As the Coronavirus spreads and the impact on our lives and our schooling is affected.
We could see this as an opportunity to truly change the way we see and do schooling and education.
Working from home, as parents and children may be at home together. Allows for an opportunity to take time to engage, and learn from each other.
As schools, we could be trying different ways of collaborating and engaging with our learners, and not losing teaching time.
Encouraging learners to take ownership of their learning. Developing responsibility for their own learning
Coping with managing their own time. Increasing their digital skills, using online resources to learn, engage, interact and participate.
As schools we need to ensure all learners have the same, equal opportunities to access these digital resources, so as to ensure that the digital divide does not widen.
Have you worked through logistics and implications?
3p learning has a checklist to consider when closing your school.
Both for preparing parents and learners, see the link here: School Closure checklist
Online Internet safety
Let’s begin by ensuring our learners are safe online, encourage learners to play, watch or participate in the following internet safety resources
Source: Being Safe on the Internet by Amaze.org (Jun 22, 2017)
Source: 5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids by Common Sense Media (Feb 2, 2016)
Google - Be Internet Legends
Learners play the game, learning about being safe and confident explorers of the online, digital world. Learn more about the game here.
Go to the Be Internet Legends online game link here.
The Teacher-led activities from the Australian government, using animated videos to introduce primary school students to key online safety issues including cyberbullying, protecting personal information and sharing images. Here is the link to the cybersmart challenge classroom resources
Incorporating online safety is vital to helping learners become safe and responsible users of technologies, especially if they are taught how to manage, rather than avoid, risks online. Two interactive games are here to be explored, for younger grades “Digital Passport” and for older grades “Digital compass”.
Introduce grades 3–5 learners to Digital Passport™ by Common Sense Education. The six interactive games addresses key issues learners face in today's digital world (Password Protect, Twalkers, Share jumper, E-volve, Search Shark, Mix-n-mash). Each game teaches critical digital citizenship skills that help students learn to use technology responsibly to learn, create, and participate. Share games to Google classroom. Link to games
Introduce grades 6–8 learners to Digital Compass™ by Common Sense Education. Learners are given the freedom to explore how decisions made in their digital lives, and the affect their decisions have on relationships and futures, as they play the choose-your-own-path games, and see the perspective of one of eight main characters, each of whom is facing a different digital citizenship dilemma. The varied story paths and multiple decision points encourage students to play repeatedly in order to explore alternative courses of action
Below is a list of resources that could assist you as teachers, your learners and even parents, in the complex difficult time. The resources include video conferencing, online platforms, resources to create interactive presentations, multi-subject resources, language resources incorporating all 11 South African languages, Maths, STEM and interactive response resources.
Video Conferencing For Face-to-Face Online Learning
Google Hangouts Meet
Hangouts Meet, is a video and audio conferencing call platform, either from the web
and as an application on a mobile device. Hangouts Meet hardware connects any meeting room or space into a video meeting with a single click via your phone, tablet or computer. Simple to use and designed for deploying at scale. Hangout meet can also be accessed via a calendar meeting request, where the “add conferencing” section is opened and added.
Google is providing all existing customers free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities. This allows for larger meetings (up to 250 participants), live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers, and the ability to record meetings and save them in Drive.
Resource link: Extending Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020
Link - Enabling hangouts meet premium features
Link - Helping schools and business stay connected in response to coronavirus
Link - Hangouts meet training
Zoom is a video conferencing platform that allows for both video and audio conferencing. For learners who don’t have access to computers at home, but do have a phone or they could use a parent's, they can call in to join the meeting. Zoom’s free license allows you to have an unlimited number of video meetings that up to 100 learners can join. There is also a chat feature that would allow your learners to ask you questions while you are presenting.
Link about resource: Forbes - Zoom CEO Eric Yuan Is Giving K-12 Schools His Videoconferencing Tools For Free
Service Offered: Zoom commitment to support during the coronavirus outbreak
Resource Link: Visit Zoom’s website and register for a free account
Online Platforms To Use Even When Engaging At A Distance
Google for Education - G Suite
G Suite for Education allows educators to facilitate learning, keep track of tasks, and create opportunities for critical thinking.
Combining collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and online learning, using Google Classroom and the other G Suite tools.
Explore the video enabling Distance Learning with G Suite and Chrome
Register your school: G Suite for Education (always free)
Google Classroom, part of the G Suite applications for education.
