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“Connect2Texas” is changing the way students from across the world learn about Texas’ premier cultural institutions.

Students in Sydney, Australia Visit The Sixth Floor Museum Without Leaving the Southern Hemisphere

Monday, July 26, at 5:30p.m., teen students at the Abbotsleigh School for Girls in Sydney, Australia will be visiting The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza from the comfort of their hometown classroom.

The Sixth Floor Museum's new interactive programming takes cultural education to a new level. Two-way audiovisual programs last about an hour and allow students and teachers to meet the Museum's curatorial, collections and education staff, prompting thoughtful discussions on U.S. history, world history, the Civil Rights Movement and more. The Museum has already lined up a series of interactive programs for the fall.

It's all part of a larger initiative from Education Service Center Region XI called Connect2Texas, an organization that promotes compelling, interactive programs from various Texas institutions. In addition to The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, more than a dozen locations in Texas including the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Texas Wildlife Association offer interactive distance learning.

According to Laurie Hogle, Telecommunications and Distance Learning Coordinator at Education Service Center Region XI, "In 2009-2010 we connected more than 86,000 students and 1600 educators with interactive learning experiences led by Texas' premier cultural institutions. We are thrilled to have The Sixth Floor Museum on board as one of our newest providers."

All distance learning programs are TEKS and TAKS aligned, and meet national history standards.

"The Sixth Floor Museum is committed to empowering students, teachers and other audiences to understand how and why the past is still relevant," said Nicola Longford, executive director of the Museum. "Being able to provide interactive programming through distance learning is a tremendous opportunity to welcome students and teachers from across the world that otherwise might not be able to travel to Dallas."

Editors Note: The program begins Monday, July 26 at 5:30 PM. B-Roll and interview opportunities include: Abbotsleigh students learning about Dealey Plaza and the Museum, Museum staff educating students and sound bites with Connect2Texas and Museum staff. Spokespeople available for interviews beginning at 5p.m.

Distance learning programs occur in the Museum's new Media Room on the first floor of the former Texas School Book Depository Building (411 Elm Street) at the corner of Elm and Houston Streets. Please use the Elm Street entrance.

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Molly Fiden
Director of Institutional Advancement
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