The Alice Springs School of the Air provides an educational service
for about 120 children living on properties or settlements covering
over 1 million square kilometers of Central Australia. Students link up
via satellite on school days with their teacher and with each other. At
the Centre visitors discover firsthand the unique teaching methods used
by the school from its founding through to the present day.
Location: 80 Head Street, Alice Springs. Ph (08) 8951 6834. Entry fees apply.
The first School of the Air lessons were officially broadcast from
the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Alice springs on 8 June 1951. The
service celebrated its 60th anniversary on 9 May 2011, ahead of the
actual anniversary on 8 June. Each state of Australia that utilises
this means of education has well documented reviews and overviews of
There are school of the air programmes in all states except
Tasmania.School classes were conducted via shortwave radio from 1951
until 2003, after which most schools switched to wireless internet
technologies to deliver lessons that include live one-way video feeds
and clear two-way audio.