School of the Air Tours

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These days it’s commonplace for many schools to offer programs online, where you can receive a degree without ever seeing a teacher. Well, before the age of the internet, there was radio-- the means of how School of the Air in Alice Springs, Australia, nobly pioneered the idea to reach out to kids in obscure destinations without proper schools. One visit to the school premises, which is now complete with its own Visitor Center, and you can share a moving experience that shows how the utilization of technology we take for granted has not only brought people together, but shaped lives.

       Teaching primary and secondary level students since the 50’s, today students are outstretched as far as 502,000 square miles from the school. You can watch a film about the history of this truly unique school, and even listen in on live classes, which have since switched from the radio era to a highly more modernized and efficient broadband internet model. If you happen to arrive when sessions are closed, you may listen in on pre-recorded lessons, with interpreters on site to help you with translations and to field any questions.

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Once in Alice Spring’s, local buses from town are available for $2 that will drop you off right in front of the Visitor Center, otherwise it is a mere 2.1 miles from town, where you can drive or even take the available hiking and walking path that leads right to the front door.
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Address: 80 Head Street, Alice Springs, Australia
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Hours: Open Mon - Sat 8:30am - 4:30pm, Sun 1:30pm - 4:30pm
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Admission: Adults: AU$6.50, Children (5 - 16 yrs): AU$4.50
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Alice Springs School of the Air Guided Tour

Discover the educational innovations of the Alice Springs School of the Air on a guided tour that lasts about one hour. Learn how lessons are provided to students in remote locations across Central Australia, starting in 1951 with radio broadcasts, and now using internet technology. Watch a short film about the school’s history, and observe a live lesson as part of your visit.
  • Duration: 45 to 90 mins
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USD8.03
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  • Duration: 45 to 90 mins
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Alice Springs Highlights Half-Day Tour

Discover the legendary heart of Outback culture with this half-day highlights tour of Alice Springs. Visit the historic Overland Telegraph Station and learn how residents have adapted to ultra-remote living at the Royal Flying Doctor Service base and the School of the Air. Encounter fearsome desert creatures at the Alice Springs Reptile Park, and take in sweeping views of the West MacDonnell Ranges from the top of Anzac Hill.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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USD80.34
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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