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.

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.

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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
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.

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
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
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
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.

09 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
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.

06 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.

21 October 2014
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.

06 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.

05 November 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
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
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
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
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 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.

02 May 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.


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
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.

02 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
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.

08 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.

08 December 2014
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

06 December 2013
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.

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.

27 January 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
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
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
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
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
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.

07 November 2014
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
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
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.

06 November 2014
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
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
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
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

05 November 2014
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.

23 March 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.

26 February 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.

27 March 2015
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