World Teacher’s Day, 2017 – Teaching in the Territory Awards

Last month, I had the great privilege of coordinating a live broadcast for the NT Department of Education in conjunction with their World Teacher’s Day Awards Ceremony.

The main ceremony was hosted at Parliament house in Darwin, with remote regions across the Northern Territory hosting their local awards ceremony at the same time.

This format had been the norm for some time, but this year, we were able to bring all of the regions together for the first time – thanks to Zoom.

An entire state: connected

As well as being able to watch the Education Minister’s address in Darwin, the remote regions of Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, and Katherine could see and celebrate their peers across the Territory take out their state awards.

And for a bit of added excitement – go ‘head to head’ against their fellow nominated colleagues: ‘Oscars-style’.

The addition of the Zoom live broadcast of the event came almost at the 11th hour – a “would be nice if this was possible” – that we knew was only possible at this scope with Zoom.

Using only self-supplied laptops, WiFi (or 4G connections at some venues), and the Zoom Webinars platform – we were able to bring all these regions together, without special equipment or technical staff at the far ends.

Our focus as preferred APAC Zoom Integration Partners isn’t the coordination of regional events, but it was an absolute honour to play a part in connecting the remote regions, and making my home state of the Northern Territory (all 1.4M square kilometres of it) connected.

Congratulations to all nominated teachers, support staff, principals, and faculty, as well as all of those who assisted on the ground to bring this night together.

Looking forward to the World Teacher’s Day NT awards ceremony in 2018!

Rob Di Toro

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