There has been much fanfare about technology coming to the rescue when the pandemic hit earlier this year, and schools around the world were forced to close, or reduce activities to the minimum. Almost overnight, students and teachers were thrust online, with educators scrambling to develop virtual schedules, rethink assessment, and determine how best to mitigate learning loss during this challenging time.
The empowerment of distance learning happens through livestreaming. It is the most significant - and least utilized - tool in a teacher’s virtual learning toolbox, and is ideal for remote learning during the pandemic.
If you want to use music, sound effects and visual adventures to help young pupils learn their letters, then you need to know about globetrotting Swiss musician / novelist Roland Zoss and his app ABC Dino - a resource which has already seen huge popularity in continental Europe.
What a year it’s been – our lives have been turned upside down and spun around. We cannot help but worry for learners around the world. With lockdowns (yes, plural), school closures (although they never really ‘closed’, did they?) and constant change, 2020 can certainly be described as challenging. But, despite this, we absolutely do not want learners’ education to suffer – and we are pretty sure you feel the same.
Education company EVERFI has launched four free digital courses in the UK, with more to come in the months ahead. All courses are linked to national curricula and have already achieved huge success in the US, with 2.8 million students having completed an EVERFI course in the last year alone.
Teaching and learning to code can be a daunting prospect for many, and transitioning from block coding to text-based coding can often be a barrier to learning coding languages like Python. Python in Pieces aims to bridge that gap and has been designed to seamlessly transition students from block code, commonly used at Primary school, to the text-based coding that is required at Secondary school level and beyond.