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ANZAC diaries meet Mini iPads!


Recently The Coalition of Knowledge Building schools conducted a student consultation with the NSW State Library and included students from Ravenswood School for Girls, Kambala School, Monte S’ Angelo Mercy College, Granville Boys High, Santa Sabina College, Ashfield Boys High. The students were asked to respond to the Library’s latest exhibition “Life Interrupted: Personal Diaries from World War 1”, in order for the Library to understand what they found fascinating, interesting and significant in the exhibition and what they would like to learn more about. To undertake this consultation they used mini iPads to make notes and take photos of the parts of the exhibition they found interesting and to produce a key note to present their findings to the whole group.

This outstanding exhibition http://ww1.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/life-interrupted-personal-diaries-world-war-i is a display of hundreds of diaries from World War 1. The diaries are beautifully displayed and demonstrate the diversity of their authors. The exhibition focusses on this concept and builds the story of the experiences of these soldier authors.

The Education Team at the State Library use cutting edge technology to engage students with the rich resources of the Library. They use video conferencing to reach a greater number of students and innovative interactive technologies to work with students who visit their Global Learning Space.

School excursions provided by the Team no longer use “booklets ’ or handouts but rather students are provided with mini iPads with key questions or tasks to lead students through the exhibitions, enabling them to create a response and share the products of their learning with their classmates during and after the event.

 The “Kids consult” process led by Professor Susan Groundwater-Smith is a way for the State Library and other cultural institutions who are members of the Coalition of Knowledge Building Schools to understand how students engage and learn through their exhibitions.

Sharing their reflections of “Life Interrupted” the students commented that reading the personal writing of the soldiers’ diaries demonstrated their diversity as people yet their commonality and shared response to their horrific circumstances. Students were deeply moved by the drawings they found within the diaries and the young age of the soldiers who were in some cases the same age as themselves.

Australian students are privileged to have cultural institutions with such highly experienced and innovative Education Teams who use the latest technologies to engage them in the rich content and expertise housed within their institutions. Many of them provide video conference events, face to face excursions and outstanding digital content through their websites.

To find out more about virtual excursions go to https://www.seeshareshape.com.au/share/VC/virtualexcursions.aspx

 and http://www.virtualexcursionsaustralia.com.au/





ITEC Conference Celebrates Collaboration


Last week the Sydney Opera House hosted the ITEC Conference for 2013.


The international presenters included Dr Aaron Walsh “Inside Immersive Education”, Graham Smith “McLuhan, Telepresence and Education” and Debrah Howes “Teaching online at The Museum of Modern Art” New York. However the majority of the conference was devoted to the creative digital educational strategies of Australia’s universities,galleries, libraries, museums and  schools.

We heard about the importance of the NBN to the Australian economy going forward from Dr Kate Cornick and  Australian academics such as Dr Anita Kocsis( Swinbourne University Technology), Dr Rachel Perry (University Technology Sydney), Dr Anthony Collins and Professor Farzad Safaei (Sydney University) shared their innovations.

We learned about all the digital education projects delivered by  the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, ABC “Splash”, the National Museum of Australia, Sydney Living Museums Historic Houses Trust , the Murray- Darling Basin  Authority, Questacon, The Song Room, Ricoshae Pty Ltd, Power House , The NSWDEC Field of Mars Environment Centre, Abbotsleigh and the Sydney Opera House.

We also  learned about  how exciting digital projects are being delivered through collaborations for instance between the Victorian History Teachers Association, Culture Victoria with Heritage Council Victoria and the National Trust South Australia with SA DEDC and Harper Collins, PEETA with ELECTROBOARD Solutions.


Many of these projects are being listed under the umbrella organisation Virtual Excursions Australia which was launched at ITEC  by Senator Kate Lundy who also participated in the recent Gunghalin College Federal Youth Forum.


Students and teachers in Australia are so fortunate that our government, education systems and cultural institutions are developing such quality learning experiences incorporating authentic tasks, inquiry based projects aligned to the Australian Curriculum.


Virtual Mates!


Today students from Australian and New Zealand schools collaborated via video conference with Harper Collins Publishers’ Jacqui Barton to understand more about the history of ANZAC Day. Over 200 students from Victoria’s Lismore and Clayton North Primary Schools, connected with NSW’s Molong Central, Jannali East, Sutherland and Gymea Bay Primary Schools and New Zealand’s Pahiatua School.

 The event based on Jackie French’s text, “A Day to Remember- The Story of ANZAC Day” led students in a discussion about what had changed from the first ANZAC Day ceremony to those they will be participating in this year.

 French’s text carefully describes the history of ANZAC in terms for young students, showing the shifts in roles of women and the Defence Forces and how ANZAC Day ceremonies themselves have evolved.

 The students were asked what changes they perceived in the role of the soldier and how they were going to commemorate ANZAC Day in remembering the sacrifice these soldiers had made for the freedom Australians and New Zealanders enjoy today.  The students from each school described how they will “plant a sea of red poppies” , “write letters to current servicemen”,” paint murals”, “write poems “and  participate “in their own march”.

The media texts from these activities will be posted to a blog hosted by Harper Collins to share across the group of schools for further collaboration. The schools will collaborate again through another video conference with Jackie French for a deeper conversation about her book and the work that they have been doing.


Next month a group of Australian and New Zealand schools will also engage in a Trans-Tasman ANZAC Day ceremony also made possible by video conferencing.





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