The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-05-31T22:00:15Z ESET marks International Children’s Day with launch of Safer Kids Online resource site 2020-05-31T22:00:15Z eset-marks-international-children-s-day-with-launch-of-safer-kids-online-resource-site ESET marks International Children’s Day with launch of Safer Kids Online resource site  Sydney, June 1, 2020 – ESET, a global leader in cybersecurity, has chosen International Children’s Day to launch Safer Kids Online – a resource site dedicated to building a safer online environment for children. Including videos, articles and expert insight, the website offers resources for children, parents and schools with the aim to enable children to enjoy the full potential of the internet in a secure digital world. Every third person on the internet is a child, yet there can be significant dangers facing children when they surf the web. According to the eSafety Commissioner, one in five Australian kids are socially excluded, threatened or abused online while 90% of Australian kids and teens have had a negative online experience. Despite this high occurrence of negative experiences, recent research by the eSafety Commissioner found parents were unconfident about how to deal with their children’s negative experiences, with just 36% searching for or receiving online safety information and only 46% saying they knew where to go to get help in relation to their child’s online safety issues. ESET Australia Country Manager Kelly Johnson says, “Navigating the online world is tricky for both children and their parents. Parents who are fully confident to help their children with the day-to-day challenges of life can suddenly find themselves on unfamiliar ground when it comes to their childrens’ experiences online. At ESET, we’ve been helping families have safer online experiences for 30 years and the Safer Kids Online website brings this experience together with specialist input from child psychologists to create a go-to resource for families.” Resources for children, parents and teachers The Safer Kids Online website includes resources suitable for younger children, teenagers and their parents, developed in consultation with a child psychologist and ESET’s cybersecurity experts. The resources provide guidance and advice for children and adults around how to stay safe online geared around key monthly topics such as how to build your child’s awareness of the risks in posting online selfies, looking out for signs of cyberbullying and protecting children from online predators. Each of these monthly topics will include targeted resources for different ages such as:   ·       A video series for kids aimed at ages 8+ ·       Comics for older children aged 11+ ·       An in-depth explanation in the form of expert articles and vlogs for parents and schools   Monthly quizzes and prize contests will also be available in which children can win funny and educational tech gadgets.   The Safer Kids Online site will also provide advice on software, such as ESET Parental Control for Android, which allows parents to look after their children’s online well-being. ESET Parental Control includes the possibility of controlling inappropriate web content and managing the amount of time kids spend on certain devices, as well as the suitability of the applications they’re using. This allows parents to limit their child’s use of certain sites and receive reports on his or her online activities, hopefully becoming aware of any issues before they become entrenched. saferkidsonline.eset.com/au About ESET For more than 30 years, ESET® has been developing industry-leading IT security software and services for businesses and consumers worldwide. With solutions ranging from endpoint and mobile security to encryption and two-factor authentication, ESET’s high-performing, easy-to-use products give consumers and businesses the peace of mind to enjoy the full potential of their technology. ESET unobtrusively protects and monitors 24/7, updating defenses in real time to keep users safe and businesses running without interruption. Evolving threats require an evolving IT security company. Backed by R&D centers worldwide, ESET is the first IT security company to earn 100 Virus Bulletin VB100 awards, identifying every single “in-the-wild” malware without interruption since 2003. For more information, visit www.eset.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. What Remote Learning Taught Us 2020-05-26T23:21:23Z what-remote-learning-taught-us While some predicted the effect COVID-19 would have on our everyday lives, the adjustment to remote learning, working from home and physical distancing still required a steep learning curve. Melbourne Girls Grammar benefitted from a strong technological infrastructure and were able to make a swift change to the delivery of curriculum. In the background, there was a lot of work to be done to support both students and staff in their move online.   The decision to move to remote learning did not happen overnight, although it might have appeared as though it did, due primarily to the preparedness of our staff to support our students in their delivery of curriculum online. As an independent school, Melbourne Girls Grammar was able to consider all the pros and cons of an early move to remote learning.   While the government debated what was safe and in the best interests of children in schools across the country, Principal Dr Toni E. Meath, with the full support of School Council and the Executive team decided that on 18 March 2020, Melbourne Girls Grammar would commence remote learning. This decision was what was best for our school, as one who boasts an incredible digital infrastructure with the tools and resources to launch remote learning swiftly, reducing disruption to our Grammarians’ learning.   From this week, Melbourne Girls Grammar started to welcome students back to campus. This offers us the opportunity to reflect on where we started with this remote learning journey, and what we’ve accomplished in that time.  This infographic gives just a glimpse of what remote learning looked like from the outside. It doesn’t, however, take into account everything that went into making the Remote Learning Program the innovative learning experience it was for our Grammarians.   As the Director of Professional Practice, Ashley Pratt’s role changed during this time to support the delivery of our teaching and learning program. Ashley’s skillset in the area of digital pedagogy served us well and his insights to the logistics of remote learning show just how far we came in such a short time.   “The move to remote learning was careful and considered. We were lucky enough to have been making contingency plans from quite early on and as the situation became clearer, we moved rapidly to enact these plans with relatively little disruption,” said Ashley.   