Virtual Excursions with Sydney Jewish Museum

The Sydney Jewish Museum is Virtual Excursions Australia’s newest content provider. The Sydney Jewish Museum is an institution that gives history a voice through collecting and preserving historic objects, commemorating and educating, with a mission to challenge visitors’ perceptions of morality, social justice, democracy and human rights. 

History LIVE: Behind the scenes with a curator

Have you ever wondered about all the different artefacts in a museum? Did you know that not all of them are on display at the same time? Behind the scenes, many more artefacts are waiting to tell their stories.

Wednesday 17 November at 2 – 3pm


Stage 3 & 4 school students

Discovering Chanukah for Primary Students

Ever wondered about the Jewish festival of Chanukah? What do the candles represent and what is a dreidel? Candles, dreidels and even fried foods are all important parts of the Jewish festival of lights, Chanukah! This year Chanukah, which is celebrated over 8 nights, will begin in late November.

Thursday 25 November at 2pm


History – Stage 1 & 2: Community and Remembrance

Digital program and online resources

Sydney Jewish Museum has a range of program to engage your students virtually in an interactive workshop. Benefit from the expertise and experience of our team of educators to create an engaging, thought-provoking experience for your students.

Find out more about these programs

Online resources

The Sydney Jewish Museum offers free curriculum-linked teaching resources underpinned by rigorous research and expert subject knowledge. Discover a range of lesson plans, videos, worksheets and activities available for you to download and incorporate into your classroom.

Many of our resources offer a sneak peak behind the scenes of the Museum to discover a range of case studies, videos, objects and images that will help you bring history to life for your students.

Find resources for your students

Children’s Week

Virtual Excursions Australia has a range of FREE programs for Children’s Week 2021. Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood.

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Natural Disasters

A hands-on science workshop where we investigate all manner of natural disasters and the science behind them.

Under the Sea

Take a journey beneath the waves to explore Australia’s amazing marine life. Discover different marine habitats and the animals that live there. 

Liquid Nitrogen Show

A “super cool” science show where we freeze things, explode things and explore just what happens when objects are rapidly cooled or heated.

Fascinating Frogs

Did you know that there are 240 species of frogs found across Australia? Find out how you can identify the frogs in your local area.

Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood.

Supported AMP Tomorrow Fund grants

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Online Learning resources

We have created a list of Australian education providers and websites that have great online learning resources. There are some great options to help your students and kids in class or at home.

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ABC Education

ABC Education brings you thousands of free, curriculum-linked resources for Primary and Secondary students and teachers.

ABC TV Education broadcasts two hours of dedicated education programming for school aged viewers nationwide each weekday from 10am – 3pm on ABC ME.

Live Streams

Sea EagleCAM is a live remote feed operating out of the BirdLife Discovery Centre in the Armory at Sydney Olympic Park close to the Parramatta River.

Taronga Zoo Sydney has set up 24/7 live-streaming cameras at so you can enjoy your favourite animals at any time of day.

Get up close with our animals from the comfort of your own home and discover more about WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo by watching our live streams below.

Virtual Tours

Australian Museum

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Australian National Maritime Museum – Virtual Endeavour

Great Barrier Reef

Macquarie Island Research Station

Melbourne Museum

Queensland Museum

Queensland Gallery of Modern Art

State Library of NSW

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Observatory

Find more virtual tours with Google Arts and Culture

Online resources

Fizzic Education has 150 Science Experiments online for FREE. Science experiments and project ideas using simple, low cost materials that teach science easily.

Australian Environmental Education has FREE Earth and Environmental Science resources with simple information and ideas.

Launch: Algae Innovation Challenge

How can we grow a greener future with algae?

Design a product or a process, using algae, that makes an existing product or process more sustainable. Get your students involved in the Algae Innovation Challenge. The Challenge is open to Stage 4 & 5 students across Australia.

Join us for the information session: 21 June at 3.30pm

This event is proudly brought to you by the UTS Deep Green Biotech Hub. Students will learn about the emerging, cutting-edge field of biotechnology as well as aspects of algae biology and design-thinking.

The Algae Innovation Challenge will develop students’ team-work, creative and scientific thinking, presenting and entrepreneurial skills vital for equipping the next generation of changemakers to reimagine ‘business as usual’ and build tomorrow’s green solutions, today.

