The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-24T03:55:40Z NEW RESEARCH REVEALS THAT AUSTRALIAN PARENTS ARE PERSONALISING ALMOST EVERYTHING IN THEIR FAMILIES LIVES, APART FROM THIS 2021-01-24T03:55:40Z new-research-reveals-that-australian-parents-are-personalising-almost-everything-in-their-families-lives-apart-from-this Online school tutoring service, Cluey Learning, has released new research that explores the extent Australian parents ensure family life is personalised to individual tastes and personalities but identified a clear discrepancy when it comes to approach to learning and education. Of the parents surveyed, 85% of parents agree their children’s clothing and accessories reflect their personalities, 93% of parents claim to buy toys and games that appeal to their child’s personal interests and 86% admit their children only participate in extra-curricular activities that are of interest to them. Despite this personalised approach to our kids’ lifestyles, it appears parents do not believe this applies to the current educational system, with 77% agreeing it’s a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. 88% felt their child could do with more individualised attention at school and 90% agreed that, now more than ever, kids need additional learning support.Cluey Learning Chief Learning Officer, Dr Selina Samuels said, “It’s hard to reconcile that we expect such a deep level of personalisation for our everyday experiences, yet we don’t demand the same for our children’s learning. Because, just as you wouldn’t expect your child to have the same hairstyle as every other student in their school, you wouldn’t expect them to be identical learners.”Additional key findings from the research include: 65% of parents consider purchasing new stationery an essential part of Back to School planning, but less than 1 in 4 (23%) look at signing up with a tutor88% of parents wish there was more time to go back and revise any areas their child may not have understood during the school term/year to ensure they’ve grasped the concepts87% of parents agree that they would love more feedback on their child’s learning progress than just school reports and parent-teacher meetings84% of parents agree that the pace at which their child is taught a new subject or concept doesn’t necessarily suit them Based on these findings, Cluey have launched a campaign designed to raise awareness around the importance of personalised experiences by offering free Back to School haircuts for school kids via hairdressing chain, Just Cuts. The first 1000 applicants will receive a free haircut at any of the 190 salons nationwide.Cluey Learning Chief Learning Officer, Dr Selina Samuels said, “Back to School is the perfect time to reflect on the current learning needs of your children, so we’ve partnered with Just Cuts - the largest hairdressing company in the Southern Hemisphere - to offer parents a helping hand during this busy and expensive time of year. At the same time, we hope this initiative draws attention to the benefits of personalisation in every aspect of our lives - whether that’s a haircut, a coffee order, or our children’s learning - because it’s important our needs are met.”School children who take up the offer of a free Back to School haircut will also receive 20% off Cluey. Visit https://clueylearning.com.au/haircuts to request a free haircut. For further details and to learn more about Cluey Learning click here.-ENDS-Media Contact:Candice Meiselscandice@candicepr.com0481 369 484NOTES TO EDITORS About Cluey Learning Cluey Learning delivers personalised online tutoring support for students in Years 2 -12, across Maths, English and Chemistry. All content is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and is based on the unique learning needs of each individual student. Cluey has supported over 15,000 Australian families, run over 192,000 sessions and has been rated 4.7/5 by parents and students.About Dr Selina SamuelsDr Selina Samuels is the Chief Learning Officer at online education company Cluey Learning. She has been in education for over three decades and has been working with schools since 2013 to establish and provide remote education programs across a range of subjects.Qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB, PhD, MEd.About the promotion Offer includes 1 haircut or hairstyle, free of charge, per school child. Offer does not include any colour treatment, or maintenance treatment such as deep conditioning. Vouchers can be redeemed Monday to Friday only. Offer is redeemed on a first come, first serve basis - while stocks last. Offer valid until voucher stocks run out one redemption per person only. Please check your local participating salon for opening hours. Offer can be redeemed via https://clueylearning.com.au/haircutsAbout the research Over 1,000 people were surveyed during the period 3-8 December 2020. The sample size was nationally representative amongst parents of school children from Kinder to Years 12 in Australia. The survey was conducted by Cluey Learning, in collaboration with Pure Profile. For more insights, see here: https://clueylearning.com.au/blog/personalisation-research/ FREE PERSONALISED BACK TO SCHOOL HAIRCUTS COURTESY OF ONLINE TUTORING SERVICE, CLUEY LEARNING 2021-01-17T07:56:13Z free-personalised-back-to-school-haircuts-courtesy-of-online-tutoring-service-cluey-learning Online tutoring service Cluey Learning is offering free Back to School haircuts for school kids via hairdressing chain, Just Cuts. Applicants will receive a free haircut at any of the 190 salons nationwide.The initiative – just in time for the new school term – is designed to raise awareness around the importance of personalised experiences, whether that’s something as routine as a haircut, or as fundamental as how children learn. Research released today shows that 85% of parents agree their children’s clothing and accessories reflect their personalities, 93% of parents claim to buy toys and games that appeal to their child’s personal interests and 86% admit their children only participate in extra-curricular activities that are of interest to them. Despite this personalised approach to our kids’ lifestyles, it appears parents do not believe this applies to the current educational system, with 77% agreeing it’s a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. 88% felt their child could do with more individualised attention at school and 90% agreed that, now more than ever, kids need additional learning support.Cluey Learning offers school children live, face-to-face tutoring support in a 1-to-1 and small group setting. Kids can learn at their own pace, in their own way,in addition to school. Its online adaptive platform delivers a personalised experience like no other, with over 790 tutors, bespoke tutor and student matching and an array of digital technologies to aid performance and delivery of the Australian National Curriculum. Cluey Learning Chief Learning Officer, Dr. Selina Samuels says, “It’s hard to reconcile that we expect such a deep level of personalisation for our everyday experiences, yet we don’t demand the same for our children’s learning. Because, just as you wouldn’t expect your child to have the same hairstyle as every other student in their school, you wouldn’t expect them to be identical learners. Back to School is the perfect time to reflect on the current learning needs of your children, so we’ve partnered with Just Cuts - the largest hairdressing company in the Southern Hemisphere - to offer parents a helping hand during this busy and expensive time of year. At the same time, we hope this initiative draws attention to the benefits of personalisation in every aspect of our lives - whether that’s a haircut, a coffee order, or our children’s learning - because it’s important our needs are met.” Additional key findings from the research include: 65% of parents consider purchasing new stationery an essential part of Back to School planning, but less than 1 in 4 (23%) look at signing up with a tutor88% of parents wish there was more time to go back and revise any areas their child may not have understood during the school term/year to ensure they’ve grasped the concepts87% of parents agree that they would love more feedback on their child’s learning progress than just school reports and parent-teacher meetings84% of parents agree that the pace at which their child is taught a new subject or concept doesn’t necessarily suit themSchool children who take up the offer of a free Back to School haircut will also receive 20% off Cluey. Visit https://clueylearning.com.au/haircuts to request a free haircut. For further details and to learn more about Cluey Learning click here.