This page belongs to a collection of content RM are collating to help support schools continue to operate remotely under the current COVID-19 restrictions.
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Choosing an online platform
Help if you have not already got G Suite in place within your school
From 24 April 2020, schools and responsible bodies can apply for Department for Education-funded support to get set up on one of two free-to-use digital education platforms: G Suite for Education and Office 365 Education. Learn more about the programme, eligibility and specifically about G Suite for Education in this webinar from Google.
Setting up a virtual classroom
Our Senior Educational Consultant Dave Fitzpatrick, has put together a simple video that explains how to set up a virtual classroom using Google Meet, to ensure that learning continues remotely without necessitating staff or students to physically get together in the same location.
We have also collated a selection of useful articles and resources aimed at schools primarily using Google for Education and G Suite.
Easily create beautiful
interactive video presentations
The problem with getting students to watch a video for any length of time is they can lose concentration and become distracted. EdPuzzle allows staff to punctuate any video with a series of different question types making the video interactive and keeping students on task. In old money, it is the same as giving out a worksheet for students to complete whilst they are watching a video.
Online Collaborative Whiteboards
If you are teaching remotely, you may still want some type of Interactive whiteboard to emulate how you teach in the classroom, for example, if you use a Smartboard or Promethean Board.
There are now many free online collaborative whiteboards available to you.
See this blog for a review of 11 of the best online collaborative whiteboards.
One of our favourites is Miro. You can sign up for a free Educational Account with Miro, which gives additional functionality and allows you to create unlimited boards - https://miro.com/education/