Northern Daily Leader – 18th Feb 2012

THE launch of an Armidale based web-learning concept yesterday had two federal politicians in the front row – along with a classroom of kids dressed from their favourite animals at the zoo.
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and member for
New England Tony Windsor did the honours for the ZooWhiz launch in Armidale yesterday.
The brainchild of Armidale’s Graham and Barbara East, ZooWhiz has been heralded as one of Australia’s most innovative children’s education tools.
The program is curriculum centred but aims to ensure that learning is fun, with zoo animals featured throughout.
PLC Armidale infants were dressed in a range of animal costumes and sat front and centre at yesterday’s event, with confetti cannons fired by Mr Windsor and Senator Conroy signaling the official launch.
ZooWhiz ticks a number of boxes for Senator Conroy.
He said the NBN broke down barriers and the tyranny of distance and ZooWhiz was an example of how a grassroots business was able to expand its reach globally.
“It is a standout example of how to revitalise regional Australia,” Senator Conroy said.
“You don’t have to shift to the city for business or university growing
businesses can stay in the regions.”
Armidale software company EdAlive’s managing director, Graham East, said ZooWhiz was an online learning system for children aged five to 15.
“It combines EdAIive software with the power of the internet to deliver learning tools in real-time to children, parents, teachers and schools across Australia and internationally,” he said.
By Gary Fry