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Science and Art video conferences by the Cleveland Museum of Art

Ben Newsome

After an inspiring time at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History I headed over to the Cleveland Museum of Art to visit Dale Hilton and her distance education team. One of the reasons I wanted to visit was to find out how the museum mixes art and science in a...

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Distance learning at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Ben Newsome

On leaving Indianapolis I dropped into Cleveland to visit a hive of activity in the science education via video conferencing world. My first stop was with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, situated within the University Circle district not far from downtown Cleveland. On entering the building I was greeted...

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Nina Mason Pulliam Ecolab

Ben Newsome

Following my visit to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum I dropped by the Nina Mason Pulliam Ecolab. Situated in Marian University, the NMP Ecolab is designed as a living laboratory for local students to study the ecology of the Indiana prairie’s, woodlands and freshwater streams. The strength of the video conferencing...

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Checking out the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Ben Newsome

Whilst in Indianapolis I was able to check out the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis , the world’s largest children’s museum not far from the city centre. As you approach the building you definitely know you’re in the right place as full size dinosaurs smash out of the building as a...

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CILC; the heart of North American distance learning

Ben Newsome

After two flights from Alaska I continued my Winston Churchill Fellowship travels toward Indianapolis to visit the heart of North American video conferencing at the Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration (CILC). Bringing together over 230 content providers, 10,000’s of teachers and over 90 countries the CILC has truly become...

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Alaska Sealife Centre: marine wildlife video conferences

Ben Newsome

After a visiting the Alaska Zoo the Churchill Fellowship continued down to Seward to visit the Alaska Sealife Centre. Set on the edge of town on the shores of Resurrection Bay, the Alaska Sealife Center specialises in cold water marine animals and is Alaska’s only permanent marine mammal rehabilitation facility....

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Alaska Zoo: new distance content ready for schools

Ben Newsome

This leg of my Churchill Fellowship dropped me into Anchorage in Alaska to see the Alaska Zoo education team and view what they have been doing to setup their distance education school sessions. Accompanied by Pamela Lloyd from GCI SchoolAccess and my sister, we met Stephanie at the front entrance...

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Distance learning with dinosaurs; a visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum

Ben Newsome

Buried in the Alberta badlands is the old coal mining town of Drumheller; a place I could not miss on this Churchill Fellowship as it is home to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, a world class dinosaur museum and a major producer of distance learning content via video conference. After flying...

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Aquarium of the Pacific; distance education from the deep!

Ben Newsome

The Churchill Fellowship has finally started! As a recap, I am very fortunate to have received the opportunity visit 16 museums and cultural institutions across North America to study best practices in science education via video conference. First stop was a visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long...

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Whale science shows with Australian National Maritime Museum

Ben Newsome

Throughout Easter 2014 Fizzics Education worked with the Australian National Maritime Museum to produce a Whale Science Show for the school holidays. This show was developed to coincide with the installation of a whale exhibition within the museum and bring new visitors into the Darling Harbour site.

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Fizzics and Nova FM help launch Officeworks back to school basics 2014

Ben Newsome

What a fun way to start 2014! In collaboration with Nova FM we ran liquid nitrogen shows and hands-on science workshops in Adelaide, Brisbane, Wollongong and Melbourne on January 22 as part of the Officeworks back to school basics launch.

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Churchill Fellowship to be undertaken in 2014

Ben Newsome

I have recently been given the honour to represent Australia as a Churchill Fellow on a study tour to Canada and the USA to examine best practices in science education via video conference. During this trip I will be visiting a variety of Museums, Zoos, Aquariums and Science Centers to...

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Bringing science to audiences; what do they take away?

Ben Newsome

Nothing puts your lesson to the test than having students try to recall just what the content was. You can tell if you ask them to send you a drawing, especially if you ask for it to be sent a week after the fact! The trap of running a science...

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Digital microscopy; teaching students biology their way

Ben Newsome

Kids these days really love meshing digital media into nearly everything they do. Why not go with the trend and present biological science with portable laptops and digital microscopes? This week I was at a school running a station-based a microscopy lesson...

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