In this article, we’re going to discuss on how to use internet and technology to continue teaching in pandemic.
Educational videos and digital tools are found in homes to maintain the effort to learn, a challenge that marks notable social differences among the poorest households and has forced schools to accelerate “teleworking“
Alejandro is only six years old, but his teacher has sent him a series of tasks to do at home. The confinement to reduce the curve of those infected by the Covid-19 coronavirus was going for fifteen days, but the crisis has spread and the uncertainty that surrounds citizens is maximum. Until when can a student paralyze their classes?
The coronavirus is also putting the art of teaching to the test. Technology and the internet, these days, is the perfect ally, but at the same time it has shown a deep social gap: more affluent families have the necessary tools to continue “learning” , even virtually. And educational centers came prepared with digital services, platforms and intranets to facilitate studies for their students.
Half of the world’s students cannot attend school or university due to the coronavirus pandemic, representing 850 million students, a figure that has doubled in four days. In the US, whose rulers are now implementing lockdown measures , they have begun to implement remote learning on an unprecedented scale. Teachers from all schools have started looking at educational technology as they grapple with the limitations of internet access in some homes.
Free Tools To Learn
Tech companies have started helping your way; opening its educational tools to everyone. The goal is that no one is left behind. Other free services such as the Drive office suite, developed by Google , are quite useful to complete the tasks required in class.
But most of all, it has a fantastic ecosystem, G Suite for Education , a suite of tools designed to enable educators and students to innovate and learn. The internet giant also has another platform, Classroom , which allows students and teachers to communicate and organize themselves in daily tasks.
The education business is sublime, so the well-known search engine, which is one of the main providers in the US market, has wanted to “evangelize” the digital classroom through a suite of tools aimed at teachers to adapt education to distance. Baptized as ” Teach from home ” (“to educate at home” in Spanish) it gives advice to address educational needs in these strange times.
Through an Educamos platform, which is linked to Microsoft services, teachers send assignments to their students. Thus, the use of the Skype video conferencing application, collaborative classrooms with Microsoft Teams or the use of a digital notebook with OneNote have become the survival kit for thousands of students. Even TikTok, the global phenomenon of short videos, has activated a “livestream” campaign with the creators of the platform in order to strengthen their relationship with the community by sharing their talents and skills with them during these days.
Faced with the challenge of not stopping learning, many digital platforms have turned to children of all ages. Educlan , a TVE service, includes audiovisual content for ages between 3 and 10, coordinated by the Ministry of Education with the help of educational publishers. The idea is to stay connected to the classroom, although in a different way. Similarly, YouTube has brought together educational videos designed for all ages from a remote teaching service that works even with a basic mobile phone.
Without a pre-crisis containment plan, many centers have been caught off guard when approaching classes. Teachers, on their own, seek the tricks to continue providing knowledge. And in that sense, other services like Firefly, from Amazon, also want their space. The tool has resources for teachers, students, and parents to plan lessons, share educational content, and manage a group of students.
“A class implies that the teacher must have some control over the students and therefore the student cannot interrupt by speaking whenever he wants, or he cannot invite outsiders to the class”.