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Sep
22
2014

Telstra Foundation announces $2.4 million in ‘tech for good’ partnerships

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Digital technology has an enormous capacity to deliver social change and community connection – something we get to see more of every day as charities and non-profit organisations embrace ‘tech for good’.

Today, this idea received a $2.4 million boost with the announcement of five new Telstra Foundation community partnerships. While our partners individually tackle different issues, collectively they share a commitment to leverage digital technology to drive social outcomes. This is at the heart of everything we do at the Telstra Foundation. We call it Everyone Connected.

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Sep
19
2014

Big telethon helps little champions in need

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Last night we partnered with the Starlight Children’s Foundation to support the Big Change for Little Champions Telethon, as part of the NRL Footy Show.

Once again we had an overwhelming response from Sydney staff, with 170 volunteers putting their hand up to man the telethon call centre at Liverpool St.

The Telstra call centre was a hub of activity during the Telethon, with six live crosses to the centre plus three pre-show, during The Block and Big Brother.

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Sep
08
2014

The NBN, brought to life in Western Sydney

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Western Sydney has a proud history of art, shown by the popularity of the many arts-focused facilities that call the area home. These include the Blacktown Arts Centre, Penrith Performing and Visual Arts centre and many more.

Going through areas like Blacktown, Penrith and Homebush, I’m always impressed by the area’s commitment to expressing themselves locally, and the diverse culture that exists in the area.

It’s with this in mind, we’re proud to announce the Projections across Western Sydney Campaign. We believe that nothing lights up a home like Telstra on the NBN, and nothing would light up a building like local children’s artwork.

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Sep
08
2014

The NBN, brought to life in Wollongong

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As the Area General Manager for Illawarra, I love going through Wollongong for its vibrant culture and I’ve always been impressed by the area’s commitment to the arts. The Arts Precinct sets the scene for artistic expression in the area, and it’s one of the many attractions that make Wollongong the place it is.

With this strong artistic environment in mind, we’re proud to announce the Projections in Wollongong Campaign, celebrating being connected to the NBN through the artwork of local children. We’re calling on Wollongong’s aspiring young artists to share their vision of “Wollongong’s Brilliant Connected Future” between now and 6 October, 2014, for the chance to have their artwork projected on the back wall of Wollongong Art Gallery (in the Arts Precinct).

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Sep
04
2014

Telstra key provider in 21st century education

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Yesterday was one of my most proud at Telstra. In full collaboration with the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta we developed the connected classroom as part of  “The Delany Connective”. The Delany Connective aims to transform learning and teaching at Delany College, Granville. It focuses on 21st century learning experiences that connect students, teachers and the community.

Just six months in, the transformation has been extraordinary. Students are more engaged – they want to be there! In fact, they often don’t want to leave the classroom at recess or lunch because the way they are learning is so engaging, exciting and relevant.

So how was all this achieved in six short months? Teachers abandoned paper-based, rote learning and teacher-led instruction in favour of a new pedagogical model that focuses on the 4Cs – creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication.

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