the action of Pollinator Week and learn more about our important and unique insect pollinators and the life cycle of flowering plants. Using live plant materials, models and microscopes this video conference will bring the story of plants and pollinators to life.

Plants and Pollinators – Pollinator Week – ClickFest

Time: 10:00

Overview: Join in on the action of Pollinator Week and learn more about our important and unique insect pollinators and the life cycle of flowering plants. Using live plant materials, models and microscopes this video conference will bring the story of plants and pollinators to life.

Plants and Pollinators – Pollinator Week – ClickFest

Time: 11:30

Overview: Join in on the action of Pollinator Week and learn more about our important and unique insect pollinators and the life cycle of flowering plants. Using live plant materials, models and microscopes this video conference will bring the story of plants and pollinators to life.

Plants and Pollinators – Pollinator Week – ClickFest

Time: 13:00

Overview: Join in on the action of Pollinator Week and learn more about our important and unique insect pollinators and the life cycle of flowering plants. Using live plant materials, models and microscopes this video conference will bring the story of plants and pollinators to life.

ClickFest – Geology Rocks

Time: 13:30

Overview: The Geology Rocks video conference looks at the dynamic earth forming processes. Students will learn about plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes and the earth’s layers. You will also see real specimens and there will be opportunities to ask questions.

Plants and Pollinators – Pollinator Week – ClickFest

Time: 14:00

Overview: Join in on the action of Pollinator Week and learn more about our important and unique insect pollinators and the life cycle of flowering plants. Using live plant materials, models and microscopes this video conference will bring the story of plants and pollinators to life.

Tuesday 29 November

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 09:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 14:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 09:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

The Botanic Story of Chocolate – ClickFest

Time: 14:00

Overview: Visit the Sweet Addiction exhibition within our brand new world-class horticultural attraction, The Calyx, from the classroom and find out where your chocolate comes from.

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Oct 24

Meet Winny Live Stream

The Australian Museum launched the 2016 ClickFest Video Conferencing Festival with Winny our Muttaburrasaurs. Come along to meet Winny to learn more about Australian Dinosaurs. Winny Saurs is a life size Muttaburrasaurs dinosaur puppet and she takes you on a journey to explore her world. You will be transported back 100 million years into Cretaceous and discover what life was really like for the dinosaurs.



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Oct 20

ACMI Videoconferences

ACMI Teacher Talks

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image offers Free Videoconference Sessions for Teachers.

Duration: 20 mins + 5 min Q&A.

Admission: Free, registration essential.

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Each month ACMI hosts a short, after-school professional development talk designed to get you thinking about something new, exciting, innovative or quirky in education. Explore multimodal literacy, moving image and the arts and intersections with the world your students will engage with now and in the future.

Indigenous Culture and the Moving Image  – 4.15 pm Wednesday 26 October 2016

Join Rob Hyatt from the Koorie Heritage Trust to find out more about exploring the rich tradition of Indigenous moving image works with your students.

What’s New? – 4.15 pm Wed 30 November 2016 

Find out what’s new in moving image education and preview ACMI Education’s program for 2017.

Registrar now – www.acmi.net.au/education/teacher-programs/acmi-education-talks/

Oct 10

Dinosaur Day 2016

The Australian Museum and the Royal Botanic Gardens are proud to present Dinosaur Day.

Dinosaur Day and Clickfest was started by Virtual Excursions Australia in 2011 as a way of showcasing the variety of content available to schools across Australia. This year Dinosaur Day is on the 7 November and is the first day of the ClickFest Video Conferencing Festival.

Join Winny the Australian Museum’s Muttaburrasaurs and go back in time to Gondwana with the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Monday 7 November 2016

Dinosaur Day – Fascinating Fossils

Time: 09:30

Fossils are fascinating reminders of life in ancient times and provide a window into the past. They can also reveal an amazing amount of information about extinct species and the ancient world. Step inside the shoes of a palaeontologist to use fossil material and modern animals to reconstruct some extinct Australian animals.

Dinosaur Day – Meet Winny

Time: 10:30

Come along to meet Winny to learn more about Australian Dinosaurs. Winny Saurs is a life size Muttaburrasaurs dinosaur puppet and she takes you on a journey to explore her world. You will be transported back 100 million years into Cretaceous and discover what life was really like for the dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Day – Gondwana Garden

Time: 11:30

Bring dinosaurs and plants live into your classroom in this thrilling experience for your students.
Go back in time to when Australia was part of Gondwana 165 million years ago and meet Winny the Australian Museum’s life size Muttaburrasaurus and discover dinosaur environments.

Dinosaur Day – Fascinating Fossils

Time: 13:00

Fossils are fascinating reminders of life in ancient times and provide a window into the past. They can also reveal an amazing amount of information about extinct species and the ancient world. Step inside the shoes of a palaeontologist to use fossil material and modern animals to reconstruct some extinct Australian animals.

Dinosaur Day – Gondwana Garden

Time: 14:00

Bring dinosaurs and plants live into your classroom in this thrilling experience for your students.
Go back in time to when Australia was part of Gondwana 165 million years ago and meet Winny the Australian Museum’s life size Muttaburrasaurus and discover dinosaur environments.

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Sep 22

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge 2016

The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge has been amazing this year with 2 huge session reaching almost 10,000 students.

Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. Andy is best known for The Treehouse series, the JUST! books and The Day My Bum Went Psycho. Over the last 20 years Andy’s books have been New York Times bestsellers, adapted for the stage and television and won more than 50 Australian children’s choice awards.

