Come face-to-face with an Australian Museum scientist and educator during this virtual excursion designed for secondary school students. Virtual excursions offer a special opportunity to hear directly from Museum experts and educators and have all your questions answered!

Dr Jodi Rowley and the FrogID app
Dr Jodi Rowley and the FrogID app Image: Australian Museum
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Year level/stage: Stages 4–5

Meet Dr Jodi Rowley online during FrogID Week and learn about Australia's frogs!

Did you know that every frog species makes a different sound and that they can croak, whistle, bleat and even bark? This free virtual excursion with Dr Jodi Rowley will explain to students why frogs call, how they are adapted to survive in different environments and how recording their calls can help us understand and conserve our ecosystems.

The virtual excursion will be held online via Zoom. An email with the link to join Zoom and any further information will be sent to you by the Australian Museum at least a week before your session.

*Please ensure you keep your camera and microphone off.

Dr Jodi Rowley

Dr Jodi Rowley is the Curator of Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biology at the Australian Museum Research Institute, the University of New South Wales, and is Chief Scientist for FrogID – Australia's citizen science project focusing on frogs. FrogID Week runs from 12-21 November 2021.

Dr Jodi Rowley
Dr Jodi Rowley, Curator, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Biology (Herpetology) with a Green Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea) Image: Stuart Humphreys
© Australian Museum

NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

Stage 4
Science Years 7–10 Syllabus
LW1 There are difference within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity. (ACSSU111)
LW5 Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to conserving and managing sustainable ecosystems. (ACSSU112)

Stage 5
Science Years 7–10 Syllabus
LW1 Multicellular organisms rely on coordinated and interdependent internal systems to respond to changes in their environment. (ACSSU175)
LW2 Conserving and maintaining the quality and sustainability of the environment requires scientific understanding of interactions within, the cycling of matter and the flow of energy through ecosystems. (ACSSU176)

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To connect your classroom to the Australian Museum via virtual excursion you will need:

  • A reliable internet connection;
  • A camera and microphone connected to your device;
  • A device with a display, e.g. Laptop, Chromebook, iPad, Desktop.

If connecting a whole class or group together, you will also need:

  • A projector or screen connected to your device;
  • Working speakers connected to your device. Make sure they are switched on and the volume is up.

If connecting on individual devices, you will need:

  • Working speakers or headphones connected to your device. Make sure they are switched on and the volume is up.

The simplest way to connect is through a direct connection using Zoom. The connection does not require any software to be downloaded, but does require a computer (PC or Mac) with an internet connection, a webcam, and a microphone.

The Zoom connection to the Australian Museum is secure and private.

After confirming your school’s booking you will receive an instructional email during the week prior your session. This will contain the link to the Zoom room and the passcode required to enter the room. Click on the link to open the connection in your chosen web browser. Zoom will automatically activate your device’s camera and microphone.

For your Zoom username, please add your First Name, Class, and School, e.g. Thomas 5C Australian Public School. If you are joining as a whole class or group, just use your Class and School name. Once you have joined you will be in the waiting room until the host admits you to the room. If you are joining individually, the teacher will be admitted to the room first.

When you join, your camera will automatically be switched off and microphone muted. You will need to unmute your microphone to speak during the session and switch your camera on to be visible to the presenters and the other groups in the session.

Students need to be supervised at all times during the virtual excursion. If students are connecting via individual computers, please remind them to turn their cameras and microphones off unless asking a question.

During the virtual excursion

  • Follow any instructions from the presenter/host or your teacher.
  • The presenter will let you know how you can be involved in the session.
  • Keep your microphone turned off unless you are speaking.
  • If connecting on individual devices, you may like to blur your background or set it to a static picture if your video is on.
  • Student discipline and online behaviour is integral for a quality session. If a student or group is deemed to be acting in a disrespectful manner, they will be disconnected from the session.