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NOVEMBER 2012
The University of Sydney's Social Inclusion Unit would like to welcome you to the very first edition of our monthly e-news, Down the Track, full of regional news, events, activities and programs.

We are committed to widening participation in higher education, giving students the chance to access quality information on further study, stay engaged in school and having the opportunity to go on to higher education.  We are achieving this through a number of initiatives including admission schemes, community partnerships, an internal grant program allowing faculties to extend and create new opportunities through widening participation and support for current students through programs in schools.

The University of Sydney is a partner in the Bridges to Higher Education program. Bridges is a partnership of five Sydney universities working with schools and communities to improve the participation of students from disadvantaged communities in higher education. For more information about Bridges please visit their website at Bridges to Higher Education

If you would like to subscribe to our e-news or provide feedback please email Trish Di-Masi, or visit our regional website
YEAR 9 STEM DAY - DELIVERED THROUGH CONNECTED CLASSROOMS - REGISTER NOW!!
 BRIDGES CONNECT    |  
Technology and Science Videoconference Series - Applications and the future...
This is a great initiative offered through the Bridges Connect Project for Year 9 students.  This free workshop is being held on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 but you must RSVP and register by Monday 26 November to bridgesconnect@mq.edu.au with the school name and number of students. 

Topcis on the day will include:
- Engineering in the 21st Century
- Medical Information Technology
- The Importance of Failure
- The Science and Practice of Neuropsychology

Once you have registered, on the day you dial in using your DEC Connected Classroom facilities by dialing 570612701.  If you require any further information please contact Caroline Taouk, Bridges to Higher Education Project Coordinator, Phone (02)9850 7398 or email caroline.taouk@mq.edu.au
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TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP
 BRIDGES CONNECT    |  
Getting Connected with Video Conferencing, Bridgit and an Interactive Whiteboard
Date:  Tuesday 4 December 2012
Time:  10am - 2.30pm
During the workshop participants will become familiar with:
Video conferencing hardware and software:

  • Creating and running a video conference including setting agendas, conferencing protocols
  • Troubleshooting in a VC
  • Benefits of using a VC for student learning and teacher professional learning
  • Using peer to peer software for communication:
  • Using Bridgit to a set up and run a conference
  • Using Adobe Connect to set up and run a video conference
  • Using an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) for student learning and professional development (including troubleshooting)
  • Using Smart Notebook software to develop interactive lessons for use in the classroom on the IWB.
For enquiries and further information please contact:
Caroline Taouk, Bridges to Higher, Education Project Coordinator.
Phone (02)9850 7398 or email caroline.taouk@mq.edu.au

This Teacher Professional Development Workshop is an initiative of Bridges to Higher Education (Bridges Connect Project Group).
During the workshop participants will become familiar with:
Video conferencing hardware and software:
  • Creating and running a video conference including setting agendas, conferencing protocols
  • Troubleshooting in a VC
  • Benefits of using a VC for student learning and teacher professional learning
  • Using peer to peer software for communication:
  • Using Bridgit to a set up and run a conference
  • Using Adobe Connect to set up and run a video conference
  • Using an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) for student learningand professional development (including troubleshooting)
  • Using Smart Notebook software to develop interactive lessons for use in the classroom on the IWB.

This Teacher Professional Development Workshop is an initiative of Bridges to Higher Education (Bridges Connect Project Group).

Bridges to Higher Education is a partnership of five Sydney universities (UWS, Sydney University, UTS, Macquarie and ACU) working with schools and communities to improve the participation of students from disadvantaged communities in higher education. The initiative aims to engage students through learning opportunities and other activities that support academic outcomes and excite them about the possibilities of higher education.

It has been established using Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) funding from the Commonwealth Government, which will run to 2014.

For more information about Bridges to Higher Education, please visit our website bridges.nsw.edu.au
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ANIMATION WORKSHOP IN DUBBO
 LETS GET CREATIVE    |  
Animating Dubbo
Year 11 students from the Dubbo Senior College have been highly animated the last few days, especially since participating in the first-regional Compass Stop Motion Animation program facilitated by Jack McGrath, a Sydney College of the Arts lecturer and filmmaker.

Year 11 students from the Dubbo Senior College have been highly animated the last few days, especially since participating in the first-regional Compass Stop Motion Animation program facilitated by Jack McGrath, a Sydney College of the Arts lecturer and filmmaker.

