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!

andy-prc

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

Earth Science Week

 

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.

Sep 06

Virtual Endeavour Project Officer

Looking for work at the Australian National Maritime Museum? Check out this amazing oppurtunity – Virtual Endeavour Project Officer.

Project Officer – Virtual Endeavour

“One APS Career…Thousands of Opportunities”

The Australian National Maritime Museum has a skilled and diverse workforce. We value our people, performance, integrity and service. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability and people from every cultural and linguistic background.

T242 Project Officer – Virtual Endeavour

Non-ongoing Fulltime (2 years)

Australian National Maritime Museum3

Purpose of this Position:

Implement the Virtual Endeavour STEM excursions project funded by the Catalyst program (Department of Communication and the Arts). Specifically to conduct virtual school excursions to the HMB Endeavour and develop further Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) resource material and programs. Market and promote the program. Manage two teacher academies during the life of the program. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the program in conjunction with Head of Learning / Data61 (CSIRO). Be an active participant in other museum programs where required.

This is non-ongoing fulltime position for period of 24 months. Applications Close: 11:30 pm AEDT, 11 September 2016

Contact Officer: Lynda Kelly, Head of Learning, Learning, Public Engagement and Research Division, Australian National Maritime Museum on (02) 9298 3745.

Selection for this position will be made on the basis of relative merit which will be assessed against each item of the selection criteria. Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered for short listing by the Selection Committee. As part of the selection process the selection committee may invite candidates to undertake psychometric test, you should advise the selection committee if you have any special needs. Psychometric tests may be used as the initial short-listing test or later in the selection process. Some tests are very short while others may take one or more hours.

Notes

This position is open to all eligible members of the community. To be an eligible member of the community you must be an Australian citizen. Applications may be accepted from Australian permanent residents who are in the process of acquiring Australian citizenship.

Full position details, application requirements, selection criteria, position description and a pre-Application form are located on this website: https://anmm.nga.net.au/cp/index.cfm?event=jobs.listJobs

Find out more and apply online

Jul 29

SciFest 2016

It is time to start planning for SciFest and National Science Week. The SciFest video conferencing festival is in August and provides a great link to National Science Week. Now in it’s third year SciFest is a great opportunity to engage your students in a variety of science workshops and events.

SciFest Events 2016

SciFest Events 2016

Tuesday 2 August

SciFest – Minibeast Magnfied

Time: 09:30

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

SciFest – Minibeast Magnfied

Time: 10:30

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 4 August

SciFest: Lego Robotics – An Introduction

Time: 09:30

This engaging workshop offers students a chance to learn real time programming in a fun atmosphere. Using laptops and the Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots, students are asked to complete a variety tasks whilst learning about basic programming.

SciFest: Lego Robotics – An Introduction

Time: 11:30

This engaging workshop offers students a chance to learn real time programming in a fun atmosphere. Using laptops and the Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots, students are asked to complete a variety tasks whilst learning about basic programming.

SciFest – Geology Rocks

Time: 12:00

The Geology Rocks video conference will look at the dynamic earth forming processes. Students will learn about the layering of lava flows, see if rocks float and learn how to make a gas and find out about the rock cycle.

04 Aug

SciFest – Geology Rocks

Time: 13:00

The Geology Rocks video conference will look at the dynamic earth forming processes. Students will learn about the layering of lava flows, see if rocks float and learn how to make a gas and find out about the rock cycle.

SciFest: Lego Robotics – An Introduction

Time: 14:00

This engaging workshop offers students a chance to learn real time programming in a fun atmosphere. Using laptops and the Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots, students are asked to complete a variety tasks whilst learning about basic programming.

Monday 8 August

SciFest: Science of Sound

Time: 11:30

What do sound waves look like? Do soundwaves always travel at the same speed? How does the Doppler effect work? What is resonance? How does a soundwave change with pitch and increasing volume?

SciFest: K – 2 Science in Art

Time: 14:00

Explore chemistry in colourful art creations you can make in your class! Your class participates in a number of activities as a series of group activities run in class during the video conference.

08 Aug

SciFest: Science of Sound

Time: 09:30

What do sound waves look like? Do soundwaves always travel at the same speed? How does the Doppler effect work? What is resonance? How does a soundwave change with pitch and increasing volume?

SciFest: Awesome Astronomy

Time: 11:00

Is there life on other planets? The Earth is in the “Goldilocks Zone”. Like Goldilocks tasting baby bear’s porridge, humans live on a planet that is not too hot and not too cold – it is just right!

