DART Connections. Bringing faces and places together. NSW Government. Department of Education and Communities. DART Connections Virtual Excursions.

Welcome to our site

Connections is a project of the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities (NSW DEC) unit - Distance And Rural Technologies (DART).  Connections provides and co-ordinates video conferencing excursions for DEC schools, TAFEs and non NSW DEC schools. Connections video conferencing excursions bring students and teachers face to face with experts across the globe. Our excursions are designed to enrich and supplement curriculum across all stages and key learning areas.

DART Connections events can only be viewed with dedicated video conferencing equipment
(not connecting via a computer or tablet device-iPad)
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Please call 1800 824 737 if you require clarification.

Upcoming Excursions

(Visual Arts) Put Yourself in the Picture

The National Portrait Gallery invites you on a virtual tour where you can experience one of our fun, curriculum-focused learning programs as if you were here in our unique building.
In this Visual Arts program, suitable for primary audiences, students explore a selection of contemporary and historical portraiture to see how the artists reveal the fascinating stories of their iconic Australian subjects. With the help of our expert Gallery learning staff, they'll practice important visual and critical thinking skills to notice, interpret, and understand these techniques. Responding with a series of drawing activities, by the end of the session students will have a better understanding of how to look for meaning in art, and of the conventions of portraiture they can use in their own self-portrait.

Curriculum links:
ACAVAR113 Identify intended purposes and meanings of artworks using visual arts terminology to compare artworks and describe how they have used visual conventions to represent their ideas.
ACAVAM111 Use materials, techniques and processes to explore visual conventions when making artworks.
ACAVAM110 Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times, including artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to use as inspiration for their own representations.
ACHHK114 Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders, migrants, women, and children.
ACHHK116 The contribution of individuals and groups, including Aboriginal people and/or Torres Strait Islanders and migrants, to the development of Australian society.

02 June 2016
11:30am LIVE from Antarctica

Join the expeditioners at Casey Station, Antarctica, for a look into life on the highest, driest, windiest and coldest continent on earth. Talk to the station leader and staff who keep the station running over the long, cold winter.

See where they live, and find out about the work they do. Discover the details of their day-to-day life including what they eat, the weather, wildlife, transport, and what they do in their free time.

30 July 2014
4 Slimes in 30 minutes - Kitchen Chemistry fun!

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.

The slimes we will investigate are:

- Ooblek also known as a Non-newtonian fluid
- Edible blood slime (gross)
- Soapy slime
- Flubber

We will investigate the chemical properties of each slime and your students will make 3 of them during the conference! Fizzics Education will provide information on materials required prior to the event date.

Australian curriculum outcomes;

Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use (ACSSU074)
Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077)
Changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, evaporating; or irreversible, such as burning and rusting (ACSSU095)

28 July 2016
60 Minutes on Mars

In this exciting virtual excursion your students get the unique opportunity to remotely drive one of our research Mars rovers (Continuum, Mammoth or EMR-Mawson), from your very own Mission Control Room (your classroom) to conduct a scientific investigation on the Mars Yard (a re-creation of the surface of Mars) located at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Your students will explore the various landforms and features of the Mars Yard to search for evidence of past and present life on Mars.

During the mission, students will drive the rover to sites of interest on the Mars Yard and take photographs using the rover’s camera. These images will be sent to your students to analyse after the mission.

NOTE: please see condition below.

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Recommended pre-excursion and post-excursion activities: nbnmarslab.com/unit/60-minutes-on-mars/

Pre-excursion activities:

To prepare for the Mars mission, your students can use our resources to:

Develop a scientific goal for the 60 Minutes on Mars mission (virtual excursion)

Familiarise themselves with the various rocks and formations they may find on the Mars Yard ie: rocks and formations formed by the action and processes of water (sedimentary rocks, fossils, hematites, etc)

Plan their mission path

Practice their rover driving skills using the Virtual Mars Yard

Post-excursion activities:

After the mission, your students can use our resources to:

Reflect on the investigation

Analyse the data collected on the mission to draw conclusions around Mars potentially having once had environments that could have supported life

Communicate findings

01 March 2016
60 Minutes on Mars

In this exciting virtual excursion your students get the unique opportunity to remotely drive one of our research Mars rovers (Continuum, Mammoth or EMR-Mawson), from your very own Mission Control Room (your classroom) to conduct a scientific investigation on the Mars Yard (a re-creation of the surface of Mars) located at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Your students will explore the various landforms and features of the Mars Yard to search for evidence of past and present life on Mars.

During the mission, students will drive the rover to sites of interest on the Mars Yard and take photographs using the rover’s camera. These images will be sent to your students to analyse after the mission.

NOTE: please see condition below.

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Recommended pre-excursion and post-excursion activities: nbnmarslab.com/unit/60-minutes-on-mars/

Pre-excursion activities:

To prepare for the Mars mission, your students can use our resources to:

Develop a scientific goal for the 60 Minutes on Mars mission (virtual excursion)

Familiarise themselves with the various rocks and formations they may find on the Mars Yard ie: rocks and formations formed by the action and processes of water (sedimentary rocks, fossils, hematites, etc)

Plan their mission path

Practice their rover driving skills using the Virtual Mars Yard

Post-excursion activities:

After the mission, your students can use our resources to:

Reflect on the investigation

Analyse the data collected on the mission to draw conclusions around Mars potentially having once had environments that could have supported life

Communicate findings

08 March 2016
60 Minutes on Mars

In this exciting virtual excursion your students get the unique opportunity to remotely drive one of our research Mars rovers (Continuum, Mammoth or EMR-Mawson), from your very own Mission Control Room (your classroom) to conduct a scientific investigation on the Mars Yard (a re-creation of the surface of Mars) located at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Your students will explore the various landforms and features of the Mars Yard to search for evidence of past and present life on Mars.

During the mission, students will drive the rover to sites of interest on the Mars Yard and take photographs using the rover’s camera. These images will be sent to your students to analyse after the mission.

NOTE: please see condition below.

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Recommended pre-excursion and post-excursion activities: nbnmarslab.com/unit/60-minutes-on-mars/

Pre-excursion activities:

To prepare for the Mars mission, your students can use our resources to:

Develop a scientific goal for the 60 Minutes on Mars mission (virtual excursion)

Familiarise themselves with the various rocks and formations they may find on the Mars Yard ie: rocks and formations formed by the action and processes of water (sedimentary rocks, fossils, hematites, etc)

Plan their mission path

Practice their rover driving skills using the Virtual Mars Yard

Post-excursion activities:

After the mission, your students can use our resources to:

Reflect on the investigation

Analyse the data collected on the mission to draw conclusions around Mars potentially having once had environments that could have supported life

Communicate findings

16 February 2016
A Convict Story

Bring the convict story of Hyde Park Barracks Museum to your classroom with a virtual excursion!This theatrical presentation, woven together from historical source material, transports students back in time to learn about the life story of convict Ivan Gotney.Through active participation students gain insight into the daily lives of convicts at the barracks and the importance of convict labour to the development of the new colony.They are encouraged to observe, analyse and draw conclusions about historical sources.

09 March 2016
Aboriginal Perspectives of Bennelong Point - FREE

This unique Digital Excursion, presented by an Aboriginal narrator, will take students on a journey of discovery around the area now known as Bennelong Point. Students will hear an oral history from the Aboriginal perspective from creation time and the ancestral spirits who formed the landscape, to pre-settlement and the arrival of the First Fleet, to today's iconic Sydney Opera House.
Students will learn of the daily life of the clans that inhabited Sydney Cove, including the fishing rites and the oyster beds, and the connection between the Gadigal people and the land of Tyebowgule. They will also hear of the changes that came with the arrival of Governor Phillip, the struggles of the early settlers, and the fascinating story of the man called Bennelong.
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23 March 2016
Aboriginal Perspectives of Bennelong Point - Guwanyi Walama - FREE- Sydney Opera House

This unique digital excursion, presented by an Aboriginal narrator, will take students on a journey of discovery around the area now known as Bennelong Point. Students will hear an oral history from the Aboriginal perspective ��� from creation time and the ancestral spirits who formed the landscape, to pre-settlement and the arrival of the First Fleet, to today��s iconic Sydney Opera House.



Students will learn of the daily life of the clans that inhabited Sydney Cove, including the fishing rites and the oyster beds, and the connection between the Gadigal people and the land of Tyebowgule. They will also hear of the changes that came with the arrival of Governor Phillip, the struggles of the early settlers, and the fascinating story of the man called Bennelong.



Curriculum Links

STAGES 2 & 3

HSIE: Units of Work- Australia: You��re Standing In It; Places: Then, Now and Tomorrow; Living in Communities; People and their Beliefs; Identity and Values; British Colonisation of Australia.

Content- Continuity and Change; Environments; Cultures

History: First Contacts; The Australian Colony; Australia as a Nation

Cross Curriculum Priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

General Capabilities: Ethical Understanding; Intercultural Understanding

18 March 2015
Aboriginal Perspectives of Bennelong Point - Guwanyi Walama- FREE- Sydney Opera House

This unique digital excursion, presented by an Aboriginal narrator, will take students on a journey of discovery around the area now known as Bennelong Point. Students will hear an oral history from the Aboriginal perspective ��� from creation time and the ancestral spirits who formed the landscape, to pre-settlement and the arrival of the First Fleet, to today��s iconic Sydney Opera House.



Students will learn of the daily life of the clans that inhabited Sydney Cove, including the fishing rites and the oyster beds, and the connection between the Gadigal people and the land of Tyebowgule. They will also hear of the changes that came with the arrival of Governor Phillip, the struggles of the early settlers, and the fascinating story of the man called Bennelong.



Curriculum Links

STAGES 2 & 3

HSIE: Units of Work- Australia: You��re Standing In It; Places: Then, Now and Tomorrow; Living in Communities; People and their Beliefs; Identity and Values; British Colonisation of Australia.

Content- Continuity and Change; Environments; Cultures

History: First Contacts; The Australian Colony; Australia as a Nation

Cross Curriculum Priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

General Capabilities: Ethical Understanding; Intercultural Understanding

18 March 2015
Aboriginal Perspectives of Bennelong Point - Guwanyi Walama- FREE- Sydney Opera House

This unique digital excursion, presented by an Aboriginal narrator, will take students on a journey of discovery around the area now known as Bennelong Point. Students will hear an oral history from the Aboriginal perspective ��� from creation time and the ancestral spirits who formed the landscape, to pre-settlement and the arrival of the First Fleet, to today��s iconic Sydney Opera House.



Students will learn of the daily life of the clans that inhabited Sydney Cove, including the fishing rites and the oyster beds, and the connection between the Gadigal people and the land of Tyebowgule. They will also hear of the changes that came with the arrival of Governor Phillip, the struggles of the early settlers, and the fascinating story of the man called Bennelong.



Curriculum Links

STAGES 2 & 3

HSIE: Units of Work- Australia: You��re Standing In It; Places: Then, Now and Tomorrow; Living in Communities; People and their Beliefs; Identity and Values; British Colonisation of Australia.

Content- Continuity and Change; Environments; Cultures

History: First Contacts; The Australian Colony; Australia as a Nation

Cross Curriculum Priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

General Capabilities: Ethical Understanding; Intercultural Understanding

19 March 2015
AGNSW Brett Whiteley Studio Tour and Curator Presentation

Students and teachers will experience a tour of the current exhibition: Alchemy-pop, at the Art Gallery of NSW Brett Whiteley Studio with Studio Coordinator, Alec George.

Whiteley’s most ambitious attempt at portraiture is the 18-panelled work titled Alchemy 1972–73. Exploring dualities – love and hate, life and death, order and chaos, security and rebellion, potential and opportunities lived and lost – it is a fascinating journey into addiction, the perceptions of identity, and the celebration of human experiences as well as the fears.

Alec George will examine the influence of Rimbaud, Gauguin, Van Gogh and Francis Bacon on Whiteley’s work.

Participants will explore this great Australian artist`s work, techniques and influences in this most unique and intimate of places, his gallery, home and studio.

Students will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the studio and gallery tour and discussion.

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins total
PART 1: 20 MINS - Studio tour and discussion with Alec George
PART 2: 20 MINS - break
PART 3: 35 MINS - Gallery tour and discussion with Alec George

13 May 2015
AGNSW Brett Whiteley Studio Tour and Curator Presentation for Secondary Students FREE for ALL SCHOOLS

Students and teachers will experience a tour of the current exhibition at the Brett Whiteley Studio and a tour of the artist's studio.

Sculpture is one of the most important but least recognised aspects of Brett Whiteley’s oeuvre. Employing a diversity of materials – wood, bronze, plaster, ceramics, fibreglass and found objects – Whiteley created startlingly expressive three-dimensional works largely inspired by his love of nature and its animate forms.

He stated that his interest in sculpture came from its dialogue with or 'bounce between’ painting. The two mediums constantly informed each other, with discoveries in one finding their expression in the other.

'Brett Whiteley: sculptures and ceramics' explores this vital relationship, showing Whiteley’s extraordinary gift for form was not limited to the pencil and brush, but extended into the transmutation of matter. Giraffes, sharks, pelicans and wrens populate the exhibition space, as well as sensitive, curvilinear distortions of the human figure.

This exhibition also shows some of Whiteley’s most important paintings including: Self portrait in the studio, 1976 and Big orange (sunset) 1975 as well as over 35 drawings and studies never displayed before.

17 November 2015
Alaska's Ocean Animals

Visit Alaska's premiere public aquarium and marine research facility! Our programs immerse students in Alaska's oceans, allowing students to observe Alaskan marine animals above and below the water.

07 August 2015
All About Eggs: Helping Hands - Children at home on the farm

In this egg-citing lesson students will think about people who work on farms around the world and what type of farms there are.

They will brainstorm the different jobs they do at home, and then learn about the jobs that children on Australian egg farms help with.

Students will imagine themselves in the different roles on an egg farm and act them out.

Additionally, students will learn all about the 2-5 day old chicks that are present throughout the session.

15 June 2016
Amazing Ants Stage 2&3

During this interactive video conference students will explore the amazing world of ants that live in their school grounds. Students will learn about the importance of ants, their features and habitats and how to safely collect them. During the VC students will meet a scientist, Dr Kirsti Abbott who explains her work with ants. Students will conduct an investigation in the grounds of their school prior to the VC. Data and collected samples of ants will be packaged and sent to a scientist at a university for identification. Data will be collated onto the School Of Ants database. Each school will share the results of their scientific investigation. Students will create a dramatic observational drawing of an ant. The VC will conclude with a fun quiz.

16 June 2015
An Introduction to Hans Christian Andersen

Prepare your students for the performance of You Must Be An Angel with this digital storytelling workshop. A professional storyteller and dramaturg will help unpack some of Hans Christian Anderson��s famous tales, so that students are familiar with story lines and themes before they attend the show.

21 October 2014
ANMM Unlocked: Unlock Maritime Archaeology

ANMM UNLOCKED
With ANMM unlocked series, go behind the scenes at the museum and direct to our experts. Maritime Archaeology Manager Kieran Hosty will give students an insight into the role of an archaeologist and what happens before during and after a maritime archaeological expedition.

3 September 2014
ANMM Unlocked: Unlock Swimwear

ANMM UNLOCKED
With ANMM unlocked series, go behind the scenes at the museum and direct to our experts.
History of swimwear launches in July highlighting how the swimsuit highlights trends in popular culture and attitudes to the body and athleticism as much as textile and design development, popular culture and the role of swimwear. Join curator Daina Fletcher as she discusses the historical, cultural and social contexts inherent in the evolution of swimwear from the 1900s to today.

22 July 2014
Archaeology: Live from the Vault

Don’t let your students miss out on this special opportunity to meet with a curator and see some rare archaeology, ‘from the vault’ as well as visit a preserved dig.

In this one-off, live event your students will have the opportunity to speak with the curator at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Dr. Fiona Starr. The artefacts the students will examine include one of the only surviving convict shirts, a convict shoe and more. These artefacts are so fragile they are not displayed in the museum, so they are not usually seen by the public. Students will discuss and analyse these rare primary sources and begin to understand how they give us insights into the experiences of the convicts who lived at the Barracks. They will also learn about how an archaeologist works by visiting an archaeological dig site called Parbury Ruins, where the foundations of an 1820s cottage, and later additions, are conserved beneath a modern building.

11 December 2015
Art Around the Library Session 2 - Pyrmont Bridge - Painting

Explore the extraordinary Pictures Collection of the State Library of NSW in this exciting new series of video conferences held on Tuesdays (and one Wednesday) during Term 2. Highlighting five different artworks from the collection, this series will reveal their fascinating back stories before leading students in a step by step art making workshop. Join Andrea Sturgeon, a specialist art educator, as she guides your students through the Pictures Collection and into a workshop to create original artwork inspired by what they have seen. The second workshop in the series examines Margaret Ackland's work 'Pyrmont Bridge 1984'. Investigate the power of lines and shapes in this dynamic abstract artwork, and use these ideas to create an artwork inspired by images from the State Library photographic collections. Please note students will complete their artwork post video conference.

21 May 2013
Art Around the Library session 3

Explore the extraordinary Pictures Collection of the State Library of NSW in this exciting series of hands on, interactive video conferences held on Thursdays during Term 4. Highlighting five different artworks from the collection, this series will reveal their fascinating back stories before leading students in a step by step art making workshop. Join Andrea Sturgeon, a specialist art educator, as she guides your students through the Pictures Collection and into a workshop to create original artwork inspired by what they have seen. The third workshop in the series examines Nathaniel Dance's 'Captain James Cook', from the 18th century. Students will explore portrait drawing as a precursor to printmaking in colonial Australia, and analyse the tonal qualities of photographic images to create a sketch portrait. Please note students will complete their artwork post video conference.

29 October 2015
Art Lesson - Australian Impressionism K-6

Artist, designer and art educator, Kristine Ballard, will introduce your students the fundamentals of impressionist expression.

Your students will explore the origins of the impressionist style with examples from Monet and others and learn about the development of impressionism in Australia with reference to the pioneers in creating a unique Australian identitiy: Streeton, McCubbin and Condor.

Students will create their own masterpiece using tissue paper and other simple art techniques during the session.

07 August 2015
Art Lesson - Cartooning Techniques for Beginners - Primary K-6 FREE for DEC

Art educator, artist and graphic designer, Kristine Ballard, will show your students how to draw cartoons from scratch.

Starting with a quick history of cartooning Kristine will introduce the basic drawing techniques used to draw faces and bodies of cartoon characters.

A fantastic lesson to engage all students who will love the characters they create! The basic techniques will be presented using paper and pencil but may then be applied to any digital drawing application.

A substantial Teacher and Student Resource Kit is included and will be emailed to all registered schools.

27 November 2015
Art Lesson - IMPRESSIONISM for BEGINNERS PART 1 Primary K-6

Art educator, artist, graphic designer, Kristine Ballard will introduce your students to the world of 'colour and light' in painting. Kristine will teach your students how to use paint techniques to create the style of painting called Impressionism. All students will create their own version of one of the most famous paintings to mark the impressionist movement. If you haven't done a painting class with your students this year, now is your chance
A substantial Teacher and Student Resource Kit will be emailed to all schools on registration.

09 March 2016
Art Lesson - POP ART: Andy Warhol SOUPED for SECONDARY STUDENTS

Pop Art was born from an explosion of art and advertising. Born in the 1960s in the USA, Pop Art was to change our perception of ‘great art' forever. Andy Warhol was one of the super heroes of Pop Art. He made himself a brand of the movement. Understand why his art was seen as such a radical change and why pop art is still relevant to the art world today.

Artist, designer and art educator, Kristine Ballard will teach your class why POP ART created such a shock and discover how artists of the time used art to question consumer behaviour. Students will learn the principles of design and an introduction to three dimensional space while creating their very own pop piece!

31 July 2015
Art Lesson ABSTRACTION for BEGINNERS Part 1 Primary K-6

Art educator, artist and graphic designer, Kristine Ballard, will teach you and your students the the fundamentals of the abstract movement. Your students will explore the works of Kandinsky, Malevich, and other leaders of Abstraction and how they influenced contemporary artists such as Anish Kapoor and Barnett Newman.

Students will learn new ways of looking at and understanding how to read abstract art and create their own individual abstract masterpiece.

A highly engaging and interactive painting experience for you and your students!

A substantial Student and Resource Kit will be emailed to all schools on registration.

23 March 2016
Art Lesson CARTOONING TECHNIQUES for BEGINNERS Part 1 Primary K-6

Art educator, artist and graphic designer, Kristine Ballard, will show your students how to draw cartoons from scratch.

Starting with a quick history of cartooning Kristine will introduce the basic drawing techniques used to draw faces and bodies of cartoon characters.

A fantastic lesson to engage all students who will love the characters they create! The basic techniques will be presented using paper and pencil but may then be applied to any digital drawing application.

A substantial Teacher and Student Resource Kit is included and will be emailed to all registered schools.

24 February 2016
Artexpress

In this event, students will make a virtual visit to the Sydney studio of contemporary Australian artist Wendy Sharpe, listen to her discuss her practice with ARTEXPRESS curriculum consultant Wendy Ramsay, and have the opportunity to ask questions about her practice.
Wendy Sharpe��s work ranges from figurative and urban landscape paintings and drawings. She is a very successful contemporary artist who won the Sulman Prize in 1986, the Archibald Prize in 1996 and is currently short listed for the 2014 Archibald Prize. Wendy was an official Australian War Artist in 1999 and went to East Timor. In 2012, she was commissioned to join the Centenary Voyage to Antarctica by the Mawson Hut Foundation as an Artist in Residence. Wendy works between her studios in Sydney and Paris.

14 August 2014
ARTEXPRESS - Artist Jasper Knight

In this event, students will make a virtual visit to the Sydney studio of contemporary Australian painter Jasper Knight, listen to him discuss his practice with ARTEXPRESS curriculum consultant Wendy Ramsay, and have the opportunity to ask questions about his practice.
Jasper Knight��s work has been represented in both national and international exhibitions. He has been a finalist in the Archibald several times and his work is a mix of tactile, constructed, brightly coloured urban landscapes.

18 November 2014
Australian Giants from the Past

Giant animals from dinosaurs to megafauna have roamed the Australian continent at different times. Find out about some of these Australian giants. Look at fossils and learn what they tell us about these extraordinary animals. Life sized reproductions and models will help us visualise life in the past.

Meet some of Australia��s ancient animals including our biggest and our most vicious predator. Discover how Palaeontologists study fossils and compare them with some living relatives.

The Video conference will look at ancient animals and how palaeontologists learn more about them. There will also be information on the different theories of extinction.


11 March 2013
Be Prepared for Flood, Fire or Storm. RFS and SES disaster preparation. Session 1 of 2

Be prepared for bushfire, flood and storm. Ready, Set Go, Kids Action Plan is program developed to prepare school students for some of the hazards of natural disasters. The session promotes disaster resilience for primary school students and encourages each student to develop their own home action plan and emergency kit. Be Prepared - Session 1 (19 May 2pm) will be an information based session presented by the Mark Darling from the SES and Rebecca Phillips from the Rural Fire Service. What to do in an emergency - Session 2 (20 May 11am) facilitated by the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst will be a practical emergency plan session.

19 May 2015
Being an Olympian: Meet PSC Ambassadors Alexandra Croak and Craig Stevens

This Virtual Visit will enable students (K-6) to meet two of Australia's former Olympians, Alexandra Croak (Gymnastics and Diving) and Craig Stevens (Swimming). With the next Olympic Games to be held in Rio in 2016, this will be a great ooportunity to learn about the commitment required from an athlete to make it to the top of their field. Students can watch and listen to a short interview, then ask their own questions of Alex and Craig.

18 September 2015
Being an Olympian: Meet PSC Ambassadors Alexandra Croak and Craig Stevens

This Virtual Visit will enable students (7-12) to meet two of Australia's former Olympians, Alexandra Croak (Gymnastics and Diving) and Craig Stevens (Swimming). With the next Olympic Games to be held in Rio in 2016, this will be a great ooportunity to learn about the commitment required from an athlete to make it to the top of their field. Students can watch and listen to a short interview, then ask their own questions of Alex and Craig.

18 September 2015
BOOKS @ TARONGA - BATS & NOCTURNAL ANIMALS

Taronga Zoo and Literature Live! have joined forces to present exciting, educational workshops that combine two great Australian loves: animals and books.

These unique sessions are designed to excite and inspire children about the wide range of Aussie animals we have, about the environment and protection of species, and about reading books and learning.

All sessions will be held at Taronga Zoo (Sydney) and will feature Aleesah Darlison, children��s author, and a Zoo Educator, PLUS some very special live animal guests!

Aleesah Darlison talks about the inspiration behind her picture book, Warambi, whose main character is a Little Bent-wing bat who loses her home and her family and sets up a roost in an unusual place. Aleesah also shows incredible photos and video footage of bats and reads Warambi.

The Zoo Educator will teach students all about bats, what they eat, where they live and how we can protect them. They introduce some of the animals from Aleesah��s book as well as other nocturnal creatures by bringing real live animals into the VC for children to view up close.

Questions will be allowed throughout this interactive presentation. Prior to the excursion, BAT PACKS will be sent to schools including Teacher��s Resources and Book Order Forms. A fun, educational and curriculum-focused National Year of Reading session for Kinder to Year 4 ��� not to be missed! View the Warambi book trailer at: http://bit.ly/eRyGwC.

6 March 2013
BOOKS @ TARONGA - ECHIDNAS & AUSSIE ANIMALS - 11am

Taronga Zoo and Literature Live! have joined forces to present exciting, educational workshops that combine two great Australian loves: animals and books.

These unique sessions are designed to excite and inspire children about the wide range of Aussie animals we have, about the environment and protection of species, and about reading books and learning.

