RØDE Microphones has announced that it will be donating up to $2 million worth of podcasting equipment to help NSW (New South Wales) schools impacted by COVID-19.
RØDE founder and chairman Peter Freedman AM has established a program that will give schools access to audio equipment they can use to deliver classes remotely via universally accepted podcast platforms.
From March 13, any NSW public high schools that want to take part and that have the capability to benefit from this initiative will be able to access an online portal on the RØDE website where they can order a complete podcasting kit, which includes a RØDECaster Pro podcast production studio, microphones and accessories. This will give them the opportunity to record course material remotely in the event that their school is closed, and students are quarantined for an extended period of time.
“The potential impact of COVID-19 on education in Australia is enormous,” says Freedman. “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.”
RØDE Microphones is working with the NSW Department of Education on this initiative to ensure that it complements the work and preparation being undertaken by the Education Department, teachers and administrators across the state to ensure continuity in education as the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold.
“At the moment, Australia is scrambling to cope with the impact of COVID-19 across every aspect of day-to-day life,” Freedman explains. “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.”
He continues: “Podcasting is the number one media format being consumed by school students right now. It’s also an incredibly powerful teaching tool, and amidst the current crisis it’s really an ideal platform to give students easy access to class material that they can engage with, in a way that is simple for teachers to create, even if they aren’t audio experts.”
Any recognized New South Wales public high school that would like to register to receive a RØDECaster Pro podcast kit can go here for more information.