Vir­tual class­rooms for re­mote stu­dents

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - EMMA DAVIES

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.

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