-ENDS-Media Contact:Candice Meiselscandice@candicepr.com0481 369 484 NOTES TO EDITORS About Cluey Learning Cluey Learning delivers personalised online tutoring support for students in Years 2 -12, across Maths, English and Chemistry. All content is mapped to the Australian National Curriculum and is based on the unique learning needs of each individual student. Cluey has supported over 15,000 Australian families, run over 192,000 sessions and has been rated 4.7/5 by parents and students.About Dr. Selina SamuelsDr. Selina Samuels is the Chief Learning Officer at online education company Cluey Learning. She has been in education for over three decades and has been working with schools since 2013 to establish and provide remote education programs across a range of subjects.Qualifications: BA (Hons), LLB, Ph.D., MEd.About the promotion Offer includes 1 haircut or hairstyle, free of charge, per school child. Offer does not include any colour treatment, or maintenance treatment such as deep conditioning. Vouchers can be redeemed Monday to Friday only. Offer is redeemed on a first-come, first serve basis - while stocks last. Offer valid until voucher stocks run out one redemption per person only. Please check your local participating salon for opening hours. Offer can be redeemed via https://clueylearning.com.au/haircutsAbout the research Over 1,000 people were surveyed during the period 3-8 December 2020. The sample size was nationally representative amongst parents of school children from Kinder to Years 12 in Australia. The survey was conducted by Cluey Learning, in collaboration with Pure Profile. For more insights, see here: https://clueylearning.com.au/blog/personalisation-research/ Fight Child Hunger Down-Under This World Children’s Day 2021-01-13T13:06:08Z fight-child-hunger-down-under-this-world-children-s-day As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease in Queensland, local kid’s nutrition start-up, Sprout Organic, is hosting a kids treasure hunt in honour of World Children’s Day to support Australian child hunger relief charity, Feed the little Children.   Gold Coast, QLD (November 10, 2020) — To celebrate its launch, Gold Coast kid’s nutrition start-up, Sprout Organic, is hosting a kids treasure hunt in honour of World Children’s Day to raise proceeds for Australian child-hunger relief charity, Feed the Little Children.   What: World Children’s Day Treasure Hunt When: Saturday, November 21 – 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport Host: Sprout Organic Event Details: Participate via gold coin donation to Feed the Little Children. All participants will receive a prize and there will be three major prizes. All families welcome. Participants must have adult supervision. Best suited for kids aged 4-12. Among the founders of the new kids nutrition start-up are two well-known Gold Coast entrepreneurs, Sel Berdie, former Gold Coast Titans player, and INBA Mr. Universe winner, Billy Simmonds.   “We’re thrilled to be hosting a fun family event for a good cause”, said Berdie. “Ensuring that kids have access to nutritious food is a cause which aligns very deeply with our mission and we admire the work that Feed the Little Children does to provide emergency hunger relief for kids in Australia”.   “100% of raised funds from this event will be donated to Feed the Little Children, and we’ll also be donating some boxes of our new healthy snack bars to kids in need” Berdie added. “It’s been a while since we’ve been able to enjoy a fun community event like this and we’re excited to bring some well-needed smiles to kids’ faces and get them out in the fresh air to make a happy memory in honour of World Children’s Day”.   Sprout Organic is the first plant-based kid’s nutrition company to launch in Australia. Advised by leading paediatricians, dietitians, and food technology experts, its first commercial product will be a healthy kids snack bar range launching this November, followed closely by a plant-based toddler, infant, and follow-on formula in 2021. The forecast for Australia’s plant-based food industry shows tremendous growth, with the CSIRO estimating the plant-based foods market to be worth more than $6 billion by 2030 positioning Australia as the third fastest growing market in the world.   Contact: Nadia Schilling, nadia@sproutorganic.com.au, 0469 545 424 Ends ### About Sprout Organic Sprout Organic is an Australian plant-based kids nutrition company based in the Gold Coast, Australia. Its vision is to provide children and their families with access to nourishing plant-based food products across the globe, starting right here in Australia.     About World Children’s Day World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on 20 November* each year to promote international togetherness and improve children's welfare. November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, World Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children's rights. World Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children. NOTE: Sprout Organic’s Treasure hunt event will be held one day after the official World Children’s Day on Saturday, November 21st, so more Gold Coast families can enjoy the event.   About Feed the Little Children Feed The Little Children is an Australian charity which cooks and delivers over 600 hot, healthy meals a week to highly disadvantaged children in Australia, while also employing measurable, outcomes based, self-capacity building projects that bring change to intergenerational cycles of poverty and neglect. Hunger destroys hope, and Feed the Little Children is seeing new confidence, joy, and optimism in the children they support. Australian Smart Tech Brand, G-mee, Partners with Australia Post 2021-01-12T22:52:49Z australian-smart-tech-brand-g-mee-partners-with-australia-post-1 Images available here.Australian smart tech start-up, G-mee, has secured Australia Post as a national retail partner for the brand’s G-mee Connect smartphone. The G-mee range, consisting of the G-mee Plus smart player and G-mee Connect smartphone, is an Australian innovation created to support the safe exploration of smart technology by young users. G-mee offers all the features desired for on-the-go-entertainment and removes digital temptations. With no digital camera and a built-in G-mee App Lock, G-mee is already being recognised as the smart device to satisfy both parent and child needs. The G-mee Connect is the smartphone model of the range and offers access to Google mobile services such as Google Play and YouTube, as well as 4G cellular connectivity. This device facilitates phone calls, SMS and the use of data for browsing and downloading content anytime. Like all G-mee devices, the G-mee Connect comes with a built-in App Lock to ensure users only access age appropriate content. The smartphone also enables download of a free Call Manager App, giving parents the ability to disallow calls from specific numbers at specific times of the day. G-mee creator, Australian tech expert and father of three daughters, Charlie Brown, says the partnership with Australia Post will make safe smart technology accessible to more users. “One of the key things we’ve learned from the events of 2020, is that smart devices are now a necessity. So too is having an awareness of keeping safe online,” Mr Brown explains. “We launched G-mee online last year and our online sales show great promise. Parents are seeing the benefits of G-mee for their kids’ digital use and are telling their friends. Now it’s time to take G-mee to another level.” “We’re excited to offer G-mee Connect smartphones through participating Australia Post outlets nationally. Aussie families will now be able to find a smartphone option to help keep kids safe online at participating Australia Post outlets so they can stay connected once they return to school in 2021.” “Australia Post outlets across the country have evolved to become more than just a place