Zoos Victoria

Web Conferences

 
A web conference is a moderated, online, group event that is broadcast live to your PC, Mac or interactive whiteboard using Blackboard Collaborate.

Think of it as a mixture of video conferencing, presentation slides, and instant messaging with quizzes and videos thrown into the mix.

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Each Act Wild web conference usually lasts for 45 minutes and is run by educators from Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary or Werribee Open Range Zoo.

Tech Specs

To attend one of the Act Wild web conferences, your class or school require the following:
  • At least one PC, Mac or interactive whiteboard with an internet connection
  • Java installed
  • Joined the relevant live session which will install the Blackboard Collaborate software
  • Speakers and (ideally) a microphone and/or webcam
  • A class of enthusiastic students ready to ask questions
Further information is available from the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Teacher Support Resources
2015 Calendar

Act Wild web conferences feature a live cross to our Zookeepers and animal experts.

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Our 2015 web conference dates will be available soon. We are planning to run 3 student web conferences every school term around our Community Conservation Campaigns; Don't Palm us Off, Love your Locals and Beads for Wildlife.

If you are interested in taking part you can email us at actwild@zoo.org.au and we'll let you know all the details when available. You can also suggest a time that works best for you so we can best fit in with your school timetable.

Past recorded sessions
The focus last year was on loving our local threatened species. It's not quite the same watching a recording but if you'd like to you can check out the recording links below.

Love Your Locals- Get Creative
Chat live to zoo experts and find out how you can help to get creative and spread the message that these shy and unique Victorian animals are worth saving.
This session has been run. You can view the recording by clicking on this link

Love Your Locals – Get Grubby
In this hands on web-conference you will get to know some of our most endangered and amazing local animals, and some of the people working hard to save them. You'll also gain some practical tips on how to best help native wildlife.
This session has been run. You can view the recording by clicking on this link

Love Your Locals – Be a savvy consumer
In this fun and interactive web-conference you will get to know how our purchasing habits can have a direct impact on wildlife both here and around the world. Includes some awesome wildlife-friendly Christmas gift ideas!
This session has been run. You can view the recording by clicking on this link

More past recorded sessions

Platypus | Wombats | Orang-utans | Frogs | Gorillas | Zebras | Love Your Locals- Get Creative | Love Your Locals- Get Grubby | Love Your Locals- Be a Savvy consumer