Virtual learning

Experience Museums Victoria from your classroom with this series of virtual learning sessions.

Two museum staff presenting to an iPad which shows schools watching from the classroom.
Virtual learning session in Melbourne Museum's DNA lab

These engaging and interactive virtual experiences provide access to experts and behind-the-scenes spaces across Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks and Immigration Museum. 

Museums Victoria uses Zoom Video Conferencing to deliver virtual learning sessions. Registered participants are sent a unique URL a week prior to the session.

Cost
Education service fee $35 per connection

Bookings
03 8341 7767

Shooting stars and alien rocks

Friday 22 FebRUARY 2019 2.00–2.45pm
Suitable for primary students

We don’t need to build a rocket ship to explore and collect samples from around our Solar System. Studying meteorites, alien rocks from Outer Space, provides the cheapest form of space exploration as these rocky samples are fragments of other planets, smashed-up asteroids or comets, which have landed on Earth. Meteorites can transport us back to the time our Solar System formed and provides clues to the deep interior of our own wonderful planet.  Join Dermot Henry (geologist and Head of Sciences) for a tour with these extra-terrestrial visitors and discover where they come from, what we can learn from them and what happens when a super large meteorite hits the Earth!

Colonial violence

Friday 29 MarCH 2019 2.00–2.45pm
Suitable for Years 5-9

Isobel Morphy Walsh, Taungurong woman of the Kulin nation, presents the film Black Day Sun Rises, Blood Runs, which tells the story of prominent massacres sites in Victoria. Isobel will provide students with a deeper understanding of how colonial violence throughout Australia is still felt by communities today.

Mini Beasts in your backyard

Friday 31 May 2019 2.00–2.45pm
Suitable for primary students

Go behind the scenes and meet the museum’s “Bug-man” or Senior Curator of Entomology, Dr Ken Walker in the insect and spider collection store. What’s Australia’s largest moth and smallest bee? What’s the most diverse insect group in the world and why? Learn how to hunt for wolf spiders at night in your backyard. Insects are among the most diverse group of animals on the world – Can we survive without insects or can insects survive without us? Let Ken show you some of the museum’s insect treasures from your backyard and from around the world.

First Peoples daily life

Friday 30 August 2019 2.00–2.45pm
Suitable for primary students

Isobel Morphy Walsh, Jordan Edwards and Di-Di Vaha'akolo from Museums Victoria’s First Peoples team will introduce students to some of the objects that are important to daily life for their peoples and communities. Students will learn about how the objects were made and what they were used for.

Virtual learning test and train professional learning sessions

Haven’t used virtual learning in your classroom before? Don’t worry. We run free test and train professional learning sessions. Teachers can test the set up in their classroom and learn how to navigate the software before connecting live. Test and train sessions will run on the following days in 2019:

Mon 18 FebRUARY 4.00–4.30pm
Mon 29 AprIL 4.00–4.30pm
Mon 22 JulY 4.00–4.30pm

Past virtual learning sessions 

Click on the links below to watch excerpts from past virtual learning sessions.

Presenting talking to Dr. Jake Owens

Giant panda conservation

With biologist Dr Jake Owens from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding live from IMAX Melbourne.

View of Dinosaur Walk exhibition

Dinosaur walk

With paleontologist and Sciences Program Coordinator Priscilla Gaff live from Melbourne Museum.

NASA Scientists presenting to camera

NASA scientists

With NASA Scientist Dr Jessie Christiansen live from Scienceworks.

3 presenters talking to students via virtual learning in the humanities collection store

Cultural diversity

With Museums Victoria staff Moya McFadzean, Jan Molloy and Marita Dyson live from the Humanities Collection Store.

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