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STUDYING FROM A DISTANCE WITH INVAT.ONLINE! HELPING TEACHERS TO CONTINUE TEACHING DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC
March 18, 2020
School education is continuing even during a nation-wide quarantine from the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Due to the joint efforts of IT professionals, teachers, and community leaders, it has been made possible for students to stay up-to-date with schooling and continue their education online.
A call was made for IT specialists and anyone with experience in using GSuite, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom, or other digital applications as well as teachers who have used distance education platforms to join the Tekwill Project team in supporting teachers across the country to facilitate distance education.
A SINGLE PLATFORM FOR INTEGRATING ALL RECORDED ONLINE LESSONS HAS LAUNCHED
One of the newest tools that enable teachers and students to return to lessons is an online learning platform that was built on the model of “virtual classrooms”. This platform, invat.online, allows teachers or educational institutions to upload links, videos, and images with relevant content to topics in the school curriculum. Subsequently, the platform is free and easy to use as students are able to search for materials by subject as teachers record and place the content on the platform after passing through quality filters. The platform will also host all of the didactic video materials developed by the Tekwill project.
Invat.online was created by IT specialist and civic activist Vitalie Esanu, IT developer. Esanu remarked about the platform, “The educational process can continue in the ordinary regime due to information technologies. Even though the classes are now suspended for safety reasons, teachers have all the tools they need to be able to teach at a distance, and students can continue to learn. The invat.online platform is easy to use, and in order to be part of this online community, teachers just need to record the video lesson, then place it on the web page. In turn, students will have the opportunity to attend several lessons on the same topic, held by different teachers”.
Teachers across the country are urged to use technology and the online platform to continue education for students during the quarantine. The Tekwill project urges: “Stay home! Online education is innovative and exciting!”
The Tekwill project is implemented by the National Association of ICT Companies (ATIC) with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Sweden.