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ply to tune in or to lead into a literacy block.
Students enjoy updating wall maps with
current positions and forecast progress.
Individual students or class groups can join
the moderated foru m to pose questions or
offer solutions to questions posed by others.
This year's adventurers on the Tassie Tiger
Hunt and a range of experts will be joining
the forum, too. Lessons from the curricu-
lum are synchronised to the expedition so
that students can make links between the
'real world' and their 'school work.'
The Expedition Class is designed for
middle school classes in mainstream edu-
cation,but it's also idealfordistance educa-
tion models. Students from the School of the
Air in far north Queensland joined the 2009
Expedition Class. This year's Expedition
Class will be joined by a Hobart home
Being based in Tasmania means Expedi-
tion Class can also visit students in their
classrooms, making the connection between
adventure and the classroom even stronger.
Each year, the number of participants has
approximately doubled. This year, with the
freely downloadable curriculum and online
forum, we're expecting it to reach further
across Bass Strait than ever before.
Consider yourself officially invited. T
Andre w Hughes is a teacher and adventurer.
Before teaching, he completed a degree in
geology, operated a bushwalk guiding busi-
ness and wore out several pairs of sturdy
boots traversing thousands of kilometres
through the bush and mountain ranges of
Australia and Papua New Guinea .
Key partners and spon sors of Expedition
Class are the Tasmanian Education Depart-
ment, the Bookend Trust, Australian Geo -
graphic, the Faculty of Science, Engineering
and Technology at the University of Tasma-
nia and the Mercury through its newspapers
in educ ation program .
Doe ring, A. (2006). Adventure Learning:
Tran sformative hybrid online educ ation.
Distance Education. 27(2): 197-215.
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