With just one planning day in between face to face teaching and remote learning, the quality of our teaching staff became more evident than ever as we moved online using our Learning Management System, Zoom, Seesaw, Office 365 and every other system in our toolbox. Students were prepared for what was to come and reassured that their teachers would be readily available to assist them.  “The most surprising aspect was how cleanly the move to Remote Learning occurred. It required a huge amount of work by teachers but we were able to get the whole transition complete over 36 hours, a significant achievement by anyone’s measurement,“ said Ashley.   Fellow staff member Stephanie Walton agreed that due to the collaborative and supportive nature of colleagues, the transition was much cleaner than expected.   “What was so reassuring, and something that I am extremely grateful for, is how all staff members helped and supported each other in the preparation for remote learning. We shared tasks and played to each other’s strengths by knowing who is best at organisation, who is the best at making videos and who to call on for IT help,” said Stephanie. “Teachers are usually a pretty collaborative and helpful bunch of people, but the sharing of resources has been exceptional, both within our school community and beyond. Both our colleagues and our students have shown great patience and generosity with their time, their opinions and support.”  As an organisation, Melbourne Girls Grammar has always fostered independence and resilience in our Grammarians. When we moved to remote learning, the foundational skills we layered at each year level were put to the test, and our Grammarians were thriving. With our current Year 12 cohort the first to have completed our innovative Senior Years Program, the preparedness of our students was one we could be proud of, especially at the senior level.   Providing a blend of synchronous (to be completed together as a class, e.g. a Zoom lesson) and asynchronous tasks (to be completed in their own time, e.g a report) allowed students the freedom to manage their time to the best of their abilities and make the most of the resources and support when necessary.   “As a whole community I felt that we were really well prepared for the transition. Through the use of our Learning Management System, we already had the majority of our resources online,” said Stephanie. “Students were already used to accessing work online, both at school and at home, but they have shown great flexibility in their coping. They have developed effective context specific strategies with the help of teachers, coordinators and coaches. As we settled into remote learning it became less surreal and I found myself thinking what will it be like when we return.”  Indeed, as the end of remote learning approaches, we start to reflect on everything that has come from it; improved technological use, lessons in self awareness, and improved hand hygiene. Now we look to assess what elements of remote learning should stay with us long after the period of necessity ends.   Ashley had his own thoughts about what he’d like to see in the future. “I think I would like to see a new appreciation for the bonds of friendship and familial connection. I hope everyone will learn to appreciate the time we spend in each other’s company a little more. I was particularly moved by the message of Her Majesty, The Queen: “We should take comfort that, while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.”  Student and Instructor Usage of Blackboard Ally Increase as Remote Learning Accelerates 2020-05-20T03:38:10Z student-and-instructor-usage-of-blackboard-ally-increase-as-remote-learning-accelerates BRISBANE, Australia, 20 May, 2020 – Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, today announced that Blackboard Ally - the company’s accessibility tool - has experienced a significant uptick in student and instructor usage from February to April, the period when schools and institutions largely shifted to fully remote learning models due to COVID-19. During this timeframe, students downloaded over 3.5 million alternative formats of their course content through Blackboard Ally. Instructors also improved the accessibility of over 250,000 files during this time, with a 50% increase in improved files in April, as compared to February. Since launch, Blackboard Ally has now checked over 1 billion digital content items for accessibility issues, providing millions of instructors with guidance for improving the accessibility and quality of their course materials, and millions more students with access to file formats that meet their diverse needs, abilities, and devices. "With the vast majority of students across the globe now participating in learning environments that require interfacing with digital content, we’re thrilled that Blackboard Ally is helping to optimize the experience,” said Nicolaas Matthijs, Blackboard Ally Product Manager at Blackboard. “As the education community shifts to more robust, holistic online learning models, the uptick in Ally usage is helping to accelerate a culture of inclusion. We’re proud to be supporting so many institutions in a united effort to meet the needs of diverse learners.” Since February, more than 150 higher education and K-12 clients have adopted Blackboard Ally as their inclusive learning solution, joining a community reaching more than 11 million students globally. New institutions include Curtin University in Australia; the California Community Colleges system in the United States; Universidad Continental in Peru; Universitat de Barcelona in Spain; and the British University in Dubai (BUiD) in United Arab Emirates. For most institutions, this recent momentum coincides with the global shift to remote learning in response to COVID-19 and also reflects the education community’s broader, sustained efforts to improve the accessibility of course content for all learners, beyond the pandemic.    In 2020, alone, Blackboard Ally has launched 16 new releases, expanding the ways in which administrators, instructors, and students can improve the accessibility and usability of digital course content. The newest feature enables Blackboard Ally users to access alternative formats—including mobile-friendly HTML, audio, ePub, electronic Braille, a language translation version, and Beeline Reader—on mobile devices via the Blackboard App. To learn more about Blackboard Ally and Blackboard’s plans for celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 21, please visit https://www.blackboard.com/teaching-learning/accessibility-universal-design/blackboard-ally-lms and https://go.blackboard.com/gaad-fix-your-content. About Blackboard Our mission is to partner with the global education community to enable learner and institutional success, leveraging innovative technologies and services.  