Monday 15 August

SciFest: Explore electricity and magnetism

Time: 09:30

What is the difference between series & parallel circuits? What does the Earth’s magnetic field look like? What technologies are being developed for the future? How is electricity generated anyway?

SciFest: Explore electricity and magnetism

Time: 11:30

What is the difference between series & parallel circuits? What does the Earth’s magnetic field look like? What technologies are being developed for the future? How is electricity generated anyway?

SciFest: Liquid Nitrogen – Properties of Solids, Liquids and Gases

Time: 14:00

Find out how solids, liquids and gases change when rapidly heated and cooled.Smash a squash ball! Shrink a balloon instantly! What happens to living things if they are frozen? How can Newton’s 3rd Law of Motion explain a liquid nitrogen sprinkler?

SciFest: Free Primary PD Session – Simple science experiments for Staff Development

Time: 15:30

Find out how your primary classroom can be transformed into an interactive science environment without breaking the bank. Learn how to use easily obtainable materials from the local shops to run hands-on experiments that cover chemistry, forces, light and sound. During this session you will run a number of simple experiments in your location. Schedule this as part of your staff meeting!

Tuesday 16 August

Plant Experiments- SciFest

Time: 10:00

Students will learn how scientists devise experiments and develop their skills in applying the processes of working scientifically as they plan a fair investigation into the factors which influence seed germination.

Plant Experiments – SciFest

Time: 11:30

Students will learn how scientists devise experiments and develop their skills in applying the processes of working scientifically as they plan a fair investigation into the factors which influence seed germination.

Plant Experiments – SciFest

Time: 13:00

Students will learn how scientists devise experiments and develop their skills in applying the processes of working scientifically as they plan a fair investigation into the factors which influence seed germination.

Plant Experiments – SciFest

Time: 14:00

Students will learn how scientists devise experiments and develop their skills in applying the processes of working scientifically as they plan a fair investigation into the factors which influence seed germination.

Thursday 18 Aug

From Letters to Life – How DNA technologies are changing our lives – SciFest

Time: 09:30

Join Dr Ellen Jorgensen renowned New York TED speaker as she talks about Genspace, a not for profit community laboratory dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology.

Monday 22 August

SciFest: Free Primary PD Session – Simple science experiments for Staff Development

Time: 15:30

Find out how your primary classroom can be transformed into an interactive science environment without breaking the bank. Learn how to use easily obtainable materials from the local shops to run hands-on experiments that cover chemistry, forces, light and sound. During this session you will run a number of simple experiments in your location. Schedule this as part of your staff meeting!

22 Aug

SciFest: Creative chemistry workshop

Time: 10:00

Designed to cover a broad range of chemical concepts that is accessible to students including kitchen chemistry, physical changes vs. chemical reaction, acids vs bases and indicators, acid rain – properties of solids, liquids and gases and energy changes.

SciFest: Creative chemistry workshop

Time: 11:30

Designed to cover a broad range of chemical concepts that is accessible to students including kitchen chemistry, physical changes vs. chemical reaction, acids vs bases and indicators, acid rain – properties of solids, liquids and gases and energy changes.

SciFest: Creative chemistry workshop

Time: 14:00

Designed to cover a broad range of chemical concepts that is accessible to students including kitchen chemistry, physical changes vs. chemical reaction, acids vs bases and indicators, acid rain – properties of solids, liquids and gases and energy changes.

Tuesday 23 August

SciFest: Light & Colour Science

Time: 10:00

Students learn about properties of light in this fun interactive workshop- Investigate rainbows using the visible light spectrum, plus learn about colour addition and subtraction .

SciFest: The Big Bang – How to make a universe

Time: 11:00

This session will be presented from the Australian Museum Science Festival with schools attending live and via video conference. Join a CAASTRO astrophysicist as they share their enthusiasm for astrophysicist

SciFest: Light & Colour Science

Time: 11:30

Students learn about properties of light in this fun interactive workshop- Investigate rainbows using the visible light spectrum, plus learn about colour addition and subtraction .

SciFest – Minibeast Magnfied

Time: 13:00

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

SciFest – Museum Secretes Revealed

Time: 14:00

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.

SciFest: 4 Slimes in 30 minutes – Kitchen Chemistry fun!

Time: 14:00

4 slimes in 30 minutes…. how could you go wrong?!?Join Fizzics Education for SciFest as we dive into kitchen chemistry in this fun yet educational workshop.

