AARNet recently connected eleven remote school communities in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gold Fields and Esperence regions of Western Australia to the AARNet network via national broadband network (NBN) satellite tail connections.
The project is part of an ongoing collaboration between AARNet and the Association of Independent Schools Western Australia (AISWA) providing reliable high speed broadband and the latest teaching and learning technologies to some of the most remote schools in the nation.
AISWA’s Manager of Learning Technologies Peter Crosbie said, “Broadband goes a long way to enhance and enrich teaching and learning in the classroom and we needed to put a reliable satellite service with faster upload and download speeds into these schools”. He says that with 78 sites across eleven remote school communities now connected to AARNet, AISWA is on its way to achieving its goal of equity in the provision of broadband services across all WA private and independent schools.
In addition to enriching the classroom experience for students through video conferencing and virtual excursions to far-away places, Crosbie says reliable high speed broadband will provide teachers and administrative staff with access to professional development and on-the-job training without the expense and time away of travel.
“Now that we have the means, we’re looking at content and building up teachers’ ICT skills, for video conferencing and collaborating with other teachers locally and globally. With many resources for the Australian curriculum now online, it’s opening up opportunities we didn’t have before,” he said.
AARNet is continuing to work with AISWA and vendors to optimise available learning technologies for satellite broadband.
AARNet connects K-12 schools across Australia in a variety of ways, providing direct connections and National Broadband Network (NBN) tail connections to AARNet’s high-speed research and education network, services and community, depending on location and other factors.
To find out more or enquire about connecting your school to AARNet, please contact Nick Cross
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