With an unmatched understanding of the world of the learner, the most comprehensive student-success solutions, and the greatest capacity for innovation, Blackboard is education’s partner in change. CONTACT  Kate Crosbie, Public Relations Consultant  +61 437 087 807 or kate@kcpr.com.au  Hillary Marder, Blackboard  +1 732 742 8024 or hillary.marder@blackboard.com   Afford Enriches the Lives of Oran Park Locals Living with Disability 2020-05-20T00:39:59Z afford-enriches-the-lives-of-oran-park-locals-living-with-disability Oran Park locals living with disability are engaging in meaningful and enriching life experiences during isolation thanks to one-to-one support from Afford (The Australian Foundation for Disability). For the past three years, the staff at Afford’s Oran Park Day Program have supported Mathew to get involved in the things he loves, such as going to the gym and immersing in nature. Adapting to COVID-19 restrictions, Afford worked with Mathew to change his previous day program based supports, to individualised one-to-one support from an Afford Lifestyle Assistant. With assistance, Mathew recently visited Mount Annan Botanical Gardens. The outing combined one of his much-loved interests and provided personalised social interaction for a healthy mindset. “I love going out into nature and enjoying some sun rays,” said Mathew. Krystan also benefits from one-to-one support from Afford. At home, she explores her creativity through art projects. Her Afford lifestyle assistant encourages her to keep up an exercise routine to stay active and healthy. During one-to-one support, Krystan is progressing her numeracy and literacy skills. Gaining confidence in using numbers and letters for everyday life is an NDIS goal for Krystan. With her support person, she completes addition and subtraction worksheets and plays fun maths games. Through books, they read for entertainment and explore new places, people, and cultures of the world. “Recent world events have meant that we have to adapt to different ways of delivering disability supports. With one-to-one in-home supports, our clients can continue to work towards their goals, even while isolation measures are in place,” said Antoinette Imbruglia, Team Leader at Oran Park Day Program. With individualised support from Afford’s Oran Park Day Program staff, people living with disability in the local community can develop their skills engage in activities they love and live life their way. Afford is a registered charity and has been operating in Australia for 68 years, providing a range of disability supports to thousands of people every day. As one of Australia’s longest-serving not-for-profit disability organisations, Afford goes above and beyond traditional service offerings to adapt to new operating environments to support individuals achieve their goals for work, home and life under the NDIS. For more information visit www.afford.com.au or call 1300 233 673. ENDS Media Contact: Maria Crema: Crema PR m 0402 239 929 e maria@cremapr.com.au About Afford - www.afford.com.auThe Australian Foundation for Disability is a registered charity providing disability services to thousands of people across Australia. The supports provided by Afford include Shared Living; Overnight Respite; Social and Community Programs; Transition to Work Programs; Transition to Retirement Programs; Carer Support; Disability Employment Services; Supported Employment; Allied Health Support, Support Coordination and Supported Holidays. Rockingham Montessori School: A T.E.A.M Approach to Learning 2020-05-19T07:37:16Z rockingham-montessori-school-a-t-e-a-m-approach-to-learning The Rockingham Montessori School was founded with the “Together Everybody Achieves More” (T.E.A.M) approach to education. It’s a philosophy that Tony Gillespie, adolescent program deputy principal at the school, said nurtures the entire child, while encouraging independence, respect and self-discipline. The school offers opportunities for every stage of a child’s educational needs, from infants and toddlers to high school and alternative pathways to university or work. Youngsters are nurtured in multiple ways. Students are able to explore subjects that are of particular interest to them, along with their normal studies. Learning options are offered for before regular school hours, along with care after school, during holidays, and in-school and out-of-school hours. The Montessori school Perth was founded in 1985 with the T.E.A.M approach to build a strong sense of community and an environment in which the needs of every child are recognized and encouraged. Children are naturally curious and students have ample opportunity to experiment in different areas that include art, dance, science and sports. The environment is conducive to meeting developmental needs of youngsters emotionally, cognitively, physically, and socially. The Infant and Toddler program is conducted one day each week for youngsters age 1-3. Playgroups are offered three days per week. Children in the 3-6 age group can participate in The Children’s House at the independent school Perth. Youngsters crave independence and receive age-appropriate guidance in activities encompassing math and language to culture, technology, and practical skills for everyday life. The Primary Program is available for youngsters age 6-12 and the Upper Primary Program is offered for students age 9-12. For students age 12-18, the Adolescent Program prepares individuals for their future. With the school’s high school alternative pathways, upon graduation students may choose to go directly into the work force, pursue a university degree, or take advantage of distance learning. The T.E.A.M. approach at the Rockingham schools offers one of the greatest ranges of opportunities for children at every age. Classes are taught by highly-qualified educational professionals with a passion for learning that seek to ignite that same thirst for knowledge in every student. About Rockingham Montessori School Rockingham Montessori School is an independent school near the ocean in Rockingham, Western Australia. We are committed to Montessori philosophy and practice, providing Montessori education experiences for children from 12 months to 18 years of age. Media Contact Rockingham Montessori School Phone: (08) 9528 2118 Email – Primary School: reception@rms.wa.edu.au Email – Adolescent Program: apadmin@rms.wa.edu.au Website: https://www.rms.wa.edu.au Online platform helping communities to support business 2020-05-19T07:35:00Z online-platform-helping-communities-to-support-business One community-driven organisation attempting to help businesses lessen the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis is West Australian-based, B2Me Australia. Established in 2018 by community development specialist, Dr Ray Bartell, B2Me Australia is an online service finding platform allowing small to medium-sized businesses across all industries to offer their professional services to the wider community throughout Australia.    “B2ME Australia is a service-finding, reputation-driven platform that connects professional service providers with consumers recommended by friends or affiliate communities as well as the broader marketplace, in a way that builds valuable relationships, trust and rapport,” said Dr Bartell.  One of the impacts that Covid-19 has had in the general community is the increased awareness to support local businesses and with social distancing in place, the use of technology becomes increasingly relevant. “B2Me is a great tool for individuals, families, businesses and community groups trying to navigate their way through these challenging times. The B2Me platform enables people to access, connect and engage with service providers within their community groups and wider associations,” said Dr Bartell. “B2Me exists to help people to find and cultivate their ‘village’ - this is more important now than ever before, because we believe that when individuals thrive, communities flourish.” According to Dr Bartell the online platform takes the hassle out of sifting through numerous unknown recommendations of many social media networking sites like Facebook. “A platform used to find trusted service providers endorsed by others in the community of which you belong, is one in which schools in particular, not just state-wide but Australia-wide, have embraced as families are able to easily find a reputable businesses operating within their community group or locality – it’s a win-win situation. “For instance, people may want to have access to good accountants right now – needing tax advice they can make sense of – particularly with the stimulus safety net packages – there is so much information coming out now from the government that it can be overwhelming. “The uncertainty and economic impact of the pandemic is enormous. What has been amazing to see is those small businesses who have experienced significant impacts such as forced closure or loss of business, pivoting and thinking outside the box in order to keep their doors open - for example, florists turning to delivering veggie boxes, and breweries manufacturing hand sanitiser. Job losses have led some to look at freelance opportunities and get creative in the types of services they can offer. B2Me supports all these efforts by allowing those individuals and businesses to be seen and supported by their community”. Whether you are a business owner, or an individual seeking the services of providers, a sporting club, school, or a community group - get on board - sign up to B2Me Australia – and support your local businesses. https://b2me.com.au/ Schools looking to get on board with B2Me Australia o help support their local family businesses will be joining a wide variety of nationwide educational facilities on the west coast as well as those in the eastern states including: WA: St George’s College, Perth Prendiville Catholic College, Ocean Reef John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School, Mirrabooka Lake Joondalup Baptist College, Joondalup Victoria: Crest Educational Bayside Christian College, Langwarrin South Queensland: Mueller College,  The Lakes college, North Lakes Tasmania: Launceston Christian School, River Side Leighland Christian School, Ulverstone Schools can find out more by visiting - https://b2me.com.au/schools Add info: Drawing on his work in Papua New Guinea, Dr Bartell has completed his PhD exploring the local governance systems of schools looking in-depth at the foundations for effecting positive change.  Dr Bartell has served on numerous local and international boards over the course of his career, and is currently serving on the board of Alta-1 Australia.     Virtual Success Summit Hosted by Tony Robbins 2020-05-17T02:37:49Z virtual-success-summit-hosted-by-tony-robbins SUCCESS RESOURCES PRESENTS  VIRTUAL SUCCESS SUMMIT  HOSTED BY TONY ROBBINS 15 May 2020 – Success Resources the world’s leader in the self-education industry, will premiere the Virtual Success Summit hosted by Tony Robbins starting on May 20, 2020 at 9 am PDT.   The objective is simple: to provide positive, insightful, inspirational presentations from the world’s most successful business leaders, who have been on our stages, to our audiences across the globe.  Over 3 weeks, audiences will get free access to 13 hours of footage from the world’s best speakers such as Tony Robbins, Sir Richard Branson, Sara Blakely, will.i.am, Tom Brady, Jay Shetty and more, through an on-demand streaming platform. Uniquely, the content will also be translated into multiple languages simultaneously.  Areas of influence include Personal Growth, Wealth, Entrepreneurship, Business, Careers, Life Purpose, Passion, Mindset and Meaning. Watch video trailer here “We feel it is important to give back to business owners, operators, employees and entrepreneurs who are struggling in this time.”  “We have selected speakers and content that we know will resonate with our audience and achieve our goal of providing educational and motivational content for the business and entrepreneurial market...our audience.” - Michael Burnett – CEO, Success Resources  The presentations will be offered as a series of virtual events to our audience for free by registering on https://watchsuccesssummit.com/ About Success Resources: Success Resources is the world’s largest provider of educational events featuring world-class speakers such as Sir Richard Branson, Tony Robbins and Robert Kiyosaki, to name only a few.  About Tony Robbins: Tony Robbins is an entrepreneur, #1 NY Times bestselling author, philanthropist, and the world’s #1 life and business strategist. Author of six internationally bestselling books, including the recent New York Times #1 best–sellers MONEY; Master the Game and UNSHAKEABLE, Robbins has empowered more than 50 million people from 100 countries through his audio, video and life training programs. He created the #1 personal and professional development program of all time (Ultimate Edge) and more than 4 million people have attended his live seminars. Free Video Platform You Need To Create A Great Life 2020-05-14T09:31:41Z free-video-platform-you-need-to-create-a-great-life As lockdowns continue to keep event venues and  convention centres dark, Success Resources, the world’s #1 Seminar Promoter will be streaming content to reach audiences at home.  Over 3 weeks, audiences will get free access to 13 hours of footage from the world’s best speakers such as Tony Robbins, Sir Richard Branson, Sara Blakely, will.i.am, Jay Shetty and more, through an on-demand streaming platform.  Watch video trailer here This content is curated from Success Resources’ best speeches from the last 25 years. The topics range from personal growth, business, leadership -- designed to help people hustle and self-improve at home.  