August News - Virtual Classrooms
Canberra Attractions - Virtual Classrooms
With children unable to visit Canberra on a traditional school excursion, many attractions in Canberra have been busily reimagining their educational offerings to enable students across Australia to connect with online, live and interactive programs, facilitated by dedicated educational staff.
Australian Parliament House
Get your class excited about Australia’s parliamentary democracy with a selection of civics and citizenship programs and resources from Australian Parliament House!
Parliamentary Insider is a free, curriculum aligned video conferencing program which gives students the opportunity to speak with experts and explore how Parliament works to make Australia a better place to live.
The Parliamentary Education Office website features a wide range of engaging teacher and student resources and activities aligned to the Australian Curriculum.
Students can also explore the Senate and House of Representatives chambers, the Federation chamber and a Senate committee room with the virtual tour of Parliament House.
Australian War Memorial
While many interstate schools have had to cancel their trips to Canberra, you can still connect with the Australian War Memorial through a range of online resources.
Click here for Digital Learning Resources
National Museum of Australia
Every classroom is filled with diverse learners - each with their own story, identity and perspectives.
The National Museum of Australia, with the generous support of Gandel Philanthropy, is planning a digital teacher professional learning program - Australian Perspectives 2021: First Nations. Gender. Migration. We’re bringing together a range of speakers from across the country to share their stories and reflect on the personal and national defining moments that have shaped them.
Due to Covid-19 lock downs the date and details are currently TBC but join our
‘The Museum for Teachers’ Facebook group to keep up to date on all the details!
Teachers can now go to bookcanberraexcursions.com.au to seek information about online programs for the following attractions and book them seamlessly, with the process of conducting test connections and undertaking the programs made much simpler.
- Mount Stromlo Observatory
- Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary
- Museum of Australian Democracy
- National Gallery of Australia
- National Museum of Australia
- Questacon Virtual Excursions & Maker Project
Digital programs are also available at the following institutions by booking directly with them through the links below:
National Portrait Gallery
Make a booking and you will be emailed more information with instructions on how to connect.
Canberra’s attractions have also developed many online learning resources and activities, that may provide support to schools, whether students are at home or in the classroom. These resources are based on curriculum themes of civics and citizenship, STEM, Australian history, art and culture.
Please see the link below for information about accessing these resources:
Canberra Excursions - Teachers/Learning Resources
We are extremely pleased schools have the opportunity to connect to Canberra attractions through online programs, but we are all keen to see schools return on excursions and are extremely excited by the prospect of busloads of eager kids pulling up outside venues again!