El 48 A Disruptive Virtual Reality Experience Gives Vivid New Life to Crucial History

El 48, an interactive VR experience, recreates the moment Costa Rica’s President, José
Figueres Ferrer struck the wall of the Cuartel Bellavista.

WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES, December 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Spark Media has just unveiled El 48, a museum experience like no other. In an event billed as “una experiencia para revivir la historia” (an experience to relive history) Costa Rican museum-goers are taking their first-ever leap into a fully immersive, 360 virtual reality experience. Using state-of-the art Oculus Quest 2 head-mounted displays, viewers can interactively navigate simulated environments where they freely peruse and virtually move toward a dramatic historical climax, crafting their own unique experience along the way. With realistic character animations and game mechanics, users are transported across seven decades to a mid 20th-century present that finds President José Figueres Ferrer moments away from his fateful sledgehammer strike on the stone walls of the country’s largest military fortress.

Spark’s virtual reality exhibit is a first in Costa Rica, making El 48 a historical event in its own right. El 48 premiers December 1st at the National Museum, formerly known as the Cuartel Bellavista. The VR experience is the brainchild of Andrea Kalin, founder and creative director of Spark Media. In 2016 Kalin wrote, produced, and directed the award-winning feature documentary, First Lady of the Revolution, the remarkable story of Henrietta Boggs, a young Southern woman who fell in love with a foreign land and the man destined to transform its identity. Her marriage to Jose ‘Don Pepe’ Figueres Ferrer in 1941 led to a decade-long journey through activism, exile, political upheaval and, ultimately lasting progressive reforms.
Kalin describes the vision behind her latest project: "In El 48, Don Pepe's avatar turns to offer that famous hammer to the user and declares, ‘It's your turn.’ Our goal is to encourage more and more people to take their turn, to break down the walls that separate us. No other medium allows for such a visceral experience and conveys this transcendent story more richly to a new generation.”

El 48 and First Lady of the Revolution Producer, James Mirabello adds:
“To understand that momentous event on December 1st 1948, we need to actually put ourselves in the moment. That is the true educational value of virtual reality”

El 48 is an international and historic project that has received the "Evento Esencial Costa Rica" seal of approval from the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Agency. The goal of this groundbreaking VR experience is to broaden project participation to international festivals, interactive virtual reality meetings, educational settings and, of course, virtual social spaces where everyone can experience and be inspired.

Exhibiting in virtual reality: A timely first for Costa Rica
El 48 will be the first VR exhibit in any Costa Rican museum, and the first anywhere that explores one of the most impactful moments in the country’s history which continues to inspire the world.

Rocio Fernandez, the General Director of the country’s National Museum explains "Offering innovative educational experiences is always a challenge for museums. EL 48 is an innovative way to appreciate one of the most significant historic events in the democratic history of Latin America.”
In COVID times, safety of the experience is paramount. The Oculus Quest VR equipment will be sterilized by a UV-light disinfection chamber, newly designed by Plasma Innova for decontaminating N95 masks. The UV-light chamber deeply and quickly disinfects without using chemicals, damaging surfaces or affecting electronic components.

A fusion of U.S. and Costa Rican talent
Spark Media produced El 48 in association with the Costa Rican studio UXR Tech and prominent Costa Rican journalist Glenda Umaña, assembling a leading-edge production team that combined VR and 360 technology with artistry and narrative filmmaking.

Reinaldo Venegas, general manager of UXR Tech shares that, "El 48 represents a new standard. It has been an honor for my team to contribute 100% Costa Rican talent in the creation, production and logistics.”

Umaña highlights that “When Andrea Kalin asked me to be part of this extraordinary project, I was really excited. It is an innovative and intimate way for all generations, both in our country and abroad, to experience that dramatic moment when the army was abolished.”

“All are invited to enjoy the journey.” Kalin concludes, “Now more than ever we need vision, tenacity and perseverance."
The El 48 experience is free and open to the general public at the National Museum of Costa Rica this December and in January 2021. In Spring 2021, it will tour internationally and will be made available on a broad spectrum of VR and 360 video platforms.