to send letters and packages. Now they are also regarded as a source for quality technology and gadgets at a reasonable price point.” “The G-mee Connect smartphone is all about giving everyday Australian families an affordable device option that prioritises online safety for young users. Our products give parents the ability to curate the content their child engages with, to help guide and educate them about safely using smart technology to become informed users into the future.” The G-mee Connect is available at participating Australia Post outlets nationally for $149. For more information on G-mee, visit www.g-mee.com. ENDS Editor’s Note: G-mee creator, Charlie Brown, is available for interview on request. For further information, imagery and media enquiries contact:Maria Crema, Crema PR, m: 0402 239 929, e: maria@cremapr.com.au About G-meeThe range of G-mee smart devices is the brainchild of respected technology expert, Charlie Brown of CBN Media. Charlie created the G-mee range after he and his wife realised that there wasn’t a device on the market that they could give their three young daughters and be assured that the content they were consuming was appropriate. G-mee smart devices give users, of all levels of digital savvy, access to the best on-the-go entertainment, while including features to support safe cyber use and exploration. There are two devices in the G-mee range including the G-mee Plus smart player and G-mee Connect smartphone. About CBN MediaCBN Media is one of Australia’s leading production houses, dedicated to educating the Australian public about new and innovative technology. CBN Media produces Australia’s longest running technology TV show, CyberShack TV and Australia’s highest rating technology radio show, Life and Technology. CBN Media is headed by Charlie Brown, one of Australia's favourite cutting edge commentators on lifestyle technology. SESAME STREET RETURNS TO NEW ZEALAND SCREENS WITH 48th SEASON AND A NEW SPECIAL ON TVNZ 2020-12-11T02:00:40Z sesame-street-returns-to-new-zealand-screens-with-48th-season-and-a-new-special-on-tvnz Sesame Street will return to New Zealand screens with a brand-new season and a new special, to premiere on TVNZ.   Sesame Street’s Season 48 will premiere on Monday 14th December on TVNZ OnDemand at 8am, as well as on TVNZ 2 on 19th January, 2021 with a kindness curriculum focusing on respect and understanding and featuring celebrity guests Kate McKinnon, John Legend, Lucy Liu, and Josh Groban.   ‘The Not Too Late Show with Elmo’ will premiere on Friday 8th January on TVNZ OnDemand.   “We’re delighted to see Sesame Street return to New Zealand television screens to delight another generation of children, and we’re thrilled that TVNZ will join us in helping kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder,” said Whit Higgins, Vice President of International Media Distribution and Business Development, Sesame Workshop.   Season 48 - December 14th, TVNZ OnDemand, and January 19th TVNZ 2 Sesame Street’s 48th season features its powerful kindness curriculum, and an all-new Cookie Monster segment that teaches pre-schoolers where different foods come from.   Sesame Street will focus on mutual respect and understanding, helping kids recognise similarities and celebrate differences – particularly around race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. With its diverse cast of humans and lovable monsters living side-by-side, the show has long helped kids and families navigate this space, and this season is no exception.   “The stories this season focus on cultivating cultural competencies, which are important prosocial skills for school readiness and for life – and they’re more vital now than ever,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, SVP Content and Curriculum, Sesame Workshop. “By modelling constructive ways to experience difference and show compassion, we hope to give kids the tools they need to develop empathy by taking on the perspectives of others, appreciating differences while recognising fundamental similarities.”   Also new this season is the “Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck” segment. In each five-minute installment, Cookie Monster and his new pal Gonger receive a video call from a child who orders something special from their food truck. Partway through each recipe, Cookie and Gonger jump behind the wheel to gather a key ingredient straight from the source, visiting a cranberry bog, a pasta factory, an avocado farm, and more. Farmers and artisans show Cookie and Gonger how their star ingredient is grown or produced before restocking the truck and sending the chefs home to get cooking. It’s an engaging way for kids to learn where food comes from.   As always, this season of Sesame Street features an incredible celebrity line-up, including: Lucy Liu as a reluctant Cinderella who wants to ditch her glass slippers; Tony Award-winner Josh Groban with a new song called “Hey Friend”; Kate McKinnon as Mother Goose, helping the friends create a new rhyme about Elmo; Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi visiting an international street food fair on Sesame Street; John Legend singing a new song called “Come Together”; and Ellie Goulding learning all about clouds.   The Not Too Late Show with Elmo – January 8th, TVNZ OnDemand The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo, hosted by a certain furry red monster, is a star-studded talk show for the whole family that highlights a different part of kids’ bedtime routines and is the perfect way for kids and parents to wind down together at the end of the day.   Elmo welcomes an exciting line-up of guests to The Not-Too-Late Show to entertain families with music, games, and fun - with Cookie Monster as his sidekick, other Sesame Street pals as backstage crew, and even his very own house band!   Performers like Lil Nas X, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., and the Jonas Brothers put their own spin on beloved Sesame Street songs; John Mulaney and Olivia Wilde get competitive with tricycle races and teddy bear dress-up contests, while Jonathan Van Ness gives Alan a “monster makeover”; Jimmy Fallon, Hoda Kotb, John Oliver, and Andy Cohen stop by to give Elmo some hosting advice, and much more—all before Elmo’s bedtime!   With a little help from these famous visitors, The Not-Too-Late Show gives familiar night-time activities like brushing teeth, choosing a bedtime story, and putting on pyjamas a fresh and fun twist that only Elmo could deliver.   ************ About Sesame Workshop Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help Kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit www.sesameworkshop.org   About TVNZ TVNZ is New Zealand’s state-owned, commercially funded broadcaster. TVNZ’s all about sharing the moments that matter - whether it’s breaking news, following adventures, sharing stories or putting smiles on faces. Each day, TVNZ reaches more than 2 million New Zealanders through channels TVNZ 1, 2, DUKE and online platform TVNZ OnDemand. Leading news site 1news.co.nz and socially-driven online news brand Re: connect Kiwis to the important issues throughout the day, however they chose to engage. How to keep mentally healthy this festive season. 2020-12-10T00:53:40Z how-to-keep-mentally-healthy-this-festive-season The festive season can be both exciting and daunting. For some it can be a time of stress, anxiety and loneliness. This year, more than ever, it’s important to look after your mental health and wellbeing. Mentally Healthy WA, through the Act Belong Commit mental health promotion campaign, is encouraging Western Australians to reach out and support one another this Christmas. Here are 10 tips to help you and your loved ones to keep mentally healthy: ·        This festive season, especially, is a time to focus on KINDNESS.  Small things matter: write a kind note for someone to show them you care, stay calm and patient on the road. ·        Try to reconnect with family and friends, even though some of us may not be able to meet in person. Call someone you haven’t seen in ages. Reach out to someone who will be alone this Christmas. ·        Start a new tradition this festive season. Connect with your neighbours for a game of cricket or join the family for a picnic with Christmas leftovers.  ·        Sleeping ok? Rushing around to meet deadlines can be exhausting. Make sure you are getting a good nights’ sleep whenever you can. ·        Remember to stay active at this time of year. Take time to go for a walk. It’s important for your mental health and can make you feel good. ·        Giving feels good. Make a difference this festive season by organising a charity collection with your family or workplace. Contact a local charity to find out what’s needed by them. ·        Enjoy solitude. Don’t forget to make time to reconnect with yourself during the busy holiday period. Do something relaxing - get outside, try some yoga or indulge in an afternoon nap.  ·        Reflect on the past, plan for the future. Think about how you can prioritise your mental health in 2021. ·        Learn something new this festive season. Look online for a card or other game that you can learn with your family or friends. ·        Make Act Belong Commit your family motto for 2021. Being active, having a sense of belonging and having a purpose in life all contribute to good mental health. “Whilst the festive season can present many challenges for people around connecting with others, it also draws attention to the importance of having a sense of belonging – whether that’s with family or friends,” says Associate Professor, Christina Pollard, Director of Mentally Healthy WA. Yogazeit Ltd is a partner of the Act Belong Commit campaign helping to promote positive mental health strategies at the individual and community level. “We’re passionate about empowering mentally healthy communities through accessible Yoga and Mindfulness for the Young and Young at Heart.  Taking a deep breath this festive season and taking a moment to being ‘present’ can bring a welcoming change to overwhelming situations or busy Christmas schedules. We’re looking forward to supporting the Act Belong Commit Message in 2021 and we’re hoping to seeing you at one of our inclusive Yoga and Mindfulness Programs: At School – at Aged Care – or in the Community,” says Regina Cruickshank, Executive Director of Yogazeit Ltd.   About Act Belong Commit: Act Belong Commit is directed from Curtin University’s Mentally Healthy WA. Funded by Healthway and the Mental Health Commission, the Act Belong Commit campaign promotes mental health by reminding us to regularly: ·       ACT: Do something to keep mentally, physically, socially, spiritually and culturally active. ·       BELONG: Do something with someone to keep connected to friends, family, community and culture. ·       COMMIT: Do something meaningful – get involved in activities that provide meaning and purpose. At www.actbelongcommit.org.au you’ll find helpful information including hundreds of simple, do-able and achievable activities you can do to improve your mental health.   CONTACT: Meg Clarey 0438417566 PARTNER ORGANISATION CONTACT: Yogazeit Ltd Regina Cruickshank 0405 551 635 Ingleburn Public School named innovative school 2020-12-02T02:35:00Z ingleburn-public-school-named-innovative-school St Leonards, NSW (2 December 2020) - A south-western Sydney school has been recognised in a prestigious list of the best schools in Australia. Ingleburn Public School has been included in The Educator’s sixth annual Innovative Schools report, showcasing the fifty schools making the most profound and exciting impact in K-12 education.  “The Educator Innovative Schools report seeks to showcase those schools at the forefront of change and innovation,” says Editor Brett Henebery. “This year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Australian schools to implement massive changes to their existing models as face-to-face classes shifted online. While this no doubt posed enormous challenges across all areas of teaching, parental engagement and student wellbeing, some schools saw some unique and exciting opportunities to innovative and improve the way they deliver teaching and learning, not just in 2020 but well beyond the pandemic.” In an entrepreneurial partnership with UNSW, Ingleburn Public School has established the world’s first school-based clinic for managing disruptive behaviour disorders (DBDs) in young children. Under the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) program, parents receive real-time live coaching from a certified therapist, who observes the parent/child playing from behind a one-way mirror. The therapist then coaches the parent to apply evidence-based parental strategies by speaking into a microphone that connects to the wireless earpiece worn by the parent. For teachers with a student participating in the program, they are given access to informational and in-class support services, to enhance their capacity building and to better manage problematic behaviours within the classroom. The PCIT program, provided to at-risk students and families free of charge since June 2019, runs from Ingleburn Public School across six schools and preschool in South Western Sydney. It was awarded a Secretary's Award for School Achievement in the 2020 NSW Minister's and Secretary's Awards for Excellence. To view the full online report and to find out more about Ingleburn Public School, click HERE. -ENDS-  The Educator is Australia’s only independent publication for senior education management professionals. It offers aspirational cover stories and high-level case studies providing a global and national perspective on education leadership and management best practice, as well as interviews with the finest minds in education. The website www.theeducatoronline.com/k12 features daily news, an industry forum and exclusive multimedia content. The Educator is published by leading independent media company Key Media. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. Aspera Mobile launches new, low-cost AS6 4G dual-SIM smartphone and new F42 4G flip phone 2020-12-01T22:46:37Z aspera-mobile-launches-new-low-cost-as6-4g-dual-sim-smartphone-and-new-f42-4g-flip-phone Aspera Mobile has launched the latest in its range of full featured and cost effective mobiles - the feature-packed, 5.99” large screen AS6 smartphone which features face recognition, a fingerprint sensor, dual-SIM and 4G for just $149 and the F42, 4G flip phone with pre-loaded social media apps and easy to use large buttons at only $99. Aspera Mobile MD Allan Robertson explained, “In the AS6 Aspera has kept its brand promise to bring a great value, budget-priced smartphone to consumers and we have specifically designed it to suit anyone looking for a large screen, full Android phone that won’t break the bank. Also, to get face recognition and a fingerprint sensor in a full-featured smartphone for $149 is exceptional value and very rare indeed.” Robertson takes his and Aspera Mobile’s commitment to Australian consumers very seriously and the company has continued to forge ahead in a very competitive market for close to a decade with local Australian-based customer service backing up its range of high quality, unlocked, reliable, and budget conscience phones. He continued, “In an age where the price of some mobile phones is running into thousands of dollars despite them being locked to a network, our success over the last ten years has proven that there is an increasing demand for high quality, low-cost alternatives. The AS6 gives you that in a smartphone and the F42 is ideal for the young or elderly, budget-conscious user wanting a simple phone with easy-to-read large buttons and the most commonly used social media apps – including WhatsApp™ and Facebook™ - already installed.” As all Australian telcos continue to wind down their 3G networks, having a new 4G phone is not only critical but makes good and practical sense. At just $149 the Aspera AS6 offers consumers a surprising number of features including the fact that its large 5.99” screen is also an 18:9 IPS 550 cd/m² extra bright display that is FWVGA+ with 2.5D glass. It also has a fast Mediatek Quad core 1.5GHz MT6739WW processor that easily runs Android 10 and despite the phone already having 2GB RAM plus 32GB ROM, you can also expand the memory using an SD card up to a maximum of 64GB. There’s two good 8MP and 0.8MP rear cameras and a 5MP front camera, a large 3000mAh battery, plenty of connectivity via USB, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi hotspot and VOLTE, support for 