From the 21st century to the 19th

Had a great excursion this week with my year 9 class. We visited the SA Virtual Reality Centre to see some of the amazing technology there. Perhaps not as flashy and entertaining as a 3D movie, there was still plenty of ‘wow’ factor when the students were taken through the insides of varous oil mining fields, human bodies and even molecules.

Then after a pleasant lunch together in the University cafe we visited the SA Migration Museum and walked through the arrival of European settlers to South Australia in the early 19th century. I was pleased, and so were the students and my colleagues, with the amount of knowledge that they had retained fron our classes about this, and the critical questions they were able to ask about the lives, experiences and motivations of the early settlers.

My students are all isolated (we are a distance education school) so for most of them this was the first time they had met their teachers or any fellow students in this class face-to-face. It was a team-building exercise as much as anything else, and overall I think it was very successful. A good time was had by all.

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