About DART Learning
DART Learning is an initiative of the New South Wales Department of Education, facilitated through the Distance And Rural Technologies team (DART).
DART Learning provides and co-ordinates interactive video excursions for NSW public schools, TAFEs and non-government schools. DART Learning interactive video excursions bring students and teachers, face to face with experts across the globe.
Our excursions are designed to enrich and supplement curriculum across all stages and key learning areas. DART Learning began in 2003 with the implementation of the departments IP Video Conferencing system, used by Rural and Distance Education to provide curriculum intervention into its small cohort rural schools. Experimentation with organisations such as the Powerhouse Museum and the NSW State Library led to our first successful excursions with HSC marking sessions for teachers and the State Library of NSW. The department entered into a partnership with the State Library, enabling the DART Learning team to install a videoconference camera at the library’s site to become the first “outside” internet connected camera allowing rural schools to tap into its expertise and extensive resources.
The original focus of the departments video conferencing services were its rural and remote schools to extend and enhance curriculum by connecting their students to the world beyond the boundaries of geographic isolation.
In 2007, the NSW government’s expansion of video conference technology to every school and TAFE campus sparked a demand for virtual excursions and created a viable audience for some of the best museums, galleries, research institutes, scientists, writers, artists, musicians and zoos in the world to invest in compatible technologies and deliver rich and authentic interactive learning experiences directly into classrooms.
Based in Dubbo NSW, DART Learning is a small and dedicated team who facilitate curriculum interventions between external and internal partners using collaborative interactive video technologies to link thousands of NSW students every week. We partner with a growing list of content providers, telecommunications companies, government agencies, universities and technology vendors to bring the best of the world’s learning experiences, reliable technologies and support to our schools.
In addition to our regular timetabled events, DART Learning has the capacity to produce a limited number of bespoke authentic curriculum relevant content with our content partners including schools and communities. So whether this is one of our regular booked events or a bespoke event requiring advance planning, DART Learning has the technology and experience to take your class to unique events and learning experiences.
Regardless of your student’s location, you are a few clicks away from booking incredible interactive learning experiences from some of the best museums, galleries, research institutes, scientists, writers, artists, musicians and zoos in the world.