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Australian, New Zealand & Chinese Students Go To Class Across Asia – Without Leaving their Seats

June 8, 2010 - 4 Comments

Primary school students from Australia, New Zealand and China went to school across Asia Pacific- without even leaving their seats – for World Education Day!

The brainchild of Cisco and the Brisbane City Council of Queensland, Australia, World Education Day is being run as part of the Brisbane City Council’s Sister City program, to help increase Brisbane’s profile as Australia’s New World City. The program is also aiming to promote a stronger cultural understanding between students from Brisbane schools and their peers at schools in Brisbane’s Sister Cities of Auckland (New Zealand) and Shenzhen (China).

The launch of the program last week saw students “virtually” meet via Cisco TelePresence, get to know each other and talk about their cities, before they “meet” again in three months time to share some of the projects they have been working on.  All of the projects will be centered on the topic of environment and sustainability. Flip Videos were also given to the students so they can track the progress of their sustainability projects and present them at the next Cisco TelePresence meeting.

Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Campbell Newman said the World Education Day Launch was significant as, “it’s important that our children are prepared for the future demands of a fast-paced world. This program will bring a new dimension to the learning experience for students and give them the opportunity to connect with peers and foster international relationships for the future.”

Here are photos from last week’s event.  Stay tuned for continued updates as the collaboration that’s been sparked between the students develops into meaningful and friendly global exchanges.

World Educaton Day: Australia and New Zealand

World Education Day: Australia and China

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  1. this is great initiative.

  2. its good to see Cisco is taking such efforts to improve the level of education through technology, I urge Cisco to do the same is done in other parts of the world too

  3. Education is clearly an area that can receive huge benefits of TelePresence technology, hope that this event can inspire others institutions to adopt this amazing technology.

  4. This is great actually!I was just wondering the other day about the G20 which is currently being hosted in my home town (Toronto). Apparently, the Canadian government is spending close to $1B on security alone during the conference! This of course does not include the hassle, traffic jam, closing down of major services downtown.I wondered why don’t they just use TelePresence or GotMeeting, certainly they would save the tax payers not only money but the hassel, and how about the environmental effect of flying all these people down here!