Register your interest now

Visit the Algae Innovation Challenge website to find out more

The New South Wales Deep Green Biotech Hub (DGBH), located at the University of Technology Sydney, is supported by the NSW Government through the Boosting Business Innovation Program (BBIP). DGBH brings together researchers, SMEs, industry, start-ups, students and other stakeholders to propel NSW to the forefront of algae-based biotechnology innovation in Australia.

Get involved in ExoLab-9

ExoLab-9 is a unique exobiology classroom experience. Your student can be involved in a science experiment where students from across the world compare their results with an identical growth chamber on the International Space Station (ISS).

Fizzics Education are the lead for the Australian component of this global education opportunity.

  • Join an international school community to share results & ideas along with the U.S. National Laboratory.
  • Collect and analyze data to identify the optimal combination of legume, bacteria, and soil to produce nodulation in the harsh environment of the space.
  • Engage in experimental design, data collection and analysis, writing and revising hypotheses, and communicating about what they’ve learned using evidence from their experiments.
  • Direct curriculum outcomes for high school and primary year groups.
  • Guided by experienced educators from Fizzics Education & Magnitude.
  • Find out about the equipment needed to be involved and the different ways that you can access this.

Find out how your school can be involved

Run an identical experiment in parallel with the International Space Station, in collaboration with & Fizzics Education in your school. Join an international school community to share results & ideas along with the U.S. National Laboratory.

Register on the links below for your preferred Teacher Information sessions in June and July.

June 23 at 1:00 PM AEST
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June 23 at 4:00 PM AEST
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June 29 at 1:00 PM AEST
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June 29 at 4:00 PM AEST
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July 13 at 1:00 PM AEST
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July 13 at 4:00 PM AEST
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YES Live 2020 Shows

The Youth Eco Summit is going digital in 2020. Register now for the free YES Live shows for your students on Wednesday 18 November. Australian Wildlife Displays: Marsupials and More at 1.15pm and the Fizzics Education: Liquid Nitrogen Show at 2.15pm.

Australian Wildlife Displays: Marsupials and More

Meet Dozer the wombat and many more furry Australian animals! See Dozer’s furry face and bony bottom up close! Gum-nuts the ringtail possum, Barney the brush-tailed bettong and Alfie the sugar glider. Let’s learn about these Aussie animals, the adaptations that make them special, their life and their plight in Australia.

Fancy a “Face to face” with the icons of Australian mammals? Join Australian Wildlife Displays at 1.15 – 2 pm on Wednesday 18 November.

Register now

Fizzics Education: Liquid Nitrogen Show

Find out how solids, liquids, and gases change when rapidly heated and cooled. Smash a tennis ball! Shrink a balloon instantly! What happens to living things if they are frozen? How does a liquid nitrogen sprinkler work? Watch exploding balloons and more in this super ‘cool’ science show!

Join Fizzics Education at 2.15 – 3pm on Wednesday 18 November.

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YES Live is a perfect end of year event celebrating, showcasing and sharing sustainability in action.

Proudly Supported by NRMA

Brought to you by Sydney Olympic Park Authority

Enhance online learning with desktop sharing

Whilst understanding how to use a camera and microphone during a live online program is essential, choosing additional content to interact with can make all the difference to the engagement of your audience. Thankfully many of the web conferencing tools have screen sharing capability, which means that you can share extra content that both help support your lesson and breaks up the monotony of a constant video of you as a ‘talking head’!

The following only briefly touches on the huge variety of options to things to share on-screen, as in reality what you can share is only limited by your creativity. What’s more, as long as you control the child safety aspects of your meeting, you can also have your attendees share their screen too which means the interactivity increases even further.

Whiteboard sharing for the win

A screen capture from full desktop sharing of Adobe Photoshop – Fizzics Education

Many of the web conferencing software have a whiteboard function. This means you can quickly draw on diagrams on the fly as you speak to them. There is even the option in some cases for multiple people to be able to draw onto the whiteboard at the same time. If your conferencing software doesn’t have a whiteboard function, you can screen share Microsoft Paint, Adobe Photoshop and other applications which will produce the same effect. You can also save the images and share them afterwards too!

