North Queensland students will host educators on a number of field trips to environmental locations in and around Cairns. The students will have the last word of the conference, not only showcasing their presentations, but showing you the local area through their eyes. You will learn about the Reef Guardian Project from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority where students undertake curriculum projects and become Reef and rainforest Guardians, preserving the environments, raising awareness and taking local action. The use of ICTs and web-based learning in Reef Guardian projects is characteristic of how young people use ICTs to promote their agendas and take action. You will learn much from these young leaders who will take pride in showing you their North Queensland.
All field trips begin at 11.00am on Wednesday 4th October, leaving from the Cairns convention Centre, after the Wednesday keynote, conference closure session and Morning tea. Nothing could be more convenient. Some field trips will enable you to be returned to your hotel or a point very close.
Field trips are only available to conference attendees and bookings are essential. You register for Field trips when you register for the conference.
The costs for all field trips is $55 including GST. The field trips will fill fast, because they represent such great value for money. Book early to take advantage of the early Bird registration and ensure your place on these limited numbers tours.
Field Trip 1: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. SOLD OUT
Enjoy a great trip to a reef to see the splendid Great Barrier Reef first-hand after an informative presentation on the boat by North Queensland’s leading Reef Guardians. Learn about the Reef Guardian project from GRMPA and find out how your school can benefit from joining in. Schools receive professional development, resources and other support. Talk to the teachers who lead these programs in North Queensland schools.
Field trip 2: World Heritage Rainforest tour. REGISTER NOW!
You will delight in the cool rainforests of the tablelands, north and west of Cairns and learn why world heritage rainforests are valuable for the planet. You can find ways that your students can be involved in preservation and community projects. Talk to North Queensland teachers and students who have become rainforest guardians and find out how you can join in with local Cairns schools activities via the Internet. Use the day to take all those digital photos and videos you can use as resources in your classroom. Then you have a tax-deductible field trip, as well as stimulating day.
Field trip 3: Wetlands and rare flora and fauna. REGISTER NOW!
Enjoy a trip through the World heritage Rainforests of the Kuranda range and through several habitats until you reach the world-class Mareeba Wetlands. Students and wetlands volunteers will help you enjoy the world biggest remaining collection of Gouldian Finches, almost extinct, except for the great project assisting to build up the numbers of this magnificent bird. Use the wetlands trip to see 100s of species and enjoy a billy of tea and damper in the bush. Don’t leave your camera at the hotel for this one.
Field trip 4: IT Installations of far North Queensland. CANCELLED
This field trip from Cairns IPT and Computing Studies students is designed to assist teachers to collect case study information for those Industry projects, information systems, programming and social and Ethical projects. Meet the teachers and collect their assessment instrument, units of work and resources. Talk to them and the students about the pedagogies used and how they support quality results. You can expect to visit 2-3 major IT installations in Cairns and enjoy a great tour of Cairns with a surprise visit to a beautiful tourist spot.