The CEO Sydney recently took advantage of access to High Definition videoconferencing to run a series of Masterclasses in English, Maths and Science, for students aspiring to achieve Band 6 in this year's HSC.
The 2012 HSC Masterclass Video Conference Sessions were organised as a joint initiative of the CEO Secondary Curriculum team and the Eileen O'Connor Centre at Lewisham. The Masterclass presenters included lecturers from both Sydney and NSW Universities as well as subject matter experts from within the organisation.
The initiative stemmed from the "One More Mark" Project which was developed as a strategy for enhancing the academic potential of students studying for the HSC in Catholic schools.
Students gave up their time to participate in these video conferenced Masterclasses from 3.30 to 4.30pm on Tuesday afternoons in late August and early September. The most impressive attendance included over 360 students from 28 different sites and a live audience at the Eileen O'Connor Centre at Lewisham. This has been one of the most successful video conference projects to date and the support of the CEnet team helped ensure that this large scale event went smoothly. Video conferencing in the Sydney Archdiocese has steadily grown in the last few months, with over twenty, large scale, video conference sessions experienced in schools in the three weeks to Sept 11.
During term 4 2012, CEnet hosted a two-day Google Bootcamp for eLearning specialists from thirteen Member Dioceses at the Polding Centre in Sydney.
The intensive workshop was delivered by staff from the CEO Sydney and was based on the highly successful CloudShare program that the team has been rolling out to schools in the Archdiocese.
Participants had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the use of Google Apps as a means of enhancing the learning and teaching process and found innovative ways to share resources across dioceses.
Many thanks to the team from the CEO Sydney for the time and effort they put into delivering this great cross-diocesan event.