Megaconference Jr. is a global initiative of advanced research and education networks AARNet, Internet2 (USA) and Janet (UK). The project is designed to give K-12 students in schools around the world an opportunity to communicate, collaborate and contribute to each other’s learning in real time, using advanced multi-point video conferencing technology. Presentations and activities focus on academic and cultural issues with the aim of building international cultural awareness.
Chris Hancock, AARNet’s CEO said, “Megaconference Jnr. brings the world into the classroom, enabling kids to have real time conversations with their peers from other countries, share ideas and learn about the world. We’re pleased to bring this event to Australian schools via our high capacity international network.”
This year, twenty two schools participated from five countries, including Australia, China, Croatia, Greece, England, Taiwan and the United States.
In Australia, students from Camberwell Girls Grammar School (Vic) and Knox Grammar School (NSW) presented and students from Prince Alfred College (SA) viewed the event via AARNet’s National Video Conferencing Service. This was the first time these schools have participated in this type of global video conferencing event.
AARNet and Internet2 collaborated to provide technical services and facilitation of the Megaconference Jr. event in Australia and the Pacific region.
Hancock said, “There’s a lot of enthusiasm in our community of schools for events that connect students around the world. AARNet actively seeks out and initiates opportunities like this that engage students in new ways and also support the Australian curriculum.”
The event ran from 8 pm Thursday 2 May to 8 am today Friday 3 May, Australian Eastern Time. The 12-hour duration makes it possible for schools from many time zones to participate during school hours.
Watch the videos of the entire Megaconference Jnr 2013 event here:
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