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Thanks to sponsorship from Charles Sturt University, I was treated to an extraordinary visit to six different communities in Australia . . .
Sydney, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, and Canberra
Harbour Bridge Opera House & ferry Facade of older building Reaching to the sky Old and New Surf to the South Riding the Wave Gulls Waiting City View 1 City View 2 City View 3 City View 4 City View 5 Museum of Sydney Museum of Sydney Statue & Bird in Botannical Gardens Ibis at Poolside Pigeon Staring Pals on Field Trip Great Place to Read Class Field Trip Flying Fox? Where? Flying Fox Here Fresh Fruit All the news Time Time Time Circular Quay Sunset Sunset
Changing Planes at Ayer's Rock Desert Park Residential Neighborhood Residential Neighborhood Sunrise 1 Sunrise 2 Sunrise 3 Sunrise 4
Crawfish Boats Crawfish Boats Hotel by Harbor Harbor Town Hall
While there, I spoke with teachers, teacher librarians and school administrators who were full of spirit and enthusiasm about the new possibilities coming to schools with networked information. They were also vocal in their commitment to information literacy and robust professional development. Like many in North America, they have become wary of politicians and others who push hardware without clear purpose or a focus upon learning.
I was repeatedly impressed by the "forward lean" with which the Australians have greeted the challenges of the Information Age.
The photographs above were snapped in between speeches and workshops in those rare moments when I might step off the tour and gaze about. They are a somewhat random sample of life in Australia as seen through a visitor's eyes. I hope that they will provide students in other lands with free photos that might be useful as they study about OZ.
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