Virtual classrooms for remote students
THE NBN Co’s Sky Muster is moving beyond the delivery of broadband services, with the launch of a multicast technology trial to allow remote students in the Northern Territory to participate in virtual classrooms.
Federal Indigenous Affairs minister Nigel Scullion said the trial launch was a great step forward for students and teachers and would help close the gap in the education of rural students compared to students in urban areas.
“Learning in these remote locations will now be easier thanks to Sky Muster’s multicast technology, giving students and teachers access to online learning through clear audio, high resolution video and the ability to share large files,” Mr Scullion said.
The three month trial of the broadband service will span 15 locations across the Northern Territory, with the plan to roll out the technology to rural and remote locations across Australia by mid-2018 if successful.