Sites, webinars and online courses. Initiatives that help teachers in distance learning multiply

The objective is to provide teachers with the necessary skills to explore digital educational resources and the functionalities of accompanying and monitoring distance learning, available at the Virtual School. Access to this course is valid from the moment of enrollment.

Online classes & lectures with all your students | Microsoft

Microsoft made available a list of webinars already held and future, which teachers can access and launched a special: "Online classes & lectures with all your students". The session takes place on April 9, at 4 pm, registration is required.

School Keep | tech4COVID19

The closure of schools as a preventive measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 made distance learning a new reality for thousands of students. However, not all students have the best access to online education. To help combat inequalities in access to education, the tech4COVID19 movement launched the School Keep project.

The initiative first involves determining how many students do not have the necessary conditions at home to be able to attend distance classes. School Keep wants to raise and provide computer equipment to students in need through a sponsorship system.

Free Software for Teaching and Teleworking | ANSOL and the Ubuntu Portugal community

ANSOL and the Ubuntu Portugal community created a website where they present a list of free and free software, which 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.

Teach Frome Home | Google

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Google has launched several new features or offers for teachers. One of them was the temporary Teach Frome Home hub, with information and tools to help teachers in this executive phase. The technological giant has also launched several support resources, from compilations of apps for teachers to webinars.

A guide for parents and educators: How to protect your children and students | Unicef

How to explain to children what is an epidemic? This is one of the questions that the document released by Unicef ​​on March 23 gives an answer. As a goal, the resource aims not only to explain the health care to be had in this exceptional phase, but also to give tips for teachers and parents to explain what the COVID-19 pandemic means, without scaring children.

What has been done to help schools in distance learning?

In a first phase, the objective of DGE was for all schools to maintain daily contact with students and, gradually, to introduce more complex processes and tools for interaction. It should be noted that students who "still do not have access to the Internet or equipment" have not been forgotten, with DGE betting on "contact established through local organizations and associations or the Parish Council", which can ensure that these students also receive materials and tasks to do.

The focus has also been on helping teachers themselves to teach more efficiently through distance learning. Since the end of March with a team to help schools in this regard, the Ministry of Education launched the support brigade "We are on with schools" to support teachers and principals, made up of more than 100 professionals. The Government agency also developed an instrument to support the directors of public and private schools, after the associations of teachers and scientific societies are making available, in partnership with the DGE, educational resources and distance training.

At a time when platforms have been the big bet, the truth is that cybersecurity is another problem that in face-to-face classes was not such a relevant issue. The Zoom platform, which is being used by several schools and universities in Portugal, has even been banned in distance learning in New York because it is not considered safe.