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Interactive whiteboards, HD video conferencing helps Cromer participate in joint classes with Japanese school
Cromer partners with Macquarie University for many of its IT programs.
The year four students have said that they enjoy the two-way educational experience.
Students at the school interact with students from Kansai University Elementary School in Japan, as part of a three year distance learning program.
The students meet via video conference once a week for an hour and work on shared learning exercises together.
Students use the games to take responsibility for their learning, as well as developing their critical and analysis skills.
Group manager of AVIT at Panasonic Australia talks about the impact of the connected classroom.
You won't fine squeaky blackboards and aging CRT TVs at Cromer Public School: The primary school today publicly unveiled a new hi-tech fitout, including interactive whiteboards and 3D projectors. The pen pals of yesteryear have been replaced with video conferences with students overseas, and classes can even involve pupils creating 3D games.
Students at the school are also part of a 3D games design team, with those who attended the event able to watch the finished product in action.
As well as being part of regular classes, students meet for 15 minutes each morning to ask questions, swap school work and ask questions.
School principal, Greg Jones, spoke at the rollout, which he said would enable greater communication between the school and international schools.
The launch event was attended by officials from the NSW Department of Education and Training, Macquarie University and vendor partner Panasonic.
The project is set to be extended into two more classrooms at each of the schools.