About Spark Media
Andrea Kalin is an accomplished filmmaker, creative thinker, ​digital innovator and founder of Spark Media, an award-winning production company that specializes in producing documentaries and digital media projects that impact social change. Under Kalin’s helm, Spark Media has garnered over 100 industry awards for its productions, including a Prime Time Emmy and Golden Globe and WGA nominations. Spark's seasoned team has developed educational games, mobile apps, interactive websites, and has recently received a series of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to develop Search for Harmony, an educational game fusing history, classical music composition and forgotten musical prodigies of color.

Spark Media's documentary, First Lady of the Revolution, the inspiration for El 48, was broadcast as part of PBS’ Reel South series and aired on PBS’ World Channel. Each month PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and nearly 33 million online. The documentary also enjoyed a theatrical run on commercial screens in Costa Rica and Mexico. The film garnered ten documentary awards on the film festival circuit including Best Documentary and Audience Choice awards. First Lady of the Revolution, is also the centerpiece of a groundbreaking agreement among Spark Media, the Costa Rican Ministry of Culture and the Centro de Cine, allowing the film to be enjoyed at embassies and consulates around the world to celebrate the abolishment of Costa Rica’s standing army. To date, the film has been screened over 25 times in 22 different countries and has been translated into 10 languages.


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Shore Buddies, best known for its innovative plush and gift line created using only recycled plastic, continues to give back beyond Giving Tuesday and supports ocean clean up through early education, activism and non-profit support all year long.

Early Education & Activism Is Key!

SAN DIEGO, CA, UNITED STATES, December 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — San Diego, CA December 1, 2020 – Shore Buddies, a Toy of the Year (T.O.T.Y) finalist best known for its innovative plush and gift line created using only recycled plastic, continues to give back beyond Giving Tuesday and supports ocean clean up through early education, activism and non-profit support all year long!

Malte Niebelschuetz, founder and CEO of Shore Buddies says, “Ocean plastic pollution is threatening the health of our oceans, our beaches and our wonderful marine life. We cannot continue to ignore this growing global concern. That’s why I started Shore Buddies, as a way to teach our children about the dangers of single use plastic and provide a great example of how a company can be responsible.”

Shore Buddies launched in 2015 with its award-winning plush line created using only recycled plastic.  The bottles are collected and sorted by recyclable collectors before cleaned and shredded into plastic flakes. Some of these flakes are used for the Shore Buddies' stuffing, others get melted and turned into polyester yarn for the soft outside. It takes six plastic bottles to create one plush animal. The collection includes a fun array of huggable characters that also features fun, authentic animal sounds when pressed. Children can select from fun characters such as Stephen Seagull, Shelly the Sea Turtle and Finn the Dolphin and more.

To help further educate our children about Marine life and the importance of recycling, Niebelschuetz recently released Shore Buddies and the Plastic Ocean Book.  The story follows five friends that are giving marine life a voice in fighting ocean plastic pollution. Additionally, with the Shore Buddies footprint calculator, consumers can quickly and easily discover their carbon footprint in just minutes. The footprint calculator can be found on www.ShoreBuddies.com.

“While education is vital, we also have made it a priority work with various non-profit organizations that support marine life and ocean clean up. That’s why one dollar from every Shore Buddies purchase goes to these important charities,” Niebelschuetz concludes.

To date, Shore Buddies has saved more than 500,000 plastic bottles from entering our oceans and instead used to create the soft, plush animal friends. Each Shore Buddies also tackles a different plastic pollution issue. Finn the Dolphin advocates against using single use plastic straws, while Sammy the Seal reminds you to bring your reusable bag when grocery shopping.

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Shore Buddies is an innovative company whose mission is to save marine life and keep plastics out of the oceans. Developed by serial entrepreneur, Malte Niebelschuetz, the company has used 500,000 plastic bottles to develop its innovative plush and gift line. To further their mission, Shore Buddies supports non-profits that give back to ocean clean up, early childhood education and activism.