1/3/5/7/8/28a+b 4G bands and 850/900/2100Mhz 3G bands and even a free bonus gel protective case. All of this in a phone which measures just 159.5 x 78.5 x 9.3mm. The Aspera Mobile F42 flip phone again perfectly embodies the company’s ethos of providing high quality phones with as many features as possible and it is ideal for anyone who wants a simple and easy to use phone. First off, as a flip phone, the F42 is compact at just 105 x 56 x 19mm when closed and enjoys a satisfying “flip” action as well as large, soft touch keys. It’s also a fully unlocked 4G phone that connects via Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi hotspot or VoLTE. Also, as a flip phone it has two screens, a 2.8” main display and a 1.8” external screen for notifications and messages. Then the F42 has GPS built in and features social media apps including WhatsApp and Facebook already installed. The 1350mAh Li-ion battery gives F42 users good usage time as it powers its 512MB RAM plus 4GB ROM memory (expandable via SD card to 64GB) via its fast Mediatek 6731 quad core 1.1GHz processor. The F42 also features a 2MP rear and 0.3MP front camera, High Definition (HD) voice, programmable speed dials, a USB charge port and a 3.5mm earphone jack. You can find both the new $149 AS6 smartphone and $99 F42 flip phone in Australia Post, Harvey Norman and Big W stores and in petrol stations, service stations and convenience stores all across Australia. For more information on the new Aspera AS6 smartphone go to: https://asperamobile.com/phones/smart-phones/aspera-as6/ For more information on the new Aspera F42 flip phone go to: https://asperamobile.com/phones/easy-phones/aspera-f42-edits/ Margaret Hendry School named innovative school 2020-11-26T04:28:52Z margaret-hendry-school-named-innovative-school St Leonards, NSW - A Taylor-based school has just been recognised in a prestigious list of the best schools in Australia. Margaret Hendry School has been included in The Educator’s sixth annual Innovative Schools report, showcasing the fifty schools making the most profound and exciting impact in K-12 education. “The Educator Innovative Schools report seeks to showcase those schools at the forefront of change and innovation,” says Editor Brett Henebery. “This year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Australian schools to implement massive changes to their existing models as face-to-face classes shifted online. While this no doubt posed enormous challenges across all areas of teaching, parental engagement and student wellbeing, some schools saw some unique and exciting opportunities to innovative and improve the way they deliver teaching and learning, not just in 2020 but well beyond the pandemic.” Margaret Hendry School, the first ACT government school built to address the Future of Education Strategy, empowers children to become autonomous change agents within their own learning and community. Children are organised in multi-age, multi-stage learning neighbourhoods (K-2 and Y3-6), with learning needs, not age, determining content and curriculum. To view the full online report and to find out more about Margaret Hendry School, click HERE. -ENDS- The Educator is Australia’s only independent publication for senior education management professionals. It offers aspirational cover stories and high-level case studies providing a global and national perspective on education leadership and management best practice, as well as interviews with the finest minds in education. The website www.theeducatoronline.com/k12 features daily news, an industry forum and exclusive multimedia content. The Educator is published by leading independent media company Key Media. Find out more about Key Media’s magazines, events and websites at www.keymedia.com. SESAME WORKSHOP'S FIRST-EVER ANIMATED SESAME STREET SPECIAL ‘THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS STORY’ LAUNCHES ON ABC KIDS ON SATURDAY 21ST NOVEMBER AT 9.30AM 2020-11-18T03:39:56Z sesame-workshop-s-first-ever-animated-sesame-street-special-the-monster-at-the-end-of-this-story-launches-on-abc-kids-on-saturday-21st-november-at-9-30am Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organisation behind half a century of award-winning children’s television, will launch its first-ever animated Sesame Street special “The Monster at the End of This Story” on Saturday 21st November on ABC Kids, as well as ABC iview and ABC Kids app – and its star, Grover, is begging fans not to watch!   A reimagining of Sesame Street’s all-time best-selling picture book “The Monster at the End of This Book,” the special follows Grover’s reluctant journey to the end of the story, where, based on the title, he believes a monster awaits. Drawn in the unmistakable style of the beloved book first published in 1971, the special adds new sequences, songs and surprises, and introduces other familiar Sesame Street characters, including Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and Rosita, to the tale. “After nearly 50 years, the lesson in ‘The Monster at the End of This Book’ remains timeless: It‘s okay to feel afraid, but also important to have courage and keep moving forward in spite of those fears,” said Kay Wilson Stallings, Sesame Workshop’s Executive Vice President of Creative and Production. “We brought this classic story from page to screen in a way that will feel familiar to longtime fans and exciting and engaging for young viewers. By expanding the original narrative and adding new layers, we share a strong lesson in friendship, showing how Grover learns to manage his fear with the support of his friends.” “The Monster at the End of This Story” is the official special of Sesame Street’s 51st season, set to launch in 2021. This special caps off the release of Sesame Workshop’s series of “Monster”-themed content, digital activities, and product releases, which to-date have included an interactive “The Monster at the End of Your Story” video on Sesame Street’s YouTube (link here), a “Monsterize Me!” avatar creator, the release of new editions of “The Monster at the End of This Book,” and more. Further details are available here. Sesame Street content continues to be available via ABC Kids each weekday morning at 9.30am. The episodes are also available any time on ABC iview and the ABC Kids app. About Sesame Workshop Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit www.sesameworkshop.org. The impact of COVID-19 and remote learning: ‘Student Voice’ writing competition finalists announced 2020-11-04T22:45:22Z the-impact-of-covid-19-and-remote-learning-student-voice-writing-competition-finalists-announced The competition, the brainchild of technology platform Education Perfect (EP) and TBS Next Gen, was launched to encourage young writers to express their views on the future of education, and the impact COVID-19 has had on their lives during 2020. Five finalists have now been selected and published, with voting open to the public and the overall winner to be announced on Monday 16th September. The winner will receive a 6-month mentorship by TBS’ Editor-in-Chief, Mathew Mackie, and a monthly article featured on TBS Next Gen. Students from K-12 from Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia submitted articles from one of the following themes for judging: The role of technology in education The future of education, or The experience of learning during COVID-19 On the calibre of entries, TBS Editor-in-Chief and judge, Mathew Mackie, said “[w]e’ve been astonished by the quality of the pieces submitted, and selecting five finalists was extremely difficult.“Every entrant should be very proud of their work, and should continue perfecting their craft. The future of writing is very bright.” In her piece titled ‘The reality of education during a fatal pandemic,’ for example, finalist Charlotte Wells captured vividly the relatable monotony of lockdown: “Catch up on work. Feel stressed but do nothing about it. Return to bed. Contemplate life. Stress about our future. Out of bed. Eat something. Keep eating. Stressing. Thinking.”  