All sessions will be held at Taronga Zoo (Sydney) and will feature Aleesah Darlison, children��s author, and a Zoo Educator, PLUS some very special live animal guests!

Aleesah will talk about her childhood growing up in the country where she learned to love animals. She will also reveal the inspiration behind her book, Puggle��s Problem, a story about a baby echidna. Aleesah will show amazing puggle video footage and read Puggle��s Problem.

The Zoo Education Officer will introduce some amazing live Australian animals. Students will have time to interact and ask questions throughout. These workshops foster education and a love of animals and books and are perfectly suited to the Curriculum.

Prior to the excursion, PUGGLE PACKS will be sent to schools which include worksheets and book order forms.

27 May 2013
BOOKS @ TARONGA - ECHIDNAS & AUSSIE ANIMALS

Taronga Zoo and Literature Live! have joined forces to present exciting, educational workshops that combine two great Australian loves: animals and books.



These unique sessions are designed to excite and inspire children about the wide range of Aussie animals we have, about the environment and protection of species, and about reading books and learning.



All sessions will be held at Taronga Zoo (Sydney) and will feature Aleesah Darlison, children��s author, and a Zoo Educator, PLUS some very special live animal guests!



Aleesah will talk about her childhood growing up in the country where she learned to love animals. She will also reveal the inspiration behind her book, Puggle��s Problem, a story about a baby echidna. Aleesah will show amazing puggle video footage and read Puggle��s Problem.



The Zoo Education Officer will introduce some amazing live Australian animals. Students will have time to interact and ask questions throughout. These workshops foster education and a love of animals and books and are perfectly suited to the Curriculum.



Prior to the excursion, PUGGLE PACKS will be sent to schools which include worksheets and book order forms.

6 March 2013
Boys only Bootcamp - writing workshop - Beasts, bandits and bushrangers (1 of 3 sessions)

Fast, ferocious and fun boys only writing workshop with the Scattered Bones team. Join author and literacy consultant Paul Stafford in a series of writing workshops aimed specifically at inspiring boys to enjoy writing. This session will cover the essential elements of writing a narrative, modelled by an author, using the weird and wonderful dinosaurs and bushrangers as a creative springboard for generating ideas. Paul will lead the students through the process of brainstorming, planning and writing narratives in a limited timeframe. Please book into all 3 sessions.

27 April 2015
Brain Awareness Week - Head injuries in sport, at work and on the road

Using case studies and museum specimens, Prof Lynne Bilston will describe what happens to the brain during a head injury, especially in vehicle accidents. She explains how different safety mechanisms, such as hard hats, safety helmets and head gear can protect the brain from injury in an accident.

15 March 2013
Brain Awareness Week - Headstrong: Mental health, mood disorders and depression

In a collaboration with the Museum of Human Disease, The Black Dog Institute presents it's Headstrong program via video conference. Using a series of engaging and humorous images, topics covered in this presentation include: challenges young people face, mood disorder facts and statistics, types of mood disorders, personality styles associated with non-melancholic depression, dispelling help-seeking fears, finding the right help ��� who / what / how including the benefits of good therapy and a good support network, and resilience and how it can be built.

15 March 2013
Bushfire! Be Prepared. Ready, Set, Go Kids Action Plan

Be prepared for bushfire and other disasters. Ready, Set Go, Kids Action Plan is program developed to prepare school students for some of the hazards of natural disasters. The session promotes disaster resilience for primary school students and encourages each student to develop their own home action plan and emergency kit. Session 1 (9 December) will be an information based session with Q&A presented by the Mark Darling from the SES and Rebecca Phillips from the Rural Fire Service. Session 2 (16 December) facilitated by the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst will be a practical emergency plan session.

9 December 2014
Bushfire! Be Prepared. Ready, Set, Go Kids Action Plan (optional session 2 of 2)

Be prepared for bushfire and other disasters. Ready, Set Go, Kids Action Plan is program developed to prepare school students for some of the hazards of natural disasters. The session promotes disaster resilience for primary school students and encourages each student to develop their own home action plan and emergency kit. Session 1 (9 December) will be an information based session with Q&A presented by the Mark Darling from the SES and Rebecca Phillips from the Rural Fire Service. Session 2 (16 December) facilitated by the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum in Bathurst will be a practical emergency plan session.

16 December 2014
Bushranger for a Day - narrative writing workshop

Fast, ferocious and fun writing workshop with the Scattered Bones team based on Bathurst Bushranger history. Join author and literacy consultant Paul Stafford in a writing workshop aimed specifically at inspiring students to enjoy writing. This session will cover the essential elements of writing a narrative, modelled by an author, using the weird and wonderful dinosaurs and bushrangers as a creative springboard for generating ideas. Paul will lead the students through the process of brainstorming, planning and writing narratives in a limited timeframe.

03 November 2015
Captain Cook and the Secret Instructions

Investigate life on board the Endeavour and find out more about James Cook during this interactive video conference. Students will take on a character role and interact with Captain Cook.Through a shared reading of the text, Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie and Chris Nixon, students will come to know Captain Cook, the purpose of his journey, his skills in using navigational instruments and receive a wax sealed envelope with secret instructions to follow in their school grounds. After constructing a telescope, they will use a compass to follow the special orders to explore their school grounds with new eyes. They will observe and draw flora specimens just as Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson did when they landed in Australia.Students will consider different perspectives of the characters and the significance of the events during this voyage.

02 June 2015
Captain Cook and the Secret Instructions

Investigate life on board the Endeavour and find out more about James Cook during this interactive video conference. Students will take on a character role and interact with Captain Cook.Through a shared reading of the text, Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie and Chris Nixon, students will come to know Captain Cook, the purpose of his journey, his skills in using navigational instruments and receive a wax sealed envelope with secret instructions to follow in their school grounds. After constructing a telescope, they will use a compass to follow the special orders to explore their school grounds with new eyes. They will observe and draw flora specimens just as Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson did when they landed in Australia.Students will consider different perspectives of the characters and the significance of the events during this voyage.

6 November 2014
Captain Cook and the Secret Instructions

Investigate life on board the Endeavour and find out more about James Cook during this interactive video conference. Students will take on a character role and interact with Captain Cook.Through a shared reading of the text, Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie and Chris Nixon, students will come to know Captain Cook, the purpose of his journey, his skills in using navigational instruments and receive a wax sealed envelope with secret instructions to follow in their school grounds. After constructing a telescope, they will use a compass to follow the special orders to explore their school grounds with new eyes. They will observe and draw flora specimens just as Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson did when they landed in Australia.Students will consider different perspectives of the characters and the significance of the events during this voyage.

07 April 2016
Captain Cook and the Secret Instructions

Investigate life on board the Endeavour and find out more about James Cook during this interactive video conference. Students will take on a character role and interact with Captain Cook.Through a shared reading of the text, Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie and Chris Nixon, students will come to know Captain Cook, the purpose of his journey, his skills in using navigational instruments and receive a wax sealed envelope with secret instructions to follow in their school grounds. After constructing a telescope, they will use a compass to follow the special orders to explore their school grounds with new eyes. They will observe and draw flora specimens just as Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson did when they landed in Australia.Students will consider different perspectives of the characters and the significance of the events during this voyage.

07 April 2016
Captain Cook and the Secret Instructions

Investigate life on board the Endeavour and find out more about James Cook during this interactive video conference. Students will take on a character role and interact with Captain Cook.Through a shared reading of the text, Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie and Chris Nixon, students will come to know Captain Cook, the purpose of his journey, his skills in using navigational instruments and receive a wax sealed envelope with secret instructions to follow in their school grounds. After constructing a telescope, they will use a compass to follow the special orders to explore their school grounds with new eyes. They will observe and draw flora specimens just as Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson did when they landed in Australia.Students will consider different perspectives of the characters and the significance of the events during this voyage.

10 March 2015
Captain Cook and the Secret Instructions

Investigate life on board the Endeavour and find out more about James Cook during this interactive video conference. Students will take on a character role and interact with Captain Cook.Through a shared reading of the text, Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie and Chris Nixon, students will come to know Captain Cook, the purpose of his journey, his skills in using navigational instruments and receive a wax sealed envelope with secret instructions to follow in their school grounds. After constructing a telescope, they will use a compass to follow the special orders to explore their school grounds with new eyes. They will observe and draw flora specimens just as Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson did when they landed in Australia.Students will consider different perspectives of the characters and the significance of the events during this voyage.

21 October 2014
Captain Cook and the Secret Instructions

Investigate life on board the Endeavour and find out more about James Cook during this interactive video conference. Students will take on a character role and interact with Captain Cook.Through a shared reading of the text, Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie and Chris Nixon, students will come to know Captain Cook, the purpose of his journey, his skills in using navigational instruments and receive a wax sealed envelope with secret instructions to follow in their school grounds. After constructing a telescope, they will use a compass to follow the special orders to explore their school grounds with new eyes. They will observe and draw flora specimens just as Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson did when they landed in Australia.Students will consider different perspectives of the characters and the significance of the events during this voyage.

25 May 2016
Captain Cook and the Secret Instructions

Investigate life on board the Endeavour and find out more about James Cook during this interactive video conference. Students will take on a character role and interact with Captain Cook.Through a shared reading of the text, Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie and Chris Nixon, students will come to know Captain Cook, the purpose of his journey, his skills in using navigational instruments and receive a wax sealed envelope with secret instructions to follow in their school grounds. After constructing a telescope, they will use a compass to follow the special orders to explore their school grounds with new eyes. They will observe and draw flora specimens just as Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson did when they landed in Australia.Students will consider different perspectives of the characters and the significance of the events during this voyage.

27 October 2015
Captain Cook and the Secret Instructions

Investigate life on board the Endeavour and find out more about James Cook during this interactive video conference. Students will take on a character role and interact with Captain Cook.Through a shared reading of the text, Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie and Chris Nixon, students will come to know Captain Cook, the purpose of his journey, his skills in using navigational instruments and receive a wax sealed envelope with secret instructions to follow in their school grounds. After constructing a telescope, they will use a compass to follow the special orders to explore their school grounds with new eyes. They will observe and draw flora specimens just as Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson did when they landed in Australia.Students will consider different perspectives of the characters and the significance of the events during this voyage.

29 July 2015
Captain Cook and the Secret Instructions

Investigate life on board the Endeavour and find out more about James Cook during this interactive video conference. Students will take on a character role and interact with Captain Cook.Through a shared reading of the text, Meet Captain Cook by Rae Murdie and Chris Nixon, students will come to know Captain Cook, the purpose of his journey, his skills in using navigational instruments and receive a wax sealed envelope with secret instructions to follow in their school grounds. After constructing a telescope, they will use a compass to follow the special orders to explore their school grounds with new eyes. They will observe and draw flora specimens just as Joseph Banks and Sydney Parkinson did when they landed in Australia.Students will consider different perspectives of the characters and the significance of the events during this voyage.

31 March 2015
CBCA NSW Kids’ AAA – Kids’ Anticipate! Appreciate! Applaud! the short list for younger readers

Join us as students from Waniora PS and Wiley Park PS review and discuss the titles in the 2016 Short List for Younger Readers. This will feature student reviews of the shortlisted books, input from a guest author, comments from dedicated readers, and a final vote for the Kids AAA winning title for younger readers.

Our student reviewers will be joined by Sandy Fussell, as our guest author, who will share insights into her writing and her own reading favorites.
Sandy’s writing interests cover novels, poetry, picture books and technology - seemingly all in her "spare time".
Her series, The Samurai Kids, features diverse characters, hints of history, a personal journey and language that draws readers into new worlds. Here’s an excerpt from The Samurai Kids : "I am Niya, and I am the only one legged Samurai kid in Japan. . . . . I am famous for falling flat on my face".
Sandy’s latest picture book is Sad, the Dog.


Schools are invited to send through comments about the titles or to ask questions beforehand to be included in the interview with Sandy as our guest author. Please send these to honor.white100@gmail.com by Friday 2nd September.

Participating schools will also be involved in voting for their personal favourites from the short listed titles. We look forward to sharing the short list and the stories that make up your own part of Australia! Story Country.



2016 CBCA Short Listed Books and Authors: Younger Readers

LIBBY GLEESON/FREYA BLACKWOOD, The Cleo Stories: A Friend and a Pet, Allen & Unwin
MORRIS GLEITZMAN, Soon, Penguin Random House
J.C. JONES, Run, Pip, Run, Allen & Unwin
SALLY MORGAN, Sister Heart, Fremantle Press
MARTINE MURRAY, Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars, Text
EMILY RODDA, Shadows of the Master, Omnibus

07 September 2016
CBCA NSW Kids’ AAA – Kids’ Anticipate! Appreciate! Applaud! the short list for younger readers

Join us for a great start to your Book Week 2015 as students from Sandy Beach PS and Harrington Park PS review and discuss the titles in the 2015 short list for Younger Readers. This will feature summaries of the books, input from a guest author, comments from dedicated readers, and a final announcement of all the Book Week category winners.

Our student reviewers will be joined by Sue Whiting as our guest author who will share insights into her writing and her own reading favorites. Sue writes for all ages from beginning readers to teenagers. Sue loves words, books, stories and writing in ways that “. . . will have my readers turning the pages quickly to find out what happens next.” She gets her ideas from “everywhere and nowhere, but mostly they arrive unexpectedly and unannounced, almost by magic!”

The titles for younger readers are always diverse in their content and level. This year includes stories of crimes, mysteries, families, unique friendships and emerging identities. Schools are invited to send through comments about the titles or to ask questions beforehand to be included in the interview with Sue as our guest author. Please send these through beforehand to honor.white100@gmail.com by Wednesday 19 August.
Participating schools will also be involved in voting for their personal favorites of the short listed titles. The program will end with the overall announcement of the CBCA judges’ list of winning and honour books at 12 noon.

Short Listed Books and Authors
- Bancks, Tristan Two Wolves. Random House Australia - 9780857982032
-Condon, Bill ill. Norling, Beth The Simple Things. Allen & Unwin - 9781743317242
-Gleeson, Libby ill. Blackwood, Freya The Cleo Stories: The Necklace and the Present. Allen & Unwin - 9781743315279
-Herrick, Steven Bleakboy and Hunter Stand out in the Rain. University of Queensland Press - 9780702250163
-Janu, Tamsin Figgy in the World. Omnibus Books, Scholastic Australia - 9781742990453
-Rossell, Judith Withering-by-Sea: a Stella Montgomery Intrigue. ABC Books Harper Collins Publishers - 9780733333002

21 August 2015
ClickFest - Australian Giants

Giant animals from dinosaurs to megafauna have roamed the Australian continent at different times. Find out about some of these Australian giants. Look at fossils and learn what they tell us about these extraordinary animals. Life sized reproductions and models will help us visualise life in the past.

Meet some of Australia��s ancient animals including our biggest and our most vicious predator. Discover how Palaeontologists study fossils and compare them with some living relatives. The Video conference will look at ancient animals and how palaeontologists learn more about them. There will also be information on the different theories of extinction.

6 November 2014
ClickFest - Geology Rocks

The Video conference will look at the dynamic earth forming processes. There will be explosive experiments demonstrated including the step by step exploration of the different phases of a volcanic eruption. You will also see Australian Museum specimens and there will be opportunities to ask questions, so have some ready. 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. Students will see a volcano erupt and have the opportunity to construct then explode one in their own classroom. The lesson will also show Australian Museum specimens and involve question and answer opportunities.

5 November 2014
ClickFest - Minibeast Magnified

The Australian Museum is participating in Virtual Excursions Australia ClickFest video conferencing festival.

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, engaging them in real science in local environments.

The workshop is designed to provide information and skills that will enable you and your students to conduct an invertebrate survey in your school.

11 November 2015
Clickfest : Creative chemistry workshop

Designed to cover a broad range of chemical concepts that is accessible to students.

- kitchen chemistry found at home
- physical changes vs. chemical reactions
- acids vs bases and indicators to detect them
- acid rain - properties of solids, liquids and gases
- UV light and glowing chemicals
- energy changes and more...

Students will perform chemical reactions during the conference using materials provided by your school.
Fizzics Education will provide information on materials required prior to the event date.
Further details and a video can be found on the following link: http://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/school+visits/primary+page+1/chemistry+show+primary.html

Should you require a different day please contact us and we'll arrange a suitable time for you!

Australian Curriculum Outcomes - Primary

- Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use (ACSSU074)
- Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077)
- Changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, evaporating; or irreversible, such as burning and rusting (ACSSU095)

Australian Curriculum Outcomes - Secondary

NSW Science Syllabus - Primary
A student:

- identifies ways heat is produced and that heat moves from one object to another (ST2-6PW)
- identifies that adding or removing heat causes a change of state between solids and liquids
(ST2-12MW)
- identifies the observable properties of solids, liquids and gases, and that changes made to materials are reversible or irreversible (ST3-12MW)
- describes how the properties of materials determine their use for specific purposes (ST3-13MW)

NSW Science Syllabus - High School
- describes the observed properties and behaviour of matter, using scientific models and theories about the motion and arrangement of particles (SC4-16CW)
- explains how scientific understanding of, and discoveries about, the properties of elements, compounds and mixtures relate to their uses in everyday life (SC4-17CW)
- explains how models, theories and laws about matter have been refined as new scientific evidence becomes available (SC5-16CW)
- discusses the importance of chemical reactions in the production of a range of substances, and the influence of society on the development of new materials (SC5-17CW)

19 November 2015
Clickfest : Human Body - Look at the major body systems and senses

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? Heart, kidneys, bones, liver and other vital organs are discussed. What happens to food when I swallow? Also covers basic hygiene practices, reflexes, inheritance and the components of skin, blood and hair.

Your class will have a chance to run experiments during the event using materials provided by your school.
Video of this conference in action: https://player.vimeo.com/video/79648619

Fizzics Education will provide information on materials required prior to the event date.Should you require a different day please contact us and we'll arrange a suitable time for you!

Australian curriculum outcomes:

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

NSW Syllabus Outcomes: Science & Technology

Science

Outcomes: A student

- describes that living things have life cycles, can be distinguished from non-living things and grouped, based on their observable features (ST2-10LW)

- describes how structural features and other adaptations of living things help them to survive in their environment (ST3-10LW)

12 November 2015
Clickfest : Liquid Nitrogen - Properties of Solids, Liquids and Gases

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? Pop can lids and expand balloons... + many others as you learn about pressure, forces and changes in states of matter.

Your class will run experiments during the event using materials supplied by your school. Fizzics Education will provide background information required prior to the event date.Should you require a different day please contact us and we'll arrange a suitable time for you!

More information: http://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/school+visits/primary+page+2/liquid+nitrogen.html

The session is presented by Ben Newsome, a recipient of a 2013 Churchill Fellowship on best practice in science education via video conference, 2015 Australian Small Business Champion for Education Services, co-founder of Virtual Excursions Australia and is on the ISTE Video Conferencing Network Leadership Team.

Australian Curriculum Outcomes - Primary school

A change of state between solid and liquid can be caused by adding or removing heat (ACSSU046)
Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another. (ACSSU049)
Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (ACSSU076)
Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077)

NSW Science & Technology Syllabus Outcomes

- identifies ways heat is produced and that heat moves from one object to another (ST2-6PW)
- describes everyday interactions between objects that result from contact and non-contact forces (ST2-7PW)

Australian Curriculum Outcomes - High School

Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces acting on the object (ACSSU117)
The motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics (ACSSU229)
The action of forces that act at a distance may be observed and related to everyday situations. (PW2)
Cells are the basic units of living things and have specialised structures and functions (ACSSU149)
The properties of the different states of matter can be explained in terms of the motion and arrangement of particles (ACSSU151)

NSW Science Syllabus - High School

- describes the action of unbalanced forces in everyday situations (SC4-10PW)
- discusses how scientific understanding and technological developments have contributed to finding solutions to problems involving energy transfers and transformations (SC4-11PW)
- relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction (SC4-14LW)
- applies models, theories and laws to explain situations involving energy, force and motion (SC5-10PW)
- explains how scientific understanding about energy conservation, transfers and transformations is applied in systems (SC5-11PW)

30 November 2015
Clickfest Disaster Action! narrative writing

Join Author Paul Stafford to learn how to write fast and furious action narratives based on natural disasters. Narrative writing workshop which will cover the essential elements of writing a narrative, modelled by an author, using natural disasters as a creative springboard for generating ideas. Paul will lead the students through the process of brainstorming, planning and writing narratives in a limited time frame. The aim of the workshop is to use action narrative to prepare school students for some of the hazards of natural disasters and encourage resilient communities whist teaching the essentials of narrative writing.

19 November 2015
Clickfest Disaster! Writing action narratives based on Natural Disasters

Join Author Paul Stafford to learn how to write fast and furious action narratives based on natural disasters. Narrative writing workshop which will cover the essential elements of writing a narrative, modelled by an author, using natural disasters as a creative springboard for generating ideas. Paul will lead the students through the process of brainstorming, planning and writing narratives in a limited time frame. The aim of the workshop is to use action narrative to prepare school students for some of the hazards of natural disasters and encourage resilient communities whist teaching the essentials of narrative writing.

19 November 2015
Clickfest Disaster! Writing action narratives based on Natural Disasters

Join Author Paul Stafford to learn how to write fast and furious action narratives based on natural disasters. Narrative writing workshop which will cover the essential elements of writing a narrative, modelled by an author, using natural disasters as a creative springboard for generating ideas. Paul will lead the students through the process of brainstorming, planning and writing narratives in a limited time frame. The aim of the workshop is to use action narrative to prepare school students for some of the hazards of natural disasters and encourage resilient communities whist teaching the essentials of narrative writing.

5 November 2015
Clickfest: 4 Slimes in 30 minutes - Kitchen Chemistry fun!

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.
Slimes we will investigate are:

- Ooblek also known as a Non-newtonian fluid
- Edible blood slime (gross)
- Soapy slime
- Flubber

We will investigate the chemical properties of each slime and your students will make 3 of them during the conference! Fizzics Education will provide information on materials required prior to the event date.

Australian curriculum outcomes;

Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; these properties can influence their use (ACSSU074)

Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077)

Changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, evaporating; or irreversible, such as burning and rusting (ACSSU095)

26 November 2015
Clickfest: A Convict Story

Bring the convict story of Hyde Park Barracks Museum to your classroom with a virtual excursion!This theatrical presentation, woven together from historical source material, transports students back in time to learn about the life story of convict Ivan Gotney.Through active participation students gain insight into the daily lives of convicts at the barracks and the importance of convict labour to the development of the new colony.They are encouraged to observe, analyse and draw conclusions about historical sources.

5 November 2015
Clickfest: A Convict Story

Bring the convict story of Hyde Park Barracks Museum to your classroom with a virtual excursion!This theatrical presentation, woven together from historical source material, transports students back in time to learn about the life story of convict Ivan Gotney.Through active participation students gain insight into the daily lives of convicts at the barracks and the importance of convict labour to the development of the new colony.They are encouraged to observe, analyse and draw conclusions about historical sources.

6 November 2015
Clickfest: Free Primary TPL Session - Simple science experiments for Staff Development

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!

The session is presented by Ben Newsome, a recipient of a 2013 Churchill Fellowship on best practice in science education via video conference, ISTE interactive video conferencing leader and 2015 Australian Small Business Champion for Education Services. Short video: https://vimeo.com/79714696

Time for questions will be provided throughout the session, as well as an opportunity to discuss demonstrations after the conference. For new scheme teachers maintaining accreditation at the level of professional competence, this activity could be used as part of your TIPD (Teacher Identified Professional Development.)

11 November 2015
Clickfest: Law of the Land: Troopers, Trackers and Bushrangers

In this virtual excursion your students will go back in time to the 1880s to share an hour in the life of a mounted trooper (played by a costumed interpreter) as he talks about the difficulties the police faced in overcoming the threat of bushrangers in NSW. The trooper has lots of stories to tell about his life in the bush and his exploits in bringing the bushrangers to justice.

The program is interactive and your students are encouraged to engage with the trooper and ask him questions about his life and work: from what he thinks of bushrangers; to how the battle for the bush between bushrangers and troopers was fought and why he isn't tempted to seek his fortune on the goldfields.

Students will be encouraged to analyse historical source material to support differing views of bushrangers as heroes or villains.Students will see some objects from the museum's handling collection, some original documents and a number of images and photographs from the era. The session also incorporates activities and group work.

10 November 2015
Clickfest: Law of the Land: Troopers, Trackers and Bushrangers

In this virtual excursion your students will go back in time to the 1880s to share an hour in the life of a mounted trooper (played by a costumed interpreter) as he talks about the difficulties the police faced in overcoming the threat of bushrangers in NSW. The trooper has lots of stories to tell about his life in the bush and his exploits in bringing the bushrangers to justice.

The program is interactive and your students are encouraged to engage with the trooper and ask him questions about his life and work: from what he thinks of bushrangers; to how the battle for the bush between bushrangers and troopers was fought and why he isn't tempted to seek his fortune on the goldfields.

Students will be encouraged to analyse historical source material to support differing views of bushrangers as heroes or villains.

Students will see some objects from the museum's handling collection, some original documents and a number of images and photographs from the era. The session also incorporates activities and group work.

13 November 2015
Clickfest: Law of the Land: Troopers, Trackers and Bushrangers

In this virtual excursion your students will go back in time to the 1880s to share an hour in the life of a mounted trooper (played by a costumed interpreter) as he talks about the difficulties the police faced in overcoming the threat of bushrangers in NSW. The trooper has lots of stories to tell about his life in the bush and his exploits in bringing the bushrangers to justice.

The program is interactive and your students are encouraged to engage with the trooper and ask him questions about his life and work: from what he thinks of bushrangers; to how the battle for the bush between bushrangers and troopers was fought and why he isn't tempted to seek his fortune on the goldfields.

