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#GoogleEdu - This year we experienced educational disruption at a scale we've never seen before.

While back to school will look different, a brand new digital event from the Google for Education team - The Anywhere School - is kicking off on Tuesday 11th August, 2020. 

The event will feature 17 hours of around-the-clock content including brand new Google product launches, as well as sessions from thought leaders and changemakers from around the world on the biggest topics facing education today.

You can listen live or watch on your own schedule, with subtitles available in 11 languages.

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The Anywhere School

August 11 -August 12, 2020

Starting at 11:00 PT/19:00 BST/20:00 CEST

Session Highlights from the program:

Tuesday August 11, 2020

Time:  8:00 PM CEST

Opening Keynote

Hear from Avni Shah, VP of Education at Google, as she shares her thoughts on the importance of education, the impact of current events, and the future of Google for Education. 

Time:  8:40 PM CEST

What’s new with Google for Education?

During this keynote, you'll get a sneak-peek of our upcoming product launches for Classroom, Meet, G Suite and other tools. Hear from our team how the new features were developed and see live demos to help you master what’s new.

Wednesday August 12, 2020

Time: 6:00 AM CEST

Hong Kong: Sustaining e-Learning in the Post-COVID Era

The pandemic has created a transformation imperative for schools. Hear from government officials, principals, teachers, and students on the growing importance of technology in education. Learn about how Google tools empower hybrid learning and prepare schools for the strategic transformation.

Time:  12:05 PM CEST

Finland: Innovation and Creativity in the Time of Covid-19

This fireside chat with Anneli Rautianen, head of the Innovation Unit at the Finnish National Agency of Education, leans into learnings of how Finnish teachers iteratively innovated and developed their teaching strategies throughout the months of Distance Learning. What new practices will they be bringing back to class with them in the new term and what will they be leaving behind.

Time:  12:30 PM CEST

Wales: Using Hwb as a Learning Platform & Bridging the Digital Divide with Neverware

Hwb is the digital platform for learning and teaching in Wales, providing a community of 550k+ users with access to a wide range of centrally-funded, bilingual digital tools and resources. In response to school closures, the Welsh Government took decisive action to develop an innovative solution where local authorities, in conjunction with their schools, gathered, refurbished & distributed 10,000 existing school devices upgrading them to Chrome using CloudReady by Neverware. The rebuilt devices will provide learners with access to the Hwb learning platform to ensure teachers can continue helping students with their studies even outside the classroom.

Time:  13:00 CEST

UK: How to Approach Hybrid Learning

Join Google Certified Innovator Emma Pass as she shares insights & practical tips on how synchronous & asynchronous learning can be managed. Having taught in the UK  & the US, Emma is currently teaching at PSD Global Academy, a K-12 school which has been utilising Hybrid Learning for the past three years.

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In a 2017 study conducted by the Global Burden of Disease, it was found that musculoskeletal conditions are main contributors to disability worldwide. The main contributors? Everyday activities like sitting at a desk or repetitive typing.

Since the pandemic, more teachers and students are working and learning from home than ever before. Although distance learning learning is a great alternative for keeping students learning and teachers working, its heavy reliance on technology and deskwork may lead to long-term muscle injuries.

Sitting at a desk may lead to biomechanical instability, muscle tightness, and pain. On top of that, repetitive activities, such as typing or heavy lifting, can lead to muscle tightness and pain. Most often, this pain is felt in the back, wrists, and hands. 

Although distance learning primarily affect those 65 years of age, they can affect people of all ages. 36% of those aged 18-44 suffer from musculoskeletal disorders, making students mildly susceptible to injury.

Typically, muscle weakness is easy to spot. Typical symptoms include:

  • Sudden pain,
  • Soreness and swelling,
  • Tightness and limited movement range, and
  • Stiffness, spasms, or weakness.

In the event you display these symptoms, it's crucial to seek care. Even minor issues can lead to long-term injuries. Stress, trauma, and overuse can cause muscle inflammation and pain, which can lead to progressive weakness, increased susceptibility to injury (such as falls), and degenerating strength and dexterity.

Distance learning has proven to be extremely beneficial for education amidst the pandemic, but how is it impacting physical health for students and teachers? 

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@OakNational Academy has today (23 Jul) published data and research from its first term, sharing how the online classroom has been used during the pandemic, and to help improve the resource ahead of the new academic year. Since launching on 20th April, Oak has delivered 20 million lessons reaching 4.7 million users, with 344 years’ worth of video lessons watched and 71 million quiz questions answered. 

Oak was initially developed by teachers over the Easter holidays as a response to the covid-19 lockdown. Each week they created and shared over 200 lessons, covering reception to year 10 and specialist content. It will now stay open for all of 2020/21 as a free, optional resource to ease teacher workloads and support any remote teaching as part of contingency planning.

