Posted on 18. May, 2010 in News

Premier John Brumby today unveiled Victoria’s leading edge Connections 2010 classroom at the Melbourne Showgrounds – from 8000 kilometres away at the Shanghai World Expo.

At the Australia Pavilion at the Expo, Mr Brumby was joined by Jin Cai High School students in Shanghai for a video link with Education Minister Bronwyn Pike and students and teachers in Melbourne.

Connections 2010 will be transported to Shanghai and in August 20 Victorian students and seven teachers will travel to the Expo to attend classes in the classroom.

Mr Brumby said Connections 2010 brought together the key elements of a next generation Victorian classroom, including a mini lecture theatre, moveable large and small working areas for tutorials, small study groups and one-on-one teaching and a wet area for experiments.

“The classroom features the latest in sustainable, modern design and demonstrates how Victorian schools are using the latest and greatest in learning technology,” Mr Brumby said.

“Connections 2010 will show the world how Victoria is leading the world in education and will encourage Chinese and international visitors to consider our state as a quality education destination for their children.

“The classroom is a hands-on exhibit that will reinforce Victoria’s strong capabilities in areas such as information and communication technology.”

Ms Pike said Victorian teachers would be conducting nanotechnology classes for Chinese students in Shanghai in the classroom.

“Visitors to the Expo will see first-hand how Victorian teachers are using this modern classroom and its flexible learning environment with top-end technology in engaging students in real-life and relevant learning – such as nanotechnology – in ensuring students will have the skills for 21st century jobs in a 21st century world,” Ms Pike said.

“The 2010 Shanghai World Expo is one of the world’s biggest events this decade and the people who visit our classroom will leave impressed.”

The classroom will be transported to Shanghai and will open on 25 August.

Ms Pike said the students and teachers that would attend classes at the Expo were from Balwyn High School, Glen Waverley Secondary College and Blackburn English Language School.

“Our Government has provided 27 netbooks and 27 digital video cameras, so our students and teachers in Shanghai can work effectively in the classroom, and share their experiences both while they are away and when they return,” she said.

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