Students will be encouraged to anlalyse historical source material to support differing views of bushrangers as heroes or villains. Students will see some objects from the museum's handling collection, some original documents and a number of images and photographs from the era. The session also incorporates activities and group work.

25 November 2015
Clickfest: Stars and Planets

Students investigate our Universe and space exploration techniques in this hands-on workshop.
What did the big bang really look like? How do stars work?
What technological developments were necessary to allow astronauts to work and survive outside of Earth's atmosphere? How do we observe distant galaxies? Why do we visit and study space anyway?
Describe the Solar System,, galaxies and more.

More details on this conference can be found here: http://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/school+visits/primary+page+3/stars+and+planets.html

Students will gain an appreciation of astronomy and gain insight into our place in the universe.
Your class will have a chance to run experiment during the event using materials provided by your school. Fizzics Education will provide information on materials required prior to the event date.

Should you require a different day please contact us and we'll arrange a suitable time for you!

Australian Curriculum: Science

ACSU078, ASCHE083, ACSIS093

Fits within Primary Connections: Earth's Place in Space

NSW Syllabus Outcomes: Science and Technology

Earth and its Surroundings: A student...

ES 2.6: identifies some of the features of the solar system and describes interactions that affect conditions on Earth.


Physical Phenomena: A student...

PP S3.4: identifies and applies processes involved in manipulating, using and changing the form of energy


Syllabus Outcomes: Human Society and Its Environment

Resource Systems: A student...

SSS 3.7: explains the ways in which technologies and systems assist global interconnections, including global communications systems e.g. computer linkages, satellites.


Year 7 to 10 Science:

Outcome 4.9 A student describes the dynamic structure of Earth and its relationship to other parts of our solar system and the universe.

25 November 2015
Clickfest: Weather and Pressure

What is air pressure? Why are low and high pressure areas important? How are clouds formed?
What is our atmosphere made of anyway?What conditions are needed to cause tornadoes? And more...

Students will gain an appreciation of meteorology and gain insight into how our climate operates.You will also get to run some simple science experiments in your room on air pressure.
More information can be found on the following link: http://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/school+visits/primary+page+2/flight+or+weather.html

Australian Curriculum Outcomes: Science Content

Earth's surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity. (ACSSU075)
Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth's surface. (ACSSU096)
Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance. (ACSSU076)
Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another. (ACSSU049)

Fits within COGS Unit 'Local Environments'.

NSW Syllabus Outcomes: Science and Technology Outcomes: A student
- describes some observable changes over time on the Earth’s surface that result from natural processes and human activity (ST2-8ES)
- explains rapid change at the Earth’s surface caused by natural events, using evidence provided by advances in technology and scientific understanding (ST3-9ES)
- describes everyday interactions between objects that result from contact and non-contact forces (ST2-7PW)

26 November 2015
Colour and Emotion

Colour and Emotion
Connect students to exciting and challenging contemporary art through this innovative program that explores how artists use colour to convey emotion.

This dynamic and hands-on program emphasises the following concepts to foster in students an inspiring relationship to creativity and contemporary art:

- Colouring outside the lines and breaking the rules
- Connecting with artists as thinkers and creators
- Playing with process over product
- Bringing your own story, taking fresh meaning
- Looking and thinking in new ways

Duration: 45 minutes
Suitable for Stages 2-3

12 March 2015
Colour and Emotion

Colour and Emotion
Connect students to exciting and challenging contemporary art through this innovative program that explores how artists use colour to convey emotion.

This dynamic and hands-on program emphasises the following concepts to foster in students an inspiring relationship to creativity and contemporary art:

- Colouring outside the lines and breaking the rules
- Connecting with artists as thinkers and creators
- Playing with process over product
- Bringing your own story, taking fresh meaning
- Looking and thinking in new ways

Duration: 45 minutes
Suitable for Stages 2-3

16 March 2016
Colour and Emotion

Colour and Emotion
Connect students to exciting and challenging contemporary art through this innovative program that explores how artists use colour to convey emotion.

This dynamic and hands-on program emphasises the following concepts to foster in students an inspiring relationship to creativity and contemporary art:

- Colouring outside the lines and breaking the rules
- Connecting with artists as thinkers and creators
- Playing with process over product
- Bringing your own story, taking fresh meaning
- Looking and thinking in new ways

Duration: 45 minutes
Suitable for Stages 2-3

20 March 2015
Colour and Emotion

Colour and Emotion
Connect students to exciting and challenging contemporary art through this innovative program that explores how artists use colour to convey emotion.

This dynamic and hands-on program emphasises the following concepts to foster in students an inspiring relationship to creativity and contemporary art:

- Colouring outside the lines and breaking the rules
- Connecting with artists as thinkers and creators
- Playing with process over product
- Bringing your own story, taking fresh meaning
- Looking and thinking in new ways

Duration: 45 minutes
Suitable for Stages 2-3

22 October 2015
Colour and Emotion

Colour and Emotion
Connect students to exciting and challenging contemporary art through this innovative program that explores how artists use colour to convey emotion.

This dynamic and hands-on program emphasises the following concepts to foster in students an inspiring relationship to creativity and contemporary art:

- Colouring outside the lines and breaking the rules
- Connecting with artists as thinkers and creators
- Playing with process over product
- Bringing your own story, taking fresh meaning
- Looking and thinking in new ways

Duration: 45 minutes
Suitable for Stages 2-3

23 July 2015
Colour and Emotion

Colour and Emotion
Connect students to exciting and challenging contemporary art through this innovative program that explores how artists use colour to convey emotion.

This dynamic and hands-on program emphasises the following concepts to foster in students an inspiring relationship to creativity and contemporary art:

- Colouring outside the lines and breaking the rules
- Connecting with artists as thinkers and creators
- Playing with process over product
- Bringing your own story, taking fresh meaning
- Looking and thinking in new ways

Duration: 45 minutes
Suitable for Stages 2-3

23 October 2015
Colour and Emotion

Colour and Emotion
Connect students to exciting and challenging contemporary art through this innovative program that explores how artists use colour to convey emotion.

This dynamic and hands-on program emphasises the following concepts to foster in students an inspiring relationship to creativity and contemporary art:

- Colouring outside the lines and breaking the rules
- Connecting with artists as thinkers and creators
- Playing with process over product
- Bringing your own story, taking fresh meaning
- Looking and thinking in new ways

Duration: 45 minutes
Suitable for Stages 2-3

25 May 2016
Commemorating Remembrance Day

Commemorating Remembrance Day

On the 11th hour, the 11th day of the 11th month, Australian’s pause to remember our fallen servicemen and women and commemorate their sacrifice for our country.


Remembrance Day in Australia is when a minute’s silence is held at 11.00am to commemorate November 11, 1918 when WW1 hostilities ceased on the Western Front in Europe – Armistice Day. After WW2 the Australian & British governments re-named it Remembrance Day and the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month has taken on a tradition in the ensuing years where we remember all those who have died in war.

Every year at the Australian National Maritime Museum we host a traditional Remembrance Day ceremony, with the significant story of the MV Krait , the men in the Z Special Force and Operation Jaywick providing a focal point.

As school students play an important role in our ceremony, we in conjunction with Dartconnections are offering schools the opportunity to view our 2015 Remembrance Day Ceremony through video conferencing and YouTube live stream

A follow up session with World War 11 Valor in the Pacific National Monument (Arizona) and students from the USA will be held on Friday 13th November at 9.30 am


WATCH ON OUR YOUTUBE LIVE LINK https://youtu.be/7y_ZPZS9Mdk

11 November 2015
Cook and Banks: charting the rumoured great southern land

Join with us as we investigate the story behind Cook and Banks' voyage to the rumoured great southern land.
*look at the reason behind the momentous voyage.
*the voyage and conditions on board the 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.
*And the enduring outcome of the voyage and how it changed Australian history.


A joint presentation from the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and the Australian National Maritime Museum

18 May 2016
Cosmic Engine

What happened in the first few minutes after the Big Bang, and how did the first stars and galaxies form? What role does nuclear fusion play in the formation and evolution of stars? A curriculum-focused Physics lecture based on content from the New South Wales Preliminary Course “Cosmic Engine” Module and Australian Curriculum content: ACSPH010, ACSPH013.

15 March 2016
Create a Buzz - Explore electricity and magnetism

An event where students experience electricity and magnetism in a captivating science show.
See 100,000 volts discharged in a flash! How is electricity generated anyway? 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?

These concepts and much more are explored.Your class will have a chance to run experiments during the event using materials supplied by your school. Fizzics Education will provide information on materials required prior to the event date. Should you require a different day please contact us and we'll arrange a suitable time for you!

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

- Electrical circuits provide a means of transferring and transforming electricity (ACSSU097)
- Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity (ACSSU219)
- Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance. (ACSSU076)
NSW Science Syllabus Content

A student:

- describes how scientific understanding about the sources, transfer and transformation of electricity is related to - making decisions about its use (ST3-6PW).
- describes everyday interactions between objects that result from contact and non-contact forces (ST2-7PW).

22 March 2016
Create YOUR Australian flag

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.

06 April 2016
Create YOUR Australian flag

In this new 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.

11 September 2015
Creating Memorable Characters

Creating Memorable Characters

Some characters stand out in a story more than others. They can lead the action or be in the background yet both have the ability to change the direction of the story or influence other characters. Memorable characters have attitude, secrets, hopes and problems: they might like to daydream, open their Christmas presents in secret or eat ice cream out of the container.

In this excursion, students deconstruct characters by identifying their strengths, weaknesses, individual traits, language and actions. They then use this information to create their own character and place them into a story.

During this workshop students think creatively, develop ideas and ���listen to, read, view, speak, write, create and reflect on increasingly complex and sophisticated spoken, written and multimodal texts.�� (1)

They examine literature, learning ���how to compare and appraise the ways authors use language and literary techniques and devices to influence readers. (1)

(1) Australian Curriculum ��� English

HOSTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM

25 November 2013
Creative chemistry workshop

Designed to cover a broad range of chemical concepts that is accessible to students.

- kitchen chemistry found at home
- physical changes vs. chemical reactions
- acids vs bases and indicators to detect them
- acid rain
- properties of solids, liquids and gases
- UV light and glowing chemicals
- energy changes and more...

Students will perform chemical reactions during the conference using materials provided by your school.
Fizzics Education will provide information on materials required prior to the event date.

Short Video: https://player.vimeo.com/video/55313593

The session is presented by Ben Newsome, a recipient of a 2013 Churchill Fellowship on best practice in science education via video conference, 2015 Australian Small Business Champion for Education Services, co-founder of Virtual Excursions Australia and is on the ISTE Video Conferencing Network Leadership Team.

Should you require a different day please contact us and we'll arrange a suitable time for you!

Australian Curriculum Outcomes - Primary

- Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties can influence their use (ACSSU074)
- Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways (ACSSU077)
- Changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, evaporating; or irreversible, such as burning and rusting (ACSSU095)

Australian Curriculum Outcomes - Secondary

NSW Science Syllabus - Primary
A student:

- identifies ways heat is produced and that heat moves from one object to another (ST2-6PW)
- identifies that adding or removing heat causes a change of state between solids and liquids
(ST2-12MW)
- identifies the observable properties of solids, liquids and gases, and that changes made to materials are reversible or irreversible (ST3-12MW)
- describes how the properties of materials determine their use for specific purposes (ST3-13MW)

NSW Science Syllabus - High School
- describes the observed properties and behaviour of matter, using scientific models and theories about the motion and arrangement of particles (SC4-16CW)
- explains how scientific understanding of, and discoveries about, the properties of elements, compounds and mixtures relate to their uses in everyday life (SC4-17CW)
- explains how models, theories and laws about matter have been refined as new scientific evidence becomes available (SC5-16CW)
- discusses the importance of chemical reactions in the production of a range of substances, and the influence of society on the development of new materials (SC5-17CW)

29 July 2015
Curriculum Revision Lecture: The World Communicates - Electromagnetism

Join us for a curriculum focused revision lecture covering all aspects from the Physics Stage 6 Syllabus for The World Communicates. Pre- and post-work shall be provided in advance and after the session, and you are strongly encouraged to complete this material with your students to get the most from the lecture.

The talk will cover key points: identifying waves as energy carriers, describing features of waves such as frequency and wavelength, giving examples from the electromagnetic spectrum, and explaining absorption, reflection, refraction, and scattering. We will also highlight how electromagnetic radiation is used to understand the Universe, and will describe uses of electromagnetism in applications such as communication technology.

You and your students are invited to join Aina Musaeva for this exciting, and curriculum dedicated, lecture.

Note that due to limited space, we are restricted to the first 20 schools to sign up. Please ensure your email address is up to date, so that we can email you to confirm your booking. The session is a collaborative effort with support from CAASTRO and the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

13 March 2015
CYBERSMART - Cyberbullying

This session will help students understand cyberbullying behaviour and its impact on others, and to equip them with strategies to deal with cyberbullying if they experience it.
The session aims to:
�� Help students identify ways to manage and prevent cyberbullying behaviour
�� Encourage students to seek support if they are experiencing cyberbullying
�� Encourage students to be ���good�� bystanders if they witness cyberbullying.
�� Help students recognise bullying online.
�� Provide strategies to deal with a cyberbully
Teachers are encouraged to deliver the 50 minute ���Cyberbullying ��� You be the judge�� activity after the presentation.
Cyberbullying ��� You be the judge
Students critically evaluate a number of cyberbullying video clips online and judge how well each clip conveys the key messages. (YouTube access required)
Lesson plan: http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/~/media/Cybersmart/Outreach/Cyberbullying-You-be-the-judge_2014.doc
Webpage:http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/videoactivity.aspx
The live virtual classroom presentations will, with the local help of classroom teachers, feature interactive questions and answers.
This 40 minute presentation is directed at primary school students in years 4, 5 and 6.

27 October 2014
CYBERSMART - Premiere screening of #GameOn

The session will be in support of the Thursday 16 October launch of the latest Cybersmart video resource #GameOn.
In the week prior to the virtual excursion, schools will be provided with a (non-public) link so that students can watch the full 25 min #GameOn video.
The30 min interactive virtual excursion will then explore the key #GameOn topics of cyberbullying and excessive gaming.
Classroom activities will be available for teachers to downloadand focus on safe social networking, selfies and online balance.
The #GameOn trailer can now be viewed athttp://www.cybersmart.gov.au/gameon

16 October 2014
Cybersmart. Safer Internet Day 2015 - Being a good bystander

The presentation will:
- guide students through a realistic student scenario
- encourage students to consider the impact of their actions when posting photos and comments
- encourage students to be - good - bystanders if they witness cyberbullying
- provide opportunities to discuss appropriate actions when being a good bystander.

10 February 2015
Czech Philharmonic Children's Choir - Live from Sydney Opera House

Live from Sydney Opera House, the amazing Czech Philharmonic Children’s Choir will be performing The Celebration of Spring – a collection of Czech folk songs, featuring traditional song, dance and costume. The live broadcast will also include conversations with the Choral Director and some of the young performers.

This world renowned children's choir is on tour to Australia and New Zealand for a short time only and this is a one-off opportunity for your students to see them in action! One performance only!

The Czech Philharmonic Children's Choir was founded in 1932 and is now one of the most significant Czech artistic collectives, known not only in Europe, but in Japan, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Malaysia and South Africa. Among the choir's greatest achievements are appearances at La Scala, Milan, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Tchaikovsky Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, and now Sydney Opera House!

11 November 2015
DesignTECH seminar with graphic designer Patti Andrews

Join graphic designer Patti Andrews in a special video conference that takes the popular HSC DesignTECH seminars outside of the Powerhouse Museum. In a 20 minute talk, Patti will talk about her approach to design, including case studies from her time with Dolly Magazine and Avante Card. As a creative designer, driven by ideas, Patti has also worked for magazines, theatre companies, musicians, museums and has recently been working with augmented reality and mobile apps. Your students will hear about Patti’s career trajectory and learn how Patti finds inspiration, meets user needs and manages her time. In live Q&A students can pose questions to Patti as they commence their journey towards a successful major project.
9.30am-10.15am

9 March 2015
Digital Habitats 1.30 - 2.30pm

In this lesson students will learn about a variety of Australian Environments and the plants and animals that live there. They will also explore the ingredients required to create habitats and increase biodiversity in their school grounds.



Students will use the interactive whiteboard to construct a virtual habitat for native animals using flowering plants, grasses, ground covers, rocks, logs, etc.



To conclude students will plant native grass seeds in pots. These can be used as the basis for a re-vegetation project at school.



This lesson can be incorporated into any study of biodiversity and habitats. It can also be used as a planning session to guide construction of native gardens in school grounds.

10 May 2013
Discussion about Homelessness and Disadvantage

Note: All workshops offered by The Big Issue Classroom can be scheduled at a time to suit you. Please call Sam Clark on 02 8332 7200 or email nswclassroom@bigissue.org.au to arrange a session.



The Big Issue Classroom is a social enterprise initiative of The Big Issue. Our online workshops provide students with a "real-life" insight into homelessness, marginalisation and disadvantage, as experienced by thousands of Australians every night. By booking a workshop you are helping to create employment for disadvantaged Australians, enabling them to earn an income, regain confidence, and move on with their lives.



The Big Issue Classroom truly is "a Classroom Experience That Makes a Difference."



In all workshops, a specialist facilitator challenges stereotypes about homelessness and explains how The Big Issue helps people reconnect with the community. We then share a personal story of homelessness. For secondary students, this is a first-hand account from someone who has experienced homelessness personally. For primary students, we share an interactive illustrated version.



Both primary and secondary workshops are available. Please specify which workshop you would like. For a list of workshops, please visit our website www.thebigissue.org.au/the-big-issue-classroom-about/

06 April 2016
Dive Deep on Assignment with National Geographic’s Brian Skerry

Want to meet a National Geographic award-winning photographer?

Join one of National Geographic’s most seasoned explorers, Brian Skerry, for an extraordinary experience exploring the ocean. Head to hidden worlds beneath the waves from Japan to New Zealand and meet some of the ocean’s most elusive creatures from manatees, sharks, harp seals, sea turtles and more, and find out how you can protect our world’s oceans.




16 October 2015
Dreamtime Astronomy

Learners will experience the living cultural astronomy of the Kamilaroi / Euahlayi or the Boorong Clan of the Wergaia (Vic) peoples and be inspired by the images and lore found in the night sky. Dreamtime stories including those about Warambul (The Milky Way: Kamilaroi/Euahlayi) and Yaraan or Gulabah (The Southern Cross: Kamilaroi/Euahlayi) and the Nurrumbunguttias (Old spirits whose campfire smoke became the Milky Way: Boorong), demonstrate a deep understanding and relationship with the sky that is shared across Australia’s diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

A highly recommended option is to purchase and pre-assemble a colourful planisphere set (rotating star map) which includes Western and Indigenous community star wheels for the learners to keep. These greatly enhance participation during the video conference and are used to explore the night sky, compare different sky lore. Two planisphere star wheels, cover, split pin and instructions are available at an extra cost of $5 per learner including postage and are sent two weeks ahead of the booking.

The astronomical software ‘Stellarium’ used during the video conference can be downloaded for FREE to be used for follow up activities. As of April 2015 it includes one Indigenous plug-in for the ‘Boorong’ community of North-Western Victoria. More are being developed for other communities and will be available shortly.

24 February 2016
Dreamtime Astronomy

Learners will experience the living cultural astronomy of the Kamilaroi / Euahlayi (NSW) peoples and be inspired by the images and lore found in the night sky. Dreamtime stories including those about Warambul (The Milky Way) and Yaraan or Gulabah (The Southern Cross) demonstrate a deep understanding and relationship with the sky that is shared across Australia’s diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

A highly recommended option is to purchase and pre-assemble a colourful planisphere (rotating star map) which includes Western and Indigenous community star wheels for the learners to keep. These greatly enhance participation during the video conference and are used to explore the night sky, compare different sky lore. Two planisphere star wheels, cover, split pin and instructions are available at an extra cost of $10 per learner including postage and are sent two weeks ahead of the booking.

The astronomical software ‘Stellarium’ used during the video conference can be downloaded for FREE to be used for follow up activities. As of April 2015 it includes one Indigenous plug-in for the ‘Boorong’ community of North-Western Victoria. More are being developed for other communities and will be available shortly.

27 July 2015
Dreamtime Astronomy

Learners will experience the living cultural astronomy of the Kamilaroi / Euahlayi (NSW) peoples and be inspired by the images and lore found in the night sky. Dreamtime stories including those about Warambul (The Milky Way) and Yaraan or Gulabah (The Southern Cross) demonstrate a deep understanding and relationship with the sky that is shared across Australia’s diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

A highly recommended option is to purchase and pre-assemble a colourful planisphere (rotating star map) which includes Western and Indigenous community star wheels for the learners to keep. These greatly enhance participation during the video conference and are used to explore the night sky, compare different sky lore. Two planisphere star wheels, cover, split pin and instructions are available at an extra cost of $10 per learner including postage and are sent two weeks ahead of the booking.

The astronomical software ‘Stellarium’ used during the video conference can be downloaded for FREE to be used for follow up activities. As of April 2015 it includes one Indigenous plug-in for the ‘Boorong’ community of North-Western Victoria. More are being developed for other communities and will be available shortly.

7 December 2015
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. Step inside the shoes of a palaeontologist to use fossil material and modern animals to reconstruct some extinct Australian animals.

16 October 2015
Earth Science Week - Geology Rocks

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. You will also see real specimens and there will be opportunities to ask questions.

16 October 2015
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. Great for Earth Science Week!

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes

Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth's surface. (ACSSU096)
Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity (ACSSU075)
The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape (ACSSU019).

NSW Science Syllabus Content

A student:

- describes some observable changes over time on the Earth’s surface that result from natural processes and human activity (ST2-8ES)
- explains rapid change at the Earth’s surface caused by natural events, using evidence provided by advances in technology and scientific understanding (ST3-9ES)

13 October 2015
Eat Well, Play Well, Stay Well with NRL One Community 10:45am

Join us and encourage your students to build a healthy lifestyle and make positive choices. This excursion will feature prominent NRL players in their final training session in the lead up to the City vs Country representative match. Students will watch a short video, hear from a trained teacher and have the opportunity to ask a Rugby League Ambassador questions on training regimes and healthy lifestyles. The session will be filmed live from training at Apex Stadium in Dubbo.

SESSION TIME: 1045 TILL 1145

1 May 2014
English Video Conference Series: 'Slam! The Power of Poetry'

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Simple language can convey powerful ideas and it can change the way you see yourself and the world. While it is often identified as one of the most abstract forms of literature today, poetry has fascinated readers for generations and has a long and colourful history. Join Sarah-Jane as she introduces you to the world of poetry and shows you how this unique and special form of literature can really pack a punch.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Dr. Sarah-Jane Burton is a lecturer in Macquarie University’s English program. She completed her undergraduate degree in Communication and English before beginning her career in magazine publishing and freelance writing. In 2008 Sarah-Jane returned to academia to complete her Masters Degree and PhD in English Literature at the University of Wollongong, during which time her research was honoured with grants from international institutions including Harvard and Indiana University in the United States. Sarah-Jane teaches a wide range of English texts but her research focuses specifically on American poetry and literary collectives in the 20th Century.

Please Note: This session is aimed at stage 5 students. However, we always welcome students from other year levels if appropriate. Feel free to contact leaplinks@mq.edu.au if you have any questions or concerns.

08 June 2016
English Video Conference Series: 'Talking Characters'

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
In this master class we focus on the creation of interesting and vivid characters in narrative fiction. We look at the ways in which students can draw upon their own experience, observation and imagination to create and write characters, and consider what makes a character memorable, exciting and someone we care about. Characters on the page need a different approach to characters in film or games, yet in the end the issues for the reader or viewer are the same: the character needs to matter to us. Craft and technique are covered, including the use of action, gesture and dialogue, to enable students to revise and improve on first drafts. A short writing exercise takes place during the session, so students will need pen and paper. This is a practical, hands-on presentation.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Jane Messer is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Department of English, and Program Director for the Postgraduate Creative Writing program. She was awarded an Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2014. She is the founder and supervising editor of the creative writing student e-journal, The Quarry. Her books include the novels Night by Night, Provenance and most recently, Hopscotch, and she has published short stories, commentary, poetry and radio dramas. Jane believes that story-telling is native to the human spirit, that everyone can learn to write creatively, and that creative writing is a transferable skill which improves a person’s critical thinking, reading and writing in any genre.

Please Note: This session is aimed at stage 5 students. However, we always welcome students from other year levels if appropriate. Feel free to contact leaplinks@mq.edu.au if you have any questions or concerns.

08 June 2016
English Video Conference Series: 'The Power of Language'

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Language is a powerful tool — it can shape the way we think, it can influence the way we behave, and it can change the way we see the world around us. In this lecture we shall look at how and why language has this power, how it can help us to understand ourselves better, and how we can use it to change the world we live in. We shall look at such topics as sound symbolism, euphemism, and core meanings before examining how they influence political debate, advertising, and our perceptions of ourselves.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Before coming to Macquarie University, Albert worked as a lecturer at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Prior to that he studied philosophy in the UK and completed his PhD on sign theory and reference at Sheffield University in 2005. He has written two books and numerous articles focusing on the philosophy of race and racism, language and pragmatism.

Please Note: This session is aimed at stage 5 students. However, we always welcome students from other year levels if appropriate. Feel free to contact leaplinks@mq.edu.au if you have any questions or concerns.

08 June 2016
Enquiring Minds - Archaeology: Digging the past

ABOUT ENQUIRING MINDS
Enquiring Minds is an inspirational documentary series that premiered on Television Sydney (TVS) in 2013. The series aims to help and encourage students in late primary to early secondary school develop their passion and hobbies into a career through higher education.

