Video Conferencing 2020
Haylee Rivers video conferencing February 2020 Image: Abram Powell
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During this virtual excursion, students will have the opportunity to connect with a First Nations educator and learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Students will learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures including language groups, the flags and Country, and additionally explore The Dreaming, sustainability, the Stolen Generation, tools and technologies, and more.

The virtual excursions will be held online via Zoom. After your booking, an email will be sent with your confirmed session details and the Zoom link.

Audience: This program is bookable for Stage 3.
Cost: $100 per class (up to 30 students), and $50 thereafter within the same school.
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: Up to 6 classes per session
Dates: various Wednesdays during Term 1 and Term 2, 2022



NSW Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum

Stage 3
Geography K–10 Syllabus
GE3-1 Describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments.
GE3-2 Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments.
GE3-3 Compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments.

Content
Students:
Investigate the ways people change the natural environment in Australia and another country (ACHGK026, ACHGK027)
Investigate how the natural environment influences people and places (ACHGK028)

History K–10 Syllabus
HT3-1 Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia.
HT3-2 Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time.

Content
The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced patterns of development, aspects of the daily life of inhabitants (including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples) and how the environment changed (ACHHK094)


Any changes to numbers or cancellations must be made in writing by emailing group.bookings@australian.museum before the date for Final Confirmation (14 days prior to your visit).

Sessions require a minimum of 20 students to go ahead. While we make all attempts to combine schools to reach the minimum, we may cancel sessions if this minimum number cannot be reached.


Final booking numbers must be confirmed at least 14 days prior to the scheduled visit.

A tax invoice will be issued prior to your visit based on Final Confirmation details.


A tax invoice based on Final Confirmation details will be issued prior to your visit or session.

Please advise at the time of booking if the tax invoice needs to be issued to a different contact name or email address. NSW Department of Education schools that use the EDConnect payment system should advise this at time of booking and provide a purchase order number if required.

Our payment terms are net 14 days. However, it is the AM’s strong preference that bookings be paid in full prior to the visit.

Adjustments on the day – the AM will adjust the invoice amount and you must pay the difference where:
i) Group numbers increase from Final Confirmation numbers; or
ii) the Group changes to a more expensive booking/ticket.

The adjusted invoice payment terms are net 14 days. To be clear, where numbers are less than Final Confirmation numbers, no deductions or refunds will be given.

Group Bookings Terms and Conditions


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.