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Dr Geetha Venkat, Principal, Geeta High School, Telangana: E-learning will create new ways

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Dr Geetha Venkat

The COVID-19 Coronavirus contagion has led to large scale school closures in India and the rest of the world. While the students have an off from school, few of the respondents are excited to spend this time with friends and family, almost 35% of the students are bored at home during this break.

While numerous schools in the country have tied up with different platforms to offer online learning to students, our school follows the path however and introduces online learning to students and parents seeking assistance for their academic queries. Though, mylstone app which is introduced while taking the books for the academic year. We scheduled the syllabus with the dates for these holidays till 31/3/2020 n shared it in PTA What’s app group.

This platform facilitates an extensive network of peers, parents, teachers, and co-ordinator to empower students with a collaborative, flexible, and comprehensive learning experience. On the back of its value-proposition, especially in the current scenario, such app has emerged as an indispensable learning platform for students in the school, in India n around the globe.

TCS iON Digital Class Room

In the wake of the nation-wide lockdowns, TCS is offering schools and colleges, access to a virtual learning platform, free of cost, so students can continue learning at home through this unprecedented period.

The TCS iON Digital Glass Room is a mobile and web education platform for schools and colleges, that empowers educators to engage with students in real time by sharing lessons, videos, worksheets, assignments and assessments, using interactive methods like polls, debates, quizzes, surveys and many more tools. As an add-on, the platform also provides an embedded live classroom, which simulates live classroom teaching.

TCS iON Digital Glass Room is available to educational institutes of all types, irrespective of the medium of instruction, Board/University affiliation, or size.

Harsh Malhotra who is gearing up for NEET said, “The lockdown obviously affects the preparation, but thanks to digital learning platforms provided by major institutes, the situation is under control.

Free Online Tools to study

Many educational institutions are facing or planning for closures due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus pandemic). In view of this, Google for Education is providing distance learning solutions, training and resources to help them stay connected.

Today Google supports schools around the world by providing G Suite for Education. It’s a free range of productivity tools to enable teaching & learning. These cloud-based tools are currently used by more than 100 million teachers and students. They are using Google Classroom, Gmail, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms and more. Conveniently, these can be used from any device in more than 40 languages.

Additional resources to support learning

Here are some additional resources around our recent effort to support educators and students globally during the outbreak of coronavirus.

Sign up for G Suite for Education :

Schools can sign up for G Suite for Education (for free). They will get access to Gmail, Calendar, Classroom, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Sites, Jamboard and Hangouts Meet, and many more to help with distance learning.

Distance Learning resources: Resource page, series of blog posts, as well as webinar series discuss tips and best practices for distance learning. Google is collecting and sharing additional stories and strategies through Teacher Center and social channels including Twitter and Facebook.

Information on how to send school Chromebooks home for distance learning: As school admins prepare contingency plans, Google comes forward to help. Schools can visit Help Center to quickly and securely prepare their Chromebooks to go home with students. Refer to the article: “How to prepare Chromebooks for e-learning days at home.” at the Help Center.

YouTube Learning Hub: Google has partnered with education-focused content creators on YouTube. They have launched the Learning Hub which is a destination for safe, curriculum-relevant learning content.

Teach From Home: Teach from Home (g.co/teachfromhome) is an initiative to create a hub of information, tips, resources and tools. It helps teachers keep teaching during the school closures.

Dr Geetha Venkat, Principal, Geeta High School, Telangana

 

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