Stop Motion Animation is a fun, engaging workshop that introduces students to the basics of film and video production. The program engages the students across a number of key learning areas including literacy and ICT skills, as well as complementing the design and technology syllabus.  As McGrath points out, "Creativity [itself] is an asset and needs to be developed as much as other areas of the curriculum." 

The workshop gives students the opportunity to produce their own stop motion animation.  This process requires students to have a clear idea of a narrative arch as well as real attention to detail.  Characters and objects are photographed one frame at a time, then edited to create a short film.  The creative, hands-on process of the stop motion medium is highly engaging for all students.  The course introduces students to the fundamentals of the animation production process; from developing an idea through to execution and screening.  Working in small groups, the students develop a narrative storyboard, create characters and props, produce a short film and add final effects.

One of the great outcomes of the program is that students have a final product that they are able to add to their portfolio if they choose to continue with further study or work in the creative arena.

"The thing I love most about this program is I can never predict what the students will create. It is like a magic cauldron; you put the right ingredients in (techniques and structure), and you are constantly amazed by what comes out," said McGrath.

Jack expressed great admiration for the students and staff at Dubbo senior college.  The enthusiasm, creativity and imagination of the Dubbo students and their teacher, Jodie Gadem resulted in three great films at the end of the three- day workshop.

For more information about Jack's workshops please check out the stories on our Compass website.
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LEARNING WEEKS PLANNED FOR 2013
 WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES    |  
Dubbo, Forbes and Broken Hill
The Social Inclusion Unit was very excited to launch its first learning week in June 2012 in Broken Hill.  Two academics, Assoc. Prof Michael McDonnell, from the Department of History and Assoc. Prof Jackie Manuel, from the Faculty of Education and Social Work ran workshops for students and teachers on history and HSC study skills. A connected classroom session was also available on the HSC agriculture syllabus. Also in town was the Faculty of Science's Regional Kickstart on the Road program. Tom Gordon, a science communicator from School of Physics and a team of wonderful student volunteers ran workshops and hands on activities for teachers and students.  Due to its success, we are now planning the 2013 learning week in Broken Hill as well as extending this exciting project into Dubbo and Forbes

The Social Inclusion Unit's Regional Project Officer, Trish Di-Masi has spent time this year consulting with schools and communities to see how best the University of Sydney can support high school students in regional communities

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STUDENTS DEVELOP NEW SCRIPTS FOR BROKEN HILL'S FUTURE
 STORY BY KATH KENNY    |  
Redevelopment and Rejuvenation in Broken Hill
The famously parched red desert surrounding Broken Hill has served as a giant outdoor film set for some of Australia's most iconic films, including Wake in Fright, Mad Max, and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. Since the early 1970s it has also been a backdrop to hundreds of TV shows, documentaries, commercials and music video clips.



The famously parched red desert surrounding Broken Hill has served as a giant outdoor film set for some of Australia's most iconic films, including Wake in Fright, Mad Max, and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. Since the early 1970s it has also been a backdrop to hundreds of TV shows, documentaries, commercials and music video clips.

But the town hasn't always been able to rely on the regular economic boosts that come from large film crews temporarily pitching a tent in their neighbourhood: the producers of the latest instalment in the Mad Max franchise abandoned plans to film there after regular rain made flowers bloom and the landscape too green to pass as a post-apocalyptic setting.

But now University of Sydney students are helping to stimulate a new wave of creative and sustainable industries in Broken Hill, with a plan to redevelop the town's disused Central Power Station and rejuvenate the Broken Hill Film Studio.

Earlier this year the 22 architecture and business students from the University of Sydney spent two intense weeks in Broken Hill developing four master plans for the Broken Hill Studio. The students' work was released this week in a book titled Broken Hill Central Power Station: The University of Sydney architecture and enterprise projects.

The students' master plans include a film and production studio, a cinema-themed tourist attraction, a permanent exhibition showcasing the region's mining history, and arts cultural centres celebrating the region's Indigenous heritage and arts community.

The students' proposals also included "parks and community gardens for local residents, and an educational campus with art studios and workshops to help build alternative training opportunities for the region," said Professor Michael Tawa of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.

"This is an interdisciplinary project that requires an understanding of both architecture and business," he added. "Their proposals showed innovative and sustainable integration of commercial, cultural, educational, tourism and environmental values."

