YES 2013 LIVE Launch 23rd October, 9:30am

Youth Eco Summit

YES 2013 LIVE Launch Video Conference

YES 2013 LIVE LAUNCH: Meet The Hon. Robyn Parker MP, NSW Minister for the Environment and Heritage as schools across NSW present innovative and inspirational examples of sustainability in action

9:30am – 10:30am on Wednesday 23rd October, 2013
Book your seat in the front row at the 2013 Youth Eco Summit!!

This is a unique opportunity to meet the NSW Minister for Environment and Heritage and make your live appearance CENTRE STAGE at the 2013 Youth Eco Summit.

Participating schools will engage in a facilitated discussion on contemporary aspects of sustainability before being joined by The Hon. Robyn Parker MP who will hear from selected primary and secondary schools around NSW, reporting on sustainability initiatives, innovations and achievements in their schools and communities.

All sites connected into the video conference will be appearing in real time on the massive Event Screen at the heart of YES – so hundreds of people onsite will be able to see and hear you!!

The session will progress as follows:

9:30am    Meet & greet with discussion on sustainability principles and practice

9:50am    Welcome to Country

9:55am    Welcome to YES 2013

10:00am Minister’s address

10:05am State of Sustainability (6 schools around NSW will report on sustainability initiatives in their local area)

10:20am Wrap-up & YES Launch

We are working to connect some interstate and overseas schools into this session as well – This will be a memorable connection not to be missed so BOOK NOW!!

Don’t forget, the full range of FREE YES video conferences on 23 and 24 October, 2013 can be viewed here

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Launch of Virtual Excursions Australia

New national partnership connects teachers and students to virtual excursions

SYDNEY, Australia – 11 July 2013 – A new web portal providing access to online education resources was officially launched today by Senator, the Hon Kate Lundy, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister Assisting for Innovation and Industry, Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy.

Virtual Excursions Australia (VEA) is an initiative developed by a network of video conferencing providers from across the country, including arts, cultural, science and other education organisations.

The launch took place at the Interactive Technology in Education Conference (ITEC 2013) at the Sydney Opera House, where digital education programs and leading-edge technologies are being showcased this week.


Senator Kate Lundy and Virtual Excursions Australia content providers
Senator Kate Lundy and Virtual Excursions Australia content providers


The aim of VEA is to provide educators across the lifelong learning spectrum with information about high-quality videoconferencing events and other educational content delivered via high speed broadband networks.

Karen Player, Museum Outreach Manager for the Australian Museum and Chair of VEA said, “Virtual Excursions Australia is the result of a grass roots collaborative effort by a group of national organisations who wanted to improve how teachers and learners find out about and access the wide array of innovative digital content available today.”

“A high speed broadband connection enables teachers to access a huge choice of interactive online content to engage students and bring the curriculum to life in meaningful ways, without the traditional barrier of the expense and inconvenience of travel. VEA aims to be a portal where educators around Australia can begin their search for local and international resources and connect with content providers,” she said.

VEA will also be organising videoconferencing events, such as an upcoming Teachers Professional Development Day (15 July 2013), ‘SciFest a’ National Science Week Video Conference Festival (5-9 August 2013), Dinosaur Day (4 November 2013), and Clickfest (4-29 November 2013).

The partnering organisations behind the initiative are: Australian Museum, Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum, Australian National Maritime Museum, Bradman Foundation, Fizzics Education, Literature Live, Opera Australia, Museum of Human Disease, Powerhouse Museum, Questacon: The National Science and Technology Centre, State Library NSW, Sydney Living Museums, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney Opera House, Australian Institute of Policy and Science (AIPS),  Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), CAASTRO All-sky Astrophysics University of Sydney, National Film & Sound Archive, Taronga Conservation Society Australia, Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre, Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet), Cisco, Distance and Rural Technologies – NSW Department of Education and Communities, Electroboard and Polycom.

Nick Cross, Education Outreach Manager for AARNet, a VEA partner, said, “The increased availability of high speed networks has provided a stimulus for content providers to invest in real-time interactive service design and delivery.  The VEA initiative plays a vital role by bringing together networks of educators and nationally significant content providers, broadening access and enabling meaningful learning experiences.”