Quotes from the day

  • Senator the Honourable Stephen Conroy, Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
    • ZooWhiz! – Absolutely fantastic. It’s about fun and learning online, it’s about a journey of discovery that flows between school and home. ZooWhiz is a great programme that challenges the traditional divide between school-work and home-work. It represents the new face of learning!
    • It’s inspiring to see ZooWhiz.com building a global business which will take full advantage of the opportunities available!
  • Mr Tony Windsor MP, Federal Member for New England
    • I’d like to congratulate ZooWhiz for embracing the technology of tomorrow, today. It’s a unique programme they have put together. It demonstrates that innovative local businesses will be able to use the NBN to reach new customers, no matter where they live around the globe.
  • Honourable Richard Torbay MLA, Member for the Northern Tablelands
    • “With their innovative approach Graham and Barbara East have made a significant contribution to the development of educational software since 1987,” Mr Torbay said. “What’s more they have become leaders in their field, operating from a regional location. They are great innovators and this latest venture is another example of their ability to harness the latest technology as a potent learning tool. ZooWhiz is a natural extension of their operation and will contribute to the quality of  online learning material available to schools,  parents and young people. It’s great to see a sophisticated and advanced system developed in our region.”
  • Mayor Mr Peter Ducat
    • I congratulate Graham and Barb East for the work they have done in initiating ZooWhiz, a project that combines the benefits of Internet with the opportunity to engage young people and get them learning while having fun and exploring new boundaries in communication.
  • Dr Jim Maher, Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Science University of New England
    • “ZooWhiz challenges children to think and not just rote learn. It is at the cutting edge of educational technology and pedagogy.”
  • Mr Philip Jones, Director of School Education New England Area
    • ‘ZooWhiz is a locally developed interactive learning tool. I particularly commend the learning relationship it enhances between home and school’.
  • Dr Jane O’Sullivan, Senior Lecturer School of Arts UNE
    • It was great to see students actively engaged in exercising and extending their literacy and numeracy skills whilst at the same time being introduced to some of the characteristics of animals, their natural habitats and situation in terms of threatened extinction.
  • Deborah Kelliher, Head of School PLC Armidale
    • ” The students love Zoowhiz. They are so engaged with the programme they forget they are actually learning. The learning comes naturally – what better way to learn?”
  • Melissa Watters, Head of Junior School PLC Armidale
    • “ZooWhiz is a highly engaging, interactive resource. The online activities consolidate and support classroom work and the students are hooked!”
  • Amy Walsh, PLC Year 6 Teacher
    • “ZooWhiz is a fun and inspiring programme that caters for the individual learning needs of each child”
  • Mr Graham East, Managing Director EdAlive
    • ZooWhiz embodies so much of what I have learnt in 12 years of classroom teaching and now 25 years of working with educational software and publishing. There is nothing like it anywhere else that I am aware of. It has been a joy to work with the EdAlive team to create this outstanding online learning system. I look forward to it getting better and more powerful as we continue to add to the initial launch.
  • Mrs Barbara East, Director EdAlive
    • It’s a real privilege to be able to use technology to create an exciting, innovative, curriculum-based, online learning programme that assists children to reach their full learning potential. At the same time ZooWhiz deepens kids’ knowledge and love of animals in an engaging and exciting online environment.
  • PLC Kids
    • “Zoowhiz is fun, I like to buy all the animals.” PLC Year 4 child
    • “I can play it without Mum and Dad helping because I can get it to read to me.” PLC Year 4 child
    • “I like how ZooWhiz has Maths and English. I love being able to work on a computer and it’s fun to learn.” PLC Year 4 child
    • “I think it is fun because you get to play on the computer but you are still learning at the same time.” PLC Year 4 child
    • “I like that you get to buy animals after doing maths.” Jorja, PLC Year 1 child
    • “I like that you get to buy a unicorn” Mikaela, PLC Year 1 child
    • “I like that you can change the zookeeper.” Laura, PLC Year 1 child
    • ” Choosing animals and doing activities is cool and fun.” Charly, PLC Year 1 child
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