Some companies are providing free access and support to their remote/ distance learning tools if you schools closes due to Coronavirus.
For Primary/ junior schools there is the option of using G suite for Education or Microsoft O365 for education, both of which have a Video Conferencing facility and areas where you can share and post lessons, ideas and homework. Most schools are already using one of these for remote learning now so there should not be any extra cost.
The features for both are:
G Suite- Google hangouts for videoconferencing (the link to the conference can be sent to anyone if you have their emails)
Google classroom- for teacher to share lessons, parents and kids to post back answers etc. You can also use this to set quizzes etc
More info on these features can be found: https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/education/distancelearning-covid19
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O365- Microsoft Teams- allows participants to share, chat and video conference with each other. Microsoft have made this free for 6 months for all users from 10th March
Find more information here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/technology-contingency-planning-uk-education-chris-rothwell/
Both services offer recording of VC. We would strongly recommend that schools use this so that there is a record of activity.
In both cases, the school would be best to set up a G classroom or team space for each class and save the link so that it can be sent out to the appropriate parents. There is the assumption that all parents/ careers have access to a device and internet of course!) Then you can run the classes from there at designated times.
Further information on Google Classroom and Office 365 here:
Other useful online learning resources
A number of other companies are also offering free access to their remote learning resources to schools during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Firefly A guide to managing school closures
BrainPop are providing the whole of their suite free to any school closed by coronavirus
FrogEducation If your school is facing temporary closure due to a Coronavirus threat, Frog will lend you a learning aid! Free FrogPlay access enables teachers and pupils to set and complete work from home!
HomeLearningUK is led by educators who have come together to offer support to colleagues, parents and students in the UK and beyond. In light of the Covid19 pandemic this website is designed to share ideas, solutions, plans and support for schools getting to grips with remote learning.
London Grid for Learning provides a huge range of learning resources that are usually only available when accessed from a school with a NEN connection. (All E2BN /Internet4schools schools have this sort of connection.) LGfL has now made it possible for anyone to access their learning resources from school or home without a log in.
E2BN Remote Learning Resources
Myths and Legends – Pupils can read stories and enjoy the narrated animations.
Cookit – Recipes and lots of opportunities for pupils to think and write about the food they eat. They can learn about healthy eating and to improve their cookery skills via the how-to-cook videos.
Historylines – Organised into the major periods of British history. There are nine main themes relating to political, military, social, economic and cultural history. Each period also has a section on everyday life.
Victorian Crime and Punishment – VCP provides a wealth of information about the Victorian justice system. It includes a searchable prisoner database, in-depth case studies with detailed court documents and pieces of evidence. There are also some suggested teaching activities.
More Online learning resources are available here