Connect peripheral devices to share

Using a USB Digital Microscope to look underneath a fern – Fizzics Education

Your peripheral devices that you routinely use might well be fascinating to your remote audience! For example, not everyone can get USB powered digital microscopes easily. Why not share their images live? Simply power-up your digital microscope and then screen share the results! If you do some testing, sometimes you can find that the digital microscope camera is recognised by the web conferencing app itself, which means you can simply toggle between your camera and the microscope. There are also converters which allow your analogue microscope to share the images digitally too, a great way to microscopic organisms in more detail. Think about what device you have at your site that could be shared during your conference.

Use data logging live in your conference

Wouldn’t it be great to share live experiment results? Well, with screen sharing you can! There are plenty of data logging apps out there that you can be shared over a remote connection. One of the ones that Fizzics Education uses is Science Journal. It’s a data logging app by Google that uses the sensors in your smartphone or tablet to perform experiments! Record sound levels, magnetism, light levels, acceleration and much more. Very handy for your remote audience to see measurements in real-time of your experiment, plus you can pull the data file and share it to your audience either during the conference or afterwards as well.

Connect people together by sharing

Remote connections can often feel like a barrier for sharing experiences. Why not consider having your audience share what they are experiencing from their location? In early April 2020, Fizzics Education organised a Supermoon party, where people from Japan, the Philippines and Australia all were involved in sharing what they were seeing live during the event. Because of timezone differences, people were able to see that not all of us were able to experience the Supermoon rise at the same time, plus it opened up a chance to discuss about different cultures & locations as well.

Check out the video here

Use visual apps that enrich your live content
There are so many science apps available these days! If you connect your device to your web conference, there is no reason why you can’t share some of this content if it is already available for free. You can share virtual skies, explore the human body, play science games and more! As long as your app fits well within your conference, we say go for it!

These were just some brief ways that you can use screen sharing to enhance remote learning. Some extra tips to consider.

  • Only have the tabs open on your browser that you are happy to share! You may not wan to share everything that is on your desktop
  • To control what you share even further, only choose the application that you want to share instead of the whole screen.
  • Turn off desktop notifications & reminders that you might normally receive during the day
  • Be aware of internet bandwidth. If you are sharing a rich HD moving image, this may not show up as well for your remote audience if their internet is not high speed.
  • If you are sharing apps, have them preloaded and ready to go on the screen that you need.
  • If you use screen mirroring to your device, there is a lag in connecting to the conference that you will need to adjust for.
  • Practice and test! Make sure you know how connect to your extra content easily.

So, are you ready to give it a go?  When it s comes down to it, it just a matter of thinking carefully about how the extra content impacts upon your overall presentation.With these tips and mind and little creativity, your remote audiences will love your line online programs!

Stay safe online during the COVID-19

The eSafety Commisoner has a lot of tips to help you and your kids stay safe online. This is especially important relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic with more of us online. Getting online to stay connected with family, friends and works has never been more important, now that so many of us remain isolated from our support networks.

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The internet is a great way to socialise, learn, work, play and be entertained. There are also risks, so do your research to find out how you can keep you and your family safe.

Cyberbullying behaviour might include:

  • abusive texts and emails
  • hurtful messages, images or videos
  • imitating others online
  • excluding others online
  • humiliating others online
  • spreading nasty online gossip and chat
  • creating fake accounts to trick someone or humiliate them

Did you know:

1 in 5 Australian young people reported being socially excluded, threatened or abused online.

55% sought help from their parents, 28% from their friends; 38% blocked the offending social media account; 12% reported it to the website or platform.

1 in 5 Australian young people (15% of kids, 24% of teens) admitted behaving in a negative way to a peer online — such as calling them names, deliberately excluding them, or spreading lies or rumours.

Of these, more than 90% had had a negative online experience themselves.

There are a lot of resources on the eSafety COVID-19 website for parents, educators and seniors including:

How to protect your children from online abuse

Professional Learning programs for teachers

Online safety tips for older Australians

Online safety for women

eSafety is adding new content every day to help you stay safe online.

Zoom Safety

The push to online learning has seen the meteoric rise of Zoom for video conferencing. As of 2 April 2020 Zoom’s daily users has ballooned to more than 200 million from a previous maximum of 10 million. This surged in popularity has highlighted some serious child protection issues that you need to consider.

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You might have already heard of ‘Zoom Bombing‘ this is where uninvited participants join your session and share inappropriate content through video or audio. This is a real issue especially if you are running a session with students. It is important that you know how to keep your sessions secure and your students safe. Check out these 10 suggestions to secure Zoom.

