26 September 2023

Canberra visited at the click of a mouse

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Students from across Australia are visiting Canberra without leaving home this week through a NSW Department of Education program of online excursions.

The free online excursions and learning program is run by the Department’s Distance and Rural Technology (DART) Learning team.

Learning Manager at DART, Bonnie Tratt said the program was in its second year, having been developed to support schools during the pandemic.

“Ten national museums and organisations, including the Australian War Memorial, Questacon, Royal Australian Mint and Museum of Australian Democracy, are taking part in this year’s event,” Ms Tratt said.

“Last year, more than 350,000 students logged in to the program, which includes education-packed events exploring art, science, culture and the inner workings of democracy,” she said.

“DART Learning’s online excursions have been provided with leading experts from 10 different institutions to deliver engaging learning about the best science, art, culture and history our nation’s capital has on offer.”

Ms Tratt said the virtual events and live excursions were available to teachers, parents and students from anywhere across Australia.

She said the virtual excursions could be accessed via YouTube or Zoom with bookings available on the DART Learning website.

“DART Learning has also created a series of podcasts with T4L and three of the Canberra Institutes – Museum of Australian Democracy, Parliament NSW and The Australian War Memorial,” Ms Tratt said.

Further information on the program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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