Wednesday 24 August

SciFest: Human Body – Look at the major body systems and senses

Time: 10:00

Students look at major body systems and how the five senses work in this engaging workshop! Where is heat in your body conserved? How do the lungs work?

SciFest: Human Body – Look at the major body systems and senses

Time: 11:30

Students look at major body systems and how the five senses work in this engaging workshop! Where is heat in your body conserved? How do the lungs work?

SciFest – Minibeast Magnfied

Time: 13:00

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

SciFest – Museum Secretes Revealed

Time: 14:00

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.

SciFest: Melting Moments: All about hot & cold

Time: 14:00

Your classroom heats up as we explore how heat is propagated through a variety of materials plus how we harness heat for our own use;- Investigate heat conductivity in a variety of materials.

SciFest: Free Primary PD Session – Simple science experiments for Staff Development

Time: 15:30

Find out how your primary classroom can be transformed into an interactive science environment without breaking the bank. Learn how to use easily obtainable materials from the local shops to run hands-on experiments that cover chemistry, forces, light and sound. During this session you will run a number of simple experiments in your location. Schedule this as part of your staff meeting!

Thursday 25 August

SciFest – Minibeast Magnfied

Time: 13:00

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

SciFest – Museum Secretes Revealed

Time: 14:00

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.

Monday 29 August

SciFest: Weather and Pressure

Time: 10:00

What is air pressure? Why are low and high pressure areas important? How are clouds formed? What is our atmosphere made of anyway ? Students will gain an appreciation of meteorology and gain insight into how our climate operates.

SciFest: K – 2 Science in Art

Time: 14:00

Explore chemistry in colourful art creations you can make in your class! Your class participates in a number of activities as a series of group activities run in class during the video conference.

SciFest: Free Primary PD Session – Simple science experiments for Staff Development

Time: 15:30

Find out how your primary classroom can be transformed into an interactive science environment without breaking the bank. Learn how to use easily obtainable materials from the local shops to run hands-on experiments that cover chemistry, forces, light and sound. During this session you will run a number of simple experiments in your location. Schedule this as part of your staff meeting!

Tuesday 30 August

SciFest – Fantastic Frogs

Time: 09:30

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.

SciFest – Fantastic Frogs

Time: 10:30

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.

SciFest: Earthquakes, Volcanos, Meteors & more!

Time: 14:00

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 m…

Wednesday 31 August

SciFest: Renewable energies

Time: 10:00

We will investigate various renewable energy sources and compare them against non-renewable energy sources. A focus will be placed upon how a generator actually works and how this is applied in coal power stations, wind farms, hydro electric dams, tidal generators

SciFest: Renewable energies

Time: 11:30

We will investigate various renewable energy sources and compare them against non-renewable energy sources. A focus will be placed upon how a generator actually works and how this is applied in coal power stations, wind farms, hydro electric dams, tidal generators

SciFest: Renewable energies

Time: 14:00

We will investigate various renewable energy sources and compare them against non-renewable energy sources. A focus will be placed upon how a generator actually works and how this is applied in coal power stations, wind farms, hydro electric dams, tidal generators

SciFest: Free Primary PD Session – Simple science experiments for Staff Development

Time: 15:30

Find out how your primary classroom can be transformed into an interactive science environment without breaking the bank. Learn how to use easily obtainable materials from the local shops to run hands-on experiments that cover chemistry, forces, light and sound. During this session you will run a number of simple experiments in your location. Schedule this as part of your staff meeting!

Jun 24

Cook and Banks: Charting the rumoured great southern land

The Royal Botanic Gardens and the Australian National Maritime Museum recently offered 6 virtual excursions looking at Cook, the voyage of HMB Endeavour and Banks the botany and plant classification. The collaboration began as a special presentation linked to the RBG 200th birthday celebrations.

The sessions on Wednesday 18th May were offered through DARTconnections and sold out very quickly and more spaces were added. The Thursday 19th May sessions were offered through Electroboard.  The content was written by Mary Bell RBG and Anne Doran ANMM with Kieran Hosty an ANMM Maritime Archaeologist and Mary Bell presenting.

Cook VC

The students were very engaged with the content as it extended what they had been learning in the classroom. The questions they asked, clearly demonstrated that they had been thinking about what had been presented during the sessions and having Kieran who had dived on the wreck sites to give that extra insight was very useful. He may have inspired students to think about archaeology as a career.

