From the book to the online test, this is how distance school prepares
The world of education is slowed by the new coronavirus and uses the high technologies to circumvent the closure of centres
Since this week, the educational centres of the Basque Country, La Rioja and the Community of Madrid have temporarily closed their doors to avoid more infections by Covid-19. Thousands of students who leave their Maths, History or Language lessons halfway.
In parallel, companies implement teleworking to allow parents to reconcile work life with personal life, but can you educate yourself? Microsoft has offered to the Community of Madrid to be the ideal platform to teach virtual lessons.
As this newspaper has learned, several schools have opted for Google Classroom. Others will use the networks enabled by the Community of Madrid or the centre’s intranet.
“We want to take all the steps so that the educational service is not lost during all these days, and ensure that on Monday it is considered that classes continue to be given remotely,” said the Minister of Education of the Community of Madrid, Enrique Ossorio.
The search engine giant opened its educational tool in 2014, which allows managing distance learning. On this platform, students can access from different devices facilitating access regardless of the place or time.
On this platform, teachers can include different attached multimedia resources, be they YouTube videos, links to other web pages or Drive documents.
Lack of consensus
Despite the commitment of the Administration of the EducaMadrid public network, many centres are suspicious of the reliability of the system. Several teachers have opted for the tabs to continue with the lessons and other centres have opted for their own applications.
Among universities, Moodle is the preferred platform. A significant number of higher schools make use of this collaborative system where students and teachers actively participate in the process.
The head of the Madrid Education portfolio has indicated that the region will make its telematic resources available to schools and institutes, such as virtual classrooms, media libraries and other online communities, to facilitate their work.
Suspense to DingTalk
As soon as the suspension of classes was known, the topic went viral on social networks. However, it is not an isolated case of the younger Spanish population.
Children and quarantine are not a right dance partner. Staying at home is an excellent excuse to have an extra vacation. This was the opinion of the youngest in Wuhan (China) and the epicentre of the new coronavirus.
The educational authorities chose DingTalk for the children to carry out their duties. But, the idea did not like the students, and they looked for a way to sabotage the app.
The coordinated and mass negative rating blew up the educational app. So DingTalk went from a 4.9 before declaring the coronavirus health crisis to a catastrophic 1.4, which caused it to no longer be anchored in the App Store and could not be easily located.