The End of Term report shares some initial findings around how and why teachers, parents and pupils engage with Oak’s resources, the barriers faced and efforts being taken to make the resources as useful to the widest range of schools.

The report highlights positive feedback from teachers and parents who found Oak easy-to-use, reduced teacher workload and helped improve the quality and consistency of teaching and learning for pupils. Findings within the report include:

  • 19,927,910 lessons have been accessed
  • 181 million minutes or 344 years’ worth of video lessons have been watched
  • Pupils answered over 71 million quiz questions in 12 million quiz responses
  • 86% of teachers would recommend Oak to other teachers
  • The main benefit teachers saw of using Oak was reducing workload
  • 78% of parents chose the quality lessons and teachers as their ‘favourite’ part
  • On average, around 220,000 users accessed the platform each day

The report also highlights areas where Oak can improve its flexibility and engagement with its resources. To address this for next year, Oak:

  • Has worked with a wide range of sector bodies and subject associations to develop a broad plan that teaches the most popular topics
  • Given schools increased flexibility in how to order lessons, making the majority of around 10,000 lessons available ahead of September
  • Expanded its curriculum, increasing the number of subjects, adding Year 11 and increasing the range of Specialist content
  • Wherever copyright allows, enabling teachers to download, edit and print resources to support lesson planning and help students without access to internet-enabled devices

The online classroom partnered with ImpactEd, a non-profit research and evaluation organisation, to collect and analyse website data as well as user responses from qualitative surveys, interviews and focus groups. 

Matt Hood, Principal at Oak National Academy, said:

“It’s been a term like no other. But teachers and parents have worked incredibly to support pupils during lockdown. Oak National Academy is simply a vehicle that highlights the generosity and dedication found in all teachers.

“We wanted to share what we’ve learnt so far about how people have been using Oak, and to learn from feedback to improve our offer for next year.

“Come September we hope every pupil can be reunited with their class as there is no substitute for pupils being taught by their teacher. But many uncertainties lie ahead. So Oak is staying open for 2020/21 available to support any school with contingency planning and to support both remote and in-school lesson planning.

“Based on feedback we’re making changes, including allowing our resources to be downloaded and edited. This will help both teachers’ planning and pupils without internet access. It is teachers and schools we serve, and these findings will help us keep doing that better.”

Owen Carter, Managing Director at ImpactEd, said:

“We have been delighted to support Oak National Academy over their first term in better understanding how the resources are being used and gathering feedback and insights from teachers and parents.

“Although there is a lot more to do in terms of understanding and improving the impact of Oak, we are hopeful that this provides a first step which paves the way for further research and evaluation and offers some initial insight into how the resources are being used.”

Backed by the Government, Oak National Academy is an online classroom created by teachers, for teachers. It provides high-quality video lessons and resources with over 200 hours’ worth of lessons and resources created each week for primary, secondary and specialist schools. Oak is staying open for 2020/21 offering around 10,000 lessons, the majority of which will be available by September, to act as a contingency plan for schools in case of the need for remote teaching. 

 

ImpactEd is an independent, non-profit organisation that supports schools and education organisations to evaluate their impact, learn from it, and prioritise what is working best to improve outcomes for young people. They are working as the research partner for Oak National Academy and have helped to collate the data featured in the report.

Methodology: Data was gathered via Google Analytics and analysed using Google Data Studio. Data reported covers the period from 20th April to 12th July 2020. In addition two surveys were conducted with teachers and school leaders with 1,369 respondents. One survey was conducted with 681 parents. Across both groups, one-to-one interviews and small focus groups comprising 29 schools and 15 parents were then held.

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@EducationGovUK is providing digital devices (laptops and tablets) and internet access for some disadvantaged children, families and young adults.

This will help children, families, and care leavers with a social worker to access social care and other services to support their safety and wellbeing. It will also help them, along with disadvantaged year 10 pupils, to access remote education.

Who can receive digital devices and internet access?

Laptops and tablets are being provided for disadvantaged families, children and young adults who do not currently have access to them through another source, such as their school. Digital devices can be requested for:

  • care leavers
  • children and young people aged 0 to 19, or young children’s families, with a social worker
  • disadvantaged year 10 pupils

Internet access is being provided through 4G wireless routers for any of the following people who do not currently have it:

  • care leavers
  • secondary school pupils with a social worker
  • disadvantaged year 10 pupils

People aged 16 to 19 without a suitable device for education may be eligible for support through the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund.

Local authority and academy trust responsibilities

Local authorities are responsible for ordering and distributing laptops and tablets to:

  • care leavers and children with a social worker
  • year 10 pupils who do not have a social worker and are in maintained schools, including voluntary aided schools

Local authorities should work with schools to assess which pupils require a laptop or tablet.