Leaf drawing 2 Leaf drawing

The RBG and ANMM are considering offering this cross curriculum program again next year, to support teachers in the classroom and provide access to experts from both organisation. The program reached almost 1000 students.

 

Jun 17

NAIDOC Week 2016

NAIDOC Week 2016 is held in the first week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.

This years theme is Songlines: The living narrative of our nation

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Dreamtime describes a time when the earth, people and animals were created by our ancestral spiritual beings. They created the rivers, lakes, plants, land formations and living creatures. Dreaming tracks crisscross Australia and trace the journeys of our ancestral spirits as they created the land, animals and lores. These dreaming tracks are sometimes called ‘Songlines’ as they record the travels of these ancestral spirits who ‘sung’ the land into life.

To recognise NAIDOC week the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Australian Museum are presenting a series of video conferences to schools.

Tuesday 21 June

Unlock Water and Indigenous people

Time: 11:30

Overview: To celebrate NAIDOC week Indigenous Programs Manager Donna Carstens and special guest Uncle Terry will discuss the cultural significance of water to indigenous people. Water is integral to the everyday life of communities for survival, travel and play.

Create YOUR Australian flag

Time: 14:00

Overview:

To recognise NAIDOC Week the Australian Museum is participating in Virtual Excursions Australia NAIDOC Week video conferencing festival. In this special NAIDOC week art workshop students will explore Indigenous culture and art from various regions of Australia. In this lesson students will create their own Australian Flag by investigating their cultural heritage as well as that of Australia’s first inhabitants, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Unlock Water and Indigenous people

Time: 14:00

Overview: To celebrate NAIDOC week Indigenous Programs Manager Donna Carstens and special guest Uncle Terry will discuss the cultural significance of water to indigenous people. Water is integral to the everyday life of communities for survival, travel and play.

Wednesday 22 June

Unlock Water and Indigenous people

Time: 10:00

Overview: To celebrate NAIDOC week Indigenous Programs Manager Donna Carstens and special guest Uncle Terry will discuss the cultural significance of water to indigenous people. Water is integral to the everyday life of communities for survival, travel and play.

Unlock Water and Indigenous people

Time: 11:30

Overview: To celebrate NAIDOC week Indigenous Programs Manager Donna Carstens and special guest Uncle Terry will discuss the cultural significance of water to indigenous people. Water is integral to the everyday life of communities for survival, travel and play.

Indigenous Totem workshop

Time: 14:00

Overview: To recognise NAIDOC Week the Australian Museum is participating in Virtual Excursions Australia NAIDOC Week video conferencing festival. In this workshop students learn about lifestyles and beliefs of Indigenous Australians whilst creating their own totem. Concepts and culture will be demonstrated with real artefacts and aboriginal cultural material.

Unlock Water and Indigenous people

Time: 14:00

Overview: To celebrate NAIDOC week Indigenous Programs Manager Donna Carstens and special guest Uncle Terry will discuss the cultural significance of water to indigenous people. Water is integral to the everyday life of communities for survival, travel and play.

Thursday 23 June

Indigenous Totem workshop

Time: 14:00

Overview: To recognise NAIDOC Week the Australian Museum is participating in Virtual Excursions Australia NAIDOC Week video conferencing festival. In this workshop students learn about lifestyles and beliefs of Indigenous Australians whilst creating their own totem. Concepts and culture will be demonstrated with real artefacts and aboriginal cultural material.

Tuesday 28 June

Create YOUR Australian flag

Time: 10:00

Overview: To recognise NAIDOC Week the Australian Museum is participating in Virtual Excursions Australia NAIDOC Week video conferencing festival. In this special NAIDOC week art workshop students will explore Indigenous culture and art from various regions of Australia. In this lesson students will create their own Australian Flag by investigating their cultural heritage as well as that of Australia’s first inhabitants, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Water and Indigenous People

Time: 10:00

Overview: To celebrate NAIDOC week Indigenous Programs Manager Donna Carstens and special guest Uncle Terry will discuss the cultural significance of water to indigenous people. Water is integral to the everyday life of communities for survival, travel and play.

Water and Indigenous People

Time: 11:30

Overview: To celebrate NAIDOC week Indigenous Programs Manager Donna Carstens and special guest Uncle Terry will discuss the cultural significance of water to indigenous people. Water is integral to the everyday life of communities for survival, travel and play.