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Australian A4L Community announce 2020-2021 leadership

Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community

Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community

We are very pleased to have strong industry leadership in the A4L AU Community as we accelerate the development of an effective and safe digital learning ecosystem for Australian schools”

— Dave Burns, Chair – A4L Community AU Management Board

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES, December 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community in Australia is proud to announce the AU Management and AU Technical Boards for 2020-2021. The Management Board brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in education, data management, technology and business acumen. The Board will oversee management of the SIF Specification and guide development of the A4L Community in Australia as well as contribute to the development of strategies for the global Community.

The following supplier members will join representatives from State and Territory Departments of Education and non-government school bodies on the A4L AU Management Board during 2020-2021:
• Liam Pearce, Timetabling Solutions
• Rick Sharp, Education Horizons Group

The AU Community also elected supplier representatives for the AU Technical Board (known as the Data Standards Working Group (DSWG)), who provide technical oversight for the SIF Implementation Specification (Australia). The 2020-2021 supplier representatives are:
• Joerg Huber, Systemic Pty Ltd
• James Hamilton, Sentral
• David Jones, Semaphore Consulting Pty Ltd
• Mark Vanderkley, SIMON Schools
• James Overell, Education Horizons Group

Dave Burns, Chair of the A4L Community AU Management Board and Executive Director, Digital Solutions, at the Department of Education in Queensland commented that “We are very pleased to have strong industry leadership in the A4L AU Community as we accelerate the development of an effective and safe digital learning ecosystem for Australian schools. Collaboration between school systems and industry has never been more important as we meet the demand for data driven personalised learning within a digital classroom, and future schooling in a post-COVID world”.

About the Access 4 Learning Community
The Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, and its special interest group the Student Data Privacy Consortium (SDPC), is a unique, non-profit collaboration composed of schools, districts, local authorities, states, US and International Ministries of Education, software vendors and consultants. The Community is “Powered by SIF” as its major technical tool to help manage learning data simply, securely and in a scalable, standard way regardless of platform. The SDPC is designed to address the day-to-day, real-world multi- faceted issues faced when protecting learner information by setting common expectations between market providers and end users. The A4L Community has united these education technology end users and providers in an unprecedented effort “connect and secure effective learning ecosystems” to give teachers more time to do what they do best: teach. For further information, visit https://www.A4L.org and https://privacy.A4L.org

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Meet Jon Eno

Leveraging His Knowledge & Industry Know-How to Support emuso/Studio’s growth

Having trialed emuso/Studio and met the MusicIncite team, Hot House Music are now looking at introducing emuso/Studio into our teaching methods and I am really happy to be involved.”

— Jon Eno

SURREY, LONDON, UK, December 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Jon Eno joins the Board of Advisors to help support the launch and growth of emuso/Studio, Music’s Ultimate Help System! Emuso provides the user the ability to learn, practice, and explore music in the areas of melody, harmony, and rhythm, and develop aural recognition, improvisation skills, technique, and musical vocabulary. By taking full advantage of current technologies, it shifts the paradigm from traditional music education to natural learning based on music psychology findings. Giving everyone an equal opportunity to join the global conversation that is music.

Jon Eno, commented, “Having trialed emuso/Studio and met the MusicIncite team, Hot House Music are now looking at introducing emuso/Studio into our teaching methods and I am really happy to be involved in the launch and further developments down the road. I see a true partnership forming allowing us to leverage this new technology for the betterment of musical education for students, ours and elsewhere. It’s the evolution of music education from traditional to tech-based natural learning. I look forward to be part of the Board of Advisors as well as supporting their marketing channels and events in the future.”

Jerry Kramskoy, Inventor and Founder, of emuso/Studio has this to say, “We are extremely happy to have Jon Eno, join us, on our Board of Advisors. His knowledge and network bring invaluable resources and support. His 20+ years of experience and expertise provide a wealth of advice to draw on for our launch of emuso/Studio and our additional road-map of products. Jon has been incredibly supportive and has also agreed to join our Ambassador Program, speaking engagements, and marketing events. We could not ask for a better friend and colleague for emuso/Studio!”

If you would like to subscribe for a copy of emuso/Studio please visit our website at https://emuso.buzz/subscription-plans, we have monthly, semi-annual and annual plans, and here is a special discount code for 10% off, thanks to Jon Eno, to the already low introductory price (COMM20).


