The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-11-26T04:28:52Z 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 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 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 Fight Child Hunger Down-Under This World Children’s Day 2020-11-10T02:03:35Z 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,, 0469 545 424 Images: 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. 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: 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:   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:   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 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 | | 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 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: 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: To watch the new Sony MAS-A100 beamforming microphone in action go to: To watch the MAS-A100 beamforming microphone in a performance test, go to: more information on the MAS-A100 beamforming microphone  go to: For more information on Edge Analytics solutions go to: For more information on Sony PTZ cameras go to: For more information on Sony projectors go to: For more information on BRAVIA 4K Displays for Education go to: [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. Rio Tinto Future Minds Accelerator delivers future skills education to kids in regional Australia 2020-10-21T05:41:31Z rio-tinto-future-minds-accelerator-delivers-future-skills-education-to-kids-in-regional-australia SYDNEY (21 October 2020) – From collaborative game design and coding, to delivering engaging online learning, eight educational technology startups—all members of Rio Tinto’s Future Minds Accelerator—recently brought future skills courses to K-12 students and educators in the Pilbara, Western Cape and Northern Peninsula Area regions. From 7 to 25 September, the Future Minds startups ran free, remote classes at three schools in the Pilbara – Paraburdoo, Dampier and Baynton West Primary Schools – and seven schools in the Western Cape and Northern Peninsula Area regions – Western Cape College’s Mapoon Primary, Weipa Primary and Weipa Secondary campuses, St Joseph’s Parish School Weipa and Northern Peninsula Area State College’s Injinoo Junior, Bamaga Junior and Bamaga Senior campuses. This is the first year in a new, four-year program funded by a $10 million investment by Rio Tinto in a bold move to help teach Australia’s young people the skills they’ll need to thrive in the jobs of the future. Each startup selected for the Accelerator was given a AUD$50,000 grant from Rio Tinto, training and mentoring from the expert team of entrepreneurs at BlueChilli, and up to AUD $100,000 in AWS Activate Credits from Amazon. Led by David Gonski AC, the Future Minds Advisory Council of Australian education, innovation and business leaders have offered founders valuable advice and guidance. David Gonski said “Now more than ever equal access to education is important for regional and remote areas of Australia. I am delighted that the startups from the Future Minds Accelerator are helping bridge that gap and building these future skills in our young Australians.” The 14 startups in this cohort have developed solutions to help kids learn future skills, including: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, Smart Cities, Sustainability, Online Game Development, Virtual Reality (VR), Career Readiness, Entrepreneurship, Team Work, Imagination, Physical Health, Mental Health, and more. Rio Tinto Weipa Operations acting general manager Dan Kelleher said “Our world is ever-changing and it is important, now more than ever, to equip children with the skills they will need for a digital future.  We are helping to prepare young people by providing regional communities in the Western Cape access to programs like the Future Minds Accelerator that focus on critical thinking, problem solving, systems design and data analytics – all skills required to thrive in the careers of tomorrow.” Paraburdoo Primary School Teacher Dorinda Truscott said, “I really wanted to engage my students and to educate them about what the future might hold for them. It's really important to motivate them around technology and engineering and teach them that the sky is the limit. By working with a program like Buzzy Games, where kids are problem solving and using skills like collaboration, team work, coding, maths and science, kids will get a better understanding of the skills they will need in the future. My students loved it.” BlueChilli Program Director Filipa C. Araújo said, “We're incredibly proud this group of startups has positively impacted more than 30,000 Aussie kids in just 4 months, and we're loved sharing their EdTech solutions with parents, teachers and government in the Pilbara and Weipa regions.” With COVID-19 locking down cities around the world, effective online learning is more important now than ever. Eddie Blass, CEO of Inventorium, ran sessions for teachers on how to design and deliver personalised online education. With Buzzy Games, students collaborated to create, code and play their own games. After creating their games, students tested them with each other and made modifications to improve them. Students learned collaboration, game design concepts and introductory JavaScript. Award winning children’s science TV presenter, Dr Rob of Experimentary, combined science and fun in a mini-catapult experiment. Kids built and tested their own mini-catapults and learned about science, forces in physics and even a bit of history. The 20-year old CEO and founder of BOP Industries, Scott Millar, took kids on the inspirational journey of how he turned his Year 9 school project into a growing business that now takes him around the world to work with leading organisations and innovative educators. Scott showed kids how entrepreneurial skills can empower them to bring their ideas to life and make a difference in their community, at any age, from anywhere. 