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Online/virtual learning due to Corona

Discussion in 'Welcome lounge and forum help' started by nconnolly, Mar 23, 2020.

  1. nconnolly

    nconnolly New commenter

    Hi all,

    just wondering if anybody has any experience with the the above. As a School we need to get something up and running after Easter, when Schools will still be closed, as a way of still providing quality education- as we are a fee paying prep school.

    I have just come across ‘zoom’, looks like it could be used to hold a classroom meeting/chat.
    How easy is it to make videos eg of short Science demonstration and where would be the post place to post it?
    What online platforms would be good for a small school, approx 100 children.

    I would really appreciate any thoughts/advice.

    Many thanks
  2. sparks

    sparks New commenter

    we use google classroom, but are a large (by 10x) your size, secondary.
    You need to consider student training on how to use the system too, not as straight forward as you might think.
    I use YouTube for videos - I screen-record my CAD demos, post them on line and on my dept web site.
    TBH I think you'll struggle - this is going to sound harsh, but it should have been up and running weeks ago.

    Best bet is to ask IT to sign up to google education, make email addresses for all staff & kids, you record a video of how to make a class on google to show staff, then another to show kids how to access, answer & submit their work.
    If you've got powerpoints of lessons, and other online resources, then they need to be uploaded onto google classroom as well.

    No doubt there are other online platorms, others may well sing their praises and probably very good, but this is my experience. YMMV.

    Not quite what you wanted to hear, sorry.
    timteachesenglish12 likes this.
  3. MissEHoney

    MissEHoney New commenter

  4. StrangePanda

    StrangePanda Occasional commenter


    I'm not quite in the same situation as you, as I teach secondary in an international school. I am based in Hong Kong, and by tomorrow we will have completed 8 weeks of online learning. Our school has used Zoom successfully (I believe!) and there is definitely a record function. I have used this to record classes that have taken place in real time so that I can share them with students who are not in the same time zone. I have uploaded them to a google folder (by year group) that the appropriate students have access to. It has been a sensible solution to a difficult situation.

    If I have learnt one thing in the past 8 weeks, it is that no matter what your school does, there will be people complaining. Everyone is stressed and a lot of this seems to get projected on to schools, especially in relation to perceived unfairness relating to the payment of fees.

    Feel free to PM if you have specific questions...
  5. niksophy

    niksophy New commenter


    For KS2 there is Atom Prime, a fully adaptive platform you can use that is completely free for schools.

    You can quickly create high quality lessons and homework that are automatically marked in real time.
    PM me if you have any questions!
    thara9643 likes this.

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