Koreans take look at two Armidale schools’ use of technology

IT’S NOT every day a South Korean television crew visits your school to film a documentary, but that’s exactly what happened at Duval High School yesterday.
Nanjing Night Net

The Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), which is the equivalent of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was at Duval to investigate digital education in Australia and to document the leading programs offered at the Armidale school.

The TV crew plans to take the findings of their fleeting visit home to the Korean Education Board, which is in the process of implementing a digital education reform.

University of New England senior lecturer Myung-Sook Auh, who has been instrumental in organising the documentary with KBS, said the Korean government wanted to see first-hand how other countries effectively used digital technology in schools.

“The Korean government wanted to see some exemplary countries, to see what other countries are doing and what are effective ways of using digital technology, so they can import those ideas to Korea,” she said.

Dr Auh suggested Armidale’s Duval High School and Ben Venue Primary be included in the film, because they were already participating in Australia’s Asian Schools Connection program, with Duval involved in an offshoot of this, the Korean Connection Program (KCP).

As part of the KCP, students of Duval’s Year 7 Korean studies class take part in fortnightly webcasts with Korean students from Duval’s sister school, Sungduk Middle School in Daejeon City.

Tom Model, who teaches Korean studies, said the webcast program, which has been going for the past three years, was essentially a cultural exchange providing recognition and appreciation between the two countries.

“They exchange ideas and get to know how each other live their day-to-day lives,” he said.

By participating in the webcasts, students got a “well-rounded relevance” they couldn’t get from reading textbooks, Mr Model said.

He said the kids were really chuffed to receive international recognition and it was “hitting home” that they were leading the way in digital technology.

LAPTOP LUXURY: A Korean TV production crew documents laptop use by Year 9 maths students David Wilson, Kyle Donnan and Joshua Gartshorel, with teacher Brock Ford, at Duval High School yesterday. Photo: Barry Smith 040613BSB21

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