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Craig will discuss how archaeologists interpret material culture (artefacts) found on archaeological sites. How do we find artefacts? How do we understand them? And what do they tell us about people who lived thousands of years ago? He will bring some ancient artefacts so students can view them up close.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Bachelor (Honours) in Classical Archaeology and a PhD in Classical Archaeology.
Craig has a PhD in Classical Archaeology and is the Manager of Education and Public Programs at Sydney University Museums.
He is a Classical archaeologist and educationist who is a director of the University of Sydney��s excavations at Paphos in Cyprus. He has worked on sites in Australia, Greece and Turkey. He works in museums teaching students how to read objects.

12 November 2014
Enquiring Minds - Environmental Science: Tracking sharks

ABOUT ENQUIRING MINDS
Enquiring Minds is an inspirational documentary series that premiered on Television Sydney (TVS) in 2013. The series aims to help and encourage students in late primary to early secondary school develop their passion and hobbies into a career through higher education.

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
Sydney��s underwater life is teeming with interesting and unique fish! Kate studies two of our most iconic creatures, the spotted wobbegong and the blue groper, using remote tracking techniques to monitor the fish 24/7 as they move along the NSW coastline. She will talk about her research and how it can be used to help conserve the habitats of these amazing creatures.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology), Postgraduate Certificate in Wildlife Conservation and PhD Environmental Science.
Kate is a research scientist working on marine projects all over Australia involving a wide range of sharks and fish. Her PhD research on wobbegong sharks investigated where sharks swim and how long they spend in marine protected areas. She knows that by conserving our marine parks we are helping protect some of Sydney��s most interesting creatures.

12 November 2014
Explore Alaska's Oceans!

Visit Alaska's premiere public aquarium and marine research facility! Our programs immerse students in Alaska's oceans, allowing students to observe Alaskan marine animals above and below the water.

You may choose any of the listed modules for this excursion. For more information about the modules visit http://www.alaskasealife.org/New/education.

14 February 2014
Explore Alaska's Oceans!

Visit Alaska's premiere public aquarium and marine research facility! Our programs immerse students in Alaska's oceans, allowing students to observe Alaskan marine animals above and below the water.



You may choose any of the listed modules for this excursion. For more information about the modules visit http://www.alaskasealife.org/New/education.

14 February 2014
Explore Alaska's Oceans!

Visit Alaska's premiere public aquarium and marine research facility! Our programs immerse students in Alaska's oceans, allowing students to observe Alaskan marine animals above and below the water.

You may choose any of the listed modules for this excursion. For more information about the modules visit http://www.alaskasealife.org/New/education.

24 February 2016
Explorers of the Australian Interior - Brave or foolhardy?

Investigate the extraordinary expeditions into inland Australia of Eyre, Kennedy & Jackey Jackey, Leichhardt and Burke & Wills. Get up close to the primary sources and hear their amazing back stories in this interactive video conference. Your students will develop their skills of source analysis and research.

18 May 2016
Explorers of the Australian Interior - Brave or foolhardy?

Investigate the extraordinary expeditions into inland Australia of Eyre, Kennedy & Jackey Jackey, Leichhardt and Burke & Wills. Get up close to the primary sources and hear their amazing back stories in this interactive video conference. Your students will develop their skills of source analysis and research.

31 May 2016
Fire Ants Stage 3

• Students will learn about the role, features and importance of our native ants and the impact of red imported fire ants on our environment, society and agricultural production.
• Students will meet a scientist, Nerida Gill, who will explain her work with fire ants and the biosecurity measures used to keep us and our environment safe.
• Students will collaboratively complete a comparison of native ants and red imported fire ants to consolidate their learning.

16 February 2016
Frank Hurley- The Man Who Made History Stage 6 Area of Study: Discovery

HSC English Q & A Session with the Hurley documentary film-makers

The Australian National Maritime Museum is pleased to present a special program for students studying the Frank Hurley documentary as a prescribed text for the Discovery Area of Study.
Meet the film makers Simon Nasht and Anna Cater to hear how they approached dealing with the subject matter, constructing the story and making the film. The talk will be followed by a Q & A where students will have the chance to ask Simon and Anna questions about their film and learn about the available HSC study resources.

This is a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from the composers of a prescribed HSC text.

17 March 2016
FREE Likely Connections to Lively Collections - Stage 3 Session 1 of 2

Join Libby Hathorn, author, poet and educator, direct from the State Library of NSW for this free writing masterclass with a difference.

Libby will showcase items from the Library collection and reveal their connection to much loved Australian poems drawn from her recent compilation 'The ABC Book of Australian Poetry' (ABC Book, 2010). Libby will then lead your students in a step by step process, 'The Hathorn Technique' (see article in Scan, Connected Classroom 2012) to create their own poetry.

This masterclass is a series of two video conferences held one week apart, and offers a wonderful opportunity for students to engage with an expert for deeper enjoyment of the art of poetry as well as developing the skills and techniques to write their own engaging, original poetry. You will need to book separately for the session on 13 March as well as this one.

6 March 2013
Free Primary PD Session - Simple science experiments for Staff Development

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!

The session is presented by Ben Newsome, a recipient of a 2013 Churchill Fellowship on best practice in science education via video conference, ISTE interactive video conferencing leader and 2015 Australian Small Business Champion for Education Services.

Short video: https://vimeo.com/79714696

Time for questions will be provided throughout the session, as well as an opportunity to discuss demonstrations after the conference. For new scheme teachers maintaining accreditation at the level of professional competence, this activity could be used as part of your TIPD (Teacher Identified Professional Development.)

02 March 2016
Free Primary PD Session - Simple science experiments for Staff Development

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!

The session is presented by Ben Newsome, a recipient of a 2013 Churchill Fellowship on best practice in science education via video conference, ISTE interactive video conferencing leader and 2015 Australian Small Business Champion for Education Services.

Short video: https://vimeo.com/79714696

Time for questions will be provided throughout the session, as well as an opportunity to discuss demonstrations after the conference. For new scheme teachers maintaining accreditation at the level of professional competence, this activity could be used as part of your TIPD (Teacher Identified Professional Development.)

09 March 2016
Free Primary PD Session - Simple science experiments for Staff Development

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!

The session is presented by Ben Newsome, a recipient of a 2013 Churchill Fellowship on best practice in science education via video conference, ISTE interactive video conferencing leader and 2015 Australian Small Business Champion for Education Services.

Short video: https://vimeo.com/79714696

Time for questions will be provided throughout the session, as well as an opportunity to discuss demonstrations after the conference. For new scheme teachers maintaining accreditation at the level of professional competence, this activity could be used as part of your TIPD (Teacher Identified Professional Development.)

10 February 2016
Free Primary PD Session - Simple science experiments for Staff Development

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!

The session is presented by Ben Newsome, a recipient of a 2013 Churchill Fellowship on best practice in science education via video conference, ISTE interactive video conferencing leader and 2015 Australian Small Business Champion for Education Services.

Short video: https://vimeo.com/79714696

Time for questions will be provided throughout the session, as well as an opportunity to discuss demonstrations after the conference. For new scheme teachers maintaining accreditation at the level of professional competence, this activity could be used as part of your TIPD (Teacher Identified Professional Development.)

16 March 2016
Free Primary PD Session - Simple science experiments for Staff Development

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!

The session is presented by Ben Newsome, a recipient of a 2013 Churchill Fellowship on best practice in science education via video conference, ISTE interactive video conferencing leader and 2015 Australian Small Business Champion for Education Services.

Short video: https://vimeo.com/79714696

Time for questions will be provided throughout the session, as well as an opportunity to discuss demonstrations after the conference. For new scheme teachers maintaining accreditation at the level of professional competence, this activity could be used as part of your TIPD (Teacher Identified Professional Development.)

21 July 2016
FREE Recorder blow-in for NSW DEC teachers

This is a 45-minute group lesson for DEC teachers and other adults (e.g. retired teachers and outside tutors taking recorder ensembles in NSW schools) funded by Sydney Region. Join us in person at Kegworth Public School (Leichhardt) or via your school's connected classroom. Sessions happen every Thursday 3.45-4.30 and are suitable for players of all standards.

2 May 2013
FREE 'SCHOOL ARCHIES' Portrait Drawing for Beginners with Kristine Ballard - PRIMARY LEVEL

EDTV presents a one-day-only portrait drawing workshop with artist, graphic designer and art educator, Kristine Ballard.

Coinciding with the announcement of the 2015 winner of the Art Gallery of NSW Archibald Prize, this video conference workshop will show students tips and techniques on how to draw lifelike portraits.

Kristine will show you and your students how to tackle a portrait from the beginning and demonstrate how to create highlights and shadows that result in a realistic representation of the subject. The drawings may then be used as studies for paint, collage or other art techniques to produce totally individual artworks.

17 July 2015
From Captain Cook to the Convicts

Students will have the opportunity to view original collection items, and delve into the stories behind these primary sources as State Library Learning staff bring to life the European exploration and colonisation of Australia. Collection items will include iconic artefacts from this period. Pre-visit notes will allow students to prepare some questions for this Q & A style interview.

07 April 2016
From Captain Cook to the Convicts

Students will have the opportunity to view original collection items, and delve into the stories behind these primary sources as State Library Learning staff bring to life the European exploration and colonisation of Australia. Collection items will include iconic artefacts from this period. Pre-visit notes will allow students to prepare some questions for this Q & A style interview.

11 November 2015
From Captain Cook to the Convicts

Students will have the opportunity to view original collection items, and delve into the stories behind these primary sources as State Library Learning staff bring to life the European exploration and colonisation of Australia. Collection items will include iconic artefacts from this period. Pre-visit notes will allow students to prepare some questions for this Q & A style interview.

22 March 2016
From Captain Cook to the Convicts

Students will have the opportunity to view original collection items, and delve into the stories behind these primary sources as State Library Learning staff bring to life the European exploration and colonisation of Australia. Collection items will include iconic artefacts from this period. Pre-visit notes will allow students to prepare some questions for this Q & A style interview.

23 February 2016
From Letters to Life - How DNA technologies are changing our lives

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.
Dr Ellen will explore how novel DNA technologies are changing and improving our lives.
With a focus on real life examples Dr Ellen will describe how agricultural production, healthcare and conservation are supported by improvements in DNA extraction, data analysis and genetic investigations.

This event is organised by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and supported by Inspiring Australia.

18 August 2016
From Page to Stage - FREE - Sydney Opera House

This live, interactive workshop led by a professional actor will inspire students to transform words and stories from the page to the stage! Using dramatic techniques, students will develop their comprehension of written text and learn to communicate meaning through voice, body, time and place.This curriculum-linked workshop will develop literacy, comprehension, and storytelling skills in an imaginative way. engaging students in creating, performing and appreciating drama. Students will participate in vocal and physical warm-ups and experiment with performance techniques such as improvisation, characterisation and sequencing action- all while developing important general skills such as verbal and non-verbal communication, collaboration and team work.

12 November 2015
Geology Rocks

The Video conference will look at the dynamic earth forming processes. There will be explosive experiments demonstrated including the step by step exploration of the different phases of a volcanic eruption. You will also see Australian Museum specimens and there will be opportunities to ask questions, so have some ready.



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. Students will see a volcano erupt and have the opportunity to construct then explode one in their own classroom. The lesson will also show Australian Museum specimens and involve question and answer opportunities.





20 March 2013
Geology Rocks

The Video conference will look at the dynamic earth forming processes. There will be explosive experiments demonstrated including the step by step exploration of the different phases of a volcanic eruption. You will also see Australian Museum specimens and there will be opportunities to ask questions, so have some ready.

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. Students will see a volcano erupt and have the opportunity to construct then explode one in their own classroom. The lesson will also show Australian Museum specimens and involve question and answer opportunities.


3 April 2013
Geology Rocks

The Video conference will look at the dynamic earth forming processes. There will be explosive experiments demonstrated including the step by step exploration of the different phases of a volcanic eruption. You will also see Australian Museum specimens and there will be opportunities to ask questions, so have some ready.



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. Students will see a volcano erupt and have the opportunity to construct then explode one in their own classroom. The lesson will also show Australian Museum specimens and involve question and answer opportunities.





6 March 2013
Global Dignity

Global Dignity is a conversation about dignity. Dignity is the very foundation of our humanity. Dignity is universal. Dignity is also the source of human rights.

The aim is to make the concept of dignity tangible and understandable to all students who participate. Defining dignity in their own words and sharing stories from their own lives gives students ownership of the concept.

The workshop is 2 hours in duration and ideal for year 10 students.

First Plenary (45min): Following a short welcome, Dr Tim Soutphommasane will present the keynote address.

Dr Soutphommasane is Race Discrimination Commissioner and commenced his five-year appointment on 20 August 2013. Prior to joining the Australian Human Rights Commission, he was a political philosopher and held posts at The University of Sydney and Monash University. His thinking on multiculturalism, national identity and patriotism has been influential in shaping debates in Australia and Britain. He completed a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy (with distinction) at the University of Oxford, and is a first-class honours graduate of The University of Sydney.

Dr Soutphommasane is the author of four books, I’m not racist but … (2015), The Virtuous Citizen (2012), Don't Go Back To Where You Came From (2012), and Reclaiming Patriotism (2009). He was co-editor (with Nick Dyrenfurth) of All That's Left (2010). He has been an opinion columnist with The Age and The Weekend Australian newspapers, and in 2013 presented the documentary series “Mongrel Nation” on ABC Radio National.

Classroom activity (Offline 45min): Students are then asked to further explore the concept of dignity in a small workshop facilitated offline in their classrooms. Teacher resources are available to support facilitation of this session. At the end of this session students are asked to think of their personal experience of dignity and are assisted to prepare a dignity story.

Second Plenary (30min): Class groups will then reconvene online for a plenary session where some students will have an opportunity share their dignity stories.

http://www.kaldorcentre.unsw.edu.au/global-dignity-day

16 October 2015
Glowing Kids Yoga K-2

A fun, interactive class where we will slither like snakes, stretch like cats and enjoy lots of yoga postures on our adventures together. Our focus is on developing a strong, flexible body, capturing the imagination and connecting to a place of stillness within. We learn the benefits of positive thinking with affirmations, improved concentration with meditation and discover inner peace & calm with relaxation techniques.

2 December 2013
Glowing Kids Yoga K-2

A fun, interactive class where we will slither like snakes, stretch like cats and enjoy lots of yoga postures on our adventures together. Our focus is on developing a strong, flexible body, capturing the imagination and connecting to a place of stillness within. We learn the benefits of positive thinking with affirmations, improved concentration with meditation and discover inner peace & calm with relaxation techniques.

24 March 2014
Gravity and Orbits

How can we use physics to explain the motion of the massive objects in our Solar System? Johannes Kepler explained the motion of the planets as they orbit the Sun, paving the way for Sir Isaac Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation. A curriculum-focused Physics lecture based on content from the New South Wales Higher School Certificate “Space” Module and Australian Curriculum content: ACSPH093, ACSPH094, ACSPH095, ACSPH096, ACSPH101.

24 May 2016
Guided Reading Strategies: PD for Primary Teachers - PART 1 (Recommended by ALEA) FREE

Guided Reading Workshop
PART 1: Thursday 13 August 3.00pm - 4.00pm
PART 2: Thursday 20 August 3.00pm - 4.00pm

These two one-hour sessions will involve a close look at the role of instructional reading in the reading hour.
We will also explore the setting up the classroom for success and implementing purposeful activities for the class while the teacher works with a small group

Guided Reading will be defined and demonstrated.

Guided Reading is most effective when:
- texts are selected at an instructional level based on effective assessment
- good quality texts are selected and
- teaching outcomes are made explicit regarding teacher preparation

In addition, the use of alternative small group instructional reading strategies- Reciprocal Reading, Literature Circles - within a balanced reading program will be described.

The second hour (Thursday 20 August 3.00pm-4.00pm) will explain how to incorporate the use of effective comprehension strategies before reading, during reading and after reading, in order that the teacher can facilitate the small group instructional sessions for maximum benefit. This session will explain how to set up the classroom for success and answer the question, “What are the others doing?” while the teacher works with a small group.

13 August 2015
Guided Reading Strategies: PD for Primary Teachers - PART 2 (Recommended by ALEA) FREE

Guided Reading Workshop

PART 2: Thursday 20 August 3.00pm-4.00pm

The second session of this two part workshop will explain how to incorporate the use of effective comprehension strategies before reading, during reading and after reading, in order that the teacher can facilitate the small group instructional sessions for maximum benefit. This session will explain how to set up the classroom for success and answer the question, “What are the others doing?” while the teacher works with a small group.

PART 1 (Thursday 13 August) covered:

A close look at the role of instructional reading in the reading hour.

Guided Reading was defined and demonstrated.

Guided Reading is most effective when:
- texts are selected at an instructional level based on effective assessment
- good quality texts are selected and
- teaching outcomes are made explicit regarding teacher preparation

The use of alternative small group instructional reading strategies- Reciprocal Reading, Literature Circles - within a balanced reading program was described.

If you missed this first session please contact Trish Hurley at EDTV at: trish@edtv.com.au or 0415 795 757 to register your interest. Sessions can be tailored to suit the needs of your school and directed to different levels or for special needs.

20 August 2015
Harmony Day

To recognise Harmony Day the Australian Museum presenting the My Cultural Object video conference. Students explore the concept of ‘culture’ and collect an object of personal significance to them.

They observe and learn about Aboriginal cultural objects and their importance to Aboriginal people. Museum collections and exhibitions are investigated so that students can create an exhibition with the objects they have collected.

22 March 2016
Harmony Day

To recognise Harmony Day the Australian Museum presenting the My Cultural Object video conference. Students explore the concept of ‘culture’ and collect an object of personal significance to them.

They observe and learn about Aboriginal cultural objects and their importance to Aboriginal people. Museum collections and exhibitions are investigated so that students can create an exhibition with the objects they have collected.

23 March 2016
Hospital Explorer Virtual Excursion

The Hospital Explorer Virtual Excursion is a new online version of the Hospital Explorer Program for Year 1 students, which has been running at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick (SCH) for over 15 years. The program aims to demystify the hospital environment and promote staying healthy, whilst exploring themes relevant to the school curriculum. Students will:
- learn about playing safely, preventing disease and making healthy choices
- use equipment to understand how the body works
- meet a real Doctor, Child Life Therapist and Physiotherapist who work at the hospital
- solve the mystery of what actually happens in hospital!

A Hospital Explorer resource box is sent out to schools prior to the excursion which contains the necessary equipment for students to participate in the program's activities. Schools can continue to use the Hospital Explorer Box to participate in future virtual excursions or to supplement their own teaching.

PRICE:

>> 1st Hospital Explorer Virtual Excursion (up to 30 students):

Virtual Excursion (free) + Hospital Explorer Box (compulsory first-time purchase*) $165 incl. GST and postage

TOTAL COST = $165.00

>> 2nd and additional Hospital Explorer Virtual Excursions (up to 30 students):

Virtual Excursion (gold coin donation per student) + Hospital Explorer Box (previously purchased by school*)

TOTAL COST = gold coin donation per student

*The Hospital Explorer Box is a necessary resource for students to participate in the virtual excursion. It contains hospital equipment and teaching aides that will be used during the program. The box can also be used in isolation of the excursion by teachers throughout the year to supplement their own lessons.

The excursion will include a storybook presentation that will be shared via video conference. Please check that you can view ‘shared content’ by setting your video conferencing unit to PC2. All schools are provided with a hard-copy version of the storybook in the Hospital Explorer Box in case there are any problems viewing the storybook presentation during the session.

05 April 2016
Hospital Explorer Virtual Excursion

The Hospital Explorer Virtual Excursion is a new online version of the Hospital Explorer Program for Year 1 students, which has been running at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick (SCH) for over 15 years. The program aims to demystify the hospital environment and promote staying healthy, whilst exploring themes relevant to the school curriculum. Students will:
- learn about playing safely, preventing disease and making healthy choices
- use equipment to understand how the body works
- meet a real Doctor, Child Life Therapist and Physiotherapist who work at the hospital
- solve the mystery of what actually happens in hospital!

A Hospital Explorer resource box is sent out to schools prior to the excursion which contains the necessary equipment for students to participate in the program's activities. Schools can continue to use the Hospital Explorer Box to participate in future virtual excursions or to supplement their own teaching.

PRICE:

>> 1st Hospital Explorer Virtual Excursion (up to 30 students):

Virtual Excursion (free) + Hospital Explorer Box (compulsory first-time purchase*) $165 incl. GST and postage

TOTAL COST = $165.00

>> 2nd and additional Hospital Explorer Virtual Excursions (up to 30 students):

Virtual Excursion (gold coin donation per student) + Hospital Explorer Box (previously purchased by school*)

TOTAL COST = gold coin donation per student

*The Hospital Explorer Box is a necessary resource for students to participate in the virtual excursion. It contains hospital equipment and teaching aides that will be used during the program. The box can also be used in isolation of the excursion by teachers throughout the year to supplement their own lessons.

11 October 2016
Hospital Explorer Virtual Excursion

The Hospital Explorer Virtual Excursion is a new online version of the Hospital Explorer Program for Year 1 students, which has been running at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick (SCH) for over 15 years. The program aims to demystify the hospital environment and promote staying healthy, whilst exploring themes relevant to the school curriculum. Students will:
- learn about playing safely, preventing disease and making healthy choices
- use equipment to understand how the body works
- meet a real Doctor, Child Life Therapist and Physiotherapist who work at the hospital
- solve the mystery of what actually happens in hospital!

A Hospital Explorer resource box is sent out to schools prior to the excursion which contains the necessary equipment for students to participate in the program's activities. Schools can continue to use the Hospital Explorer Box to participate in future virtual excursions or to supplement their own teaching.

PRICE:

>> 1st Hospital Explorer Virtual Excursion (up to 30 students):

Virtual Excursion (free) + Hospital Explorer Box (compulsory first-time purchase*) $165 incl. GST and postage

TOTAL COST = $165.00

>> 2nd and additional Hospital Explorer Virtual Excursions (up to 30 students):

Virtual Excursion (gold coin donation per student) + Hospital Explorer Box (previously purchased by school*)

TOTAL COST = gold coin donation per student

*The Hospital Explorer Box is a necessary resource for students to participate in the virtual excursion. It contains hospital equipment and teaching aides that will be used during the program. The box can also be used in isolation of the excursion by teachers throughout the year to supplement their own lessons.

26 July 2016
How do you cope in the HEAT!

With the weather heating up it is time to look at how you cope in the HEAT. Join this session to find out how your class can be involved in an Australian National University study on working in the heat.

Australian National University is conducting a research project investigating health and productivity responses to working in the heat across the nation. The project arose from the national lack of understanding of how Australia is likely to cope with increasingly hot summers.

Despite the fact that Australia gets hot in summer, and on average a 1000 people die every year from heat exposure. The more people enrolling in the study the better the data capture and more reliable the findings.

8 December 2014
How do you cope in the HEAT!

With the weather heating up it is time to look at how you cope in the HEAT. Join this session to find out how your class can be involved in an Australian National University study on working in the heat.

Australian National University is conducting a research project investigating health and productivity responses to working in the heat across the nation. The project arose from the national lack of understanding of how Australia is likely to cope with increasingly hot summers.

Despite the fact that Australia gets hot in summer, and on average a 1000 people die every year from heat exposure. The more people enrolling in the study the better the data capture and more reliable the findings.

8 December 2014
How rural and Indigenous kids can become doctors

Discover how Indigenous or Rural students, who aspire to be doctors, can achieve their dream and gain entry into Medicine.
This presentation will outline:
- Rural Student Entry and Indigenous Entry Schemes into UNSW Medicine
- Selection criteria and how to apply
- Accommodation and scholarships
- Our world-class rural campuses
Current medical students will also share their personal experiences of applying and studying Medicine at UNSW.

17 May 2016
How to Draw - a workshop with Andrew Joyner - The School Magazine

Celebrated children’s illustrator and author Andrew Joyner will demonstrate techniques and share tips in this interactive workshop.

This video conferencing excursion is only available to subscribers of The School Magazine.

There will be a downloadable PDF ‘how to draw’ sheet available for your students to use during the session found at theschoolmagazine.com.au/about/our-centenary/a-century-of-words

Students are encouraged to have a pencil and paper and something to draw on.

02 August 2016
HSC Physics Revision - Quanta to Quarks

Important information about the format of these sessions:

- Students collaboratively revise the HSC Physics Quanta to Quarks module by giving short 2-3 minute presentations about syllabus dot points, using diagrams and summaries on butcher's paper.
- Students then put their revised knowledge of content into practice by answering past HSC questions and co-marking their answers using marking guidelines.
- Please read more on our website before booking this session: http://bit.ly/anstoelearning

06 September 2016
Human Body - Look at the major body systems and senses

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? Heart, kidneys, bones, liver and other vital organs are discussed. What happens to food when I swallow? Also covers basic hygiene practices, reflexes, inheritance and the components of skin, blood and hair.

Your class will have a chance to run experiments during the event using materials provided by your school.
Video of this conference in action: https://player.vimeo.com/video/79648619

Fizzics Education will provide information on materials required prior to the event date.Should you require a different day please contact us and we'll arrange a suitable time for you!

Australian curriculum outcomes:

Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (ACSSU043)
The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)

NSW Syllabus Outcomes: Science & Technology

Science

Outcomes: A student

- describes that living things have life cycles, can be distinguished from non-living things and grouped, based on their observable features (ST2-10LW)

- describes how structural features and other adaptations of living things help them to survive in their environment (ST3-10LW)

23 June 2015
iKiFit Safe Respectful Learners BOSTES accredited Half Day Course - Session 1 of 2

Learn how the easy- to- use SRL strategies and class content can help you enhance your students' engagement, improve their fitness and co-ordination, build leadership skills, - and ultimately help improve their numeracy and literacy.

