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Closed schools: online platforms are the new alternative for studying at home

With materials from 1 to 12 years, the platformsEscola VirtualeAula Digital, respectively from Porto Editora and Leya, are already available for teachers to create their classes of students and share the contents existing on the platforms or produced by them with their students.

It is possible to organize classes, propose exercises to consolidate and review materials and share the contents by email, suggests Porto Editora. In addition to the digital versions of the manuals, students can view videos, animations and summaries of the material, or even take interactive tests, says Leya.

Porto Editora explains that, in order to have free access to the Virtual School, students or guardians have to proceed with a simple registration, in which it is only necessary to identify the school and the school year, making the contents immediately available. of the platform and the digital versions of school manuals adopted at the respective school for that school year.

The company has an educational team that monitors the process and gives all the necessary support, having videos available on the main functionalities of the platform.

In addition to the two publishers, ANSOL and the Ubuntu Portugal community created a website where they present a list of free and free software that can be used for collaboration between students, teachers and teaching units.

The list specifically contains recommendations for teaching, covering various subjects, such as Music, Physics or Mathematics, covering various age groups.

The FCCN announced, however, that it is strengthening the capacity of its main support services to the academic and scientific community as a response to the current national situation of COVID-19, "which has already started to affect the normal functioning of Higher Education Institutions, Science and Technology, as well as research centers and scientific communities, "he said in a statement sent to the newsrooms.

In this current context of public health crisis, with teleworking and distance learning measures, we have seen an exponential increase in the use of some services such as COLIBRI, which has been a tool widely used by the scientific and higher education community to hold classes and meetings in teleconference, indicates Nuno Rodrigues, General Coordinator of the INCoDE.2030 Program. The average use of the service before this exceptional period was 210 daily meetings with 1,990 users. On March 12, we registered 3,574. The NAU Platform and the Educast service have also been widely used, proving to be a great asset to this audience.

On the FCCN homepage, there is already an appeal to optimize the use of this videoconference platform, by the academic and scientific community, in order to avoid constraints.