Water and Indigenous People

Time: 14:00

Overview: To celebrate NAIDOC week Indigenous Programs Manager Donna Carstens and special guest Uncle Terry will discuss the cultural significance of water to indigenous people. Water is integral to the everyday life of communities for survival, travel and play.

Thursday 30 June

Water and Indigenous People

Time: 10:00

Overview: To celebrate NAIDOC week Indigenous Programs Manager Donna Carstens and special guest Uncle Terry will discuss the cultural significance of water to indigenous people. Water is integral to the everyday life of communities for survival, travel and play.

Water and Indigenous People

Time: 11:30

Overview: To celebrate NAIDOC week Indigenous Programs Manager Donna Carstens and special guest Uncle Terry will discuss the cultural significance of water to indigenous people. Water is integral to the everyday life of communities for survival, travel and play.

Water and Indigenous People

Time: 14:00

Overview: To celebrate NAIDOC week Indigenous Programs Manager Donna Carstens and special guest Uncle Terry will discuss the cultural significance of water to indigenous people. Water is integral to the everyday life of communities for survival, travel and play.

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May 23

Big Bang – How to make a Universe

FREE video conference for Year 10 students at 11am on Wednesday 8 June. Bookings are essential!BigBangJune2016

May 09

Fizzics Education

This post by Ben form Fizzics Education has a video and radio interview discussing the video conferencing.

This video covers the variety of educational virtual excursion festivals available for schools arranged by Virtual Excursions Australia. VEA is a network of museums, galleries, libraries, environmental centres, aquariums & more.

                                        Ben Newsome on Australian Festivals from CILC on Vimeo.

As you can see, there are so many opportunities available for schools, libraries, hospitals, remand centers and more to engage learners with real time learning with subject matter experts via video conference. It’s so easy these days! By the way, the interviewer was Jan Zanetis who is the Managing Director the Centre for Interactive Learning & Collaboration and a current International Society for Technology in Education board member.

You might like to find out more about events & learning festivals being conducted Virtual Excursions Australia and the work being done to reach remote learners via web and video conference! Also you might also like to know more about the Churchill Fellowship on best practice in science education via video conference I completed last year and it’s associated findings for Australian educators.

Ben from Fizzics Education connected with Unalaska library to run a video conference on the science of sound. As usual I had a blast working with the kids, but I got a great surprise to find that it got recorded by local community radio station kucb 89.7fm!

 

Video conferencing offers the opportunity to enrich regional and remote communities throughout the world. If your school or cultural organisation has the bandwidth and the hardware, why not consider running some connections to overseas sites? All you need is to do is to get in contact with a school or library district that uses virtual excursions and simply coordinate time zones using a time and date converter. The local connection time in Sydney was not an issue as the connection was after school hours for the library and this worked out to be 11:00am AEST… much more manageable than the 5:00am connections that sometimes need to happen for sites on the east coast of the USA!

Running programs internationally introduces another dimension to educational outreach and is certainly worthwhile pursuing! Want to find out more about educational video conferencing to your school?
Feel free to drop us a line or check out our video conference science clubs or virtual excursion workshops on how it all works.

All the best!

Ben

Fizzics Education

Apr 22

Cook and Banks: Charting the rumoured great Southern Land

To celebrate the Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney 200th anniversary, the Australian National Maritime Museum and Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney will offering a joint video conference for year 3 and 4 students History and Science. Cook and Banks: Charting the rumoured great Southern Land is a free video conference which will outline Cook and Banks voyage on the HMB Endeavour.  It will be presented by Kieran Hosty from the Australian National Maritime Museum and Louisa Murray from Royal Botantical Gardens Sydney.

Endeavour minus main top gallant. Image: Paula Tinney

Endeavour minus main top gallant. Image: Paula Tinney

 

The video conference will investigate the story behind Cook and Banks’ voyage to the rumoured great Southern Land and include topics such as:

  • The reason behind the momentous voyage.
  • The voyage and conditions on board the  HMB Endeavour.
  • Cook’s role as a cartographer and navigator.
  • Banks’ scientific contribution to the voyage and how his legacy began the Royal Botanic Gardens’ Herbarium collection.
  • Learn how scientists classify plants and try your hand at botanic illustration.
  • The enduring outcome of the voyage and how it changed Australian history.

We will be offering six sessions of the Cook and Banks virtual excursion. Three sessions will be offered on Dart connections (May 18th at 9.30am 11.30am and 2.00pm) and another three on Electroboard (May 19th  9.30am,11.30am and 2.00pm).

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