NSW DET, AARNet, click through to collaborative learning in schools

Month long virtualization project to use real time video conferencing to bridge digital divide

Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) has enabled the NSW Department of Education and Training to collaborate learning for students across the state.

The Clickfest program, launched in Sydney today and running throughout November, allows students to meet researchers and interact with experts via video conferencing, also using resources of the Australian Museum.

AARNet CEO, Chris Hancock, said Clickfest enables regional and rural students to bridge the digital divide and have the same access to resources as city students.

“Clickfest will connect students in regional communities to iconic Australian institutions as part of their daily classroom activities,” Hancock said.

“The regular use of real time video collaboration on this scale is the bright future of school education, enabling students to learn from Australia’s top talent without leaving the classroom.”

AARNet hosted a national videoconferencing session to mark the launch of Clickfest, with students creating explosive science experiments while remote schools were able to simultaneously view these live.

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