Jon Eno, (45) comes from a family of musicians and educators that includes Brian & Roger Eno (U2 & Roxy Music, David Bowie). Originally from Ripley (Derbyshire), he is now based out of Brittany in France with frequent travel to the U.K. to work with both his company, HHMUSIC LLP (Hot House Music Schools), and as an education expert on a wide variety of boards. As someone who grew up when all “music education was free”, Jon values the support and opportunities he received during his formative years and subsequently uses them as a motivator for working regularly with both public and private sectors including a number of not-for-profit organisations and charities.

As an alumnus of Huddersfield University, Leeds College of Music, Anglia Ruskin University, and the University of Derby, Jon wholeheartedly believes in the power of education to positively change lives and currently dedicates all of his efforts within his role as CEO for the International Award Winning, Hot House Music Schools.

In 2020, Jon was awarded both the exclusive British Empire Medal (Civil Division) for outstanding services to music education and the APPGJAG Parliamentary Jazz Education Award.

Jon is a passionate advocate for equality, kindness, safe-guarding and young people. You can connect with him through his LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-eno-bem-464a895a/

Jon Eno Testimonial


MusicIncite, Ltd., was founded in 2013, with the vision to empower musical development for all interested in western-culture music and to nurture musical progress in improvisation and composition around the world. We believe everyone should be equipped to join in the global music conversation without paying a fortune. Our flagship music software platform is designed for musicians of all levels who want a fast, effective, and transparent way to learn, reference, explore and practice music. Emuso/Studio™ can be used stand-alone or as a complementary adjunct to traditional music education that employs music notation. It empowers users to see, hear, and play on-instrument even when their notation-reading skills and instrument knowledge are undeveloped. The way we naturally learn has guided the innovations in media synchronization and the UX and lesson content design. For more information visit: https://emuso.buzz.

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CODEIT Institute of Technology Bags Candidacy Status from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

Accelerating Education for the Disenfranchised.


NEWARK, NEW JERSEY, UNITED STATES, December 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — CODEIT Institute of Technology has taken another giant step in pursuing their aim of training and developing underserved individuals to remove them from a cycle of poverty with their recent acceptance for candidacy into the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. On November 18, 2020, the President of MSA-CESS extended candidacy credentials to CODEIT Institute of Technology (CIT). This recent achievement will help CODEIT Institute of Technology reach more individuals, and provide various financial assistance to underemployed, unemployed, low-income earners, and women.

It has become imperative for individuals to acquire the skillsets to make them employable as technology takes over the business world. Unfortunately, the training required to develop these skillsets is not readily available to tons of low-income, unemployed, underemployed persons, and other underrepresented individuals. However, Da’shone Hughey and his team at CODEIT Institute of Technology (CIT) are poised to change this narrative by reaching these individuals and giving them high-level technology training.

CIT offers high-level software development training to equip otherwise vulnerable individuals with the knowledge to participate in a technology-driven workforce and to become the world’s future innovators. The recent acceptance for candidacy by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools is one of the institute's several achievements over the past 3 years.

“This is exciting, said Dashawn Lyons, a Newark resident, a graduate of CIT, and an employee at CIT. To see this happening in my hometown is amazing.” Chief Executive Officer Da’shone Hughey also shared Lyons's excitement. “Three years ago, we laid out a plan to become the first technology-centric HBCU type institute in the Tri-State. This is our third year, and we have met every milestone that we set. We still have a long way to go, but the team that has been assembled has done an excellent job of making sure we stay on track. The credit goes to them, said Hughey.”

The programs offered by CIT include Master’s in Data Analytics and Machine Learning, Python AWS Cloud Software Engineering, Python Blockchain Engineering, Ethereum Engineering, and a Masters in AWS Cloud Solutions. CODEIT Institute of Technology (CIT) provides an alternative to college while helping students enjoy the benefits of graduating from a Nationally Recognized U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship program and obtaining globally recognized and highly sought-after AWS Certifications.

The institute currently stands as the first and only Nationally Recognized U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program in New Jersey specializing in Software Engineering. It is also only one of two entities in New Jersey to be designated an AWS Amazon Academy Institution.

For more information about CODEIT Institute of Technology (CIT) and their range of training programs, please visit – www.citinstitute.tech. The institute can also be found across social media, including, Instagram and Facebook.

