Australia-based podcast tech company Whooshkaa is announcing what is calls “free Professional podcast packages for schools from kindergarten to year 12, across Australia and right around the world.” A partnership with microphone maker RODE can create total solutions including hardware, software, and distribution.
The idea is to keep teachers connected with students and parents in what might be called an era of quarantine. RODE will donate up to $2-million dollars of equipment. The company is best known for its podcast-optimized microphones.
“We created this as an internal communications tool to inform and engage employees – particularly those working remotely,” said Whooshkaa Founder and CEO Robert Loewenthal. “But we can see it has enormous potential to support students and schools through this period of global upheaval.”
RØDE Founder and Chairman Peter Freedman AM said using the RØDECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio and Whooshkaa technology will allow teachers and administrators to record podcasts to deliver entire lessons, allocate homework, explain course material or give daily updates to parents. “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 Freedman said.