Scarlett McLean has just returned from South Korea where she represented the project with the Daegu Region, University representatives, schools and most importantly, teachers. She also visited the Australian Embassy, an annual fixture on the visitation program for the project.
The interest in the project at the Korean end continues to grow. We have a large number of new schools that exceeds the demand currently. One issue that was discussed was that although there is support for coordination of the project in Korea, no such position of support is available at the Victorian end. It relies chiefly on good will and volunteerism that means the project cannot reach its full potential.
We are proud of the fact that this project is freely open to schools regardless of their access to expensive technology. We are also aware that there are so many other schools who could be benefiting from international collaboration through telecommunications.
If you know of any other Victorian schools who might be interested in joining the project please contact Scarlett McLean at Mt Clear College. There are many schools waiting for partners in Korea right now.
Many of the Daegu teachers were involved for the first time this year although their school might have been involved for a number of years. They had a series of questions regarding the interest the teachers in Victoria have in the project, planning of curriculum and other related matters.