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Students can complete one or more of three activities:
1. Memorial Walk Activity Booklet: Complete this activity by undertaking a 2-4 hour walk to visit a number of World War 1 memorials across the city of Adelaide and answer questions along the way. Beginning at the Light Horse Memorial on East Terrace, you will then walk along North Terrace to the National War Memorial, down Kintore Avenue to the Torrens Training Depot and along King William Street to the Cross of Sacrifice. Walk with your parents or grandparents, an adult friend or family member and share your knowledge as you walk.
The completed booklet can be submitted to your CUA Coordinator in order to receive your stamp. Please ask your Coordinator to fill in the information on the final page of your booklet, sign it and return the signed page to us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, they can post it to us:
Manager – Schools Program
Virtual War Memorial – Anzac House
Torrens Training Depot, Victoria Drive, Adelaide SA 5000
If you are based in a country school, you may wish to design your own memorial walk around your town. Please contact us for information and support if you wish to do this as an activity: email@example.com
2. ‘A Life at War’ Discovery Project:
As part of this Learning Activity, you will discover and document the life and service of an Australian serviceman or woman and publish your work on the Virtual War Memorial website. You can complete a profile and a biography, add personal stories, upload images and even undertake an oral history interview with a living veteran if you wish.
Does this sound like something you would like to do? This activity is suitable for students aged 12-18. Younger students will require significant parent supervision to complete this activity.
To get started, email our Schools Program Manager : firstname.lastname@example.org
In your email tell us:
Your name and age
Whether you already have someone you want to research (for example, a great grandparent or other relative), or whether you need us to allocate a person to you
If you want to study a particular conflict - for example World War Two
We will then contact you with all of the information you need about your project and how to start your journey of discovery. The hours received are at the discretion of the in-school CUA Coordinator. Please provide your Coordinator with evidence of your research and ask them to edit and review the draft of your biography or profile before you send it to us to be uploaded.
3. Digital Storytelling Project: As part of this Learning Activity, we would like you to respond to an existing profile available on the Virtual War Memorial site and use the information provided in the service person’s profile to create a short digital story about their life (no more than 5 minutes in length). In addition to the information available on the VWMA site, you may wish to add newspaper reports that you have accessed using TROVE, images from the State Library of SA or other online collections, images of material objects or memorabilia belonging to the service person, suitable background music and a voice-over.
Older students may wish to combine activity 2 and activity 3. In this case, you can use the information that you have gathered to complete your online profile of a service person in order to create your digital story. You may even wish to combine all three activities by using a name you have located on a memorial as part of your walk as the focus of your research for activity 2 and 3.
You can use MovieMaker, PowerPoint, PhotoStory or another digital storytelling app of your choice to create your digital story.
The hours received are at the discretion of the in-school CUA Coordinator. Please provide evidence of your completed digital story and any planning, story-board or notes you made to your school CUA Coordinator for your stamp. This activity is available to any age group.
Completed stories can be shared with the Manager – Schools Program and may be uploaded to the Virtual War Memorial site at the discretion of the Manager. (They will appear online via the Children’s University homepage blog.)
Please email us to organise the handover of your electronic files: email@example.com
About Children's University Australia
"Children’s University Australia is an international partner of Children’s University Trust (UK) and managed by the University of Adelaide, South Australia.
The Children’s University concept is relatively simple: it offers superior educational experiences for children aged between 7 and 14 years and volunteering opportunities for 15-18 year olds outside of school and recognises their achievements through the award of formal certificates and graduations. The model leverages local educational and learning activity providers (including sports clubs, museums, galleries, school clubs) and has a strong emphasis on experience as a significant learning tool, acknowledging the value of the range of different learning experiences and environments in which children engage. All learning activities must have a link in some way to a university course eg. Football club = sports engineering, physiotherapy, management, teaching, sciences etc.
Each child is issued with a Passport to Learning in which the hours of each validated activity are recorded. Once they have reached the required number of hours children will graduate from the Children’s University. Certificates are presented at graduation ceremonies held in high profile locations.
Children’s University is child led, meaning that children choose what activities they would like to participate in, and participation occurs on a voluntary basis. “You can learn anywhere.. not just in a classroom and you can learn from all sorts of people in all sorts of situations,” The Honourable Lea Stevens, Northern Connections."
Find out more at http://childrensuniversity.com.au
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