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SMART CLASSROOMS: Students learn first-hand about war

09 June 2010

War stories ... Ken Briggs with Natalie Hunter from the Learning Place.

War stories ... Ken Briggs with Natalie Hunter from the Learning Place.

Three Queensland war veterans have once again mixed the old with the new, using the Learning Place to share with students the history of our great nation.

Friends Cyril Gilbert, Ken Briggs and Jim Taylor took a seat in front of the computer as part of the Learning Place's Anzac Day online chat event.

A serviceman in the Australian Army, Mr Taylor said he really enjoyed being the teacher - if only for an hour each year.

'I definitely do it for the children and to tell them first hand what it was like to live through the war,' he said.

Open for Prep to Year 12, the Learning Place organised 30 Anzac Day-inspired chat events that attracted 242 schools and 5324 students.

Of these events, the three led by the war veterans provided 1020 students with an insight into their first-hand experiences of war.

Over the course of the week students also had the chance to participate in Anzac blogs, speak with war historians and various servicemen and women associated with the Australian Defence Force.

Prisoner-of-war and six-time Anzac Day online participant, Mr Gilbert said the event was also one he looked forward to.

'I'm sure that what we tell the children is a real eye-opener,' he said. 'What we can share with students enhances what is learnt in the classroom.'