3D Filmmaker Russell Scott, co-founder of Vortals, showed teachers how to construct a 3D Model, as well as giving them a basic understanding of the math and physics concepts that help build them. From there, educators were given a number of problem solving tasks that will reveal how the software “thinks.” Once teachers went through their session, they were able to teach their own students how to create in the new digital realities of AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) on the Vortals platform. This session built students’ digital problem solving skills, their creativity and their collaborative skills. The team at Champion Life teaches kids how to discover their superpower to improve their own mental and physical health. In their sessions, students follow along as a "real-life" community role model completes a calming and energising brain break called a "Body Set." They also watch a health challenge demonstrated by a different role model, and then film their own version of the activity as a class. Artist and teacher Kelly-Ann Denton, founder of, delved deep into the inner working of the mind and showed teachers how the imagination functions in the brain so they can cultivate creativity—both in themselves and their students.  Dr Louise Metcalf, founder of Gheorg, teaches kids how to deal with anxiety. Students practiced blowing away their worries using bubbles and learning how to be a “Hope Ninja” in the classroom and at home—especially during lockdown periods—by spotting the good things that happen every day. Learn more about the startups here: Subscribe to the Future Minds Accelerator newsletter to get updates on the startups and events:   +++ End +++   Photos and Videos: Photos of Paraburdoo Primary and WCC Secondary students participating in the program: Videos: BOP Industries: Experimentary: Vortals: Vortals: Program intro: About Rio Tinto Rio Tinto has committed to invest AUD $10 million in the EdTech sector over four-years to help prepare our kids for 21 century jobs.  As the primary partner of the Future Minds Accelerator, Rio Tinto understands firsthand the capabilities and skills needed in the workers of the future. Being on the forefront of a traditional industry that has successfully navigated massive change, Rio Tinto understands innovation. The company is committed to investing in people—in startups that can solve future challenges, in communities that embrace change, in schools and administrators, and in students of all ages across Australia.  About BlueChilli BlueChilli Technology is the leading tech accelerator in Australia. For eight years, BlueChilli has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs across Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia and supported over 140 startups to build their technology companies. Partnering with Rio Tinto and Amazon Web Services, BlueChilli aims to address the future of work and the looming skills revolution for businesses of the future. By evaluating challenges facing Australia in the future and sourcing startups with innovations that can impact our country, BlueChilli will support startups with a five-month program to accelerate commercial success and create social change. For more information, please contact: Email: <>                         Tel: <0432075789>     Risking kids' health to prop up a dying industry 2020-10-18T06:59:55Z risking-kids-health-to-prop-up-a-dying-industry Dear Editor, When I was at school, back in the sixties, we were given little bottles of cows’ milk every day. By the time recess came around, they were warm and probably swarming with bacterial infections, but we were told they were good for us. Good for the dairy industry, more likely. The program was ended in 1973, after the Coombs report stated that it could not be justified on nutritional grounds. Now Dairy Australia and their lobby group Dairy Connect want to bring the program back into schools. Studies have shown that the industry believes they can hook children on their product and make them lifelong consumers, despite being aware that large sections of the population are lactose intolerant, which may involve symptoms of abdominal pain, diarrhoea and vomiting. This proposition is the act of a desperate business. Sales of milk are plummeting and dairy farms closing down; of the 22,000 dairy farms in Australia in the 1980s, there are now fewer than 6,000 remaining. People are realising the cruelty involved in repeatedly forcibly impregnating cows, only to rip the calves away from their distraught mother within hours of birth, the boys slaughtered for veal and the girls conscripted to replace their mothers, who are ‘spent’ and butchered for hamburgers, while still barely grown. Do we want to risk our children’s health to prop up a dying industry? What’s next – free cigarettes to support the tobacco industry? Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 Friday 16th of October is DLD Awareness Day around the world! 2020-10-15T22:02:07Z friday-16th-of-october-is-dld-awareness-day-around-the-world Parker, is an amazing photographer with nearly 4000 followers on his Instagram page (@phlphotos) and he really enjoys participating in a range of sports. Parker also has Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) that affects two children in the average classroom. Parker was originally diagnosed with dyslexia in Grade 3 but due to continual difficulties at school that weren’t totally explained by dyslexia he received a diagnosis of DLD in early 2020.  "DLD feels like everything is going over my head all the time. When I talk, it feels a bit like I'm about to stutter. Everything rushes to your mouth at once. I have to stop the sentence and restart or move onto something else.  My mates don’t really notice, but I do,” he explains. Having a label has been life changing for Parker. It explains why he finds it difficult to understand when a teacher gives him an instruction and why he struggles to concentrate with his mind often going blank. “It’s not that you’re not listening or paying attention. Knowing you have DLD means you don’t beat yourself up over it.” Parker wants people to know that having DLD doesn’t mean you are 'lazy' or 'stupid'. Just like him, the 1 in 14 people with DLD are working incredibly hard to keep up with what’s going on around them. “People need to be patient and not get frustrated. It would be easier if more people knew about DLD.”  