Whether you wish to embed the Safe Respectful Learners process in the Curriculum and Welfare Policies of your school or use components of the program in your class room or at home, the iKi SRL Course has something for you. Phone Kim on 0411 251 922 for more details.

20 March 2015
iKiFit Safe Respectful Learners BOSTES accredited Half Day Course - Session 2 of 2

Learn how the easy- to- use SRL strategies and class content can help you enhance your students' engagement, improve their fitness and co-ordination, build leadership skills, - and ultimately help improve their numeracy and literacy.

Whether you wish to embed the Safe Respectful Learners process in the Curriculum and Welfare Policies of your school or use components of the program in your class room or at home, the iKi SRL Course has something for you. Phone Kim on 0411 251 922 for more details.

27 March 2015
Inclusive strategies for Success!

A resources covered in the session will be posted at http://www.rde.nsw.edu.au/strategies-for-success-2015/
The International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that celebrates progress in breaking down barriers, opening doors, and realising an inclusive society for all. As part of this day, five well known educators and accessibility advocates are sharing a series of seven short (30 minute) taster sessions on successful practical strategies to support a diverse range of learners reach their potential.

Session 1: - 9:30am – 10:00am
Topic: Using the iPad to support students with literacy difficulties 
Presenter: Joe Allen 
About: exploring the tools available on the iPad to help students with their reading and writing, including accessibility features and a range of apps that can ensure these students are accessing the curriculum and presenting what they understand in a variety of ways.  

Session 2: - 10:10am – 10:40am
Topic: iPads for communication support
Presenter: Gai Cross
About: An initial look at a couple of AAC apps that can be used to support learners needing to communicate through alternate means.Focus on  Proloquo2Go.

Session 3: - 10:50am – 11:20am
Topic: Accessibility and hearing impairment  
Presenter: Michael Harrison
About: We will check out some of the accessibility features of iOS devices that may be useful for students with hearing impairment. We will also look at how to connect hearing devices to IWB and similar. 

Session 4: - 11:30am – 12:00pm
Topic: Flipping the tech! 
Presenter: Greg Alchin
About: How to incorporate mainstream tech for inclusive and accessible. Examples include Aftershockz headphones, Belkin stages, cardboard boxes, 

Session 5: - 12:10pm – 12:40pm
Topic: Creating accessible Word documents
Presenter: Fiona Thomas
About: How to use built in structures in Office program Word to create Accessible word documents for students with additional learning and support needs.
Inclusive of all devices that you can run Office Word on.

Session 6: - 12:50pm – 1:20pm
Topic: Literacy Support within Google Apps for Education
Presenter: Gai Cross
About: An overview of how Google extensions can be added to Chrome Browser to aid with reading and spelling. Focus on TextHelp Read, Write for Google.

Session 7: - 1:30pm – 2:00pm
Topic: Cracking the Code
Presenter: Greg Alchin
About: How to use simple intuitive coding apps as cross curricula tools for processing meaning and expressing understanding.

3 December 2015
Indigenous Totem workshop

In this practical 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. This workshop was developed by Indigenous educators at the Australian Museum.This workshop can be packaged with the Indigenous Art workshop

6 December 2013
Inspiring Stories Jeannie Baker

The Australian National Maritime Museum is proud to host award winning children's author and artist Jeannie Baker for an exclusive chat. Join us as we talk to Jeannie about her new picture Circle. Find out about Jeannie, her background, her inspirations and what it like creating a picture book.

15 June 2016
Inspiring Stories Women and Science Symposium Science 50:50 session 2

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.�� Carl Sagan, Scientist and Astronomer (1934-1996)
���Girls are born problem solvers and, more than ever, they want to make a difference in their world, making them natural scientists and innovators. It��s up to us to harness their talent and energy with hands-on experiences, real-world role models and a focus on the possibilities that science can make in their lives and the lives of others��. Eileen Sweeney, 2008
With the current research indicating there is trend for young female students to opt out of science in the senior secondary years, the Australian National Maritime Museum in conjunction with UNSW for International Women��s Day, is hosting a Women in Science Symposium at the museum and through video conferencing, to encourage high school girls to look beyond the lab coats and to see the possibilities for scientific careers.


The second part of today��s women and science symposium will be chaired by Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla Associate Dean (Strategic Industry Relations) UNSW Science Director Centre for Sustainable Materials.
.As a modern day ���alchemist�� UNSW ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor Veena Sahajwalla is revolutionising the way the world thinks about waste by leveraging high temperature reactions to transform waste into valuable raw materials for production.

Her world-first ���green steel�� process turns waste tyres into commercial quality steel. She��s now turning automotive waste and e-waste into metal alloys, safely and cheaply, with more ���green materials�� in development.

Science 50:50 is being led by Professor Sahajwalla, and is supported by her ARC-funded Georgina Sweet Fellowship.

Science 50:50 is a program that aims to inspire young women to pursue degrees and careers in science and technology so they can succeed in an innovation driven future. Science 50:50 makes the simple point ��� since half the population is female, why not half the scientists and technologists? By informing and engaging young women with the power of science and technology to solve complex problems and transform lives, and by introducing them to Australian scientists and innovators who are doing just that, Science 50:50 can help recalibrate the gender balance.

50:50 Sydney launch Agenda

1:30 pm -1:45 pm: Keynote address Professor Merlin Crossley, Dean of UNSW Science

1:45 pm -2:30 pm: Industry talks

Industry partners:

CSIRO, IBM, Cochlear, Woolworths, Arrium, Brickworks, Australian Museum Research Institute, Global Product Stewardship Council.

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Q&A and panel discussion hosted by Prof. Veena Sahajwalla

Students will have the opportunity to learn about scientific careers beyond university, internships and competitions.




6 March 2015
Inspiring Stories Women and Science Symposium session 1

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.�� Carl Sagan, Scientist and Astronomer (1934-1996)
���Girls are born problem solvers and, more than ever, they want to make a difference in their world, making them natural scientists and innovators. It��s up to us to harness their talent and energy with hands-on experiences, real-world role models and a focus on the possibilities that science can make in their lives and the lives of others��. Eileen Sweeney, 2008
With the current research indicating there is trend for young female students to opt out of science in the senior secondary years, the Australian National Maritime Museum in conjunction with UNSW for International Women��s Day, is hosting a Women in Science Symposium at the museum and through video conferencing, to encourage high school girls to look beyond the lab coats and to see the possibilities for scientific careers.

The panel of guest speakers both national and international will talk about their careers and the types of interesting research they undertake.
Chair Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla Director Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology
Micheline-Nicole Jenner Marine Biologist Centre for Whale Research WA
Dr Katy Croff Bell Ph.d Expedition Leader Vice President and Chief Scientist Ocean Exploration Trust
Dr Katherine Dafforn research SIMS UNSW
Dr Inke Falkner SIMS

6 March 2015
International Safer Internet Day 2016: Play your part for a better internet

The 2016 Safer Internet Day Virtual Classroom will immerse students into the hype and excitement of Cherrybrook Primary School’s inaugural X-Factor competition!

Can your students help the aspiring performers to make wise and respectful choices on social media as they upload, post, share and comment on acts in preparation for the Grand Final?

The presentation will assist students to:
• understand the possible consequences of posting images
• be a good bystander
• communicate online respectfully
• understand how to report inappropriate material and contact

10 February 2016
Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef

During the "Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef" videoconference, your students will participate in a virtual dive into Reef HQ Aquarium's Coral Reef and Predator exhibits and will have the oppurtunity to interact live with a SCUBA diver while they learn about the Great Barrier Reef. Students will learn about the diversity of reef creatures, the adaptations they possess and the role they play within the reef community. The presentation also explores the inter-relationships between marine creatures, threats to the reef and ways we can all help protect and look after the Great Barrier Reef. Should you have a specific focus or interest, our educators can tailor your presentation to meet the needs and learning objectives of your class. For example, other focus areas that can be included or expanded upon as part of the session include topics such as Climate Change and its effects of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Human uses of the GBR. The program is facilitated by a team of highly qualified marine educators who are flexible in their delivery of presentations, which can be targeted to suit all ages and stages of learning.

15 July 2015
Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef

During the "Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef" videoconference, your students will participate in a virtual dive into Reef HQ Aquarium's Coral Reef and Predator exhibits and will have the oppurtunity to interact live with a SCUBA diver while they learn about the Great Barrier Reef. Students will learn about the diversity of reef creatures, the adaptations they possess and the role they play within the reef community. The presentation also explores the inter-relationships between marine creatures, threats to the reef and ways we can all help protect and look after the Great Barrier Reef. Should you have a specific focus or interest, our educators can tailor your presentation to meet the needs and learning objectives of your class. For example, other focus areas that can be included or expanded upon as part of the session include topics such as Climate Change and its effects of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Human uses of the GBR. The program is facilitated by a team of highly qualified marine educators who are flexible in their delivery of presentations, which can be targeted to suit all ages and stages of learning.

16 December 2015
Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef

During the "Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef" videoconference, your students will participate in a virtual dive into Reef HQ Aquarium's Coral Reef and Predator exhibits and will have the oppurtunity to interact live with a SCUBA diver while they learn about the Great Barrier Reef. Students will learn about the diversity of reef creatures, the adaptations they possess and the role they play within the reef community. The presentation also explores the inter-relationships between marine creatures, threats to the reef and ways we can all help protect and look after the Great Barrier Reef. Should you have a specific focus or interest, our educators can tailor your presentation to meet the needs and learning objectives of your class. For example, other focus areas that can be included or expanded upon as part of the session include topics such as Climate Change and its effects of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Human uses of the GBR. The program is facilitated by a team of highly qualified marine educators who are flexible in their delivery of presentations, which can be targeted to suit all ages and stages of learning.

16 February 2015
Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef

During the "Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef" videoconference, your students will participate in a virtual dive into Reef HQ Aquarium's Coral Reef and Predator exhibits and will have the oppurtunity to interact live with a SCUBA diver while they learn about the Great Barrier Reef. Students will learn about the diversity of reef creatures, the adaptations they possess and the role they play within the reef community. The presentation also explores the inter-relationships between marine creatures, threats to the reef and ways we can all help protect and look after the Great Barrier Reef. Should you have a specific focus or interest, our educators can tailor your presentation to meet the needs and learning objectives of your class. For example, other focus areas that can be included or expanded upon as part of the session include topics such as Climate Change and its effects of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Human uses of the GBR. The program is facilitated by a team of highly qualified marine educators who are flexible in their delivery of presentations, which can be targeted to suit all ages and stages of learning.

16 February 2016
Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef

During the "Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef" videoconference, your students will participate in a virtual dive into Reef HQ Aquarium's Coral Reef and Predator exhibits and will have the oppurtunity to interact live with a SCUBA diver while they learn about the Great Barrier Reef. Students will learn about the diversity of reef creatures, the adaptations they possess and the role they play within the reef community. The presentation also explores the inter-relationships between marine creatures, threats to the reef and ways we can all help protect and look after the Great Barrier Reef. Should you have a specific focus or interest, our educators can tailor your presentation to meet the needs and learning objectives of your class. For example, other focus areas that can be included or expanded upon as part of the session include topics such as Climate Change and its effects of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Human uses of the GBR. The program is facilitated by a team of highly qualified marine educators who are flexible in their delivery of presentations, which can be targeted to suit all ages and stages of learning.

17 March 2015
Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef

During the "Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef" videoconference, your students will participate in a virtual dive into Reef HQ Aquarium's Coral Reef and Predator exhibits and will have the oppurtunity to interact live with a SCUBA diver while they learn about the Great Barrier Reef. Students will learn about the diversity of reef creatures, the adaptations they possess and the role they play within the reef community. The presentation also explores the inter-relationships between marine creatures, threats to the reef and ways we can all help protect and look after the Great Barrier Reef. Should you have a specific focus or interest, our educators can tailor your presentation to meet the needs and learning objectives of your class. For example, other focus areas that can be included or expanded upon as part of the session include topics such as Climate Change and its effects of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Human uses of the GBR. The program is facilitated by a team of highly qualified marine educators who are flexible in their delivery of presentations, which can be targeted to suit all ages and stages of learning.

2 February 2015
Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef

During the "Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef" videoconference, your students will participate in a virtual dive into Reef HQ Aquarium's Coral Reef and Predator exhibits and will have the oppurtunity to interact live with a SCUBA diver while they learn about the Great Barrier Reef. Students will learn about the diversity of reef creatures, the adaptations they possess and the role they play within the reef community. The presentation also explores the inter-relationships between marine creatures, threats to the reef and ways we can all help protect and look after the Great Barrier Reef. Should you have a specific focus or interest, our educators can tailor your presentation to meet the needs and learning objectives of your class. For example, other focus areas that can be included or expanded upon as part of the session include topics such as Climate Change and its effects of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Human uses of the GBR. The program is facilitated by a team of highly qualified marine educators who are flexible in their delivery of presentations, which can be targeted to suit all ages and stages of learning.

23 February 2016
Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef

During the "Introduction to the Great Barrier Reef" videoconference, your students will participate in a virtual dive into Reef HQ Aquarium's Coral Reef and Predator exhibits and will have the oppurtunity to interact live with a SCUBA diver while they learn about the Great Barrier Reef. Students will learn about the diversity of reef creatures, the adaptations they possess and the role they play within the reef community. The presentation also explores the inter-relationships between marine creatures, threats to the reef and ways we can all help protect and look after the Great Barrier Reef. Should you have a specific focus or interest, our educators can tailor your presentation to meet the needs and learning objectives of your class. For example, other focus areas that can be included or expanded upon as part of the session include topics such as Climate Change and its effects of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), Managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and Human uses of the GBR. The program is facilitated by a team of highly qualified marine educators who are flexible in their delivery of presentations, which can be targeted to suit all ages and stages of learning.

27 January 2015
K - 2 Science in Art

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. Fizzics Education will provide information on the simple materials required prior to the event date. Should you require a different day please contact us and we'll arrange a suitable time for you!

Australian Curriculum Outcomes:

Objects are made of materials that have observable properties (ACSSU003)
Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways (ACSSU018)
Different materials can be combined for a particular purpose (ACSSU031)


NSW Syllabus Outcomes: Science K - 10

A student

- identifies that objects are made of materials that have observable properties STe-9ME
- identifies ways that everyday materials can be physically changed and combined for a particular purpose (ST1-12MW)

18 May 2016
KEEPING THE UNIVERSE CONNECTED Meet NASA’S BADRI YOUNES

“A modern-day human space program would be difficult if not impossible without
the constant coverage provided by the TDRS satellites. Anything you see going to space has to be enabled by us.” Badri Younes

If you need to ...
- keep track of orbiting satellites and interplanetary spacecraft
- ensure constant communication with the International Space Station
- relay high res images from Pluto later this year from the New Horizons flyby
- investigate the possibilities for enabling live stream video from Curiosity on Mars
- oversee the NASA Space Network (SN), Near-Earth Network (NEN), and Deep Space Network (DSN)
- develop systems to meet space communication and navigation demands decades into the future
... then Badri Younes from NASA’s SCaN department is the man to call!

In this special video conference event, Mr Younes will join us live in the Mars Lab studio during his upcoming visit to Australia. He will chat with young people and answer their questions about: the future of space communication, interplanetary exploration, humans as explorers, Australia’s role in space exploration and why NASA is a place where you can build and realise your dreams.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity for your students to ask questions and discuss ideas with a distinguished NASA scientist and leader.

23 February 2015
Kids Helpline @ School

Kids Helpline @ School is a free program which allows Australian primary schools to invite Kids Helpline counsellors into their classrooms via video link or phone.Students get the opportunity to talk with a counsellor during a group discussion about things impacting on their lives. Sessions aim to improve mental health literacy in primary school aged children, promote resilience and encourage help seeking behaviours.The classroom based sessions do not offer individual counselling, however, the students are introduced to Kids Helpline which is our 24 hour, 7 day a week, free, telephone and online counselling service for 5 to 25 year olds. Students will be invited to contact us should they express the need for assistance during the classroom session.

20 July 2015
KOORI CLASSROOM: Bennelong - A Day in the Life of a Wanngal Man

What was life like for Aboriginal People before the arrival of Europeans? In this session of our Koori Classroom series, students will learn about one of our most famous Sydney Aboriginal men ��� Bennelong. His country was Wanngal land - part of which today is Sydney Olympic Park. How would Bennelong have lived in the wetlands and woodlands of this area? What were vital foods for Bennelong and his wife Barangaroo? Join D��harawal knowledge keeper, Shannon Foster who will explain Sydney��s Indigenous seasons, share some Aboriginal science, culture and language from the Sydney region and discuss the roles of women and men in sustainably gathering foods and resources from the area. Shannon will interpret the meaning of symbols used in Aboriginal art which students can reproduce in class (and later complete their own artwork). Students will also learn an indigenous weaving skill during the Video Conference. There will be opportunity for each class to ask questions of Shannon.

16 December 2014
Law of the Land: Troopers, Trackers and Bushrangers

In this virtual excursion your students will go back in time to the 1880s to share an hour in the life of a Mounted Trooper (played by a costumed interpreter) as he talks about the difficulties the police face in overcoming the threat of bushrangers in NSW. The Mounted Trooper has lots of stories to tell about his life in the bush and his exploits in bringing the bushrangers to justice.Our videoconference sessions are interactive and your students are encouraged to engage with the Trooper and ask him questions about his life and work: from what he thinks of bushrangers; to how the battle for the Bush between bushrangers and Troopers is being fought and why he isn��t tempted to seek his fortune on the goldfields.Students will be encouraged to look at and interpret historical source material to support differing views of bushrangers as heroes or villains.Students will see some objects from the museum��s handling collection, some original documents and a number of images and photographs from the era. The session also incorporates activities and group work.

16 July 2015
Law of the Land: Troopers, Trackers and Bushrangers

In this virtual excursion your students will go back in time to the 1850s to share an hour in the life of a Mounted Trooper (played by a costumed interpreter) as he talks about the difficulties the police face in overcoming the threat of bushrangers in NSW. The Mounted Trooper has lots of stories to tell about his life in the bush and his exploits in bringing the bushrangers to justice.Our videoconference sessions are interactive and your students are encouraged to engage with the Trooper and ask him questions about his life and work: from what he thinks of bushrangers; to how the battle for the Bush between bushrangers and Troopers is being fought and why he isn��t tempted to seek his fortune on the goldfields.Students will be encouraged to look at and interpret historical source material to support differing views of bushrangers as heroes or villains.Students will see some objects from the museum��s handling collection, some original documents and a number of images and photographs from the era. The session also incorporates activities and group work.

16 March 2015
Law of the Land: Troopers, Trackers and Bushrangers

In this virtual excursion your students will go back in time to the 1880s to share an hour in the life of a mounted trooper (played by a costumed interpreter) as he talks about the difficulties the police faced in overcoming the threat of bushrangers in NSW. The trooper has lots of stories to tell about his life in the bush and his exploits in bringing the bushrangers to justice. The program is interactive and your students are encouraged to engage with the trooper and ask him questions about his life and work: from what he thinks of bushrangers; to how the battle for the bush between bushrangers and troopers was fought and why he isn't tempted to seek his fortune on the goldfields.Students will be encouraged to analyse historical source material to support differing views of bushrangers as heroes or villains. Students will see some objects from the museum's handling collection, some original documents and a number of images and photographs from the era. The session also incorporates activities and group work.

22 March 2016
Law of the Land: Troopers, Trackers and Bushrangers

In this virtual excursion your students will go back in time to the 1850s to share an hour in the life of a Mounted Trooper (played by a costumed interpreter) as he talks about the difficulties the police face in overcoming the threat of bushrangers in NSW. The Mounted Trooper has lots of stories to tell about his life in the bush and his exploits in bringing the bushrangers to justice.Our videoconference sessions are interactive and your students are encouraged to engage with the Trooper and ask him questions about his life and work: from what he thinks of bushrangers; to how the battle for the Bush between bushrangers and Troopers is being fought and why he isn��t tempted to seek his fortune on the goldfields.Students will be encouraged to look at and interpret historical source material to support differing views of bushrangers as heroes or villains.Students will see some objects from the museum��s handling collection, some original documents and a number of images and photographs from the era. The session also incorporates activities and group work.

4 March 2015
Lego Robotics - An Introduction

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. The programming itself is based on Lego's easy understand computer program, whereby students intuitively use the simple 'drag and drop' icons to form their code. Students are guided step by step by experienced presenter on how to program their robot to perform precise movements as well as how to operate environmental sensors such as light and sound.

- Move the robot

- Operate sound, ultrasonic and light sensors

- Use loops and switches

This class is ideal for those schools which have the hardware but have not yet commenced using the equipment. During the video conference your class will need the following:

- 1 EV3 robot completely made with all sensors and motors

- 1 computer running Lego Mindstorms EV3 software attached to the video conferencing unit

- 1 interactive whiteboard turned on and setup to receive content from the video confernece (contact DART if unsure how to do this)

- Students seated in a "U" shape so that they call all see the robot moving. More than 1 robot in a video conference is unwieldy and not recommended.

It is highly recommended that you are familiar with toggling between preset camera angles and the presentation button on your video conference remote control. This workshop requires us to be able to view your monitor screen as you programme the robot. The class is open-ended, should you need to address specific programming challenges we can work through these during the conference.

Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:
Digital Technologies

Explore and use a range of digital systems with peripheral devices for different purposes, and transmit different types of data (ACTDIK007)

Define simple problems, and describe and follow a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve them (ACTDIP010)

Explain how developed solutions and existing information systems meet common personal, school or community needs, and envisage new ways of using them (ACTDIP012)

Investigate how digital systems use whole numbers as a basis for representing all types of data (ACTDIK015)

Design, modify and follow simple algorithms represented diagrammatically and in English involving sequences of steps, branching, and iteration (repetition) (ACTDIP019)

23 March 2016
LIVE PERFORMANCE FROM SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE - FREE- THE TALE OF SAMULNORI

The Tale of Samulnori is an exciting new work created in collaboration between the innovative Australian company Legs On The Wall and South Korea��s AsiaNow, combining traditional and contemporary acrobatics, video imagery and live music. Inspired by a Korean fable, The Tale of Samulnori tells the story of a peaceful land sent suddenly into turmoil when a dark cloud of pollution arrives, bringing confusion and despair to the people. Four children are sent to the corners of the earth where they must convince a guardian to hand over a treasure ��� a rare and precious musical instrument which, when played in harmony, will restore peace. Through this dynamic production, students will gain insight into Korean culture and connect with environmental issues of the past and present.Primary Curriculum Links English (based on the new NSW English Syllabus), literary texts from other countries and times- drama scripts, texts that provide insights about the peoples and cultures of Asia. Creative Arts - Drama: Drama Forms: Storytelling, Movement, Units of Work: Explorers. Creative Arts- Dance: Contexts: Contemporary Dance, Acrobatics/ Circus, Unit of Work: Making Connections. Creative Arts- Music: Repertoire: Instrumental Music (percussion/ brass/ woodwind).HSIE: CulturesSecondary Curriculum LinksEnglish: (based on the new NSW English Syllabus); range of literary texts from other countries and times, including poetry, drama scripts, prose fiction and picture books, texts that provide insights about the peoples and cultures of AsiaDrama: Dramatic Forms: Physical Theatre, Circus Dance: Dance as an artform; The elements of movement (elements of dance, relationships) Dance Forms: Contemporary Dance, Circus/ Acrobatics Music: Instrumental Music (Brass, Woodwind and Percussion), Movement, Storytelling through music Languages: Korean; Making Linguistic Connections

4 June 2015
Living in Antarctica

Join the expeditioners at Casey station for a look into life on the highest, driest, windiest and coldest continent on earth. Take a look around an Antarctic station, and talk to the station leader and staff who work there over the long, dark winter. Discover the details of their day-to-day life, including what they eat, what they wear, the weather, wildlife and transport.
After bookings close, all participating classes will be emailed with some preparatory work to complete. Classes will also be asked to submit a question they’d like to ask during the videoconference.

03 June 2015
Living in Antarctica

Join the expeditioners at Casey station for a look into life on the highest, driest, windiest and coldest continent on earth. Take a look around an Antarctic station, and talk to the station leader and staff who work there over the long, dark winter. Discover the details of their day-to-day life, including what they eat, what they wear, the weather, wildlife and transport.
After bookings close, all participating classes will be emailed with some preparatory work to complete. Classes will also be asked to submit a question they’d like to ask during the videoconference.






10 September 2015
Living in Antarctica

Join the expeditioners at Casey station for a look into life on the highest, driest, windiest and coldest continent on earth. Take a look around an Antarctic station, and talk to the station leader and staff who work there over the long, dark winter. Discover the details of their day-to-day life, including what they eat, what they wear, the weather, wildlife and transport.After bookings close, all participating classes will be emailed with some preparatory work to complete. Classes will also be asked to submit a question they’d like to ask during the videoconference.

12 October 2016
Living in Antarctica

Join the expeditioners at Davis station for a look into life on the highest, driest, windiest and coldest continent on earth. Take a look around an Antarctic station, and talk to the station leader and staff who work there over the long, dark winter. Discover the details of their day-to-day life, including what they eat, what they wear, the weather, wildlife and transport.After bookings close, all participating classes will be emailed with some preparatory work to complete. Classes will also be asked to submit a question they’d like to ask during the videoconference.

24 August 2016
MARS MISSION 5

TAKE YOUR STUDENTS ON A MISSION TO MARS!

