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Filming for The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Ben Newsome

Promoting the work of the Churchill Fellows Last night we were invited by The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to film a series of segments with Blue Clay Creatives as part of helping to spread the message of the Churchill Fellowships to a new generation. The Churchill Trust has partnered with...

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An overview of Virtual Excursions Australia in an interview with CILC

Ben Newsome

After visiting Philadelphia earlier this year for ISTE 2015, Jan Zanetis from the Centre for Interactive Learning & Collaboration in the USA interviewed me on the presentation made to CILC video conference content providers about the work being done by Virtual Excursions Australia in reaching remote learners across Australia. Here's...

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Get roving video conference robots at your school or museum!

Ben Newsome

There has been much talk around National Museum’s video conferencing robot. Developed in collaboration with the CSIRO and the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, the telepresence robot roving the NMA’s floors has allowed multiple remote schools and libraries to simultaneously connect to an onsite educator to ask...

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USS Intrepid: Combining science & history for virtual excursions

Ben Newsome

After a fantastic visit to New York Hall of Science my Churchill fellowship continued on toward Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum Complex in Manhattan. Approaching the World War II aircraft carrier from the heart of Hells Kitchen t I couldn’t help but be excited to learn the history of the...

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nySci: Bringing science to remote students

Ben Newsome

After zipping across to CYNRIC in Syracuse I dropped into the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY. Also known as NYSCI, the museum was established as part of the 1964-1965 World’s Fair near the banks of the East River. Finding the museum is easy, just keep an eye...

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CNYRIC: Championing the use of VC for New York Schools

Ben Newsome

With a short flight out of New York I dropped into Syracuse to visit the Central New York Regional Information Center (CYNRIC), an entity that serves as educational support for 50 school districts and four Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) across eight counties in the central region of New...

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International Spy Museum; covert distance learning!

Ben Newsome

Ever wanted to be a secret agent? Got a hankering to live a double life? Well this leg of my Churchill Fellowship found me at the International Spy Museum in Washington DC to find out all about the life of spies and how classrooms across the world have experienced this...

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Behind the scenes at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC

Ben Newsome

Following a very busy week in Cleveland I made my way over to Washington DC, home of a stunning array of museums and galleries. During the visit I met with Mark Kornmann, Chief of Educational Outreach at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum. It was interesting to discuss how...

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STEM at the Challenger Learning Center and BUBL; Rochester, New York

Ben Newsome

On leaving Cleveland Museum of Art I continued my Churchill Fellowship, taking a later flight out of Ohio and landing at midnight in Rochester, New York to visit the Rochester Challenger Learning Centre and Bathysphere Underwater Biological Laboratory over a 2 day visit. The skills of the team are diverse...

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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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