Get free access to the content through http://www.watchsuccesssummit.com/ for a limited time. First week of content launches on 9am PDT on 20 May 2020. DDLS and Open Colleges partner to boost ICT training 2020-05-14T01:46:00Z ddls-and-open-colleges-partner-to-boost-ict-training DDLS, Australia’s largest provider of corporate ICT and cybersecurity training, has formed a strategic partnership with Open Colleges, Australia’s largest, private provider of online vocational education.The partnership will combine DDLS’s market leading position in ICT training for enterprise and business with Open Colleges’ leadership in providing online vocational training to consumers. It will leverage DDLS’s experience and expertise delivering globally recognised ICT training and certification with Open College’s consumer market reach and expertise delivering online training for a wide range of nationally recognised vocational qualifications.Open Colleges CEO, Jose Herrera-Perea, said, “We’ve been seeing considerable and growing demand for ICT skills from our customer base and wanted to partner with a leading ICT training provider to help us meet that demand.“With 28 years of experience and relationships with the world’s leading ICT vendors, and the largest portfolio of Certified Cybersecurity Training in Australia, DDLS was a natural fit.”DDLS CEO, Jon Lang, said the two organisations were highly complementary. “Open Colleges’ market demographic is B2C and ours is B2B. DDLS is the leader in face-to-face/instructor led vendor-certified training, and Open Colleges is regarded as Australia’s leading, private vocational online learning provider. Through this partnership we’ll be able to combine the best of both worlds to deliver much-needed upskilling to the Australian workforce.”Open Colleges will work with DDLS’s Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT) division, launched in 2019 to provide high quality, self-paced and nationally accredited training in ICT.“Through AIICT, we will launch a range of IT Diplomas with Open Colleges, aligned to global IT vendors. We’ll also look at bringing our DDLS vendor-related certifications training to the Open Colleges customer-base through a range of delivery formats,” added Lang.The first joint initiative under the partnership will be online training in cybersecurity and will include three International Standard Organisation (ISO) and American National Standard Institute (ANSI) accredited certifications issued by CompTIA, the world’s leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications.According to Cybersecurity Insiders’ 2019 Cloud Security Report, there is a significant shortage of qualified cybersecurity staff and a lack of security awareness and skills among all employees. Moreover, sixty-one per cent of organisations surveyed said their employees would benefit from security training and/or certification.In its 2019 competitiveness plan for Australia’s cybersecurity industry, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network, AustCyber, estimated Australia could need almost 17,000 additional cyber security workers by 2026. It estimated Australia’s cybersecurity industry could have generated an additional $405 million revenue in 2017 if it had been able to fill all vacancies for cybersecurity professionals.According to Payscale, the average annual income for an entry level cybersecurity analyst in Australia is $68k, and for those with five to nine years’ experience, $93k.Lang said the cybersecurity skills shortage and high salaries were reflected in demand for DDLS’s cybersecurity courses.“Cybersecurity training is just the first step in our long-term strategic partnership, and it is a great place to start, because there’s a huge need for more cybersecurity training.”- END -About DDLSDDLS is Australia’s largest provider of corporate IT and process training and Australia’s number one cybersecurity training provider. We provide extensive training options tailored to an organisations needs, from vendor-certified courses to customised training, including bespoke in-house developed courses. In cybersecurity, we offer the broadest range of authorised training from leading global organisations including the EC-Council, (ISC)2, ISACA, RESILA (Axelos) and CompTIA. In all specialisations, DDLS promotes a balanced approach to training with a focus on the key areas of technology, process and people.About Open CollegesAs Australia’s largest, private provider of online vocational education, Open Colleges has been helping Australian’s realise their potential for over 125 years. Created in partnership with industry experts, our courses are nationally accredited and provide students with the practical knowledge needed to succeed. With a range of courses across health, business, childhood education, trades, design and technology, our students can learn anywhere, anytime and on multiple devices 24/7 by accessing OpenSpace, our world-class intuitive learning platform that uses interactive and scenario-based learning. And with dedicated consultants and trainers to assist students throughout their study, at Open Colleges, we’re committed to helping Australians make the most of their potential. Are Virtual Internships here to stay? 2020-05-11T04:53:30Z are-virtual-internships-here-to-stay Remote work is not something new. It actually started before the internet was born but it only became popular as we know it today at the beginning of the 21st century. Technology, internet speed, social media, software, and other platforms have allowed remote work to evolve. Similarly, the concept of virtual internships is not new. Companies and interns have been testing and engaging in virtual internship options for a while but always on a small scale.   The current COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the spread of remote work and internships. Many businesses are encouraging their employees to stay home and are transitioning their internships into virtual programs. A recent study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) showed that only 30% of businesses are proceeding with on-site internships and that there is a steady trend toward virtual internships with 36% of businesses transferring to virtual internships in 2020.   In response to the COVID – 19 global pandemic Australian Internships, a leading global internship program provider, launched their Virtual Internship Program in early 2020. While this is new for many, there are reasons to believe virtual internships are here to stay: “Virtual Internships provide connection regardless of location. They reduce the resource requirement for companies and extend the workspace beyond the borders of the city and country where traditionally employers would recruit from. This opportunity has demonstrated that without a doubt people have the ability to work remotely, and in many cases be more productive and effective remotely. With a tendency for remote work to increase in the future, a critical step moving forward is for young professionals to learn how to work and succeed in a virtual environment. Virtual Internships provide them with this opportunity!” says Diana van Woerkom, Managing Director at Australian Internships.   