New Zealander Madison Taylor reflected in her essay that '[d]espite numerous lockdowns, school at a distance hasn't been so bad,” going on to say that online learning and video conferencing enabled her to overcome some anxieties she’d felt previously around actively participating in lessons. “Like many of my peers, I’m pretty self-conscious,” she explained, “I’m nervous asking questions in class, especially with all my classmates watching. But lockdown did wonders for my confidence."Another finalist, Ricky Sarup, bravely called for a “reality check” to the education system, claiming outdated curricula does little to help teenagers discover their callings, or prepare them for life or university beyond high school.  "The education department needs to add a style of teaching where students are able to experience how a real job in a field would actually be, instead of the best-case scenario,” he believes.12-year old Soneera Sunder received a notable mention from the judges for her essay entitled 'The Role of Technology in Education', in which she described the powerful impact of technology on learning, and even the environment, concluding that "[a]s technology is improving, we must change accordingly to have it sustained and to implement it into our lifestyles as well as changing the technology itself to suit our needs." “In a time of disruption and rapid change to teaching and learning, it’s so inspiring to hear strong student voices that can help to shape the future of education” added James Santure, Head of Product and Content at EP. Finalists’ articles and voting information can be found here.  ----    ENDS    ---- About EP: Education Perfect (EP) is a leading digital platform, enabling transformative online teaching and learning experiences to power the 21st century classroom. EP supports the engagement of students in online learning, provides effective assessment during the learning online process, and enables the collection and analysis of student feedback. With offices in Australia, NZ, and Singapore, and over 1.2 million students through over 4,000 schools, in 80+ countries globally, EP’s integrated smart technology enhances teaching and learning through curriculum-based content delivery and a ‘learner centred’ approach, improving learning outcomes and creating lifelong learners – for School, at Home, and at Work. About TBS Next Gen: TBS Next Gen shares the voices of the youth on the topics that are important to them. TBS Next Gen is a portal on The Big Smoke where student voices are heard, offering a platform to write non-fiction articles and voice their opinions on matters which are shaping the nation. Willow Willpower meets Amelia Earhart 2020-11-02T13:53:08Z willow-willpower-meets-amelia-earhart-1 GLOBE-TROTTING DOLL, WILLOW WILLPOWER, MEETS HER HEROINE, AMELIA EARHART, ON 7 NOVEMBER 2020 TO KICK-START A WEEK OF CELEBRATING HISTORY AND THE FUTURE OF FEMALE AVIATION. CHILDREN AND (FEMALE) PILOTS ARE INVITED TO THE AMELIA EARHART BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM IN ATCHISON/KANSAS. Paris, 2 November 2020 — The children's picture book, Willow Willpower, inspires children to believe in their dreams and feel they can achieve anything they put their mind to. Since Willow Willpower heard Amelia Earhart’s story, she’s had one dream: to become a pilot and travel the world, just like Earhart! In June 2019, this dream was realized thanks to Willow the doll. Willow has flown high in the sky with commercial, military and private female pilots – and many Ninety-Nines members. Ninety-Nines is the international organization for women pilots established in 1929 by 99 female pilots with Amelia Earhart acting as the organization’s first president. To date, Willow has visited four continents and during the COVID-19 quarantine period, stayed with a Ninety-Nine pilot in California. Now, Willow is back in the sky after taking a break in Arizona. Willow will head to Atchison, Kansas to finally meet her idol, Amelia Earhart. What better opportunity to organize an inspiring event that is open to all children, both online and in person!   The Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum, in cooperation with eco-friendly children’s book publisher, blOOturtle, will open its doors on 7 November 2020. All children are invited to join in learning about Amelia Earhart, aviation, and Atchison, Kansas.  Earhart’s strong personality and willpower enabled her to achieve her dreams and set the foundation for so many girls and women in a male-dominated era and domain. She helped establish the world’s biggest women’s pilot association, the Ninety Nines, who now welcome Willow Willpower and her global flight challenge. “It’s fantastic to have Willow here visiting Amelia’s birthplace to inspire the next generation of women and female pilots,” says Heather Roesch from the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum. Attendees will benefit from learning all about Earhart’s amazing life, how planes fly, and will be able to participate in games based on Earhart’s life and Willow Willpower. A drawing contest will take place with fabulous prizes awarded. Kids will also be able to take a picture with Willow after her arrival. Additionally, Claire Schindler, a corporate pilot who flies internationally, as well as Emmy Dillon, who recently successfully completed her jet training, will talk about their lives as pilots. This event will open a whole week of fun at the museum for kids with online contests and stories from Willow who will visit interesting places around Atchison including the Forest of Friendship; Railroad Museum; Atchison County Museum; Cray and Muchnic Art Museum; the Benedictine College; and the elementary school of Atchison. Each day, a question about Willow’s adventures will be posted live on Facebook (on the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum Facebook page). All participants can enter the Big Bubble Contest at the museum to win the main prize at the end of the week. On 7 November at 11:30am, the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum will raffle off a Garmin Pilots watch. Buy a ticket by calling 913-367-4217 for your chance to win. All funds raised with help to fund a new roof and balcony (total cost: $28,000).On this occasion, publisher blOOturtle will also engage in honoring the heritage of the museum and donate US$1 for every book sold both offline and online during this event week at the museum.   Register online to find out more about this event and to avoid disappointment:https://willow-willpower.com/registration/ Tickets are strictly limited! The first 100 registrants will receive a limited-edition Willow meets Amelia pin. See Willow Willpower’s website for more information: https://www.willow-willpower.comOr follow Willow’s adventures for the week: https://www.facebook.com/ameliaearhartbirthplacemuseum/   About blOO blOOturtle Publishing is a young, eco-friendly children's book company. In line with our slogan – Thinking Kids, Thinking Planet! – we combine fantastic and creative stories for kids with green, eco-friendly and hence, kid-friendly book production. We are involved in finding extraordinary stories that inspire and encourage kids while thinking of a healthy future. Visit our website to learn more about our concept and our planet focused trOOblOO publishing programs: https://www.blOOturtle.com   Change doesn’t have to take a lifetime/Kids just get it ; NAIDOC story 2020-11-01T21:10:36Z change-doesn-t-have-to-take-a-lifetime-kids-just-get-it-naidoc-story  MEDIA RELEASE: November 2 2020 EXHIBITION LAUNCH/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY:             Kegworth Public School, Thursday November 5th 10.30 AM   Change doesn’t have to take a lifetime/Kids just get it. Understanding reconciliation and making a difference can take place over the course of two hours.   A new program developed by Reconciliation NSW and funded by the Inner West Council’s Community Wellbeing grants program has delivered memorable results in two local Inner West Schools.   Kegworth Public School and Tempe Public School welcomed the Pathways to Reconciliation program and were excited to see instant results in their students.    Teachers have commented on a sense of pride in their students newfound knowledge of Country that is being shared with other students around the school. Four students have gone on to become finalists in the Caring for Country; Schools Reconciliation Challenge this year with their moving and insightful poetry and art entries.   