Sydney, Australia (March 13, 2020)—Australian pro audio manufacturer Røde Microphones plans to donate up to $2 million worth of podcast kits to help schools throughout New South Wales, Australia that have been impacted by COVID-19.
Working with the NSW Department of Education, Røde’s aim is to establish a program that will give schools access to audio equipment they can use to deliver classes remotely via podcast platforms.
Any NSW public high schools that have the capability to benefit from the initiative can access an online portal on the Røde website to order a complete podcasting kit, which would allow them to record course material remotely in the event that their school is closed, and students are quarantined for an extended period of time.
The podcasting kit will include a RødeCaster Pro Podcast Production Studio, microphones and accessories.
“The potential impact of COVID-19 on education in Australia is enormous,” says Røde founder and chairman Peter Freedman AM. “We have already seen some schools shut down due to fears of an outbreak and we can expect to see many more closures over the coming months. The ramifications this will have on students’ learning is serious and I want to offer support to schools and to the Education Department in providing solutions.
“At the moment, Australia is scrambling to cope with the impact of COVID-19 across every aspect of day-to-day life,” he continued. “We know that schools in Australia are already feeling that impact. These closures could be devastating for students, particularly those in Year 12 taking their HSC exams later in the year, and we are offering a practical solution to help teachers minimize disruption to classes.”
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