Information for working with DART CONNECTIONS


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DART Connections virtual excursions are available to teachers, parents and students who have appropriate internet connectivity and hardware.

  • 1. Live Event – Scheduled
    Programmed excursion, with a set time and date and the ability for multiple registrations
    * two way video – from presenter and return video from participants
    or
    * One way video - streaming with or without a chat facility
    More often than not, special one-off events OR events that are listed with multiple teachers/parents able to book in at the date and time nominated by the provider
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  • 2. Live Event – By Request
    By getting in touch with the content provider, a teacher/parent/user can request an excursion on a date and time to suit them. The provider can stipulate a range of dates they can provide the excursion and the user can nominate the date/time they would like to attend. These excursions will more than likely be one provider to one user (a whole class or a home-schooled student).
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  • 3. On Demand - Limited
    An online recording available for only a limited period of time (range of dates)
    The provider lists an excursion with a link to a previously recorded event, but it will not be made available indefinitely.
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  • 4. On Demand - Unlimited
    An online recording permanently available
    This will provide links to recently recorded and previously created videos, including co-productions with NSW DoE (eg. your YouTube channel). This category also includes Live feeds from a content provider’s organisation eg. Taronga Zoo elephant cam

 
It is recommended children have an adult supervisor present during live interactive events. Often it is based on the type of excursion, content providers will have there own privacy policy and will advise participants of requirements.

For more information regarding procedures and guidelines, please visit the NSW Department of Education's
policy library page https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/policies/index.shtml

 

We are happy to help where we can and here are a few hints
  • Set your camera presets before joining the conference
  • If there are windows in the room, close any drapes or blinds. Daylight is a variable light source and can conflict with interior room lighting.
  • When adjusting your camera, try to fill the screen as much as possible with people rather than with the table, chairs, walls, lights, or the floor
  • For microphones not fixed, ensure they are at least 1 metre away from the video conference camera/endpoint and not near any other electronic equipment otherwise audio will be severely affected
  • Keep microphones muted until invited to speak by the presenter.  Mute your microphone directly after speaking. There is always peripheral noise at schools and the microphones pick up everything.  This is a big distraction to the presenter and other participating schools.
  • During open events, there can be large numbers of participating schools. It is helpful for you to have your questions ready before the Q&A section of the presentation.  If you think of a question, and it is not an appropriate time to ask, please write the question down so you don’t forget!
 
If it is an excursion that you would like to offer to other schools and you would like to see it promoted on the DART Connections website please contact the DART Connections team.
 

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