Gaining international work experience, while valuable, can be expensive and not an option for everyone. From a student or recent graduate’s perspective, going virtual will make internships abroad more accessible as visas, accommodation, flights and international living expenses are no longer necessary. Candidates will be able to more easily handle personal and study commitments combined with a virtual internship. Internships going virtual also means that businesses will be able to access a much bigger pool of candidates as physical limitations will no longer be a barrier. According to a recent study conducted by Airtasker, remote workers are more productive than their office-based counterparts. Meaning a double win for businesses - intern recruitment becomes easier and productivity greater.   But we can’t ignore there are lessons to be learned. As with any major change, companies and interns will need to quickly adapt, be open and resilient. So how can businesses ensure that they are able to keep up with the ever-growing trend? Australian Internships says “Virtual Internships need to be closely monitored and fully structured to benefit both intern and host organisation. We allocate all interns a dedicated Internship Program Supervisor from our team, a host organisation supervisor and run weekly career-related webinars to ensure that the interns gain the greatest benefit possible”.   In these extraordinary times, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way we work and communicate and has forced us to think outside the box and adapt the way we work. Innovative approaches, such as virtual internships, are becoming increasingly popular methods for interns and companies to reap the many rewards of internships, while working around physical constraints.   The virtual work phenomenon is here to stay, and it's only going to involve more people over time. To be successful, companies and interns need to adapt and jump onboard with virtual internships to have a competitive advantage in a post pandemic world.   NSW Hunter region to pilot new virtual work experience program for high school students 2020-05-06T08:28:20Z nsw-hunter-region-to-pilot-new-virtual-work-experience-program-for-high-school-students Hunter high school students will soon be able to take part in the pilot of a, locally developed, virtual work experience program – a first for the region. The Virtual Intern program has been developed by Hunter-based social enterprise, She Can, to connect students with employers and work experience in a relatable, interactive and immersive format for young people. Founder and director, Tricia Martin, is calling on local businesses and organisations to join the program and for interested students and schools to register their interest. Ms Martin is initially targeting the hospitality, business services and retail industries. She said The Virtual Intern Platform has modules for different industries that contain real world tasks for students to complete as well as mentor videos, CV builders, career maps and other soft skills resources to give them a practical understanding and experience of that industry. Prior to starting the program, students match their interests with specific career clusters and businesses. “Virtual Intern tackles the misalignment between young people’s work expectations and the assumed knowledge and capability expectations of local businesses,” Ms Martin said. “Young people commonly enter work experience programs lacking basic skills such as problem solving, financial literacy or basic communication,” she said. The Foundation of Youth Australia’s The New Work Reality report says the two main barriers for young people transitioning to full time careers are lack of career management skills and not enough work experience. The report says 75 per cent believe they do not possess the relevant vocational and practical work experience to gain the work they desire. “We are creating a capacity building program where students are engaged, rather than being passive, and are building their self-efficacy, not just their knowledge.” “Students gain tangible, company accredited, skills that employers are looking for, to help them enter the world of work. They get to build relevant networks before they enter the workforce. We work with employers to capture and transform their expertise into virtual internships that mirror real-world tasks.  “Employers get to identify future employees, understand the needs of a future workforce, and play their part in ensuring their business workforce is future-proofed.” “Importantly, the platform helps to even the playing field, allowing students, regardless of socio-economic background, location or demographic, to access 21st century workplaces and mentors.” The program has been built by working with more than 200 Hunter students in career-readiness workshops and consultation with local business leaders and teachers. It has received funding and support from Charter Hall, Edified and the Layne Beachley Foundation. Virtual Intern is also benefitting from being accepted into the Foundation of Youth Australia’s Social Pioneer Accelerator incubator program.  She Can is a Hunter-based organisation that equips secondary students with career-readiness skills that can be transported into post school life. Ms Martin, who is 25 years of age, has worked with almost 35,000 students throughout Australia as a behaviour change facilitator for in-school career readiness workshops. The program’s aim is to offer work experience to 500 Year 9 and Year 10 students across three industries in the second half of 2020 pilot, expanding to 2,500 students across 15 industries in 2021. The program expansion will specifically target students from low socio-economic and high unemployment areas. To register or find out more visit virtualintern.info Euclideon help 'Visualise the Future' with new 3D software release 2020-05-05T06:59:31Z euclideon-help-visualise-the-future-with-new-3d-software-release Euclideon has released the latest version of it’s cutting-edge Vault Client software for Windows, a major new release that incorporates ground-breaking tools for visualising massive 3D datasets and associated information. The release comes as the Australian-based company responds to increasing demand from its customers to find new ways of handling the massive file sizes generated by scanning and capture processes such as LiDAR, photogrammetry, BIM, CAD and IoT live data feeds.The release incorporates – among