Google Classroom, explore information
In the classwork section, you add the lessons announcements, lesson resources and assignments. Information can be added such as Google productivity suite documents, links, files or YouTube videos, and / or images and links.
Assessment can be built into the assignment
In the Google Classroom Stream section students can post comments and ask questions. It allows the educator to communicate to all or select individual students. It is similar to a chatroom
Purple Mash contains thousands of opportunities to inspire creativity and developing
digital skills, for learning in the form of open ended tools (publishing, story creation, game design), spelling & grammar (complete spelling scheme, set weekly spelling quizzes, grammar games), math (math-based tools and resources), and cross-curricular project work (themed writing templates, slide shows, stories, quizzes). You will receive unlimited pupil logins on a cloud-based platform that can be accessed anytime.
Serial Mash gives you access to over 100 books in the ever-growing library that you can adjust the text size, background color, and font to make reading easier.
Service Offered: Full Access to Purple Mash and Serial Mash for the duration of your closure. 2Simple – Purple Mash
Resource access: Fill out the form on their sign-up page to receive access.
A range of digital resources to be used across all subjects and all Grade Gr R - 9. Teachers customise resources to suit the learning.
To support schools affected by closures, we’re making Purple Mash & Serial Mash freely accessible during this time. 2Simple are offering free access to both Purple Mash and Serial Mash for the duration of your closure.
Also a Purple Mash School Closure Pack to download for additional information.
Purple Mash School closure pack link
Link to blog: Using Purple Mash when school is closed
Flipgrid is a social learning communications platform.
Educators create grids, which are the meeting place for your class, and then discuss
the topics you have uploaded. Learners share their ideas, stories, and work by recording short videos based on the assigned topics and share them within the app. If you have never used flipgrid, here is a getting started link
Resource link: Visit Flipgrid signup and register for your educator’s account.
Edmodo helps teachers manage, communicate and engage with their learners and parents
Edmodo distance learning toolkit
Edmodo teacher signup
Kami is a remote learning platform that integrates with Google Classroom, Schoology, and Canvas. Providing interactive tools
(such as the ability to provide text, voice, or video feedback to your learners), real-time interventions, in-app assignment submission, and a built-in grading feature.
Kami can even be used offline! Once a file has been opened you can work on it knowing that Kami will save your pending changes and upload them once you are back online. PDF & document annotation app for schools.
Resource link: School-wide license activated until April 30th (with the option to extend as long as your school is closed)
Resource access: Send an email to email@example.com to sign up.
Platforms to Create Interactive Presentations
Explain Everything is offering extended free access to Explain Everything Whiteboard. interactive whiteboard platform
This virtual tool can be utilized for online scenarios by helping you create explanation videos. Within the platform you get infinite space to create, annotation tools to mark everything you have put on your canvas (including videos), all-in-one recording and editing features.
Service Offered: Extended Free Access to Explain Everything Whiteboard
Resource access: Fill out this form on the website.
Nearpod is an online platform that allows you to create interactive lessons. You can import existing lessons, add virtual field trips, create quizzes and polls, and use
matching pairs activities. Nearpod features is also a Google Slides add-on. As the teacher, you can synchronize and control the lessons across all learner devices, evaluate learner responses (individually or as a class), generate post-session reports, and even create game-based learning opportunities for your learners!
Service Offered: Free Access to Nearpod
Resource access: Fill out the form on the website by clicking the ‘Request Support’ button in the middle of the page.
Join one of the weekly, live webinars specifically focused on helping you prepare for home-based learning, by clicking on “see schedule”
Edpuzzle is a platform that allows any video to be made interactive. As the teacher, you can track if your learners are watching the videos you assign and how many times they’ve watched it. You can add voice narration and questions to any video (you can use videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Crash Course, and more). You can record your own video and upload it.
Services Offered see information in link
Resource access: only one teacher per school needs to complete the form.
If you don’t have an Edpuzzle account:
Go to https://edpuzzle.com/ and sign up as a teacher.
Select your school.
Verify your email address.
If you already have an Edpuzzle account:
Fill out this form using the same email address associated with your Edpuzzle account: https://go.Edpuzzle.com/covid-pro.html
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Create an Edupuzzle account here and then fill out this form (or just fill out the form if you already have an account!)
Pear Deck was founded by educators as a Google Slides add-on create interactive