crystle challinger 2019

CVC Ms Challinger may have been recognised as Australian VET Trainer/Teacher of the Year at the Australian Training Awards last year, but she has no plans to rest on her laurels in 2019.

Ms Challinger was recognised for her innovative use of augmented and virtual reality programs in training and up-skilling fellow teachers for the past two years.

After being a been a performing arts teacher for 15 years, Ms Challinger said she was excited to be able to start introducing augmented and virtual reality programs to her students this year, to re-create a typical industry environment in school.

“The program I have been using, HP Reveal (formerly Aurasma) is all about creating augmented realities through using iPads, so kids are virtually manipulating the space they’re in,” she said.

“I do a lot of digital work, lots of iMovie, we use a virtual lighting program so they can create lighting schemes before they actually run the lights.

“Being able to use augmented reality and virtual reality programs to give the students a little more insight specifically into what the industry would be like is a big step forward.”

Ms Challinger said she aimed to used the technology to encourage kids to mix performing arts with science, technology, engineering and mathematics-orientated concepts.

“I focus on transformative education through STEAM, using the arts and humanities to add the ethical and moral aspects to STEM.” 

“You may be able to create these things, but should you, and why do you? That’s the question I ask my students to critically assess.”

- Aricle Published in Canning Times

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