Academy trusts are responsible for ordering and distributing laptops and tablets to year 10 pupils who:

  • do not have a social worker
  • do not have access to a laptop or tablet through another source

Local authorities and academy trusts will own the laptops and tablets they receive, and loan them to families, children and young people, or gift them to schools or care leavers.

How to apply for this support

Local authorities, academy trusts and other relevant organisations overseeing schools and social care have been invited to order devices.

Schools, parents and pupils cannot apply for internet access or digital devices themselves.

The application and ordering process

All local authorities and academy trusts followed the same steps to apply for and receive devices. The timelines were different for each organisation, because we prioritised delivery in this order:

  • care leavers and children with a social worker
  • disadvantaged year 10 children

The application and ordering steps were:

  1. Organisations were asked to complete an online form from the Department for Education’s delivery partner. The form asked the organisation to forecast the number of laptops and tablets they needed, and choose between a Google or Microsoft operating system.
  2. Organisations were contacted by the Department for Education to confirm the number of laptops and tablets they were allocated.
  3. Organisations were asked to register with the delivery partner’s online system ready to place their order when stock became available.
  4. All organisations were invited to place their orders.

When laptops and tablets will be delivered

For new orders placed by local authorities and academy trusts, devices will be delivered within 5 working days.

Over 200,000 devices were distributed to local authorities and academy trusts during May and June 2020.

Protecting children and young people online

Local authorities and academy trusts are responsible for avoiding risks to the online safety of the children and young people they provide devices to.

Devices are delivered with a web-filtering solution installed, or instructions on how to install this. The content filtering has been set up to meet the needs of children and young people of all ages.

Local authorities and academy trusts can choose to replace this and use their own content filtering solution to make it more relevant to the needs of the people using them.

Getting laptops and tablets to children and young people

Laptops and tablets are delivered directly to the schools or local authorities named in the application.

Organisations can:

  • arrange for them to be collected by families from school (with a social worker present where relevant)
  • organise for them to be delivered to children’s and care leavers’ homes

This should be done in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

Get help using online education platforms

Schools can apply for government-funded support through The Key for School Leaders and access one of two free-to-use digital education platforms: G Suite for Education or Office 365 Education. The Key also provides feature comparison and case studies on how schools are making the most of these platforms.

Organisations can use the EdTech Demonstrator Programme to contact a network of schools and colleges who are already using remote education technology resources for help and support.

Read the other guidance on remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Read other guidance on social care during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Published 19 April 2020 
Last updated 21 July 2020 + show all updates

  1. Updated to clarify that all local authorities and academy trusts have been invited to order, the majority of devices have been delivered and to set out the delivery timeline going forward.

  2. Updated with various clarifications, including emphasising that devices are for education and social care, adding information on protecting children and young people online, and linking to guidance on loaning or gifting devices.

  3. Updated to reflect policy and process development.

  4. New details of the offer have been added, including a section on getting help using online education platforms.

  5. Clarification on who digital devices and internet access will be provided to.

  6. We have clarified the role of responsible bodies in ordering digital devices for eligible children and young people.

  7. We added a sentence to clarify that the offer also helps local authorities supporting care leavers and children with social workers.

  8. First published.

Guidance for local authorities, academy trusts and schools on how to get digital devices, internet access and support to provide remote education and access to children’s social care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Read the latest guidance for nurseries, schools and colleges, including information on opening to more pupils from 1 June.

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@EducationGovUK Advice for parents and carers looking after children with special educational needs and disabilities #SEND 

Advice for parents and carers looking after children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

From the beginning of the autumn term, the DfE will expect all pupils, in all year groups, to return to school full-time. Information on what parents and carers need to know about the opening of schools is available.

It is vital for all children to return to school for their educational progress, for their wellbeing and for their wider development.

Staying at home can be more disruptive to the lives and routines of children with special educational needs and disabilities.

No one expects parents to act as teachers or childcare providers, or to provide the activities and feedback that a school or nursery would. Parents and carers should do their best to help and support their children with their learning while they are at home.

If your child usually goes to school but is currently at home, their school should be working to provide them with work and giving them feedback in a format that meets their needs. Contact the school if you are not already in touch.

We have been working with a range of other organisations to create extra resources to help you. See:

We have also worked with other organisations to create information on ways you can help your child learn at home. See:

You can also find resources for under 5s from the Early Years Alliance.

Read advice for parents of children in other age groups.

Published 19 April 2020 
Last updated 16 July 2020 + show all updates

  1. Banner updated with information about pupils returning to school in the autumn term.

  2. First published.

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