Beaming the world into the classroom

Our reliable high-capacity network gives teachers the confidence to use technology to engage students in authentic interactive learning experiences.

Beaming the world into the classroom

Real-time interactive video collaboration is proving to be a powerful learning tool 

In K-12 classrooms across Australia and worldwide, video conferencing is enabling educators to engage students and enhance the curriculum in ways that were not previously possible. Geographical barriers have been removed, students are able to connect and share ideas with students in other countries, visit many important institutions and speak to experts no matter where in the world they are located.

Enabling students and teachers in our school community to embrace new ways of learning

The reliable high-performance of the AARNet network combined with our high-definition video conferencing and live streaming services are increasingly utilised to deliver a broad range of rich educational content to AARNet-connected schools.

We have track record for providing a high level of assistance and support for educators, facilitating real-time video collaboration and delivering high-quality interactive and immersive educational experiences so that our schools leverage the capacity and global reach of our network. 

We also look for innovative teaching and learning opportunities that enable our school community to leverage the capabilities of the network for the benefit of teachers and students.

Connecting students to the world

Watch this video featuring some of the exciting programs experienced by students at Abbotsleigh School.

Global Alternative Energy Debate

Given the finite supply of fossil-based fuels, the environmental impact related to extracting and using these fuels and the often volatile impact on financial and economic markets, it’s understandable that students need to be part of the discussion regarding the future of the world’s energy needs and consumption.   Igniting the discussion, the Global Alternative Energy Debate involved high school students worldwide using the global fabric of Research and Education networks.

The debates included schools from Australia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Iran, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine, The United Kingdom, and The United States. The program matched students for a 90 minute discussion on the pros and cons of alternative sources of energy including but not limited to nuclear, bio-fuels, solar, wind and tidal.

A virtual composer-in-residence

For performing arts education, Abbotsleigh School in Sydney, has developed a relationship with the Cleveland Institute of Music (Ohio, USA), engaging Dr Keith Fitch to teach music composition and mentor the brightest music students. Lessons are conducted via video conferencing over AARNet and the program has been so successful for Abbotsleigh, it is now embedded within the curriculum strategy of the school.

Virtual excursions and connecting with experts 

As well as music lessons, video conferencing experiences delivered over AARNet include interacting with researchers in Antarctica, Holocaust victims in New York, and scientists at the Roslin Institute in Scotland, and cultural exchanges with children in China, among others. 

Go to Virtual Excursions Australia

Mars Yard at the Powerhouse Museum

Mission planning and interactive activities, such as talking to experts based at NASA's Jet Propolsion Laboratory in California and driving experimental roving vehicles similar to NASA’s Mars Rovers around the Mars Yard at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum to find evidence, teach students about the challenges of conducting robotic missions on Mars. Students participate remotely via high-speed broadband connections using AARNet and the national broadband network. Read more…

ABC Splash Live

AARNet teamed up with the ABC to develop a new online education events program that brings students together with ABC talent, well known experts, exciting topics and a high quality experience. Students participate in via live streaming and real time video conferencing, driving the show and their experience. Read more…

Remote Virtual Museum Tours

Remote virtual tours of the National Museum of Australia Landmarks Gallery via an interactive robot directed by individual students from a web browser over a high speed AARNet Internet connection. Read more…

Virtual Language and Cultural Exchanges

A growing number of schools participate regularly in virtual cultural and language exchanges, including Knox Grammar School with Korea, Pymble Ladies College with China. AARNet encourages virtual cultural exchange, enabling Australian K-12 students to share ideas with their peers around the world and develop an understanding of global issues.

World Languages Week 

Bringing programs to schools, including; a presentation by German language consultant Andrew Ferguson ‘Grimm Kinder und Hausmärchen 400’, a celebration of 400 years of Grimm Fairy Tales, a German speaking program aimed at students in Years 5 & 6. From Japan Shoko Ishihara presented a live Japanese language speaking presentation on ‘Origami and Japanese Culture’ also aimed at students in years 5 & 6.

Manhattan School of Music

An introduction to the Jazz ensemble live from the Manhattan School of Music, made available to schools in Victoria.

Two countries, One future

Powered by clean energy’ a celebration of World Environment Day hosted at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre and bringing together primary school children from Australia and the United States. A panel discussion engaged eight to thirteen year olds to imagine how the planet can be powered in the future using energy sources that are renewable and non-polluting. The panel also included the US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, Green Cross Australia CEO, Mara Bun, and filmmaker and director of the Future Makers, UWS academic Maryella Hatfield.


A learning event online via interactive video conference and live streaming. AARNet worked with Polycom and DeforestACTION consortium partners, including the Centre for Global Education and Microsoft Partners in Learning, to manage the technical requirements for the Asia Pacific region. DeforestACTION is a global movement empowering youth and schools to take action to stop deforestation, and create a permanent habitat for orang-utans and other species that depend on forest ecosystems.

We are always looking for new opportunities that enable our connected schools to maximise the network's capabilities for the benefit of students and teachers.

What our customers are saying

“Linking students to the real world gives a lot more relevance to the study they’re doing in class…Teachers are working hard to get through the curriculum so anything you do has to work with the curriculum”

Naomi Manning, IT Integrator at Abbotsleigh School

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