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PING wins National Award for Innovation

The Australian Telecommunications Users Group (ATUG) congratulated the winners of ATUG 2011 National Awards for the Effective Use of Broadband, presented by the Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy at the ATUG Awards Gala Reception on 31st March at Australian Technology Park in Sydney. ATUG’s Broadband Awards recognise innovation based on broadband services and the benefits of successful applications to the end users in many sectors of the economy and community.

The PING project was the winner of the National Award in the category of Education. PING is a unique collaboration between The Song Room, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Victorian Opera, Country Education Project and 3MBS FM.

“The PING project is ensuring our remote schools, who may otherwise have limited access to specialist teaching, receive the same learning opportunities.” said The Song Room C.E.O, Caroline Aebersold.

PING includes online resources, digital learning, in-school workshops, online master classes and live concert streaming. “We have developed the PING project specifically to address the gaps that students in rural and regional Victorian schools have, with little or no access to music and arts education opportunities.

Ms Aebersold accepted the Award on behalf of the PING partners: “We are delighted that this unique collaboration between The Song Room, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Victorian Opera, Country Education Project and 3MBS FM has been recognised for its contribution to education innovation” she said.

PING will build the capacity of targeted Victorian rural schools and communities to deliver music education programs, provide greater access for rural and regional schools to elite, city-based performance companies, and strengthen the ICT and music skills of generalist teachers.

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