The Zoom feature I like best is the Waiting Room. I can cross check the the names on the screen with my list to ensure I only let kids that have booked into the session. I also send an email before each session for parents with the room settings and expectations. I explain the expectations to the kids before we start, often it is about reminding the kids that I can see them too.

Plan ahead and set up your Zoom sessions with Child Protection and Privacy in mind. Keep everyone safe by making your Zoom rooms secure.

Time Matters

It’s Monday morning after Daylight savings has finished for 2020 and it’s time to talk about time. I thought daylight savings was finishing over Easter so last week I emailed reminders for upcoming bookings that it was Australian Eastern Daylight Time, AEDT. Today I had to email out apologies and statement saying that it is actually Australian Eastern Standard Time, AEST.

It is easy to make these mistakes when you are taking bookings Australia wide. But what are the implications when you are a global provider? Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education shares some of the challenges and shows that Time really does matter.

When converting timezones, cultural differences matter.

Not all countries write dates the same way as you do.

It’s natural to think that everyone thinks the same as you, but at a global level, this is never the case.  For example, have look at the following timezone conversion:

  • Sydney, Australia Mon, 6 Apr 2020 at 9:00 am AEST
    New York, USA Sun, 5 Apr 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT

Fairly straight forward right? But there is a hidden catch that gets people all the time… Australians writes DD/MM/YY and Americans write MM/DD/YY. So, what does that mean if you’re sorting out an international meeting or class between Australia and USA? If you simply write the dates in simple notation, you’re going to cause a major stuff up:

  • Sydney, Australia Mon, 6 Apr 2020 at 9:00 am AEST
    New York, USA Sun, 5 Apr 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT

can be written correctly (to an Australian) as:

  • Sydney, Australia 6/4/20 at 9:00 am AEST
    New York, USA Sun, 5/4/20 at 7:00 pm EDT

See the problem? You’re saying to your American colleague that your meeting time it’ll be on the 4th of June and their meeting time is on the 4th of May!

It gets worse… most people would pick that up if you copied and pasted the above into an email, however if you add a booking calendar into the equation it gets tricky… not all booking calendars allow for international timezones! This means that you could potentially pop that meeting into your calendar for the 6th of April and then generate a meeting invite in the numerical notation for 6/4/20 to your American counterpart… which then reads like it is the 4th of June!

I’ve experienced the above first-hand years ago and it’s was confusing for everyone until we worked out what was going on.  It’s not a matter of carelessness, its a matter of not realising what is being generated by your booking software. Now there is another issue to consider with that booking, have a look again:

  • Sydney, Australia Mon, 6 Apr 2020 at 9:00 am AEST
    New York, USA Sun, 5 Apr 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT

If I forget that its Sunday night for my American friends, the chances of people being able to make the class on Monday morning at 9:00am Sydney time are next to nil!

The thing is, I often get enquiries to run programs from overseas as below:

  • New York, USA Fri, 17 Apr 2020 at 11:30 am EDT
    Sydney, Australia Sat, 18 Apr 2020 at 1:30 am AEST

This has usually been because the person hasn’t realised that we’re in Australia, but this is not always the case. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve run many, many, many overnight programs to USA schools (and will continue to do so) … seriously, I have a swag aka bedroll above my video conference room! However, if you aren’t expecting someone on the other side of the world to run a session at 1:30am on Saturday morning, please allow for their timezone too.

It gets more complicated when you’re running a global online science class. Have a look at the timezone conversion for Monday next week:

  • Sydney, Australia Mon, 6 Apr 2020 at 9:00 am AEST
    New York, USA Sun, 5 Apr 2020 at 7:00 pm EDT
    London, United Kingdom Mon, 6 Apr 2020 at 12:00 midn BST

No matter how you try to change the booking time, someone in the world has to to do a late-night connection with you.

What is the solution?

Think globally. Use timezone conversion tools and copy and paste exactly their output to everyone in one go and get an agreement before you put something into your booking calendar. So with this in mind, I thought I’d quickly share the two main tools I use.

  • Time and Date Converter.
    My absolute favourite. User-friendly and produces an output that everyone can understand
  • Doodle Polls
    These polls are great as they allow you to quickly sort out a shared time that everyone can agree upon.

Thanks Ben for sharing your experience it is a great reminder that Time Matters. Everyone be prepared to deliver a late night or early morning session if a mistake is made. And remember always double check your listings especially if you are using overseas third party bookings systems.