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TeachLive is an educational program that places teachers on Earthwatch expeditions, where they receive a unique professional development experience and get to teach “live” back to their classrooms. While on an expedition the teachers interact with their students via live web forums, post daily highlights and photos, and communicate with their classrooms via Skype and other online tools. This experience - and the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm teachers bring back from the field - gives students a new perspective on scientific research and builds their core skills in science, geography and other subjects.

TeachLive is also a unique professional development opportunity, where teachers can learn about science from world-class scientists, and learn research techniques they can use in their schools. Teachers involved in past TeachLive expeditions have gone on run neighbourhood ‘bioblitzes’ with their students, undertake research into the impact of environmental issues on local species and conduct other innovative educational programs.

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Earthwatch is currently conducting the following TeachLive programs:

Bush Blitz TeachLive

Bush Blitz is Australia’s largest nature discovery project – a unique multi-million dollar partnership between the Australian Government through Parks Australia and the Australian Biological Resources Study, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch Australia to document plants and animals across Australia. Now in its eighth year, it is the largest biological survey of this scale anywhere in the world. Since the program began in 2009 Bush Blitz has discovered almost 1200 new species and added thousands of species records to what is already known, increasing our scientific knowledge to help us protect our Australia’s biodiversity for generations to come.

The Bush Blitz TeachLive program has placed teachers on expeditions to remote locations around Australia, from remote islands in the Coral Sea to the rocky gorges of the Kimberley and the vast expanse of the Australian outback. To find out more about these expeditions, and read the blogs posted by participating teachers, go to http://bushblitz.teachlive.org.au.

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Anjali Chandresaker-Rao, from Castle Cove Primary School in NSW, Skyping with her class during the Kimberley Bush Blitz TeachLive expedition

Snorkelling Australia's Underwater Meadows

Teachers participating in the Snorkelling Australia's Underwater Meadows expedition help scientists figure out how pollutants from Brisbane are affecting Moreton Bay by snorkeling, boating, and wading in its waters. They collect ecological data on the sediment, seagrass, and small fish and marine animals living there to determine how humans are changing the ecosystem. Seagrass, small fish and marine animals are key food sources for larger animals, such as fish, dugongs, and dolphins, so the health of these resources is important to the animals that call the bay home. The information the teachers collect will go into a report on the health of Moreton Bay, which researchers will use to educate the community and encourage politicians to protect this vital marine ecosystem.

Earthwatch and the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria (GTAV) are providing six subsidised places per year for Victorian teachers who teach geography, which are awarded via a competive application process. Schools from other states and territories are also able to purchase places on the expedition - to enquire about these please email Bruce Paton at Earthwatch Australia, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Snorkelling Australia's Underwater Meadows TeachLive expedition is supported by the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

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Megan McKinley, from Rowville Primary School in Victoria, participating in the Snorkelling Australia's Underwater Meadows expedition

TeachLive: Protecting NSW Bushlands through Citizen Science

The TeachLive: Protecting NSW Bushlands through Citizen Science project aims to protect ecosystems in NSW and the ACT through connecting schools to land management agencies, so they can conduct citizen science projects that provide environmental managers with information they can use to protect local species.

To build the capacity of schools to undertake these citizen science projects, six teachers from areas covered by land management agencies involved in the project will take part in the Australia's Changing Islands Earthwatch expedition, in May 2017. The teachers will travel to St. Bee’s Island in Queensland where they will assist scientists to research the impacts of climate change on local wildlife, through tasks such as trapping and sorting small reptiles and invertebrates, counting the population of koalas and wallabies and conducting bird surveys – while sharing this experience with their students using the TeachLive website.

We are currently seeking a teacher from the City of Campbelltown - click here to apply if your school is in this municipality. We will inform teachers in other areas where the project is taking place as opportunities become available.

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