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Global LYNCS Project - Video conference your way to building Asian literacy and cultural awareness

Global LYNCS

Initiated in 2014, this project explored the potential of low cost and free technologies to support global teaching and learning in the Asia Pacific Region.

In 2015 there were 20 Victorian P-12 schools involved and partnered to Korean, Japanese and Chinese schools. A number of project-associated schools also hosted visitations from 200 Korean students.

The Project has an international management team including representatives from education and embassies in Australia and Korea. Any school is enabled to participate using freely available tools like ZOOM, MS Lync, Polycom Real Presence or the existing high definition Polycom technologies in schools.

Victorian Teacher Ms. EJ Jang from partner school Yuille Park PS (Ballarat) in South West Victoria Region said of her school’s involvement, "The whole school community and staff members are a crucial key to maintaining good partnerships. It is best if the whole staff members are supportive and understanding towards partner schools. Luckily, I have the best school staff members, very supportive and thoughtful to partnerships."

Activities focussed on shared teaching and learning opportunities for the students including music, art, science, history and language. Partners were also encouraged to share attendance at the many virtual excursions on offer to Victorian schools.

"I am planning to expand lessons using MS Lync; trying to have multiple points connecting simultaneously with for example institutes providing video conferencing specialist content … not just connecting between schools."

" a friend of teachers from sister schools. Korean teachers and I have designed topics, lesson plans and power points. This requires time- to exchange cultural ideas and develop lesson plans. When I felt familiar with the teachers this procedure became much easier; for instance, to share the daily routines – this facilitated cultural topics for partnerships."

The opportunities provided through the project resulted in some schools considering the introduction of Korean language as a pathway Asian language in the SWVR. Support for participants included matching schools with an active project blog, regular e-newsletters, teacher professional learning, assessment rubrics etc.

See: Global LYNCs blog

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