These entries were created in only one class session after spending time learning and sharing with Uncle Jimmy Smith and Aboriginal dance/cultural educators Kerry Johnson and her daughter Maci Johnson, proof that reconciliation in education touches students’ hearts and minds. The public exhibitions of these students’ Pathways to Reconciliation can be viewed by the whole school and local community on the Unwins Bridge Rd., Tempe and Tebbutt St., Leichhardt from November 5 and throughout NAIDOC week.  Come and see the artworks and writing of these students whom judges celebrated as providing hope that our next generation will be a kinder, more knowledgeable and understanding generation when it comes to reconciliation and celebrating First Nations people throughout Australia.   LITTLE BELLIES’ MISSION TO MAKE FIRST FOODS BETTER 2020-10-22T03:48:00Z little-bellies-mission-to-make-first-foods-better-1 Australia’s much-loved baby food brand Little Bellies, today officially launches its brand-new Organic Baby Bowls, offering Aussie babies a range of purees purposefully-designed to help little ones develop important spoon-feeding mechanics, aid developmental oral and motor skills, and encourage mindful eating practices and behaviours. Bucking the trend of many other ‘wet food’ baby products (which are largely in pouches), the new Bellies Baby Bowls range – featuring variety in texture, and fruit-free options – are served up in a bowl format to support interactive spoonfeeding and make baby’s development priority number one. In an age of mindful eating and smoothie bowls, it’s about time to be bubs’ turn. Spoon-feeding is particularly important for budding eaters as it facilitates eating meals one mouthful at a time; a mindful behaviour that gives little bodies time to signal fullness and respects their natural ability to regulate their food intake. Eating with a favourite spoon and from the new see-through bowl also enables true interaction between parents and their babies, helps little ones see, touch, and smell their food and learn in an engaging and enjoyable manner. “With the launch of our brand-new Organic Baby Bowls, the team at Little Bellies is proud to offer Australian parents something we believe to be missing in the shopping aisle; a product that has baby’s development front and centre, as well as featuring benefits for parents and the environment,” says Little Bellies founder and managing director Clive Sher. The new Organic Baby Bowls range features six variants, including pure-veg fruit-free options for parents who are seeking genuine veg-only for tiny tastebuds, as well as different combinations of fruit, veg, and grains blends. Natural, certified organic and with no added sugar or salt, the six flavours help babies learn about new flavours and tastes, and different food groups, making every mealtime a learning adventure. Natural Feeding Advocate and children’s nutritionist Simone Emery strongly supports using bowls and spoons for mealtimes and snacks. “Introducing a variety of natural feeding options, as well as different flavours and textures is instrumental for children’s natural development,” she explains. “The mechanics of sucking on food and swallowing food from a pouch are completely different from those required to hold a spoon, place food on the tongue, move it around the mouth, and swallow. It’s really important for children’s natural development to learn to do things that seem only natural to their parents.” Not only will bubs benefit from this range, but Aussie parents will too. The convenient Organic Baby Bowls have been designed to be easily navigable and provide clear, transparent labelling information. The naming structure used on the bowls makes it clear and easy to identify which purees are completely fruit-free, which have grains, and which offer a mix of fruit, veg, and grains. The bowls are clearly named so that the flavours represent the exact ingredients used, and in the true proportions, to ensure parents are accurately informed about what’s under the lid. Bellies Baby Bowls are also portable, resealable, and re-useable for convenience, and are also recyclable; making them the more environmentally-friendly puree snack or meal option for Aussie families. The Bellies Bowl range includes four “Simple Spoonfuls” flavours suitable for 6+ months and two “Tasty Textures” flavours suitable for 7+ months. The Simple Spoonfuls variants uniquely include three completely fruit-free options; Veggie Bowls – Pea and Carrot; Sweet Potato, Pumpkin and Zucchini as well as the Jumble Bowl – Sweet Potato, Carrot and Brown Rice which is a savoury blend, combining a mix of veg and grain. The Goodie Bowl – Apple, Apricot and Millet introduces a wholesome fruit and grain-based blend, specially designed for those after-meal or in-between meal snacking moments. The Tasty Textures range introduces two Smoothie Bowls – Banana, apple and oats, and Apple, strawberry and oats; fruit and oat-based breakfast purees that contain no added sugars, and provide a healthy start to the day for early risers. Organic Baby Bowls are the latest addition to the Little Bellies family, which features Baby Bellies (7+ months), Little Bellies (12+ months), and Mighty Bellies (3+ years). The range is the first puree and first product outside of snacks for Little Bellies. “At Little Bellies, we passionately believe in doing what’s natural,” said Sher. “Across the entire Bellies range, we use wholesome, organic ingredients free from artificial additives, genetically modified ingredients, unnecessary salt, and sugar, which is especially important during the formative baby and toddler years.” Baby Bellies Organic Baby Bowls are available now from Woolworths stores across Australia, with an RRP of $2.25. For more information please visit https://bellies.com.au. END The Baby Bellies Organic Baby Bowls offer a 110g serving and do not come with a spoon. NOTE TO MEDIA: Simone Emery and Clive Sher will be available for media interviews pending requests. ABOUT SIMONE EMERY Simone Emery is a children’s nutritionist, writer, guest speaker, and mother, and owner of the site ‘Play With Food’. Simone works at a feeding therapy clinic running the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach to feeding therapy protocol. She also offers home-based fussy eater consults in Melbourne, a unique online sensory food school, online consultations, and is a guest speaker for community groups on fussy eating. Her online content is mostly aimed at parents of 0 – 12-year olds. ABOUT LITTLE BELLIES Launched in 2011, Little Bellies provides natural, wholesome snacks for babies and toddlers, and has grown quickly to become a dominant force in the Australian market. Founded by brothers Clive and Steven Sher, Little Bellies was born from a desire to feed their kids nothing but the best quality food, free from artificial additives, genetically modified ingredients, and unnecessary salt and sugar. The age-appropriate snacks for babies and toddlers are organic, and its products for children under the age of 12 months do not contain added sugar or salt. Little Bellies works closely with its Australian and New Zealand distributors DKSH Grocery Connect to provide Australian families affordable, better-for-you snacks and now baby bowls, with the range now available across Coles and/or Woolworths. For media enquiries and to arrange interviews with Clive Sher and/or Simone Emery please contact: Neha Lokesh | nehalokesh@liquidideas.com.au | 0470 580 215 Sony launches unique AI-based remote learning solution for education 2020-10-21T22:12:25Z sony-launches-unique-ai-based-remote-learning-solution-for-education-1 Sony Australia has launched a unique remote learning solution that combines their new MAS-A100 beamforming microphone with their Edge Analytic appliance enabling lecturers to teach and students to learn remotely. The seamless combination of Edge Analytics, MAS-A100, Sony PTZ cameras, projectors and BRAVIA 4K displays when used together give lecturers a clever, efficient and professional remote teaching platform – a major plus for universities in these challenging times.                                                          