Over 500 students across Australia were able to meet Chris Nunn, the Chef de Mission for the Australian Paralympic Winter Team competing in Sochi from March 7-16. Chris engaged students from schools across Australia via a video conferencing session showing them where the team would compete and introducing them to the six alpine skiers and the three snowboarders heading to the Russian city.
The 2014 Australian Paralympic Winter Team members representing Australia in Alpine skiing are:
Jessica Gallagher – Geelong, VIC
Christian Geiger (guide for Jessica Gallagher) – Bright, VIC
Mitchell Gourley – Geelong, VIC
Toby Kane – South Melbourne, VIC
Victoria Pendergast – Gosford, NSW
Melissa Perrine – Welby, NSW
Andrew Bor (guide for Melissa Perrine) – Tugun, QLD
Cameron Rahles-Rahbula – Geelong, VIC
Using the SMART Board and Bridgit software Chris showed the students where Sochi was on a world map, photos of the team and the equipment they will use. He explained the effort and commitment of these athletes to the students who were obviously inspired and asked many questions to understand more deeply the challenges the athletes face.
Using video conferencing Chris was able to speak to primary and high schools from Victoria and NSW as well as home schoolers from the Barossa Valley in South Australia.
Just wanted to say how much we LOVED the Virtual Classroom!! I am so encouraged!!
Worked like a charm and was such great info, Chris was great!
I think this is such an exciting opportunity for Homeschoolers,
Students from Cobram Special School also watched the event and their teacher commented:
WOW !! That was fantastic our students are now buzzing around the school. What a wonderful opportunity.
Sydney Olympic Park hosts a range of significant video conferencing events and are leaders in using these technologies for inspirational activities so that teachers can take their students beyond the walls of their classrooms.
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