AARNet showcases global learning environment to Armidale school

NBN crucial to such projects as first test site reaps the benefits of broadband

The Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet) has showcased a 3D theatre to students at Ben Venue Public School in Armidale.

In a statement from the organisation, CEO Chris Hancock said the Immersive Global Learning Environment (IGLEw) project will showcase the potential impact of the National Broadband Network (NBN) on the Australian education sector.

“This is what the future of the NBN is all about," he said.

"AARNet has already done amazing things with Australian students using high-speed broadband and the IGLEw is an excellent example of a collaborative, interactive tool that can add real value to the learning process.

“We believe in supporting students in their quest for knowledge, and we are continually seeking new and innovative technologies to bring the curriculum to life.”

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The inflatable, 3D theatre used for the project today is one of the first projects the school has hosted, working to compliment last month’s rollout of the NBN in Armidale.

Ben Venue Public School’s principal, Judy Graham, said the school was keen to allow its students to communicate interactively.

“Helping students learn in an interactive, visual environment strengthens their understanding while bringing the curriculum to life,” she said.

The IGLEw project will be hosted tomorrow by Kentucky Public School, also located in Armidale.

AARNet shared its earlier this year, with plans to expand the organisation's access network in coming years in an attempt to stretch its reach for research projects.

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