The real advantages of Sony’s new distance and remote learning solution are its ease of install, ease of use and the fact that any college, university or other learning facility can arrange to receive a demo of the solution, given by Sony, by simply emailing their request for the demo to sonypro.SANZ@sony.com Once installed there are far fewer touchpoints and very few, if any, AV staff required to work the system which, given the current COVID-19 restrictions around social distancing and surface sanitising, are major advantages for teachers and instructors alike. Sony’s new distance and remote learning solution also enables a teaching solution to be customised for any requirements irrespective of whether students are allowed on campus or not, or if a classroom is limited to a certain number of people at a time to adhere to social distancing rules. Sony’s new system is ultimately flexible and thus a teaching solution can now be created and used across multiple environments simply, efficiently and cost effectively. Sony Australia’s group manager - business and institutional solutions, Daniel Hancox, explained, “The impact of social distancing and other restrictions on people’s movements has had a serious effect on face to face learning. Many tertiary education facilities are currently restricted or even closed and universities need new and innovative alternatives in order to teach. The remote learning solution Sony has developed is uniquely positioned as we are able to provide and integrate all the products that are required in order to enable lecturers to provide first-class teaching and for students to learn remotely.” A key part of the new remote learning solution is Sony’s new MAS-A100 beamforming microphone as it presents an advanced audio solution that enables flexible and creative hands-free lectures and presentations.  Specifically designed for lecture and presentation environments, the ceiling-mount microphone offers advanced clear audio quality features for both speech reinforcement and recording with a unique combination of beamforming technology and an Intelligent Feedback Reducer function. The microphone has a dual channel output for simultaneous recording of a wide area to capture both the speaker and students’ voices.  Hancox continued, “The MAS-A100 achieves hands-free speech reinforcement without requiring hand-held or body-worn microphones and subsequent batteries or device management. This is enabled by a unique combination of beamforming technology and an original feature called Intelligent Feedback Reducer which can extract speech sound while suppressing unwanted feedback with Sony’s high-performance digital signal processing and unique algorithms. After capturing voice, the microphone’s Automatic Gain Control function automatically adjusts the output volume to be consistent regardless of the presenter’s location and makes lectures and presentations easier to listen to.” Together with the support for Dante®[1] and Power over Ethernet (PoE) to enable easy installation, the MAS-A100 simply and significantly improves the audio experience in and for education organisations. To watch the new Sony MAS-A100 beamforming microphone in action go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCm51rck2Zo Making the MAS-A100 particularly effective for remote learning is the way it combines and integrates with Sony’s AI-based Edge Analytics solution, the REA-C1000, which allows users to create video content in real time, without the need for professional training, additional staff or equipment. The compact and lightweight REA-C1000 uses its advanced AI-based video analytics technology to analyse the input received from connecting cameras, automatically extract the object in focus and combine it with other images in real-time on a GPU. This unique technology uses motion/face detection and colour/shape recognition effectively making the REA-C1000 the powerful brain to any connecting camera and AV setup to create professional content in a cost-effective manner for educational facilities to keep students fully engaged. With Edge Analytics, you can engage your audience like never before by; • Extracting characters and diagrams in real time from a whiteboard or blackboard, with Handwriting Extraction license REA-L0100.  • Using tracking to stay in focus and within the frame, with PTZ auto-tracking license REA-L0200.  • Zooming in on an audience member to show reactions or highlight questions, with Close Up by Gesture license REA-L0300.  • Creating animated imagery, still pictures and supporting graphics – without a dedicated studio with Chromakey-less CG Overlay license REA-L0400.  • Showing two different images at once for added impact, with Focus Area Cropping license REA-L0500.   Hancox, said, “The Edge Analytics REA-C1000 solution combined with the MAS-A100 provides educators and teachers on a limited budget a cost-effective, yet powerful video and audio solution that allows them to easily create professional and engaging content.” Another key part of Sony’s remote learning solution is its range of PoE+, IP-based pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras which includes the SRG-X400, SRG-X120 and BRC-X400. These cameras incorporate Sony’s newly developed 4K Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor that ensures superb image quality for every application. The SRG-X400 and BRC-X400 are equipped with 40x zoom capability utilising Sony’s Clear Image Zoom technology, while the SRG-X120 camera has a 12x zoom. The powerful zoom options, combined with a wide viewing angle, enable the capture of both an entire room and a zoomed-in image with a single camera. As the demand for high resolution image has been increasing in various applications, Sony’s cameras now also offer a future-proof 4K upgrade option – a first for Sony’s PTZ cameras to ensure today’s HD usage and protect the investment for tomorrow’s needs. On the other hand, 4K resolution comes standard on the BRC-X400, which is ideally suited for broadcast studio and higher-end production as well as live event capture. The final pieces in Sony’s new remote learning solution are projection and display.  Sony’s projectors range is comprehensive and highly acclaimed with three new projectors, the VPLFHZ131L, VPLFHZ101L and VPLFHZ91L launched this year alone to sit alongside the best-selling VPLPHZ12.  Each different projector model is suitable for a key application and the range boasts brightness offerings from 4,200 to 13,000lm making them ideal for every type of venue from small classrooms through to large lecture theatres and auditoriums. Sony’s BRAVIA 4K HDR BZ40H Series of displays brings 55 to 85-inch models that combine flexibility, connectivity and ease of use along with superior picture quality, capability and performance. The BRAVIA 4K HDR BZ40H series include the 55-inch (FW-55BZ40H), 65-inch (FW-65BZ40H), 75-inch (FW-75BZ40H) and 85-inch (FW-85BZ40H) options for use in various education applications. The BZ40H series combines Sony’s high picture quality and System on a Chip (SoC) platform with intelligent, convenient professional features, providing flexibility to customise the display to meet any educational facility’s requirements. The new professional BRAVIA series has also been cosmetically redesigned with a flat bottom bezel, all aluminium bezel, a reinforced rear cabinet and all input terminal position on the side. To request a full demo of the new Sony remote learning solution email: sonypro.SANZ@sony.com To watch the new Sony MAS-A100 beamforming microphone in action go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCm51rck2Zo To watch the MAS-A100 beamforming microphone in a performance test, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYlUDGdXFLcFor more information on the MAS-A100 beamforming microphone  go to: https://pro.sony/en_AU/products/microphone-array-system/mas-a100-beamforming-microphone For more information on Edge Analytics solutions go to: https://pro.sony/en_AU/products/edge-analytics-appliance For more information on Sony PTZ cameras go to: https://pro.sony/en_AU/products/ptz-cameras For more information on Sony projectors go to: https://pro.sony/en_AU/products/projectors For more information on BRAVIA 4K Displays for Education go to: https://pro.sony/en_AU/solutions/education/bravia-professional-displays-education [1] Beamforming is a signal processing technique used in sensor arrays for directional signal transmission or reception.[1] Dante® is trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.