100 schools and 5000 students joined Andy Griffiths via video conference and was DART Connections biggest event yet!

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This event was followed up with Morris Gleitzman with another 93 schools booked in with nearly 4000 students. Morris Gleitzman children’s author superstar connected students via Video Conference and live on YouTube. Check out the session details below.

 

More great NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge events are available including Christopher Richardson and Paul Jennings. Keep an eye on the DART Connections website for details.

 

 

Sep 22

Earth science Week 2016

Earth Science Week is celebrated from 9-16 October 2016. “Our Shared Geoheritage” is the international theme of Earth Science Week 2016. Geoheritage is the collection of natural wonders, landforms, and resources that have formed over eons and come to this generation to manage, use, and conserve effectively.

Earth Science Week is an international celebration initiated and hosted by the American Geosciences Institute, promoting the importance of the geosciences to the community

Join Virtual Excursions Australia to get involved in a week of down to earth fun!

Tuesday 11 October

Earth Science Week – Geology Rocks

The Geology Rocks video conference will look at the dynamic earth forming processes. Students will look inside the earth and explore geology and volcanoes.

Time: 09:30

Earth Science Week : Earthquakes, Volcanos, Meteors & more!

A hands-on science workshop where students investigate all manner of natural disasters. Your students will learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, meteorites, cyclones, pandemics and more in this engaging video conferencing workshop.

Time: 09:30

Earth Science Week – Geology Rocks

The Geology Rocks video conference will look at the dynamic earth forming processes. Students will look inside the earth and explore geology and volcanoes.

Time: 10:30

Earth Science Week : Earthquakes, Volcanos, Meteors & more!

A hands-on science workshop where students investigate all manner of natural disasters. Your students will learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, meteorites, cyclones, pandemics and more in this engaging video conferencing workshop.

Time: 11:30

Earth Science Week – Fascinating Fossils

Fossils are fascinating reminders of life in ancient times and provide a window into the past. They can also reveal an amazing amount of information about extinct species and the ancient world.

Time: 14:00

Wednesday 12 October

Earth Science Week – Fascinating Fossils

Fossils are fascinating reminders of life in ancient times and provide a window into the past. They can also reveal an amazing amount of information about extinct species and the ancient world.

Time: 09:30

Earth Science Week : Earthquakes, Volcanos, Meteors & more!

A hands-on science workshop where students investigate all manner of natural disasters. Your students will learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, meteorites, cyclones, pandemics and more in this engaging video conferencing workshop.

Time: 09:30

Earth Science Week – Fascinating Fossils

Fossils are fascinating reminders of life in ancient times and provide a window into the past. They can also reveal an amazing amount of information about extinct species and the ancient world.

Time: 10:30

Earth Science Week : Earthquakes, Volcanos, Meteors & more!

A hands-on science workshop where students investigate all manner of natural disasters. Your students will learn about earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, meteorites, cyclones, pandemics and more in this engaging video conferencing workshop.

Time: 11:30

Earth Science Week – Catchment Health

The Catchment Health video conference explores some of the impacts facing our freshwater and marine environments. This session looks at the importance of catchments and how everything we do on land effect our waterways.

Time: 14:00

Thursday 13 October

Earth Science Week – Catchment Health

The Catchment Health video conference explores some of the impacts facing our freshwater and marine environments. This session looks at the importance of catchments and how everything we do on land effect our waterways.

Time: 14:00

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Sep 13

What technology should I use?

In the last Virtual Excursion Australia meeting we were discussing what type of system or technology should I use to deliver virtual excursions? The answers were varied and depend on what was being delivered, talking head presentation or multiple camera production. Where the audience was also a consideration as it determined what technology the content was able to be received on.

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We have 3 different Virtual Excursion Australia content providers sharing their ideas.

Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education uses H.323 Polycom or Tandberg codex for video conferencing either direct IP to IP call or through a bridge like DART Connections, Electroboard or CILC. A H.323 for video conferencing codex is required at the other end to receive this content.

An alternative used by Fizzics Education is connecting by Polycom Realpresence or Zoom for web conferencing. Web conferencing is a software based option that is contained entirely in a web browser making is cheaper and easier to access for casual use.

Fizzics Education also uses an iPad connected via an A/V cord as a document camera.

Anne Doran from the Australian National Maritime Museum uses a H.323 for video conferencing codex for their interactive sessions. Youtube live streaming has been used for big events. Live streaming extends the life and reach of the presentations as they were hosted on the Department of Education You tube channel for a period of time after. A twitter back channel and email was available for questions.

The Australian National Maritime Museum will continue to use YouTube live for offering selected programs as a resource to high school students and teachers as it is a difficult audience to schedule programs with. YouTube offers flexibility for teachers to view the program either live with the twitter/social media back channels or at a time suitable for them.

Karen Player from the Australian Museum also uses a H.323 video conferencing codex for their interactive sessions. This allows them to set up different camera angles and to send PowerPoint presentations to the far end. The Australian Museum has recently run a successful session with Sydney Distance Education through Zoom and they will be exploring more web base technologies in the future to provide schools with more flexibility

The Virtual Excursion Australia conference in 2015 was a great example of how to integrate these technologies. We were able to have the Australian Museum in Sydney and AMCI in Melbourne connect using H.323 video conferencing codex’s though the AARNET bridge and live stream the combined output using a link embedded on the Virtual Excursion Australia website.

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