Parker speaks adamantly about the importance of not being singled out.  He doesn’t want to be treated differently. "It’s ok to have DLD. You can’t get rid of it. We need more awareness of DLD. More people with DLD telling their story to let people know about it.” Australian Shaun Ziegenfusz, Speech Language Pathologist, PHD candidate at Griffith University and Co-Founder of The DLD Project, has partnered with Parker to put an end to people with DLD being invisible. “With 1 in 14 children like Parker having DLD, it is time we talk more about this hidden but common lifelong condition. Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day, is Friday the 16th of October and there is so much work to do to build awareness of DLD,” said Shaun Ziegenfusz. “The fact is there are 2 children in the average classroom in Australia with this condition and they are being overlooked due to low awareness of their disability. We simply must do better.” Shaun Ziegenfusz What is DLD? You’ve probably heard about autism, dyslexia and ADHD but what about DLD? DLD causes difficulties with speaking and understanding for no known reason. There are serious and long-term impacts, as it puts children at greater risk of failing at school and struggling with mental health and future employment.  The biggest challenge with DLD is you can’t tell by looking at a person that they have DLD and therefore, they often get overlooked for support.  Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) refers to difficulties learning language and affects approximately 7% of the population. This makes it 7 times more common than autism and 46 times more common than childhood hearing impairment. People with DLD are 6 times more likely to suffer from anxiety and 3 times more likely to have clinical depression. They are also at significant risk of struggling with reading, spelling and mathematics. Although DLD is a common condition affecting many areas of life, children with DLD are unlikely to receive access to services, particularly for girls. DLD has also been the focus of significantly less research than other conditions. People with DLD can be as different as you and I. However, it is important to know that with the right supports, they can thrive!   About DLD Awareness Day Developmental Language Disorder Awareness Day, now in its fourth year, is celebrated annually around the world with more than 30 countries involved in 2019. This year’s campaign is ‘DLD – See Me’ and families, teachers, therapists and the community are coming together to ensure people with DLD no longer feel invisible. How can people support DLD Awareness Day? Increased awareness of DLD can reduce social stigmatisation and improve access to specialist and support services. Supporting DLD Awareness Day can be as simple as visiting The DLD Project social media channels and sharing this year’s #DLDSeeMe campaign video with your networks. People may also like to hold a DLD Awareness Day activity on Friday 16th of October at their workplace or in the community and there are a number of materials including downloadable posters and fact sheets available at WWW.RADLD.ORG. The DLD Project is also working to have landmarks around Australia light up in purple and yellow, the official DLD Awareness Day colours with 5 landmarks confirmed in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. Friday 16th October > AAMI Park, Melbourne > Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, Melbourne > Story Bridge, Brisbane > Victoria Bridge, Brisbane Saturday 17th October > Optus Stadium, Perth What is The DLD Project? The DLD Project is a new social enterprise in Australia launched in August 2020 with the mission to be the most trusted provider of evidence based DLD information, resources and training in Australia. It is the only DLD specific service in Australia. FOR MORE INFORMATION If you’d like more information please send us an email at or call Shaun direct on 0401 917 241. All of our resources are available via the following platforms: ·         WEBSITE: ·         FACEBOOK: ·         TWITTER: A primary school student designs a gadget to save lives during COVID19. 2020-09-21T00:41:41Z a-primary-school-student-designs-a-gadget-to-save-lives-during-covid19 As many kids these days, he is very concerned with a situation around virus and its impact on daily lives. Yegor is passionate about science and technology. After carefully examining what could be done to improve the situation covid spread, Yegor decided that keeping a safe distance is one of the most critical aspects impacting the transmission of the virus. He has designed and programmed a mobile device that allows to identify the distance between people in real time and notify them when the distance safe or not safe. Yegor will be presenting his innovation at the Young ICT Explorers competition this year. He hopes his innovation can be scaled up and will save thousands of lives.   More details and videos: CONVERSATIONS WITH KIDS AND TEENS 2020-09-15T03:53:33Z conversations-with-kids-and-teens PRESS RELEASE DATE:  15.9.20 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HEADLINE:     HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH TEENS IS A MUST FOR EMOTIONAL WELLNESS THESE DAYS MORE THAN EVER!   Amanda Dounis speaks about the importance of having conversations with our children.  Some questions are difficult to answer. Some questions may take us by surprise and some questions can haunt us. And then some questions make us laugh. Questions that can challenge our values.  In the end, we create pictures of who we are. “Children must be allowed to use their voice.”  