Year level/stage: This program is bookable for school students in Stages 3–5.
Get a chance to engage with an Australian Museum scientist and educator during this virtual excursion for secondary school students. With links to the NSW curriculum, virtual excursions offer a special opportunity to hear directly from Museum experts and have all your questions answered!
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.
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 11-20 November 2022.
NSW Syllabus (for the Australian Curriculum)
Science and Technology Years K–6 Syllabus
- ST3-4LW-S examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things
- ST3-11DI-T explains how digital systems represent data, connect together to form networks and transmit data
Science Years 7–10 Syllabus
- SC4-14LW relates the structure and function of living things to their classification, survival and reproduction
- SC4-15LW explains how new biological evidence changes people’s understanding of the world
Science Years 7–10 Syllabus
- SC5-14LW analyses interactions between components and processes within biological systems
- SC5-15LW explains how biological understanding has advanced through scientific discoveries, technological developments and the needs of society
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.