About CODEIT Institute of Technology

CODEIT Institute of Technology was founded as an institution to train and develop individuals who are least likely to be involved at the highest technology level. The institution provides them with the skill sets and knowledge to empower them and enable them to participate in a technology-driven workforce and to become the world's future innovators while creating generational wealth for themselves and their families.

John Henry
CODEIT Institute of Technology
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Age Safe® America Salutes TruBlue Total House Care® for Earning the 100% Commitment Award

Senior Home Safety Specialist™ - 100% Commitment Award

100% Commitment Award

This coveted award is only given to organizations that have demonstrated a system-wide commitment to obtaining the Senior Home Safety Specialist™ certification.

"The Senior Home Safety Specialist™ designation is a valuable differentiator, proven revenue generator, and a doorway to the $7 Trillion Longevity Economy",”

— Steven A. Bailey, Founder/Managing Director Age Safe America, LLC

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, USA, December 1, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ — Accidental falls among the elderly have become epidemic in America. Every 11 seconds an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. Most falls happen in and around the home, resulting in injury, long-term disability and premature loss of independence. The Senior Home Safety Specialist™ course empowers professionals with actionable ways to better help educate clients, older adults and their family members on the serious issues of home safety, fall prevention, crime prevention, financial exploitation and personal safety.

Age Safe® America is pleased to present their highest award for participation to the TruBlue Total House Care® franchise. And as part of their ongoing commitment, all new franchisees will be required to complete the Age Safe® America, Senior Home Safety Specialist™ training and certification as part of their onboarding training. Now TruBlue franchisees will not only be able to perform a comprehensive home safety assessment, but also be able complete the necessary modifications to ensure that homeowners remain safe and confident in their homes.

Aging is a natural part of life. As we grow older, we start to lose strength and mobility. Tasks that were once easy become increasingly more difficult. It’s important that a home is accommodating of these changes. TruBlue provides peace of mind for seniors and their families knowing that their loved ones and their homes are being cared for. "Whether it is assessing a home for aging-in-in-place modifications, handyman services, yardwork, cleaning or just light choirs, families don’t have to worry about their loved ones doing too much or living in an unsafe environment,” said TruBlue President Sean Fitzgerald.

Over the last few months Age Safe America has seen an increase in organizations and franchise networks joining their Preferred Partner program and moving towards obtaining the 100% Commitment Award. The two main drivers are showing clients and prospective clients their team is committed to senior home safety, and gaining a differentiator in the marketplace. And as a trusted 3rd party, referrals from the Age Safe® Services Registry helps to build consumer confidence, validate credibility and position providers in a consultative selling position. "The Senior Home Safety Specialist™ designation is a valuable differentiator, proven revenue generator, and a doorway to the $7 Trillion Longevity Economy", says Steven Bailey, Founder/Managing Director of Age Safe America, LLC.

About Age Safe America, LLC
Age Safe® America is a national membership, training and advocacy organization. Since 2015 they have trained professionals throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. They have trained OT's, PT’s, MD’s, RN’s, Care Managers, Social Workers, First Responders, Mobility Professionals, Home Care Agencies, Contractors, Remodelers, Home Inspectors, Handyman Services, Entrepreneurs, Executives, Realtors, Assisted Living Communities, Non-Profit and Fortune 100 Companies. They provide training, consulting, certifications, product reviews, tools, resources and support to businesses and organizations providing products and services to seniors and their adult children. To learn more about the Senior Home Safety Specialist™ course visit: https://agesafeamerica.com/certifications/

About TruBlue Total House Care
TruBlue Total House Care® provides one convenient and affordable solution for all your house care needs inside and out. TruBlue's services include house cleaning, household repairs, yard work, emergency repairs and seasonal work, all handled by a personal House Care Manager. These affordable services are available year-round and customized to meet your needs and budget. TruBlue strives to provide affordable, worry-free living for seniors and hassle-free living for busy adults with the goal of eliminating the worries, hassles and headaches of home maintenance by providing full-service, trustworthy house care services to fit any budget. Visit http://www.trubluehousecare.com/

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