Professor Tawa said: "the opportunity for first-hand experience working on a real-life project of this scale is great for our students. We thank the Broken Hill City Council for inviting us to contribute to this project,"

The project, jointly taught by the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, and the Innovation and Enterprise Program in the Business School, "provided a rich and challenging environment for students," added Megan Donnelley from the University of Sydney Business School.

"The Broken Hill Studios project is part of the broader Memorandum of Understanding between Council and the University which we believe will produce enormously positive outcomes for both parties for years to come," Broken Hill City Council's Manager Economic Development, Andrea Roberts, explained.

"The MoU will make possible many future projects," said Professor Tawa. "Some will extend the work we have already done at the Broken Hill Studios into more detail, while others will investigate innovative ideas for the town and the region - even looking to international partnerships and exchanges."

As well as a commitment to repeat a similar project in Broken Hill in 2013, the University of Sydney Business School's Program Director of Innovation and Enterprise, Dr Richard Seymour, intends to promote similar community-engaged teaching programs in Vietnam, India and Myanmar.
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SCIENCE TEACHERS WORKSHOPS
 5-9 NOVEMBER 2012    |  
Teachers from Dubbo and Forbes attend
The Science faculty once again ran their highly successful Science Teachers’ Workshop in November at the University of Sydney. The program runs across multiple science disciplines over a one-week period. The professional development courses are for high school science teachers of all levels – whether teachers are just starting out, teaching in a new area, or have years of experience – the program has something for everyone. 






The Science faculty once again ran their highly successful Science Teachers’ Workshop in November at the University of Sydney. The program runs across multiple science disciplines over a one-week period. The professional development courses are for high school science teachers of all levels – whether teachers just starting out, teaching in a new area, or have years of experience – the program has something for everyone. 

The Social Inclusion Unit was able to offer scholarships to two teachers, from Forbes and Dubbo, to attend the workshops.

Initial feedback received from the teachers was excellent with one teacher commenting that "the workshops were great. I really enjoyed the chance to hear some up-to-date stuff. It's easy to get bogged down with routine, especially out west where there is less chance to mix with other professionals with similar interests".
 

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CONTENTS
Year 9 STEM Day - delivered through Connected Classrooms - Register Now!!
Teacher Professional Development Workshop
Animation Workshop in Dubbo
Learning Weeks Planned for 2013
Students develop new scripts for Broken Hill's future
Science Teachers Workshops
Coonabarabran students visit Sydney
Regional Students sign up for Honeywell Summer School of Engineering
Sydney University Law Society Students head off out west
COONABARABRAN STUDENTS VISIT SYDNEY
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Social inclusion and the English Department
In October, the Faculty of Arts organised a "campus visit" for  students from Coonabarabran High School. The students took part in a range of activities: a Shakespeare workshop where the visiting students worked out how they might stage the "eye-gouging" scene from King Lear, campus tours where volunteer students showed them around key locations on campus, and a barbecue which gave participating staff an opportunity to chat to students and staff from the visiting schools. Feedback from the the students has been very positive.

REGIONAL STUDENTS SIGN UP FOR HONEYWELL SUMMER SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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As the 2012 host University this year, the Social Inclusion Unit awarded five scholarships to regional Year 11 students who have registered for the Honeywell Engineering Summer School (HESS) being held in December 2012. One student from Dubbo Senior College and four from Red Bend Catholic College will be attending. The summer school brings together 100 Year 11 students who are interested in pursuing engineering as a career. In past years students have come from all over NSW and the ACT.

Throughout the week-long program, students are introduced to five universities, including University of Sydney (host university), University of Western Sydney, University of Technology, Sydney, University of New South Wales, and University of Wollongong.

SYDNEY UNIVERSITY LAW SOCIETY STUDENTS HEAD OFF OUT WEST
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Once again 27 students from the Sydney University Law Society (SULS) social justice committee,and for the first time, students from other faculties, are hitting the road to visit regional schools.  The aim of the program is to encourage students who may be less likely to participate in higher education to stay engaged in education.

On Monday, 26 November at the Dubbo Senior College campus, students will be able to participate in hands on activities and workshops which will help them to develop an understanding of the university experience - the opportunities, the social life and the challenges.

This year there will be students participating from Dubbo College, Forbes High School and Macquarie Anglican Grammar.
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