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

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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.

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Upcoming Excursions

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
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.

03 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
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
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
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
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
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
CBCA NSW Youth Reviews the Short List for Younger Readers Video Conference

Come and listen to a discussion on the shortlisted books for 2014 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year for Younger Readers. You will hear selected students from Emu Plains Public School and Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Public School respond to their reading of the five shortlisted books and vote for their winner.
The visiting author, Simon French, will be interviewed about his books and writing. He began his writing career as a thirteen-year-old and had his first novel published while he was still at high school. In the years since, Simon's writing for children has been published at home and abroad to critical acclaim. In 1987 his book All We Know was awarded Book of The Year, and his most recent novel, Other Brother, was shortlisted last year. Simon continues to work as a teacher in a small school in Sydney's rural outskirts.

The program will end with the announcement of the CBCA judges’ list of winning and honour books at 12 noon.



15 August 2014
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
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
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

01 May 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
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Events not to be Missed

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 Contemp..

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