Whooshkaa delivers new work from home tech free to schools

Private podcast technology developed by an Australian company, and key in the World Health Organisation’s continuity of learning advice for schools, is being offered free to schools worldwide.
Podcast platform Whooshkaa ’s new technology enables businesses, schools and groups to broadcast audio to specified listeners.
The technology uses any existing podcast app on any smartphone, but the audio is exclusively available to those granted access by the podcaster.
Whooshkaa Founder and CEO Robert Loewenthal said, “We created this as an internal communications tool to inform and engage employees – particularly those working remotely.
“But we can see it has enormous potential to support students and schools through this period of global upheaval.
“The WHO says academic podcasts are a key plank in continuity of learning plans . With this in mind, Whooshkaa will set up free Professional private podcast packages for schools from kindergarten to year 12, across Australia and right around the world.”

Last week, RØDE Microphones announced a donation of up to $2 million of podcasting equipment to public high schools in New South Wales.giving all public high schools in NSW access to a free RØDE podcasting kit, which includes a RØDECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio, microphones and accessories, to be used to record course material remotely in the event that students are quarantined for an extended period of time.

“We’ve had a phenomenal response to the initiative,” says RØDE Founder and Chairman Peter Freedman AM. “So far, hundreds of schools have applied to receive a podcasting kit and we are busy packing them to be shipped off later this week.”

Schools will also be provided with an information pack on how to record and edit their podcasts on the RØDECaster Pro, plus a free subscription to Whooshkaa’s new ‘private podcast’ platform to distribute the content to students.
He said, “You don’t have to be an audio expert to use it, and in the case of a school closure it’s an ideal way to give students access to educational content.”
Mr Loewenthal said the private podcast technology had been developed as a business solution for increasingly remote workforces.
“Our business is podcasting. We could see that leaders in business, research and many other professions wanted a way to update, engage and unite their teams – whether they’re at a city desk, driving across a desert or in an airport lounge.
“This is streamlined and secure. A podcast can be recorded on your phone and uploaded at the press of a button. It then appears in the podcast library of your approved team members. If they leave your organisation or professional group, access disappears.”
The technology could also be used to send instant or daily audio updates to essential workers in fast-changing situations, Mr Loewenthal said. “One thing everyone has is a mobile phone. People may not have time to read emails, but they can listen to a spoken update on-the-go.
“There’s nothing like audio to engage and inform,” he said. “We have to leverage that information channel.”
With leading epidemiologists such as the Harvard Center for Disease Dynamics’ William Hanage warning that “everyone who can work from home should work from home,” Whooshkaa envisages secure podcasts being used to maximise productivity and drive business continuity.
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