many other new features – a completely reworked user interface which both simplifies the experience for the first-time user, and adds powerful new tools for geospatial experts, including new ways interpret 3D data, even down to the miniscule detail of an ocean floor or cracks on a roadway. Euclideon Vault allows customers seamless software navigation and deeper access to Euclideon’s best-in-class massive planet-sized Point Cloud global rendering tools, speeding up workflow and enhancing the overall user-experience.The refined UI gives way to a simplified, vertical toolbar that runs down the left hand side of the screen, and save for a few other tiny icons, the remainder of the default viewing frame remains conspicuously minimalist and open for the core purpose that the software exists: to view 3D data. While at first impression, this may seem like a less-is-more approach, users can be assured the new features and user interface alone are well worth the discovery time.For several years, Euclideon’s patented Unlimited Detail rendering ability has revolutionised the way customers view, convert and stream planet-sized 3D data across a huge spectrum of industries, fromtransportation to military, mining to universities, aerospace to underwater. In recent months, a shift in focus to the ambitious project of creating a digital twin of the entire globe has captivated the team of Euclideon developers, and already the breathtaking results are starting to materialise much sooner than anyone expected.The immediate impression upon launching into the latest version is that this new release takes the already industry-leading Vault Client into new visual territory. Recently added support for aerial satellite map tiles underneath a geolocated 3D dataset anywhere in the world has given rise to a striking, fully-interactive composite globe, which now greets the user immediately upon login – a daring canvas upon which to begin the journey of exploring and combining 3D datasets in totally new ways.Further proof that the new release has enhanced the eye-candy available for users is found in the new atmospheric scattering feature, a display mode that enables the user to create aesthetically beautiful time of day effects behind their massive 3D datasets – a sunset over the horizon, sunrise over a mountain range or noon over a cityscape.Even more impressive is that while the latest version provides many visual improvements and capabilities, Vault Client has not lost it’s unrelenting focus on accuracy, continuing to provide a whole host of powerful GIS features and survey-grade measurement tools for geospatially-referenced point cloud datasets, as well as breakneck speeds of conversion, streaming and model comparison. Euclideon Vault empowers an immersive experiences, providing new ways to visualise assets, check status, perform analysis, generate insights and make better decisions. It’s never been a more satisfying time to interact, discover and share a digital twin model for streamlined integration, deep collaboration and comprehensive understanding of highly detailed unlimited 3D projects.https://www.euclideon.com/new-vault-release/ EDGE LAUNCHES VIRTUAL AT HOME EARLY LEARNING FOR PRE-SCHOOLERS 2020-05-05T03:17:20Z edge-launches-virtual-at-home-early-learning-for-pre-schoolers With many families self-isolating or unable to attend their local Edge Early Learning childcare centre, the program has been designed by educators to be interactive, engaging and educational for children and families. Edge Early Learning CEO, Annie Bryce, said the program is a fantastic way to continue children’s early learning and development during these uncertain times. “We’ve launched the earlylearning@home program to ensure that our families and children have continued access to high quality education programs and can maintain authentic connections with their educators during these times,” she said. “Our program provides opportunities for parents to play and learn alongside their children with an array of education plans, interactive videos featuring our educators, downloadable content and printable resources.” Ms Bryce said that regular activity and familiar faces are a key element to keeping little hands and minds busy, while maintaining some semblance of routine in the household for smaller ages. “Some of the activities include story time, singalongs, arts and crafts projects you can do from home, language and cultural experiences and active movement videos such as yoga. These are shared daily and are available on demand through our Storypark app,” she said. “In addition to providing quality content, this type of virtual learning is a great sanity-provider for parents who are juggling quite a lot in their homes at this time.” Available to families enrolled at any of the 16 Edge Early Learning centres across the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich, content pieces from the education program will also be published online for the wider community across the week. Families can stay in touch and up to date on the application, by commenting and engaging with educators from their local centre. “We have already received an incredible response from families since rolling out the programs, and it’s been great to see the engagement from families and educators during what is a surreal time for us all,” said Annie. For more information on Edge Early Learning’s earlylearning@home program, follow their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/edgeearlylearning/ ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective Ph: 0411 789 195 Email: amy@m10.com.au ISACA Launches Early Adoption Program for New Technical Privacy Certification: Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer 2020-05-04T23:44:29Z isaca-launches-early-adoption-program-for-new-technical-privacy-certification-certified-data-privacy-solutions-engineer Sydney, Australia (5 May 2020) – Headline-grabbing events and regulations have made it clear to organisations just how essential it is to prioritize data privacy. However, new research from ISACA indicates that many organisations are struggling in this space. More than one-quarter of organisations say it is difficult to understand all their privacy requirements, and 40 percent say they lack competent resources to implement a successful privacy program, which requires expertise in technical implementation that goes beyond awareness of regulatory requirements. Given the high stakes for organisations and the great need for qualified professionals to create privacy solutions that are aligned with organisational goals and risk appetite, ISACA is launching its new Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) certification. The first experience-based, technical certification of its kind, CDPSE assesses a technology professional’s ability to implement privacy by design to enable organisations