Sometimes we need to speak about emotions. Sometimes we need to speak about relationships even their identity their values beliefs. “It's okay to ask questions and it's okay to hear their answers.” After all, kids have their model of the world and this needs to be respected. Your job as an adult is to be a really good listener. Your job is also to ask the question. Invite children to feel okay about being able to speak about themselves and be honest. And if they have a difficult time expressing themselves, be patient. This comes with practice. We all had to learn how to listen and speak and to prove this amongst ourselves in time some of the questions that we can ask our children for example just open up conversation can be as simple as what's the best or worst or funniest movie that you've ever seen? Or what do you do to relax? We may ask questions about their relationships at school. We may ask what would your friends say were your strengths? We can ask them questions about their values. We can ask for example, how do you feel about someone who harms themselves? “We don't need to be afraid to ask these kinds of questions.” We can even ask questions to encourage them to search within their own emotions. We can ask something like, have you ever felt that things were out of control for yourself?  We can turn towards beliefs. We can even ask, how do you think the world came to be?  You'll be surprised at how many things you don't know about your child and their view or what they experience. Have the conversation with your children or child.  Give yourself permission to feel that you can speak to your children about anything other than just homework or house chores or cleaning up their bedroom. Open up your view, open up your flexibility. Show them that they can speak and that you respect that they have their view. ABOUT POSITIVE THINKING CLINIC The Positive Thinking Clinic is a place where change takes place.  Amanda uses a variety of modalities to get the desired outcome that her clients aim for. She uses integrative techniques and that’s why the Positive Thinking Clinic is unique.  CONTACT INFORMATION Amanda Dounis Positive Thinking Clinic [Psychotherapist: Counsellor: Hypnotherapist: NLP Master: Early Childhood Teacher] 0458850850 1/7 Magdalene Terrace Wolli Creek, NSW, SYD, 2205 A FAST METHOD TO REFRAME WORRIES CREATIVELY 2020-09-12T13:28:26Z a-fast-method-to-refram-worries-creatively THE POWER OF REFRAMEBecoming ever so popular. Positive Thinking Clinic has been inviting kids to place all their worries, fears and anxieties on paper.  Well to be specific, first they draw themselves and create meaning.  This has been working great and Amanda Dounis is allowing kids to show her how to best use this technique.  She is watching kids document their concerns and worries "inside" their portrait. Most kids work out that the next step is to draw arrows to get these concerns outside of their bodies.  BUT HOW?  Well its quite so simple and yet cognitively effective. With the help of arrows from each concern pointing out of their bodies (and some sneaky suggestions from Amanda), Amanda questions "What new relationship can you form now with that issue?" Naturally with some guidance, these amazing kids come up with the most compassionate and mindful solutions /reframes.   Who would have imagined, from fearing the dark, you can reframe it to be your peaceful, cosy time.  Or, from worrying about loud noises, you say "oh thank you for reminding me to snap out of my day dream". These simple reframes are usually enough to create happy and excited kids.  After all, isn't that what we all want?   Positive Thinking Clinic is showing our kids that we can view things differently.  And this means we can feel differently. Oh, it's the wonder in kids. Amanda Dounis [Psychotherapist] Our Story – how it all started 2020-09-10T13:47:03Z our-story-how-it-all-started Education has always been part of my life. As a 5 years old child I dreamed of becoming first a teacher and then a school leader who would take care of her own creation. I wanted to make space for the wonder of learning and knowledge, for the beauty of each single individual – something that deeply inside me felt like being the most important purpose of life: finding her/his own potential and making it available to oneself and society as a whole. My life story took me on this journey. I became an expert in education, knowledge management and leadership. As a teacher, university lecturer, trainer, adult educator and executive in international educational institutions, I have always been and continue to be committed to helping each person realize their uniqueness and bring it to the world. I worked internationally and I see education and personal development as the vehicle for real change. After having worked and researched in the education field (Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor in Business Administration in Higher Education Management, Master in Giftedness) for over 30 years I used to write a number of articles and books – among others I wrote the book ‘Tacit knowledge sharing at Higher Education Institutions’ which became a source for academics in the field of knowledge transfer. Finally, after an additional move to a new place and in the mids of doing research on the topic ‘A comparison of diverse education systems’ I met Katharina Ferster, the co-founder of School Beyond Limitations. One day she called me (I was a participant of one of her marketing coaching courses), by asking me: ‘Martina, where does your heart belong to?’ Promptly I answered that it beats for education and giving young students the opportunity to live their full potential.Katharina, being a mother of two daughters, then said: ‘Wouldn’t it be possible to create an online school?’
That was the starting point for the creation and the design of School Beyond Limitations: A school that would see the student as a whole human being – a school that would go beyond limitations. I am proud for having designed this school concept and grateful to Katharina for having pushed me in this direction. We were meant to meet in order to bring School Beyond Limitations alive! And this is exactly what I was dreaming about when I was a 5 years old child.