In this exciting 2 PART virtual excursion workshop, your students get the unique opportunity to drive a robotic rover via a web browser from your classroom across the Mars Yard (a re-creation of the surface of Mars) located at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

Led by the Mars Lab team via video conference, your students will explore the various landforms and features of the Martian surface to examine the history, geological evolution and potential evidence of past habitable environments on Mars. During the excursion your students will:

- Work collaboratively to plan their mission using a mapping application
- Practice driving the rover using a virtual simulation
- Work collaboratively to drive the rover to sites of interest on the Mars Yard
- Take photographs of sites of interest using the rover's camera

The program focuses on collaboration, planning, observation and scientific investigation.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Part 1| Introduction to Mars exploration and the Mars Lab (45 minutes)
Part 2| The mission (90 minutes) - TBD (Please book PART 2 by emailing book@maas.museum)

Part 1| Introduction to Mars exploration and the Mars Lab (45 minutes)

Via video conference, the Mars Lab team in Sydney will introduce your class to Mars exploration and the Mars Mission 5 activity. They will explain how the class will prepare for their Mars Mission.

Part 2| The mission (90 minutes)

The mission is the highlight of the session where mission teams get to drive the real robot rover and to play 5 different operational roles that will contribute to the successful completion of the mission. Students will use the rover to capture images of features and landforms associated with their clues for later analysis.

*For a more detailed outline of the program, please visit the Mars Lab website at: http://www.themarslab.org/unit/mars-mission-5/

1 December 2015
Mars Mission 5 Part 1

TAKE YOUR STUDENTS ON A MISSION TO MARS!

In this exciting 2 PART virtual excursion workshop, your students get the unique opportunity to drive a robotic rover via a web browser from your classroom across the Mars Yard (a re-creation of the surface of Mars) located at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

Led by the Mars Lab team via video conference, your students will explore the various landforms and features of the Martian surface to examine the history, geological evolution and potential evidence of past habitable environments on Mars. During the excursion your students will:

- Work collaboratively to plan their mission using a mapping application
- Practice driving the rover using a virtual simulation
- Work collaboratively to drive the rover to sites of interest on the Mars Yard
- Take photographs of sites of interest using the rover's camera

The program focuses on collaboration, planning, observation and scientific investigation.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Part 1| Introduction to Mars exploration and the Mars Lab (45 minutes)
Part 2| The mission (90 minutes) - TBD (Please book PART 2 by emailing book@maas.museum)

Part 1| Introduction to Mars exploration and the Mars Lab (45 minutes)

Via video conference, the Mars Lab team in Sydney will introduce your class to Mars exploration and the Mars Mission 5 activity. They will explain how the class will prepare for their Mars Mission.

Part 2| The mission (90 minutes)

The mission is the highlight of the session where mission teams get to drive the real robot rover and to play 5 different operational roles that will contribute to the successful completion of the mission. Students will use the rover to capture images of features and landforms associated with their clues for later analysis.

*For a more detailed outline of the program, please visit the Mars Lab website at: http://www.themarslab.org/unit/mars-mission-5/

08 March 2016
Mars Mission 5 Part 1

TAKE YOUR STUDENTS ON A MISSION TO MARS!

In this exciting 2 PART virtual excursion workshop, your students get the unique opportunity to drive a robotic rover via a web browser from your classroom across the Mars Yard (a re-creation of the surface of Mars) located at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

Led by the Mars Lab team via video conference, your students will explore the various landforms and features of the Martian surface to examine the history, geological evolution and potential evidence of past habitable environments on Mars. During the excursion your students will:

- Work collaboratively to plan their mission using a mapping application
- Practice driving the rover using a virtual simulation
- Work collaboratively to drive the rover to sites of interest on the Mars Yard
- Take photographs of sites of interest using the rover's camera

The program focuses on collaboration, planning, observation and scientific investigation.

PROGRAM OUTLINE

Part 1| Introduction to Mars exploration and the Mars Lab (45 minutes)
Part 2| The mission (90 minutes) - TBD (Please book PART 2 by emailing book@maas.museum)

Part 1| Introduction to Mars exploration and the Mars Lab (45 minutes)

Via video conference, the Mars Lab team in Sydney will introduce your class to Mars exploration and the Mars Mission 5 activity. They will explain how the class will prepare for their Mars Mission.

Part 2| The mission (90 minutes)

The mission is the highlight of the session where mission teams get to drive the real robot rover and to play 5 different operational roles that will contribute to the successful completion of the mission. Students will use the rover to capture images of features and landforms associated with their clues for later analysis.

*For a more detailed outline of the program, please visit the Mars Lab website at: http://www.themarslab.org/unit/mars-mission-5/

23 February 2016
MARS ONE - a one way ticket to Mars (Meet some Australian Mars One candidates)

ONE WAY TICKET TO MARS
Meet some Australian Mars One candidates

Have you heard about Mars One ��� the ambitious project that is under way to send the first humans to Mars? The plan is to send 4 people (2 women and 2 men) in 2024 ��� and it��s one way! They won��t be coming back. They will be Martians.

Some 200,000 people from all over the world applied for the chance to be one of the first humans on Mars. That number has been narrowed down to about 750, including some 25 Australians. Eventually the number will be reduced to a total of 24. These candidates will undergo many years of extensive training and eventually 4 will be chosen by a TV audience as part of a reality style TV show to be the first to go.

So, what kind of people are these Australians? What would you ask them if you had the chance? What makes them want to go to Mars and give up life on Earth? What about their families and friends? Why do they think they should be chosen? What training will they need? How will they survive and cope in the tiny habitation modules? What if something goes wrong? What characteristics would they look for in team-mates? How is all of this affecting their daily life now?

This video conference gives students the opportunity to meet and ask questions of a number of these ordinary (or, some might say, extraordinary) Australians who have made it to the second round of the Mars One selection process.

Suitable for students from most curriculum areas.

Don��t let your students miss this unique opportunity. Limited spaces. Book now.

27 November 2014
Maths Magic with Questacon

Maths is about much more than just numbers. Maths is about patterns, about finding them, using them, manipulating them . . .

When you start to understand that, you can use maths to do some very interesting things!

This workshop will allow students to explore the maths in number patterns, tessellations, and probability.

1 December 2015
Maths Magic with Questacon

Maths is about much more than just numbers. Maths is about patterns, about finding them, using them, manipulating them . . .

When you start to understand that, you can use maths to do some very interesting things!

This workshop will allow students to explore the maths in number patterns, tessellations, and probability.

30 November 2015
MCA Digital Excursion

Choose from one of:

PRIMARY (Suitable for Stages 1 - 3)
* Creative Guide to Contemporary Art: Colour and Emotion
Explore how artists use colour to convey emotion.

* Creative Guide to Contemporary Art: Performance and Movement
Get physical exploring performance in contemporary art.

* Art Write Now: Creative Writing and Contemporary Art
Be inspired by contemporary artworks in a series of lively creative writing workshops.

* Walk the Line:
Discover different ways artists use line in contemporary art.

SECONDARY (Suitable for Stages 4 - 6)
* Creative Guide to Contemporary Art
Investigate a range of art forms in this dynamic introduction to contemporary art.

SUPPORTING MATERIALS
* Art-in-a-Box!
A parcel of lesson ideas and making materials to extend your Digital Excursion and explore contemporary art in the classroom. FREE for schools in regional NSW.

18 September 2014
MCA Digital Excursion

Choose from one of:

PRIMARY (Suitable for Stages 1 - 3)
* Creative Guide to Contemporary Art: Colour and Emotion
Explore how artists use colour to convey emotion.

* Creative Guide to Contemporary Art: Performance and Movement
Get physical exploring performance in contemporary art.

* Art Write Now: Creative Writing and Contemporary Art
Be inspired by contemporary artworks in a series of lively creative writing workshops.

* Walk the Line:
Discover different ways artists use line in contemporary art.

SECONDARY (Suitable for Stages 4 - 6)
* Creative Guide to Contemporary Art
Investigate a range of art forms in this dynamic introduction to contemporary art.

SUPPORTING MATERIALS
* Art-in-a-Box!
A parcel of lesson ideas and making materials to extend your Digital Excursion and explore contemporary art in the classroom. FREE for schools in regional NSW.

19 November 2014
MDBA Basin Champions Videoshowcase - May 2015

Do you have a Basin Champions class?

Register here to book your class in for the May video showcase videoconference.

The video showcase VC is an opportunity for Basin Champions students to share their video with the MDBA and other Basin Champions schools.



Basin Champions is an education initiative of the Murray-Daring Basin Authority.

To learn more about Basin Champions, check out http://www.mdba.gov.au/what-we-do/education.

29 May 2015
Meet an expert - Brett Rowling

Students and teachers will have the opportunity to talk with Brett Rowling, an environmental scientist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

Brett monitors groundwater, mostly on contaminated sites. He uses data loggers to monitor groundwater levels in periods of low and high rainfall, and how the chemistry of this water changes over time.

Important information about the format of these sessions:
- Our expert speakers do not give a prepared presentation. They simply answer the questions your students ask. No student questions results in a very boring videoconference!
- Teachers are urged to ensure their students prepare interview-style questions after doing some preliminary research about the expert. We have compiled some suggested reading on our website (http://bit.ly/anstoelearning).
- Our experts are competent communicators and can talk with both primary or secondary school students at an appropriate level.
- Our expert speakers are booked for 3 hours to maximise opportunities for schools to find a time in their busy timetables to participate. After booking, we'll contact teachers by email to ask you to nominate a 20-30 minute time slot within this session to talk with the expert.
- As a post-videoconference activity, we suggest teachers use this opportunity to ask their students to synthesise and present information gathered from their "interview" with the expert. This might be in the form of an interview transcript, a poster, newspaper article, or another form that best suits your learning programs.
- NSW proficient-level teachers can claim 2 hours of BOSTES-registered professional development as part of this videoconference. More information here: http://bit.ly/anstoteacherPD

17 March 2016
Meet an expert - Brett Rowling

Students and teachers will have the opportunity to talk with Brett Rowling, an environmental chemist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). This is an opportunity for Year 12 Chemistry students to outline the role and techniques used by an Australian chemist. More information and resources are available here: http://bitly.com/anstovc

21 May 2015
Meet an expert - Helen Maynard-Casely

Students and teachers will have the opportunity to talk with Helen Maynard-Casely, an instrument scientist in the Bragg Institute at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

Helen uses neutron diffraction to study the crystal structure of small molecules. In particular, Helen is interested in how molecules and ices behave under pressure in conditions similar to those found inside planets.

Important information about the format of these sessions:
- Our expert speakers do not give a prepared presentation. They simply answer the questions your students ask. No student questions results in a very boring videoconference!
- Teachers are urged to ensure their students prepare interview-style questions after doing some preliminary research about the expert. We have compiled some suggested reading on our website (http://bit.ly/anstoelearning).
- Our experts are competent communicators and can talk with both primary or secondary school students at an appropriate level.
- Our expert speakers are booked for 3 hours to maximise opportunities for schools to find a time in their busy timetables to participate. After booking, we'll contact teachers by email to ask you to nominate a 20-30 minute time slot within this session to talk with the expert.
- As a post-videoconference activity, we suggest teachers use this opportunity to ask their students to synthesise and present information gathered from their "interview" with the expert. This might be in the form of an interview transcript, a poster, newspaper article, or another form that best suits your learning programs.
- NSW proficient-level teachers can claim 2 hours of BOSTES-registered professional development as part of this videoconference. More information here: http://bit.ly/anstoteacherPD

29 November 2016
Meet an expert - Henk Heijnis

Students and teachers will have the opportunity to talk with Henk Heijnis, an environmental scientist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

Henk measures natural radioactive signatures in the environment to study the human impacts on ecosystems over the last 8000 years. His research assists current ecosystem preservation and conservation efforts, and sustainable water and land use management.

Important information about the format of these sessions:
- Our expert speakers do not give a prepared presentation. They simply answer the questions your students ask. No student questions results in a very boring videoconference!
- Teachers are urged to ensure their students prepare interview-style questions after doing some preliminary research about the expert. We have compiled some suggested reading on our website (http://bit.ly/anstoelearning).
- Our experts are competent communicators and can talk with both primary or secondary school students at an appropriate level.
- Our expert speakers are booked for 3 hours to maximise opportunities for schools to find a time in their busy timetables to participate. After booking, we'll contact teachers by email to ask you to nominate a 20-30 minute time slot within this session to talk with the expert.
- As a post-videoconference activity, we suggest teachers use this opportunity to ask their students to synthesise and present information gathered from their "interview" with the expert. This might be in the form of an interview transcript, a poster, newspaper article, or another form that best suits your learning programs.
- NSW proficient-level teachers can claim 2 hours of BOSTES-registered professional development as part of this videoconference. More information here: http://bit.ly/anstoteacherPD

01 March 2016
Meet an expert - Ivan Siladji

Students and teachers will have the opportunity to talk with Ivan Siladji, Quality Assurance Manager at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

Ivan ensures the production quality and authorises the just-in-time release of nuclear medicines to hospitals across Australia. ANSTO's radiopharmaceuticals are used to diagnose and treat disease in up to 10,000 Australians every week.

Important information about the format of these sessions:
- Our expert speakers do not give a prepared presentation. They simply answer the questions your students ask. No student questions results in a very boring videoconference!
- Teachers are urged to ensure their students prepare interview-style questions after doing some preliminary research about the expert. We have compiled some suggested reading on our website (http://bit.ly/anstoelearning).
- Our experts are competent communicators and can talk with both primary or secondary school students at an appropriate level.
- Our expert speakers are booked for 3 hours to maximise opportunities for schools to find a time in their busy timetables to participate. After booking, we'll contact teachers by email to ask you to nominate a 20-30 minute time slot within this session to talk with the expert.
- As a post-videoconference activity, we suggest teachers use this opportunity to ask their students to synthesise and present information gathered from their "interview" with the expert. This might be in the form of an interview transcript, a poster, newspaper article, or another form that best suits your learning programs.
- NSW proficient-level teachers can claim 2 hours of BOSTES-registered professional development as part of this videoconference. More information here: http://bit.ly/anstoteacherPD

10 May 2016
Meet an expert - James Hardiman

Students and teachers will have the opportunity to talk with James Hardiman, a Waste Operations Engineer at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

James and his team manages the radioactive wastes that are generated at ANSTO each and every day. These waste products have been generated during complex research and the production of important nuclear medicines.

Important information about the format of these sessions:
- Our expert speakers do not give a prepared presentation. They simply answer the questions your students ask. No student questions results in a very boring videoconference!
- Teachers are urged to ensure their students prepare interview-style questions after doing some preliminary research about the expert. We have compiled some suggested reading on our website. Our experts are competent communicators and can talk with both primary or secondary school students at an appropriate level.
- Our expert speakers are booked for 3 hours to maximise opportunities for schools to find a time in their busy timetables to participate. After booking, we'll contact teachers by email to ask you to nominate a 20-30 minute time slot within this session to talk with the expert.
- As a post-videoconference activity, we suggest teachers use this opportunity to ask their students to synthesise and present information gathered from their "interview" with the expert. This might be in the form of an interview transcript, a poster, newspaper article, or another form that best suits your learning programs.

24 May 2016
Meet an expert - Karina Meredith

Students and teachers will have the opportunity to talk with Karina Meredith, an environmental scientist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

Karina uses nuclear science to investigate groundwater supplies so that we can use them wisely and sustainably. In many places across Australia, groundwater is an essential source of water for residential, industrial and agricultural purposes.

Important information about the format of these sessions:
- Our expert speakers do not give a prepared presentation. They simply answer the questions your students ask. No student questions results in a very boring videoconference!
- Teachers are urged to ensure their students prepare interview-style questions after doing some preliminary research about the expert. We have compiled some suggested reading on our website (http://bit.ly/anstoelearning).
- Our experts are competent communicators and can talk with both primary or secondary school students at an appropriate level.
- Our expert speakers are booked for 3 hours to maximise opportunities for schools to find a time in their busy timetables to participate. After booking, we'll contact teachers by email to ask you to nominate a 20-30 minute time slot within this session to talk with the expert.
- As a post-videoconference activity, we suggest teachers use this opportunity to ask their students to synthesise and present information gathered from their "interview" with the expert. This might be in the form of an interview transcript, a poster, newspaper article, or another form that best suits your learning programs.
- NSW proficient-level teachers can claim 2 hours of BOSTES-registered professional development as part of this videoconference. More information here: http://bit.ly/anstoteacherPD

08 November 2016
Meet an expert - Kirrily Rule

Students and teachers will have the opportunity to talk with Kirrily Rule, an instrument scientist in the Bragg Institute at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

Kirrily uses neutron diffraction to study magnetic materials and superconductors. We may be using these materials in the future for the next generation of electronics, data storage and transport.

Important information about the format of these sessions:
- Our expert speakers do not give a prepared presentation. They simply answer the questions your students ask. No student questions results in a very boring videoconference!
- Teachers are urged to ensure their students prepare interview-style questions after doing some preliminary research about the expert. We have compiled some suggested reading on our website (http://bit.ly/anstoelearning).
- Our experts are competent communicators and can talk with both primary or secondary school students at an appropriate level.
- Our expert speakers are booked for 3 hours to maximise opportunities for schools to find a time in their busy timetables to participate. After booking, we'll contact teachers by email to ask you to nominate a 20-30 minute time slot within this session to talk with the expert.
- As a post-videoconference activity, we suggest teachers use this opportunity to ask their students to synthesise and present information gathered from their "interview" with the expert. This might be in the form of an interview transcript, a poster, newspaper article, or another form that best suits your learning programs.
- NSW proficient-level teachers can claim 2 hours of BOSTES-registered professional development as part of this videoconference. More information here: http://bit.ly/anstoteacherPD

24 November 2016
Meet an expert - Tom Cresswell

Students and teachers will have the opportunity to talk with Tom Cresswell, an environmental scientist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

Tom uses nuclear science to investigate how contaminants from mining sites make their way into organisms and food chains in aquatic environments.

Important information about the format of these sessions:
- Our expert speakers do not give a prepared presentation. They simply answer the questions your students ask. No student questions results in a very boring videoconference!
- Teachers are urged to ensure their students prepare interview-style questions after doing some preliminary research about the expert. We have compiled some suggested reading on our website (http://bit.ly/anstoelearning).
- Our experts are competent communicators and can talk with both primary or secondary school students at an appropriate level.
- Our expert speakers are booked for 3 hours to maximise opportunities for schools to find a time in their busy timetables to participate. After booking, we'll contact teachers by email to ask you to nominate a 20-30 minute time slot within this session to talk with the expert.
- As a post-videoconference activity, we suggest teachers use this opportunity to ask their students to synthesise and present information gathered from their "interview" with the expert. This might be in the form of an interview transcript, a poster, newspaper article, or another form that best suits your learning programs.
- NSW proficient-level teachers can claim 2 hours of BOSTES-registered professional development as part of this videoconference. More information here: http://bit.ly/anstoteacherPD

17 May 2016
Meet an expert - Tom Cresswell

Students and teachers will have the opportunity to talk with Tom Cresswell, an environmental scientist at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

Tom uses nuclear science to investigate how contaminants from mining sites make their way into organisms and food chains in aquatic environments.

Important information about the format of these sessions:
- Our expert speakers do not give a prepared presentation. They simply answer the questions your students ask. No student questions results in a very boring videoconference!
- Teachers are urged to ensure their students prepare interview-style questions after doing some preliminary research about the expert. We have compiled some suggested reading on our website. Our experts are competent communicators and can talk with both primary or secondary school students at an appropriate level.
- Our expert speakers are booked for 3 hours to maximise opportunities for schools to find a time in their busy timetables to participate. After booking, we'll contact teachers by email to ask you to nominate a 20-30 minute time slot within this session to talk with the expert.
- As a post-videoconference activity, we suggest teachers use this opportunity to ask their students to synthesise and present information gathered from their "interview" with the expert. This might be in the form of an interview transcript, a poster, newspaper article, or another form that best suits your learning programs.

23 August 2016
Meet PSC Ambassador and Aussie sporting hero Jessica Fox

The ���visit��, hosted by the Australian Museum, will enable students (K ��� 6) to meet Jessica Fox and
�� hear about her experience as an elite athlete competing in Canoe Slalom at the Olympic Games and World Championships
�� watch a short video of her competing (couple of minutes)
�� participate in some exercises with her to try out her canoe slalom moves
�� ask her some questions.

31 October 2014
Mindfulness Program - for Wagga Wagga Operational Directorate Schools

Christine Burke is an expert in the field of Mindfulness programs and will be providing an overview of Mindfulness research and current practice including what programs are out there and what good practice might look like. The session will enable Q and A and provide schools with an op[opportunity to clarify their thinking on the best way forward with mindfulness for their school.

23 May 2016
Mindfulness Program - for Wagga Wagga Operational Directorate Schools

Christine Burke is an expert in the field of Mindfulness programs and will be providing an overview of Mindfulness research and current practice including what programs are out there and what good practice might look like. The session will enable Q and A and provide schools with an op[opportunity to clarify their thinking on the best way forward with mindfulness for their school.

27 May 2016
Minibeast Magnified

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, engaging them in real science in local environments. The workshop is designed to provide information and skills that will enable you and your students to conduct an invertebrate survey in your school.

31 May 2016
Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition Yrs 3&4 Final

The Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition will showcase NSW Department of Education Primary students speaking about topics which contain a multicultural content.
The finalists will deliver a prepared speech with a multicultural content and then an Impromptu speech on a topic provided by the adjudicator on the day.
Students will be able to watch the talented students present their speeches and hear and see the qualities that make a good speech. They will also learn about how adjudicators judge speeches and will be able to ask the adjudicator questions at the end of the session.

30 October 2015
NAIDOC KOORI CLASSROOM: The origins and meaning of NAIDOC

"To know the future we must first know the past" (Aunty Fran Bodkin D'harawal Elder). In this session of our Koori Classroom series, D'harawal knowledge keeper, Shannon Foster will guide students through the origins of NAIDOC - also part of her own family story. How did the 1938 petition lead to today's NAIDOC? Why do most Australians learn European Australian History but nothing about Australian Aboriginal History? Many well known personalities (eg. sports players) are indigenous but do we know who they are? This Video Conference explores how attitudes are changing with the times and why all students need an understanding of our rich, unique and awe-inspiring Aboriginal history and culture. Shannon will also share aspects of Aboriginal culture and language with the students to gain insights into Aboriginal life. There will be opportunities for each class to ask questions of Shannon.

15 July 2015
NAIDOC Week - Create YOUR Australian flag

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.

23 June 2015
NAIDOC Week - Create YOUR Australian flag

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.

28 June 2016
NAIDOC Week - Indigenous Totem workshop

To recognise NAIDOC Week the Australian Museum is participating in Virtual Excursions Australia NAIDOC Week video conferencing festival.

The Indigenous Totems session is a practical workshop where students learn about lifestyles and beliefs of Indigenous Australians whilst creating their own totem. Concepts and culture will be demonstrated with real artifacts and aboriginal cultural material. This workshop was developed by Indigenous educators at the Australian Museum.

14 July 2015
NAIDOC Week - Indigenous Totem workshop

To recognise NAIDOC Week the Australian Museum is participating in Virtual Excursions Australia NAIDOC Week video conferencing festival.

The Indigenous Totems session is a practical workshop where students learn about lifestyles and beliefs of Indigenous Australians whilst creating their own totem. Concepts and culture will be demonstrated with real artifacts and aboriginal cultural material. This workshop was developed by Indigenous educators at the Australian Museum.

14 July 2015
NAIDOC week ANMM Unlocked: Unlock Water and Indigenous people

To celebrate NAIDOC week Indigenous Programs Manager Donna Carstens will discuss the cultural significance of water to indigenous people. Water is integral to the everyday life of communities for survival, travel and play. Listen to a Dreaming story, examine an Indigenous artwork and build a canoe replica.

17 July 2014
NAIDOC week ANMM Unlocked: Unlock Water and Indigenous people

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. Learn a traditional dance, examine an Indigenous artwork and build a canoe replica.

22 June 2016
National Science Week in Antarctica

Join the expeditioners at Casey station for National Science Week. Explore the schools Science Week theme of “Making waves – the science of light” from an Antarctic perspective. In this International Year of Light, take a look at how light affects life in Antarctica, for the human and other inhabitants.
After bookings close, all participating classes will be emailed with some preparatory work to complete. Classes will also be asked to submit a question they’d like to ask during the videoconference.



20 August 2015
National Threatened Species Day 2016: Hunting For The Last Wild Thylacine 80th Anniversary of Extinction Event

I am the last of my kind. This I know.
Once, we roamed the land. We owned the land. We called it Home.
My story matters. I am the last living female Tasmanian tiger.

7 September 2016 is National Threatened Species Day and commemorates the 80th anniversary of the death of the last known (captive) thylacine.

Stripes in the Forest by award-winning author, Aleesah Darlison, is a poignant and emotive story of an iconic species lost. Told from the perspective of the last wild, female Tasmanian tiger, it provides readers with an insight into the rare beauty and uniqueness of these amazing animals, explains their fight for survival and provides important lessons for future generations.

Join author, Aleesah Darlison, and Australian Museum Outreach Manager, Karen Player, as they take you on a journey of discovery and discussion about the thylacine and other endangered Australian species. What was the thylacine really like? What artefacts remain of its existence? And do thylacines still roam the Tasmanian wilderness today? Includes a multi-media PowerPoint presentation, museum displays, book reading, discussion and question time.

Stripes in the Forest is a stunning book that contains many layers of storytelling and will generate rich discussion and raise important questions for young minds.

07 September 2016
Nature Art - Natural Expressions Stages 2&3

Through a shared reading of the text, Tanglewood students will explore and observe aspects of nature as described and depicted by the author and illustrator. In preparation for the VC students will be asked to observe and collect some natural and man-made specimens from the school grounds. They will work with an artist, Ken Tucker who will demonstrate a number of artistic techniques. The students will create their own works of art and share these with students from other schools at the conclusion of the VC.

