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Rode donates $2m of podcasting equipment to schools affected by coronavirus

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Australian pro audio equipment company Rode Microphones will be donating more than $2 million worth of podcasting equipment to NSW schools that have been impacted by the coronavirus.

Rode founder and chairman Peter Freedman says the program can give schools access to podcast equipment which can be used to deliver classes remotely.

Public schools in the Australian state of New South Wales can now access an online portal on the Rode website to order complete podcasting kits.

This includes the Rodecaster Pro Podcast Production Studio, microphones and accessories which can be used to record course material remotely in the event of school closures.

“The potential impact of COVID-19 on education in Australia is enormous,” says Freedman.

“We have already seen some schools shut down due to fears of an outbreak and we can expect to see many more closures over the coming months.

“The ramifications this will have on students’ learning is serious and I want to offer support to schools and to the Education Department in providing solutions.”

Rode Microphones has been working with the NSW Department of Education on the initiative.

“Podcasting is the number one media format being consumed by school students right now,” Freeman says.

“It’s also an incredibly powerful teaching tool, and amidst the current crisis it’s really an ideal platform to give students easy access to class material that they can engage with, in a way that is simple for teachers to create, even if they aren’t audio experts.”

If you are from a recognised New South Wales public high school and would like to register to receive a Rodecaster Pro podcast kit, head to the Rode website for more information.