to enhance privacy technology platforms and products that provide benefits to consumers, build trust and advance data privacy. Professionals can begin to apply for the CDPSE certification starting today as part of a limited early-adoption opportunity in which those who have the necessary experience can become certified. This includes those who have five years of work experience performing the work described within the exam content outline, with this experience earned in at least two of the CDPSE exam content outline domains. For those holding a CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC or CSX-P certification, the work experience requirement decreases to three years. “Many technology professionals have a basic understanding of the legal requirements involved in new privacy laws and regulations, but they are missing the in-depth ability to implement them into their existing and future systems, networks and applications,” says Nader Qaimari, ISACA Chief Learning Officer. “Up until now, certifications have primarily focused on the legal aspect with limited technical coverage. ISACA’s CDPSE certification fills a gap and allows privacy technologists to demonstrate they understand the technical aspects of creating and managing privacy programs and solutions to ensure compliance and mitigate risk.” CDPSE offers a natural progression for IT professionals who are tasked with designing, implementing and managing the technology that stores, collects and transports PII, as well as ensuring that privacy is considered in the design. As privacy requires complex collaboration across multiple functions in an organisation, CDPSE is also designed to validate privacy technologists’ ability to work cross-functionally with the legal team, policy department, engineers, software developers, database administrators, and back-end and front-end experts, while playing a key role throughout the planning, development and delivery of IT privacy solutions. “If an organisation is storing data about people, implementing a comprehensive privacy solution is incredibly important. Building this solution entails bridging the gap between the legal and IT sides of data privacy, setting best practices aligned with organisational goals,” says David Bowden, CISM, CIPT, CIPM, PMP, CSM; Vice President, Information Security, Data Privacy, Compliance & Information Technology, Zwift, Inc., and member of ISACA’s privacy advisory group. “The privacy technologists who have the experience and credentials to validate this knowledge will not only be able to play an integral part in driving these privacy solutions, but also play a major role in earning and retaining customer trust and providing organisations with a competitive advantage.” More information on the early-adoption phase of the CDPSE certification, as well as additional privacy resources and guidance, can be found at www.isaca.org/cdpse. ### About ISACAFor more than 50 years, ISACA® (www.isaca.org) has advanced the best talent, expertise and learning in technology. ISACA equips individuals with knowledge, credentials, education and community to progress their careers and transform their organisations, and enables enterprises to train and build quality teams. ISACA is a global professional association and learning organisation that leverages the expertise of its 145,000 members who work in information security, governance, assurance, risk and privacy to drive innovation through technology. It has a presence in 188 countries, including 223 chapters worldwide. Twitter: www.twitter.com/ISACANewsLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/isacaFacebook: www.facebook.com/ISACAGlobal Instagram: www.instagram.com/isacanews Contact:Julie Fenwick, jfenwick@daylightagency.com.au +1 61 468 901 655Karen Keech, kkeech@daylightagency.com.au + 61 411 052 408 THE WIGGLES - LIVE FROM HOT POTATO STUDIOS! 2020-05-03T23:53:07Z the-wiggles-live-from-hot-potato-studios MISSED OUT ON SEEING THE WIGGLES LIVE IN CONCERT THIS YEAR?   PARENTS PREPARE TO REJOICE AS THE WIGGLES ARE BRINGING THEIR CONCERTS TO YOUR HOME!   PRESENTING…   THE WIGGLES - LIVE FROM HOT POTATO STUDIOS! CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE TRAILER: https://youtu.be/MENqGMxXyX8     The Wiggles perform on average over 500 live concerts every year, making them one the most prolific touring acts, of any genre, in the world. But with The Wiggles, like most of the world, practicing social distancing, they haven’t performed a live concert since early March -- until now! The Wiggles are bringing their live show back to millions of fans around the world with The Wiggles - Live from Hot Potato Studios! An intimate series of mini concerts that gives every fan of The Wiggles what they’ve always wanted -- A FRONT ROW SEAT -- Live from Hot Potato Studios will feature six separate live Wiggles concerts. The first show hits the stage beginning Tuesday, May 5th, with a new concert experience releasing approximately every two weeks. Each concert will be available on iTunes, GooglePlay, Fetch and Foxtel (Australia).   Experience Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony as you’ve never seen them before, all from the comfort of your own home.. Each concert has been filmed live in Hot Potato Studios and aims to enrich, educate and entertain with Wiggly songs, dances and fun.   Join in for unscripted fun, impromptu moments of hilarity as the group navigate bringing their shows to life in the studio whilst social distancing and memorable live moments in beautiful primary colours...you will truly feel that you have the best seats in the house as you enjoy Wiggling to The Wiggles - Live from Hot Potato Studios!     Episode 1 – Let There Be Rock-a-Bye Your Bear   “Let there be Rock-a-Bye Your Bear” indeed! The first of the “Live from Hot Potato Studios” series, this live to camera concert is a beauty! Shot in magnificent primary colours, Simon, Lachy, Emma and Anthony, shimmy shake and wiggle through 20 Wiggly children’s music classics!   Dress up, dance and sing along to a wonderful intimate concert, made just for you! To access an advance viewing copy of the first episode of Live At Wiggles HQ or for further information/interview requests, please contact:Kylie Martinkylie@martini-media.com.au   About The Wiggles The Wiggles have recently celebrated 29 years of entertaining millions of fans across the globe. They now have more than 385,000 social media followers and have sold over 30 million CDs & DVDs and 8 million books. More than 70 CD and DVD releases later, The Wiggles have earned 18 x gold, 12 x platinum, 3 x double-platinum and 10 x multi-platinum awards for their music and DVD sales and have been awarded 13 x ARIA Awards for Best Children’s Album (making ARIA history as the most awarded ARIA winner in the one category, and being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame).