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IN PICTURES: Cromer Public School kicks off Global Classroom initiative

Cromer Public School has kicked off its Global Classroom partnership with Kansai University Elementary School in Osaka, Japan. Panasonic’s Education Foundation was involved in the initiative, allowing the schools to conduct lessons across two different countries through the supply of goods and services. The vendor provided a high-definition video conferencing system and interactive whiteboards to facilitate the three-year distance learning program. At a launch event at Cromer Public School, a live demonstration of the video conferencing system along with the school’s 3D learning laboratory was done. The laboratory allowed students to create 3D games under teacher supervision through Microsoft Kodu software. “Our Global Classroom program is an excellent example of how technology can help students to think globally and benefit locally,” Cromer Public School Principal, Greg Jones, said. The distance learning program is currently restricted to grade four students but will be available to other students in the coming months.

  • Cromer Public School fires up its HD video conferencing system to connect with students from Kansai University Elementary School.

    The event was hosted by Panasonic.

  • Cromer Public School fires up its HD video conferencing system to connect with students from Kansai University Elementary School.

  • Students played a mutant form Charades over video conferencing.

  • Students played a mutant form Charades over video conferencing.

  • Students played a mutant form Charades over video conferencing.

  • Students played a mutant form Charades over video conferencing.

  • Students from Kansai University Elementary School watches and reciprocates.

  • Demonstration of the system is done in front of a large audience.

  • Cromer Public School's 3D learning laboratory where 3D games are made by the students.

  • Student shows off one of the 3D games a class had made.

  • Panasonic and Macquarie University were both involved in the Global Education program and the 3D learning laboratory.

  • School captains welcomed guests.

  • School band played the Coldplay song, Clocks, for guests.

  • Cromer Public School principal, Greg Jones.

  • Panasonic group manager for education, David Cuckney.

  • Event guests.

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