24 March 2015
NRL Wellbeing

Join the NRL's One Community as we promote the importance of leading a holistically healthy life.
Lead by a trained teacher and featuring an NRL Ambassador, students will engage with the importance of a balanced lifestyle of good nutrition, physical activity and mental wellness. They will also learn how these three components of a healthy life can affect the other if one is out of balance.

06 April 2016
NRL Wellbeing

Join NRL Community as we promote the importance of leading a holistically healthy life.Lead by a trained teacher and featuring an NRL Ambassador, students will engage with the importance of a balanced lifestyle of good nutrition, physical activity and mental wellness. They will also learn how these three components of a healthy life can affect the other if one is out of balance.

17 August 2016
NSW Premier's Reading Challenge Authors Online Series - Claire Zorn

The NSW Premier's Reading Challenge Dymocks Children's Charites are pleased to present author Claire Zorn.
Claire will discuss how she develops mood through setting, pacing and word choice, and use a range of images to talk about creating atmosphere in a story. She will explain strategies to convey how a character is feeling without just ‘telling’ the reader. Claire will discuss her two books on the Premier’s Reading Challenge booklists: The protected and The sky so heavy.

05 August 2015
NSW Premier's Reading Challenge Authors Online Series - David Metzenthen and Illustrator Michael Camilleri

The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge and Dymocks Children’s Charities are pleased to present author David Metzenthen and illustrator Michael Camilleri discussing the creation of ‘One Minute's Silence’.
This powerful and moving story about the meaning of Remembrance Day, drawing on the ANZAC and Turkish battle at Gallipoli is shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia 2015 picture book of the year.

David and Michael will talk about finding good ideas for a story; researching, reading and talking to people who have real insight, work-shopping ideas at the right time; and relying on one’s self to make a story as good as it can be.

Students in Years 5-9 will have the opportunity to pose questions to David and Michael. Please submit your questions to laurel.baptist@det.nsw.edu.au by Thursday 28 May, 2015. A reply email will be sent confirming selection.

You can find ‘One Minute’s Silence’ on the PRC booklist https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/booklist/home.html

1 June 2015
NSW Premier's Reading Challenge Dymocks Children's Charities Authors Online Series - Bronwyn Bancroft

NSW Premier's Reading Challenge, Dymocks Children's Charities, Authors Online Series presents Bronwyn Bancroft. Bronwyn is a leading Indigenous artist, illustrator and art administrator whose work is held at the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Australian Museum. Bronwyn has illustrated several award-winning books for children.Bronwyn will discuss how picture books are made, and how characters are formed. Students will learn how to make decisions about what and how to illustrate from their own writing, considering audience and purpose. Students will also have the opportunity to pose questions directly to Bronwyn.

10 December 2015
NSW Premier's Reading Challenge Dymocks Children's Charities Authors Online Series presents Jacqueline Harvey, bestselling author of the Alice-Miranda and the Clementine Rose series

Jacqueline will speak about both series and her most recent books in each - Alice-Miranda to the Rescue and Clementine Rose and the Special Promise. Students will explore how Jacqueline uses numerous writing techniques and how the use of visual imagery, poetic language and descriptive passages set the scene of Alice-Miranda’s world and evoke a rich, detailed landscape. How the use of repetition in various characters’ language and the way characters are described create memorable profiles and deliver consistency across the series.

05 April 2016
NSW Premier's Reading Challenge, Dymocks Children's Charities, Authors Online Presents: Author Sally Rippin.

NSW Premier's Reading Challenge and Dymocks Children's Charities are pleased to present award-winning author Sally Rippin.

Sally is the author of many books for children, including the very popular Billy B Mystery and Hey Jack! series. Sally will share her insights into crafting her books describing her creative process, where she gets her inspiration from, how she develops mood through setting and creates interesting plots and characters - live from Melbourne.

Students will also have the opportunity to pose questions to Sally.

07 June 2016
Pain relief - addressing animal ethics and welfare in beef cattle

Dr Peter White, Lecturer in Veterinary Physiology, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney.



Relevant HSC Syllabus area:

(1)Animal ethics and welfare

(a) Ethics, welfare and legal issues and requirements

(i)illustrate how knowledge and understanding of animals�� physical and behavioural characteristics can assist in the management of a particular animal species

(ii)discuss the factors that should be considered when carrying out a particular husbandry practice to reduce the negative welfare impacts to the animal such as the use of appropriate equipment, skill of the operator, timing of the animal practice, management of the animals after completion of practice

(iii)discuss one ethical issue relevant to an animal production system

27 June 2013
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��s Pirates from Cyberspace Attack! Your senses will be raided by all types of skulduggery and all things piratical.Topics for new apprentice pirates:�� 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

11 December 2015
Plain English Speaking Award Final

The plain English speaking award final will showcase senior secondary level students discussing issues of contemporary significance. The finalists will deliver a Prepared Speech on a topic of their own choice and an Impromptu Speech on a topic provided by an adjudicator.

Students will learn about how adjudicators judge speeches and will have a chance to have a go themselves before asking questions about the decisions made during the final.

Dial in- 9:15am
Break time- 10:40-11:00am
End time: 12:00pm

To see a list of the finalists names and their schools please visit the arts unit website. http://artsunit.nsw.edu.au/speaking-competitions/public-speaking/plain-english-speaking-award

This curriculum-linked workshop will provide a unique opportunity for students to develop their ability to understand what makes a good speech. It will also enhance their ability to deliver considered opinions on an issue that concerns them and to respond in a short period of time to a broad topic in a meaningful fashion.


This workshop addresses the following curriculum outcomes:

5.1 Express considered points of view in rehearsed and impromptu speeches
8.2 Expressing complex ideas for a range of audiences
9.2 Using individual processes to generate, clarify, organise, refine and present ideas

25 July 2014
Premier's year 9 and 10 debating challenge final

The Premier's Debating Challenge year 9 and 10 final will showcase NSW DEC debating teams discussing issues of contemporary significance. The competition will be held in the William Wilkins Gallery and will take the form of a one hour debate with both sides having a choice of three topics. The activity enhances the ability of students to respond in a short period of time to a set topic in a meaningful fashion and to work as part of a team arguing either an Affirmative or Negative case.

Students will learn about how adjudicators judge the debates and they will have a chance to ask questions directly of the adjudicators based on the debating adjudication form provided to them. Students will also be able to participate in online discussions during the debate by logging into our Edmodo group.

Dial in- 11:15am
Break time- 12:30-12:40pm
End time: 1:15pm

This curriculum-linked workshop will provide a unique opportunity for students to develop their ability to understand what makes a strong debate. They will hear directly from adjudicators as to how the outcomes of debates are decided and will have the chance to learn from highly accomplished debating teams who work well as part of a team arguing either an Affirmative or Negative case.

7 November 2014
Primary PD Session - Simple science experiments for Staff Development

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. Time for questions will be provided throughout the session, as well as an opportunity to discuss demonstrations after the conference. For new scheme teachers maintaining accreditation at the level of professional competence, this activity could be used as part of your TIPD (Teacher Identified Professional Development.). Schedule this as part of your staff meeting!

The session is presented by Ben Newsome, a recipient of a 2013 Churchill Fellowship on best practice in science education via video conference, 2015 Australian Small Business Champion for Education Services, co-founder of Virtual Excursions Australia and is on the ISTE Video Conferencing Network Leadership Team.

Short video: https://vimeo.com/79714696

22 July 2015
Reptiles at Taronga Zoo - celebrating Schools Tree Planting Day

All year Taronga Zoo are featuring reptiles to help celebrate the Chinese Year of the Snake. Friday 26th July is Schools Tree Planting Day and Taronga Zoo invite you to join us in this fascinating video conference to how to plant trees and why trees are so important for Australia's amazing reptiles.

This interactive workshop features live reptiles such as snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodiles. Students will learn about reptile characteristics, their predators and prey, special features for survival, and their role in maintaining biodiversity. Students will also have a chance to discuss the role humans play in protecting reptiles and create an essential reptile habitat.
This video conference will include a demonstration on how to correctly plant young trees.

26 July 2013
Rotten Science

WELCOME TO COMPOST WEEK. Compost happens! Rotten Science is about us understanding what is happening in compost heaps, and worm farms and how to improve the rate of rot. A bit of theory, add a healthy dose of living diversity, play a round of compost gin and if time permits a quiz playoff between participating classes. Share what is happening at your school. Maybe pick up something to help get your Rotten Science humming better.

04 May 2016
Rugby League Reads - NRL

Read with a Rugby League player live from NRL Central!

Join us as we celebrate the value of the skill of reading using This video conference is based on the highly reputable Rugby League Reads resources.

An NRL Ambassador and a trained teacher will deliver key messages about reading as a crucial life skill but also for pleasure. Rugby League based texts are read and students are facilitated through comprehension activities that link to the Literacy Continuum clusters. Students will have the opportunity to ask an NRL Ambassador some questions about the reading they do in everyday life and also about their career as an NRL footballer.

23 March 2016
Schools Reconciliation Challenge Art Workshop

In this interactive, hands-on workshop, students from explore reconciliation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues through artistic mediums. Lead by an experienced Aboriginal artist, students investigate how to use art as an effective avenue through which to Say Something! This practical workshop will assist students to participate in the NSW Reconciliation Council��s Schools Reconciliation Challenge.

11 March 2013
SciFest - Geology Rocks

To celebrate National Science Week the Australian Museum is participating in Virtual Excursions Australia SciFest video conferencing festival. 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. You will also see real specimens and there will be opportunities to ask questions.

04 August 2015
SciFest - Meet the Experts

To celebrate National Science Week the Australian Museum is participating in Virtual Excursions Australia SciFest video conferencing festival.

The Australian Museum is bringing our scientists to you! This is your chance to come face to face with an Australian Museum scientist and ask your questions.

Let the Australian Museum come to you.



04 August 2015
Scifest Inspiring Stories Tim Jarvis AM Antarctic Adventurer and Explorer

TIM JARVIS AM Shackleton Epic Expedition Leader is one of the world's leading explorers and possesses an extraordinary adventure and leadership resume. He is also a best-selling author, film-maker and public speaker. Intrepid explorer Tim Jarvis has recently returned from Antarctica where he retraced Sir Ernest Shackleton��s legendary 1916 voyage of survival and crossing of South Georgia��s mountainous interior. He will be presenting two exclusive talks for schools here at the Australian National Maritime Museum on Thursday 13 August at 10.00am and 2.00pm.

13 August 2015
SciFest: Light & Colour Science

Students learn about properties of light in this fun interactive workshop for National Science Week!

- Investigate rainbows using the visible light spectrum, plus learn about colour addition and subtraction
- Explore luminescent minerals and other objects using ultraviolet light
- Make coloured shadows and create hovering images
- Learn about translucent, transparent and opaque materials
- Investigate optical fibre and it's use in hi-speed broadband technology
- Mix creative colour changing chemical concoctions, see illusions and more!
Australian Curriculum Outcomes:

Light and sound are produced by a range of sources and can be sensed (ACSSU020)
Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted (ACSSU080)

NSW Science Syllabus Outcomes:
A student:

- describes some sources of light and sound that they sense in their daily lives (ST1-6PW)
- uses scientific knowledge about the transfer of light to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (ST3-7PW)

Fits within Primary Connections: Light fantastic

10 August 2015
Scratch

Scratch is a visual program language, which makes it easy to create and share interactive stories, games, animations and presentations. A project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is a great way to introduce young people to the key concepts and processes of programming. 21st century skills are becoming increasingly important, and coding is at the top of the list.

This Video Conference will be run as a virtual computer lab, where our educator will facilitate a number of activities where learners will develop their coding, numeracy, literacy, programming and digital production skills.

IMPORTANT:
Participants will need access to computers (supported MAC or PC) and to the SCRATCH program (accessible here: https://scratch.mit.edu/) for this workshop.

9 December 2015
Sculpture by the Sea - Exhibition Tour and Artist Spotlight Talk

Experience this years Sculpture by the Sea, the worlds largest outdoor exhibition of sculpture. Engage with some of the artworks and discover how different sculpture can be. Discuss the artworks you see with our presenter. What are the sculptures about? What materials are they made of? Meet an exhibiting artist who makes his work by skate boarding and painting! See him in action and ask him questions about his art practice.
When did Sculpture by the Sea start? Why? Can anyone enter their sculpture into the exhibition? What do you need to think about when making a work of art that will be exhibited outside near the sea for the public to experience?

Sculpture by the Sea is an annual series of free to the public outdoor sculpture exhibitions held at Bondi in Sydney and Cottesloe beach in Perth. Sculpture by the Sea returns to the Bondi Beach to Tamarama Beach coastal walk from the 23 October to 9 November, 2014.

See the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk transformed into a 2km long temporary sculpture park featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world. This exhibition has become a major feature on the Australian cultural calendar, attracting participating artists from around the world.

6 November 2014
Sculpture by the Sea – Exhibition Tour and meet an artist and see their work in the exhibition STAGE 3 AND 4 ONLY

22 October - 8 November 2015
¬Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi is the largest free to the public outdoor sculpture exhibition in the world! It has become a major feature on the Australian cultural calendar, attracting participating artists from around the world.

Now in its nineteenth year the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk is transformed into a 2km long temporary sculpture park featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.

On Tuesday 3 November Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi with DART Connections, NSW Distance Learning invite you to visit this year’s Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition and meet one of the exhibiting artists.

Exhibition Tour Sculpture by the Sea Educator, Rachael, will introduce you to some very different types of sculpture in the exhibition area at Marks Park. She will love to hear your questions and responses.
She will discuss questions like:
• What materials and techniques are used to make sculpture?
• How do artists use sculpture to express an idea?
• What are the differences between making art for a gallery compared to outside?

Meet exhibiting artist Marina Debris and see some of her ‘Trashion’ …

“Every day for the past fifteen years I have been collecting trash from the beach. At first this was simply an effort to help clean up but just over five years ago I was inspired to make objects of art with it. After touring and working with the group 5 Gyres and Captain Charles Moore (who discovered the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”), I realised that art was a great vehicle to educate people about where our waste is going. Many of the artworks I have created are wearable art. I have over twenty outfits (all made from trash)”.

3 November 2015
Sea Week - Claws, Tentacles and Spines

To celebrate Sea Week the Australian Museum is participating in the Sea Week video conferencing festival.The Claws, Tentacles and Spines session explores the fascinating diversity of marine invertebrates. Join us to discover some of the amazing adaptations of these spineless wonders.

4 March 2015
Sea Week - Meet the Experts

To recognise Sea Week the Australian Museum is participating in Virtual Excursions Australia Sea Week video conferencing Festival.

Australian Museum is bringing our scientists to you! Meet the Experts aims to provide quality science education and research resources. This is your chance to come face to face with an Australian Museum scientist and ask your questions.Let the Australian Museum come to you.

Lauren Hughes works at the Australian Museum in the Marine Invertebrates collection.

2 March 2015
Sea Week - Museum Secretes Revealed

To recognise Sea Week the Australian Museum is participating in Virtual Excursions Australia video conferencing festival. 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.

Explore the Australian Museum specimens to investigate how they were discovered and why they are important.

4 March 2015
Significant Australian Places - FREE - Sydney Opera House

Bring your students face-to-face with the iconic Sydney Opera House in this live, interactive digital excursion. Our roaming tour of ���The House�� will bring to life the history and architecture of this significant Australian place and explore how it has become synonymous with Australia��s cultural identity.

Presented by one of our expert tour guides, students will discover fascinating historical and scientific facts, learn about the Indigenous history of Bennelong Point, and gain exclusive behind-the-scenes access to this incredible performing arts venue. Students will be provided with opportunities for interactive learning during this excursion, with plenty of time for questions and discussion with the presenter

Curriculum Links
STAGES 2 & 3
HSIE: Units of Work- Australia: You��re Standing In It; Places: Then, Now and Tomorrow.
Content- Environments; Being Australian, Living Land, Traditions and Heritage; Indigenous Perspectives
History: First Contacts; Australia as a Nation
Cross Curriculum Priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
General Capabilities: Intercultural Understanding

16 March 2015
Significant Australian Places - FREE - Sydney Opera House

Bring your students face-to-face with the iconic Sydney Opera House in this live, interactive digital excursion. Our roaming tour of ���The House�� will bring to life the history and architecture of this significant Australian place and explore how it has become synonymous with Australia��s cultural identity.



Presented by one of our expert tour guides, students will discover fascinating historical and scientific facts, learn about the Indigenous history of Bennelong Point, and gain exclusive behind-the-scenes access to this incredible performing arts venue. Students will be provided with opportunities for interactive learning during this excursion, with plenty of time for questions and discussion with the presenter



Curriculum Links

STAGES 2 & 3

HSIE: Units of Work- Australia: You��re Standing In It; Places: Then, Now and Tomorrow.

Content- Environments; Being Australian, Living Land, Traditions and Heritage; Indigenous Perspectives

History: First Contacts; Australia as a Nation

Cross Curriculum Priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

General Capabilities: Intercultural Understanding

16 March 2015
Sleek Geeks Eureka Awards

Join the Sleek Geeks and our 2015 finalists to view the winning films and hear from the students themselves about how they developed and produced their films. This event will showcase some fascinating science, provide an insight into science communication and the insider tips might just help your students excel in next year's competition. You and your students will also be able to tweet any questions you have for the winning students or Dr Karl and Adam Spencer through to @SLEEKGEEKS.The University of Sydney and the Sleek Geeks are looking forward to sharing this experience with you!

26 August 2015
Slime doesn't pay!

Professor Pufferfish takes students on an inside look at pollution in our waterways. Students are introduced to the concept of a marine environment, the importance of waterways in our lives and the Junksons family. We all have a role to play in the future sustainability of marine environments. Practical demonstrations, discussions and a final 'impact statement' from affected wildlife add some lively action that students will enjoy.

9 April 2013
Solar System and Beyond

See the sky through the eyes of an astrophysicist as they reveal the secrets of how discoveries are made about the Solar System, stars and galaxies. This session covers Science as a Human Endeavour and Science Understanding content from the Australian Curriculum Science: ‘Predicable phenomena on earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon’ (ACSSU115).

18 May 2016
Souths Cares- Dream Believe Achieve

Join the NRL’s One Community teacher and a Souths Cares Ambassador as they encourage your students to Dream, Believe and Achieve. In this goals and aspirations interactive conference, students will learn about the importance of having a dream, strategies for setting goals and ways to overcome setbacks and be more resilient.

19 October 2015
Souths Cares- Oral Health

Souths Cares has been delivering its Indigenous Oral Health Program since 2012 and due to it's success, it now forms part of the State Government’s NSW Aboriginal Health Plan.

More than 5 000 students (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) from across NSW have already participated in the program, which focuses on good oral health and hygiene and a recent collaboration with the NRL has seen this face to face program evolve into a dynamic and interactive video conference.

Delivered by Souths Cares Ambassadors and a qualified teacher from the NRL, the video conference is offered in partnership with NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy, Colgate and the University of Sydney’s Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.

12 October 2015
Souths Cares- Tackle Bullying

Delivered by Souths Cares Ambassadors and a qualified teacher from the NRL, join us live from Rugby League Central to help encourage students to Tackle Bullying. Students will learn positive ways to respond to bullying where both victims and bystanders will feel empowered to act.

26 October 2015
Space Center Houston- Nasa Museum

You can choose any one of our listed modules for your excursion. Descriptions of the modules can be found on our website. http://www.spacecenter.org/distancelearning.html

23 March 2016
Space Center Houston- Nasa Museum

You can choose any one of our listed modules for your excursion. Descriptions of the modules can be found on our website. http://www.spacecenter.org/distancelearning.html

25 June 2015
Space Center Houston- Nasa Museum

You can choose any one of our listed modules for your excursion. Descriptions of the modules can be found on our website. http://www.spacecenter.org/distancelearning.html

8 December 2015
Special Relativity

Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity accurately describes objects moving close to the speed of light. While mathematically elegant, Special Relativity explains situations that are extremely counterintuitive to our everyday experience. A curriculum-focused Physics lecture based on content from the New South Wales Higher School Certificate “Space” Module and Australian Curriculum content: ACSPH129, ACSPH130, ACSPH131, ACSPH132, ACSPH133, ACSPH134.

23 February 2016
Stars and Planets

Students investigate our Universe and space exploration techniques in this hands-on workshop.

What did the big bang really look like? How are the tides formed? Where is Earth in the Solar System?
What technological developments were necessary to allow astronauts to work and survive outside of Earth's atmosphere? How do we observe distant galaxies? Why do we visit and study space anyway?
Students will gain an appreciation of astronomy and gain insight into our place in the universe.

Your class will have a chance to run experiment during the event using materials provided by your school.
Fizzics Education will provide information on materials required prior to the event date.

Should you require a different day please contact us and we'll arrange a suitable time for you!

Australian Curriculum: Science
ACSU078, ASCHE083, ACSIS093

Fits within Primary Connections: Earth's Place in Space

The session is presented by Ben Newsome, a recipient of a 2013 Churchill Fellowship on best practice in science education via video conference, 2015 Australian Small Business Champion for Education Services, co-founder of Virtual Excursions Australia and is on the ISTE Video Conferencing Network Leadership Team.

NSW Syllabus Outcomes: Science and Technology
Earth and its Surroundings: A student...

ES 2.6: identifies some of the features of the solar system and describes interactions that affect conditions on Earth.

Physical Phenomena: A student...
PP S3.4: identifies and applies processes involved in manipulating, using and changing the form of energy

Syllabus Outcomes: Human Society and Its Environment
Resource Systems: A student...

SSS 3.7: explains the ways in which technologies and systems assist global interconnections, including global communications systems e.g. computer linkages, satellites.

Year 7 to 10 Science:

Outcome 4.9 A student describes the dynamic structure of Earth and its relationship to other parts of our solar system and the universe.

24 June 2015
Stars and Planets

Students investigate our Universe and space exploration techniques in this hands-on workshop.

What did the big bang really look like? How are the tides formed? Where is Earth in the Solar System?
What technological developments were necessary to allow astronauts to work and survive outside of Earth��s atmosphere? How do we observe distant galaxies? Why do we visit and study space anyway?
Students will gain an appreciation of astronomy and gain insight into our place in the universe.

Your class will have a chance to run experiment during the event using materials provided by your school.
Fizzics Education will provide information on materials required prior to the event date.

Should you require a different day please contact us and we'll arrange a suitable time for you!

Australian Curriculum: Science
ACSU078, ASCHE083, ACSIS093

Fits within Primary Connections: Earth's Place in Space

The session is presented by Ben Newsome, a recipient of a 2013 Churchill Fellowship on best practice in science education via video conference, 2015 Australian Small Business Champion for Education Services, co-founder of Virtual Excursions Australia and is on the ISTE Video Conferencing Network Leadership Team.

NSW Syllabus Outcomes: Science and Technology
Earth and its Surroundings: A student...

ES 2.6: identifies some of the features of the solar system and describes interactions that affect conditions on Earth.

Physical Phenomena: A student...
PP S3.4: identifies and applies processes involved in manipulating, using and changing the form of energy

Syllabus Outcomes: Human Society and Its Environment
Resource Systems: A student...

SSS 3.7: explains the ways in which technologies and systems assist global interconnections, including global communications systems e.g. computer linkages, satellites.

Year 7 to 10 Science:

Outcome 4.9 A student describes the dynamic structure of Earth and its relationship to other parts of our solar system and the universe.

24 June 2015
Surviving the challenging business of farming

Dr Russell Bush, Senior Lecturer in Livestock Production, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney.

Relevant HSC Syllabus area:
(1) The farm as a business
(a) the place of the farm in the wider community
(i) describe a wide variety of farm business structures from the family farm to the corporate enterprise
(b) decision making processes and management strategies
(i) factors of quality and quantity that influence decision making
(ii) factors of quality and quantity that influence decision making
(c) marketing strategies
(i) discuss strategies available to farmers to market farm products such as vertical integration, contract selling, direct marketing, cooperatives and marketing boards

27 June 2013
Sustainable Solutions Workshop

Bring your eco-designer thinking caps to this hands-on workshop!



Discover the properties of plastics and polystyrene foam, analyse their lifecycles, then explore innovative solutions to create more environmentally-friendly materials. Pull up your sleeves ��� make your own creation using an eco-friendly, sustainable material to ensure a better future for the planet.

15 March 2013
SYDNEY STORY FACTORY Creative Writing for Upper Primary 1/3 Workshops TEACHER PD SESSION

This series of 3 workshops for upper primary students will be presented by the Sydney Story Factory’s Storyteller-in-Chief, Richard Short.

PLEASE BOOK ALL THREE SESSIONS

WORKSHOP 1: Teacher PD - Divergent to Convergent Thinking - the Robot Bird Approach to Creative Writing
6 August 2015
3.00pm - 4.00pm
N.B Prerequisite for participation in the series.
First PD Workshop is for all schools who wish to participate in the series (free for DE and AP Schools)

WORKSHOP 2 Student Workshop #1 Robot Bird- Poetry BOOK SEPARATELY
13 August 2015
9.30am - 10.30am for DE and AP SCHOOLS ONLY (FREE))
11.00am-12.00pm OPEN for all other schools ($125.00 per 30 students)

WORKSHOP 3 Student Workshop #2 Robot Bird - The Story BOOK SEPARATELY
20 August 2015
9.30am - 10.30am for DE and AP SCHOOLS ONLY (FREE)
11.00am-12.00pm OPEN for all other schools ($125.00 per 30 students)

NB Following the second student writing workshop, all DE and AP school students will be allocated a Sydney Story Factory ‘Pen-Pal’ mentor who will provide specific feedback on their written work for a period of 3 weeks.


06 August 2015
SYDNEY STORY FACTORY Creative Writing for Upper Primary 2/3 Workshops STUDENT SESSION

This is the SECOND in a series of 3 workshops for upper primary students. It will be presented by the Sydney Story Factory’s Storyteller-in-Chief, Richard Short.

PLEASE BOOK ALL THREE SESSIONS

WORKSHOP 1: Teacher PD - Divergent to Convergent Thinking - the Robot Bird Approach to Creative Writing
6 August 2015
3.00pm - 4.00pm
N.B Prerequisite for participation in the series.

WORKSHOP 2 Student Workshop #1 Robot Bird- Poetry
13 August 2015
11.00am-12.00pm

WORKSHOP 3 Student Workshop #2 Robot Bird - The Story
20 August 2015
11.00am-12.00pm

13 August 2015
T.rex vs NAPLAN (Part 1 of 3 sessions)

TUNE UP FOR NAPLAN T.rex Versus the NAPLAN - join author Paul Stafford & dinosaur whiz Penny Packham in a 3 week module with a different persuasive text focus each meeting in a fun mix of literacy & science. Develop, write & read persuasive texts based on the amazing Somerville Collection. Come and discover why we won the Museums & Galleries National Award (2011), the NSW Galleries IMAGinE Award (2010) and a host of other prizes. Maximum 4 schools per module.

13 March 2013
Target 100: Farming Throughout History

In this fun and engaging video conference students will understand how to classify living things by identifying and sorting similar characteristics. They will learn about the life cycles of plants and animals, gaining an understanding that offspring (including crossbred animals) may have similar characteristics to their parents. Students will learn how the evolving knowledge of animals has influenced farming practices and will draw comparisons of Australia’s farming past to current farming practices.

01 June 2016
Target 100: Greener Farms

In this fun and engaging video conference students will learn to identify living things, how they grow and change and what they need to survive. Students will learn about the life cycles of living things and how the needs of animals are met. This lesson also enables students to understand the process of food production from paddock to plate.

01 June 2016
Target 100: Greener Farms

In this fun and engaging video conference students will learn to identify living things, how they grow and change and what they need to survive. Students will learn about the life cycles of living things and how the needs of animals are met. This lesson also enables students to understand the process of food production from paddock to plate.

16 March 2016
Taronga Western Plains Zoo Tassie Devils (Primary students) Part 1

In celebration of Biodiversity Month, Taronga Western Plains Zoo in partnership with the Department of Education and Communities Dart Connections Team, will be conducting a Video Conference Series with a focus on Australian animals. We will discuss their amazing adaptations, lifecycles, role in the environment, habitats, their current threats and information on what your students can do to take action For the Wild! The series will provide a unique opportunity for us to focus on the critically endangered Tasmanian Devil and learn about its biology and ecology and the disease that is currently contributing to its decline. The second video conference will occur Behind the Scenes at the Tasmanian Devil breeding facility. The presentation will occur from one of our key Tasmanian Devil keepers and will include access to very special footage of these fascinating animals!

18 August 2015
Taronga Western Plains Zoo Tassie Devils (Primary students) Part 2

In celebration of Biodiversity Month, Taronga Western Plains Zoo in partnership with the Department of Education and Communities Dart Connections Team, will be conducting a Video Conference Series with a focus on Australian animals. We will discuss their amazing adaptations, lifecycles, role in the environment, habitats, their current threats and information on what your students can do to take action For the Wild! The series will provide a unique opportunity for us to focus on the critically endangered Tasmanian Devil and learn about its biology and ecology and the disease that is currently contributing to its decline. The second video conference will occur Behind the Scenes at the Tasmanian Devil breeding facility. The presentation will occur from one of our key Tasmanian Devil keepers and will include access to very special footage of these fascinating animals!

02 September 2015
The Big Bang - How to make a universe

Join a CAASTRO astrophysicist as they share their enthusiasm for new astronomy research and make connections between current research and the Australian Curriculum content for Year 10 (Stage 5) Science.

Topics include the Big Bang Theory, the age of the universe, and the formation of galaxies and stars.

Professor Tamara Davis is an award-winning astrophysicist based at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. She spends most of her time trying to figure out why the expansion of the universe is accelerating, and thus figure out whether we can harness that acceleration to make things like hoverboards or clean energy. One of the most highly cited astrophysicists in the world, Tamara has been awarded many prizes; including the 2015 Nancy Millis Medal for Women in Science by the Australian Academy of Science. She is a highly engaging speaker with a passion for playing ultimate Frisbee.

10 November 2015
The BIG iKi

Experience a iKiFit Safe Respectful Learners class . The session will be facilitated by Student Leaders- iKiCrew - from Lightning ridge, Trangie and Wellington. Brougth to you live from CSU Campus in Dubbo.
The iKiFit Safe Respectful learners program combines a simple Positive Behaviour Enhancement formula that is modelled by the students. Combined with the Learn Online iKiDance, Fitness routines it brings a whole new dimension to classroom engagement and learning.
To see what the session will look life paste the link into your browser https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cH3HN2B9dw&list=UUQmAbmjO-fwRNZTvzWVlqWQ

5 November 2014
The Feelings Were Harder To Dislodge Than I Initially Imagined

The Feelings Were Harder To Dislodge Than I Initially Imagined by Agatha Gothe-Snape is a unique offering to schools inviting students to experience a participatory artwork designed specifically for a remotely connected audience. The performance of the work is followed by discussion led by MCA artist educators.

Agatha Gothe-Snape is a young Australian artist whose work has been widely exhibited and is held in a number of public collections including the MCA Collection. Her practice stems from improvisational performance. It draws upon and records interpersonal and spatio-emotional exchanges around art and art contexts.

Duration: 45 minutes Stages: 5-6

01 June 2016
The Feelings Were Harder To Dislodge Than I Initially Imagined

The Feelings Were Harder To Dislodge Than I Initially Imagined by Agatha Gothe-Snape is a unique offering to schools inviting students to experience a participatory artwork designed specifically for a remotely connected audience. The performance of the work is followed by discussion led by MCA artist educators.

Agatha Gothe-Snape is a young Australian artist whose work has been widely exhibited and is held in a number of public collections including the MCA Collection. Her practice stems from improvisational performance. It draws upon and records interpersonal and spatio-emotional exchanges around art and art contexts.

Duration: 45 minutes Stages: 5-6

04 September 2015
The Feelings Were Harder To Dislodge Than I Initially Imagined

The Feelings Were Harder To Dislodge Than I Initially Imagined by Agatha Gothe-Snape is a unique offering to schools inviting students to experience a participatory artwork designed specifically for a remotely connected audience. The performance of the work is followed by discussion led by MCA artist educators.

Agatha Gothe-Snape is a young Australian artist whose work has been widely exhibited and is held in a number of public collections including the MCA Collection. Her practice stems from improvisational performance. It draws upon and records interpersonal and spatio-emotional exchanges around art and art contexts.

Duration: 45 minutes Stages: 5-6

27 July 2016
ThinkUKnow - Online safety and security for parents

A 60-75 minute presentation on how parents can keep youth safe online followed by a Q&A session. Whether you are a new parent, a grandparent, care for kids or anything in between, this presentation will prepare you with the basics to keep youth safe online. With holidays around the corner, children will have more time to be online and potentially be exposed to a wide array of technologies. This presentation aims to assist parents in keeping their children safe online. ThinkUKnow is an Internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers through primary and secondary schools across Australia using a network of accredited trainers. ThinkUKnow has been developed by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank.The 60-75 minute presentation, which includes time for Q&A, is delivered by two accredited volunteers paired together to take advantage of both law enforcement and industry-specific skills and knowledge. We use PowerPoint with real life case studies and videos to assist in getting the message across. It is never too early, or too late, to prepare yourself for the online world. In this session you will learn about technologies children are using and challenges faced. Most importantly, if things do go wrong we teach you where to go so you are never alone. If participants can have some prepared questions it would be useful. As well as question time at the end of the presentation, questions can be sent via twitter using #mohdvc or to mohdvc@unsw.edu.au at any time.

01 December 2015
ThinkUKnow - Online safety and security for parents

A 60-75 minute presentation on how parents can keep youth safe online followed by a Q&A session. Whether you are a new parent, a grandparent, care for kids or anything in between, this presentation will prepare you with the basics to keep youth safe online. With holidays around the corner, children will have more time to be online and potentially be exposed to a wide array of technologies. This presentation aims to assist parents in keeping their children safe online. ThinkUKnow is an Internet safety program delivering interactive training to parents, carers and teachers through primary and secondary schools across Australia using a network of accredited trainers. ThinkUKnow has been developed by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank.The 60-75 minute presentation, which includes time for Q&A, is delivered by two accredited volunteers paired together to take advantage of both law enforcement and industry-specific skills and knowledge. We use PowerPoint with real life case studies and videos to assist in getting the message across. It is never too early, or too late, to prepare yourself for the online world. In this session you will learn about technologies children are using and challenges faced. Most importantly, if things do go wrong we teach you where to go so you are never alone. If participants can have some prepared questions it would be useful. As well as question time at the end of the presentation, questions can be sent via twitter using #mohdvc or to mohdvc@unsw.edu.au at any time.

08 September 2015
ThinkUKnow Cyber Safety - Adult training

ThinkUKnow is a free, evidence-based cyber safety program that provides accessible cyber safety education to parents, carers and teachers. ThinkUKnow Australia is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank, delivered in conjunction with State and Territory Police.

The sessions are delivered by knowledgeable volunteers and designed for adults to equip them with the skills and resources needed to ensure the internet remains a safe place for their children and students. ThinkUKnow aims to address any concerns associated with their child's online safety and provide information and suggestions on how to support your children/students to make well informed decisions while online

23 March 2016
ThinkUKnow Cyber Safety - Adult training

ThinkUKnow is a free, evidence-based cyber safety program that provides accessible cyber safety education to parents, carers and teachers.

ThinkUKnow Australia is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft Australia, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank, delivered in conjunction with State and Territory Police.

The sessions are delivered by knowledgeable volunteers and designed for adults to equip them with the skills and resources needed to ensure the internet remains a safe place for their children and students. ThinkUKnow aims to address any concerns associated with their child's online safety and provide information and suggestions on how to support your children/students to make well informed decisions while online

24 May 2016
Threatened species up close - Macarthur Threatened Species Art Competition

We want to help your class create exceptional artworks for the Macarthur Threatened Species Art Competition through our special crafted video conferences.
This is an opportunity to inspire and educate your students on threatened plants and animals and learn some creative tips as well.
In this free video conference for Macarthur primary schools the education team from The Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan will show your students up close some endangered and threatened plants and animals from the Cumberland Plain Woodland and learn about their special features and habits.
Students will also learn some art tips to put use for producing their entries in the Macarthur Threatened Species Art Competition.

These video conferences will be advertised on the Dart Connections calendar and your school will need to have the appropriate video conferencing equipment.
Connections videoconferences are available to NSW Department of Education and Training sites/schools/TAFE/Non NSW DEC Schools where the appropriate videoconferencing and internet connectivity exists. Schools external to the DEC must have H.323 compliant video conferencing equipment.

As these video conferences are for the Macarthur Threatened Species Art Competition it will only be open to schools from this region so don’t miss out and register now for this special opportunity

Please email digital.education@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au for more information


21 July 2016
TouchDevelop

This TouchDevelop workshop will see participants discover how to code through a visual programming language. This Video Conference will be run as a virtual computer lab, where our educator will facilitate a number of activities where learners will use TouchDevelop’s interactive environment for developing, testing and running programs, to write scripts by tapping on the screen of their mobile device, or by using individual PC’s.

Why learn to code?
- Coding develops logical problem-solving, creativity and critical thinking skills: 21st century skills employers value in any job sector.
- Student career opportunities within computer science, software development and engineering fields where job shortages currently exist.
- As the world depends on technology more and more, it’s important young people have a strong understanding of how technology works in order to reach their full potential.

IMPORTANT:
- TouchDevelop is HTML 5 based so all you need is a web enabled device and an up-to-date web browser (No installation or plugins needed).
- Supported by a number of platforms (Windows, Android, iOS) and majority of web browsers (Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome)

2 December 2015
Tour de France de Kadel - Choose your destination

Pupils will follow Kadel the Kangaroo around France’s beautiful regions. The Alliance Française de Sydney and NSW Department of Education have created culturally and linguistically enhancing lessons to complement language teaching in local schools. This workshop consists of 10 independent units. With Kadel you will enjoy learning French grammar and vocabulary with various fun activities.

You can choose from the following workshops:

· Introduction : Préparatifs avant le depart. Pupils will learn how to introduce themselves, pack a bag with clothes and accessories for their travel. Activity: they will make their own passport .
· Lesson 1: La Nouvelle-Calédonie: Pupils will learn how to talk about their family, discover New Caledonia throught places, customs, wildlife. Activity: jeu des 10 familles
· Lesson 2: Ile-de-France: Pupils will learn how to count to 20, indicate a direction, discover Paris throught its monuments. Activity: game on monuments, and game boarding (jeu de l’oie)
· Lesson 3 : Normandie & Bretagne: Pupils will discover a gastronomic region and learn how to make crepes and follow a recipe : vocabulary for ingredients, utensils. Activity: crepe making
· Lesson 4 : Centre et Pays de la Loire: Pupils will discover this beautiful region throught castles, forts, history of kings and lords and learn how to talk about accomodation, rooms and objects that belong to each room . Activity: Hidden words, bingo and fortified castle competition.
· Lesson 5 : Aquitaine et Midi-Pyrénées: Pupils will discover this beautiful region throught a prehistory’ angle : what were the customs in Palaeolithic? What animals were there? They will learn how to talk about the wild animals and discover the Lascaux Cave. Activity: puzzle.
· Lesson 6 : Provence, Côte d’Azur, et Corse: Pupils will learn names for transportation. They will go in a journey through the south of France: Aix en provence, orange and learn specifics about this region. Activity: labyrinth
· Lesson 7 : Rhône-Alpes: Kadel the Kangaroo has arrived in the Alps area, where the Mont Blanc is. In this lesson, pupils will learn what sports they can practise and will also speak about Olympic Games that took place in this area. Activity: picture book, crosswords
· Lesson 8 : Alsace Lorraine: Famous for its Christmas Markets, student will discover gastronomy from this area. They will also learn seasons, months and some of traditional celebrations. Activity : song (repeat 3 sounds), calendar quiz, find-a-word
· Lesson 9 : Reims Champagne: In this unit, pupils will go on a time machine journey and meet celebrities from the old days. Let’s bring them to the Cathedral in Reims in 499 where they can meet Clovis! They will learn how to interview a celebrity and write a travel diary. Activity: handcraft puppet.
· Lesson 10 : Nord-Pas-de-Calais: Pupils will learn how to describe someone in French and discover giants that live in this area. Activity: word association, guessing game.

15 May 2015
Tour de France de Kadel - Choose your destination

Pupils will follow Kadel the Kangaroo around France’s beautiful regions. The Alliance Française de Sydney and NSW Department of Education have created culturally and linguistically enhancing lessons to complement language teaching in local schools. This workshop consists of 10 independent units. With Kadel you will enjoy learning French grammar and vocabulary with various fun activities.

You can choose from the following workshops:

· Introduction : Préparatifs avant le depart. Pupils will learn how to introduce themselves, pack a bag with clothes and accessories for their travel. Activity: they will make their own passport .
· Lesson 1: La Nouvelle-Calédonie: Pupils will learn how to talk about their family, discover New Caledonia throught places, customs, wildlife. Activity: jeu des 10 familles
· Lesson 2: Ile-de-France: Pupils will learn how to count to 20, indicate a direction, discover Paris throught its monuments. Activity: game on monuments, and game boarding (jeu de l’oie)
· Lesson 3 : Normandie & Bretagne: Pupils will discover a gastronomic region and learn how to make crepes and follow a recipe : vocabulary for ingredients, utensils. Activity: crepe making
· Lesson 4 : Centre et Pays de la Loire: Pupils will discover this beautiful region throught castles, forts, history of kings and lords and learn how to talk about accomodation, rooms and objects that belong to each room . Activity: Hidden words, bingo and fortified castle competition.
· Lesson 5 : Aquitaine et Midi-Pyrénées: Pupils will discover this beautiful region throught a prehistory’ angle : what were the customs in Palaeolithic? What animals were there? They will learn how to Talk about the wild animals and discover the Lascaux Cave. Activity: puzzle.
· Lesson 6 : Provence, Côte d’Azur, et Corse: Pupils will learn names for transportation. They will go in a journey through the south of France: Aix en provence, orange and learn specifics about this region. Activity: labyrinth
· Lesson 7 : Rhône-Alpes: Kadel the Kangaroo has arrived in the Alps area, where the Mont Blanc is. In this lesson, pupils will learn what sports they can practise and will also speak about Olympic Games that took place in this area. Activity: picture book, crosswords
· Lesson 8 : Alsace Lorraine: Famous for its Christmas Markets, student will discover gastronomy from this area. They will also learn seasons, months and some of traditional celebrations. Activity : song (repeat 3 sounds), calendar quiz, find-a-word
· Lesson 9 : Reims Champagne: In this unit, pupils will go on a time machine journey and meet celebrities from the old days. Let’s bring them to the Cathedral in Reims in 499 where they can meet Clovis! They will learn how to interview a celebrity and write a travel diary. Activity: handcraft puppet.
· Lesson 10 : Nord-Pas-de-Calais: Pupils will learn how to describe someone in French and discover giants that live in this area. Activity: word association, guessing game.

17 July 2015
Tour de France de Kadel - Choose your destination

Pupils will follow Kadel the Kangaroo around France’s beautiful regions. The Alliance Française de Sydney and NSW Department of Education have created culturally and linguistically enhancing lessons to complement language teaching in local schools. This workshop consists of 10 independent units. With Kadel you will enjoy learning French grammar and vocabulary with various fun activities.

You can choose from the following workshops:

· Introduction : Préparatifs avant le depart. Pupils will learn how to introduce themselves, pack a bag with clothes and accessories for their travel. Activity: they will make their own passport .
· Lesson 1: La Nouvelle-Calédonie: Pupils will learn how to talk about their family, discover New Caledonia throught places, customs, wildlife. Activity: jeu des 10 familles
· Lesson 2: Ile-de-France: Pupils will learn how to count to 20, indicate a direction, discover Paris throught its monuments. Activity: game on monuments, and game boarding (jeu de l’oie)
· Lesson 3 : Normandie & Bretagne: Pupils will discover a gastronomic region and learn how to make crepes and follow a recipe : vocabulary for ingredients, utensils. Activity: crepe making
· Lesson 4 : Centre et Pays de la Loire: Pupils will discover this beautiful region throught castles, forts, history of kings and lords and learn how to talk about accomodation, rooms and objects that belong to each room . Activity: Hidden words, bingo and fortified castle competition.
· Lesson 5 : Aquitaine et Midi-Pyrénées: Pupils will discover this beautiful region throught a prehistory’ angle : what were the customs in Palaeolithic? What animals were there? They will learn how to talk about the wild animals and discover the Lascaux Cave. Activity: puzzle.
· Lesson 6 : Provence, Côte d’Azur, et Corse: Pupils will learn names for transportation. They will go in a journey through the south of France: Aix en provence, orange and learn specifics about this region. Activity: labyrinth
· Lesson 7 : Rhône-Alpes: Kadel the Kangaroo has arrived in the Alps area, where the Mont Blanc is. In this lesson, pupils will learn what sports they can practise and will also speak about Olympic Games that took place in this area. Activity: picture book, crosswords
· Lesson 8 : Alsace Lorraine: Famous for its Christmas Markets, student will discover gastronomy from this area. They will also learn seasons, months and some of traditional celebrations. Activity : song (repeat 3 sounds), calendar quiz, find-a-word
· Lesson 9 : Reims Champagne: In this unit, pupils will go on a time machine journey and meet celebrities from the old days. Let’s bring them to the Cathedral in Reims in 499 where they can meet Clovis! They will learn how to interview a celebrity and write a travel diary. Activity: handcraft puppet.
· Lesson 10 : Nord-Pas-de-Calais: Pupils will learn how to describe someone in French and discover giants that live in this area. Activity: word association, guessing game.

27 November 2015
Under the Sea with Questacon

Our oceans are massive, and they are mysterious. Less than 10% of our deep oceans have been explored in any great detail. Nevertheless, what we do know is fascinating!

This virtual excursion introduces students to the wonderful diversity beneath the waves, and looks at the challenges people face in ocean exploration. They will explore biodiversity, buoyancy and technology. Your students will even get to try and build their very own submarine!

27 October 2015
Visit us at our house - NSW Parliament

Have you been to the NSW Parliament, Australia's oldest parliament? Let our Serjeant-at-arms and Usher of the Black Rod take you on a tour of our House. See the historic Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council Chambers; find out how laws are made and how Parliament works. A fun and interactive program where students practise carrying a ceremonial mace and lunging like a lion salient; as well as learning about the Westminster system and how democracy developed in Australia.

14 September 2015
Weather and Pressure

What is air pressure? Why are low and high pressure areas important?

How are clouds formed? What is our atmosphere made of anyway?

What conditions are needed to cause tornados?

What causes drought and how can scientists help?

Students will gain an appreciation of meteorology and gain insight into how our climate operates.



NSW Syllabus Outcomes: Science and Technology

Earth and its Surroundings



A student:



ES 2.6: identifies some of the features of the solar system and describes interactions that affect conditions on Earth.



ES 3.6: recognises that the Earth is the source of most materials and resources, and describes phenomena and processes, both natural and human, that form and change the Earth over time.



Physical Phenomena



A student:



PP S3.4: identifies and applies processes involved in manipulating, using and changing the form of energy



Fits within COGS Unit 'Local Environments'.

Fits within Primary Connections 'Weather in my World'

21 March 2013
Weather and Pressure

What is air pressure? Why are low and high pressure areas important?How are clouds formed? What is our atmosphere made of anyway?What conditions are needed to cause tornados? And more!Students will gain an appreciation of meteorology and gain insight into how our climate operates.You will also get to run some simple science experiments in your room on air pressure.NSW Syllabus Outcomes: Science and TechnologyEarth and its Surroundings A student:ES 2.6: identifies some of the features of the solar system and describes interactions that affect conditions on Earth.ES 3.6: recognises that the Earth is the source of most materials and resources, and describes phenomena and processes, both natural and human, that form and change the Earth over time.Physical Phenomena. A student:PP S3.4: identifies and applies processes involved in manipulating, using and changing the form of energy.Australian Curriculum Outcomes: Science(ACSSU004), (ACSSU049), (ACSSU076), (ACSSU096)Fits within COGS Unit 'Local Environments'.

24 February 2015
Women in Science Video Conference Series: 'Science Sharks'

ABOUT THE PRESENTATION
The word ‘shark’ can invoke fearful images for many people. But in reality, millions of sharks are being fished every year, and they should be fearing humans, and not the other way around. In the past few decades we have come to understand the integral part that sharks play within our ecosystems and the consequences that removing them has on the ocean’s biodiversity. By using some state-of-the-art technology systems we can better understand why sharks are doing what they do. In this talk, Kate will share with you what drove her to work in this area of research, what some of the current research is telling us, and some of the difficulties that she faced along the way. She hopes that by the end of the talk, students will have a better understanding of the career options a degree in science can provide and the rewards that tertiary education can bring.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Kate finished her Bachelor of Science in England in 2006. Shortly after, she went travelling in Thailand and fell in love with scuba diving. She remained in South East Asia for a year working and travelling but felt that not enough was being done to protect the beautiful underwater world. She moved to Australia in 2008 to start a Masters of Wildlife Conservation and ended up becoming involved in a diving project looking at wobbegong sharks. By saying yes to every opportunity that arose during this time, Kate ended up working on these sharks as part of her PhD project. Since then she has worked with teams all over the country tagging and tracking the movements of various shark species. This information is critical to improve the management shark species and protect this ocean predator.

15 June 2016
World Environment Day - Bugwise

To celebrate World Environment Day the Australian Museum is participating in the World Environment Day video conference festival. Bugwise brings the world of invertebrates to your students, engaging them in real science in local environments. Bugwise explores the exciting and diverse world of invertebrates. Students will learn how to identify common groups of invertebrates and why they are important. The workshop is designed to provide information and skills that will enable you and your students to conduct an invertebrate survey in your school.

07 June 2016
World Environment Day Where do you think it goes?

Wacky expert Professor Pufferfish and field agent Greene McClean will find out what happens to the rubbish we leave behind. If it finds its way into our drains and waterways it can affect our wildlife and our environment.

Students work with our intrepid investigators to work out how we can all help in a practical way.
Features a filmed interview with Clean up Australia Day founder Ian Kiernan

Teacher resources pack included for after visit activities.


07 June 2016
Worm farms

HAPPY COMPOST WEEK! Join with other classes to learn about worm farming. Follow a demonstration of a procedure for setting up a worm farm from scratch. Share your compost experiences, what has worked at school and what is not working now. There will be a reading of Kellie Bollard's book Worms: The Mechanics of Organics. This is a title from the NSW K-2 Premiers Reading Challenge. Digital microscopy, worm word Olympics, and an interclass challenge will just about squeeze into this interactive session.

04 May 2016
Writing Historical Fiction with Paul Stafford

Join Author Paul Stafford to learn how to historical fiction based on your history. Narrative writing workshop which will cover the essential elements of writing a narrative, modelled by an author, using history as a creative springboard for generating ideas. Paul will lead the students through the process of brainstorming, planning and writing narratives in a limited time frame.

10 December 2015
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