Google, in collaboration with the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, has created a portal full of information, tips and tutorials to help teachers in distance learning
Google yesterday ushered in Teach from home, a portal dedicated to teachers who are trying to continue distance learning. The Coronavirus emergency (COVID-19), as is well known, has led to the closure of schools and universities but the didactic activity is continuing. LInstitute for Information Technologies in‘Education of‘Unesco and other educational partners are collaborating with the U.S. giant to make information available advice that can be useful on every front.
The new portal (in Italian) suggest indeed all strategies to achieve video lessons and also the alternatives in the case we cannot do this; think for example of creating quizzes, commenting students’ homework or creating a website for the class. Si also talks about accessibility, with for example the insertion of subtitles to videos is the use of voice typing. Not to mention the promotion of participation and ways to collaborate with other teachers.
The instrument central remains G Suite for Education, the software package for teachers also recommended by the Ministry of Education to deal with this emergency. Includes Hangouts Meet for video conferencing and chat up to 250 participants; Classroom to manage tasks and tests; Gmail for emails; software for texts, spreadsheets and presentations; Drive for archiving cloud; Survey and Attendance Forms; Calendar for create appointments, reminders and lists of activities to carry out. “Teach from home” in fact explains in every detail with 20 specific sections how to learn to use each tool and take advantage of it the potential. The tutorials are simple and well explained: there is no shortage of direct links for a step-by-step approach.
The only caveat is that before you can use any software you must register your own institute to the services of G Suite for Education and then communicate via email the registration to the partners of the project. On Ministry web page there is however any information in this regard. Finally it is good to remember that G Suite for Education complies with standards CUP (Child’s Online Privacy Protection Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Acts); the main services do not contain advertisements or use the information obtained for advertising purposes.