Virtual classrooms : a distance learning solution for educators

Distance learning for high school students during COVID-19

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our education system and Government doesn’t seem to be able to provide the solutions sought by parents and educators. It’s been 3 months and there hasn’t been a sign of how the Government aims to counteract this problem.

It is our duty as society to start the conversation, after all we are the Government. I have been keeping a close eye on the numbers and they seem to be rising and it is my opinion that the spread will not be slowing down any time soon. I’m not optimistic by nature but neither am I naïve. Confirmed cases in South Africa are at the time of this writing above 50,000 with over a thousand deaths. We have a serious problem on our hands and that’s no joke.

As a new parent to a 5 month old, I worry about the risks of my son contracting the virus, he’s so fragile and so I am very cautious about who comes near not only him but myself and everyone around him. I can only imagine what it must feel like to have a child go to school with all that is happening.

I have been working as a digital marketer for the past few years and none of that time was at the office and as owner of my own agency, I don’t imagine ever renting an office and so most of our time is spent working remotely.

We want to show educators, learners, parents and other stakeholders how to do it too, a distance learning solution for schools to teach learners in a remote fashion. The solution will allow all members of an institution to have a bird’s eye view on the entire school. Learners will attend classes as they normally would. They will be able to move in between classrooms during a school day. The school Principal will have access to every class in real time and be able to participate in lessons if they need to.

I have been doing my research and it seems that educators have resorted to using applications like WhatsApp to communicate with learners, I have a 14-year-old nephew that has been using this method of study and well, let’s just say he’s been on vacation for the past couple of months. Facebook Groups seem to be emerging, they have their limitations, ask any educator that has tried this method.

We can never bank on the perfect internet connection and this could be a hindrance in getting the job done. Unreliable internet causes delayed productivity and this is usually one of the biggest challenges when working remotely.

We will be hosting a webinar on the 29th of June 2020 and in the program we will show our attendants how to set up a virtual school, set up classes and demonstrate how resources like homework can be shared between users. Imagine a virtual school where learners are able to move between classes during school hours, where they will have hour long periods and be able to move around classrooms for free, well not entirely which brings me to my next point, DATA.

We have ideas that we are sharing with mobile network operators, ideas that will enable learners to access data for lower prices so that they attend school and not put their lives at risk for the sake of getting an education. We are having talks with operators and we will share our progress with you. Be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date.

Now back to the topic, we want you to learn about how we can get learners back to school while we work on making sure that they have the resources they need to be able to attend.
As members of the private sector, we have been seeking ways to improve and prepare our communities for the digital revolution, unfortunately it has taken a pandemic for society to adjust to this new norm. We have worked virtually for years and we want to teach the world how to do it too.

The tools that we will be showcasing are free to download and can be used by anyone with a computer or a mobile phone. This is a paid webinar and tickets are R200. We urge parents to attend as they will be able to present these solutions to schools to ensure that their children remain safe while getting an education. To learn more about this event, e-mail us hello@bluejellydigital.online and we will be happy to explain further. Tickets can be bought here.

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We hope to see you soon and together find ways to protect and educate our children.

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Melody September

Digital Marketing Consultant | Blue Jelly Digital

Experienced Web developer and Digital Marketing Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising space. Skilled in Web Design Technologies, SEO/SEM, SMO and Web Analytics. Information Technology professional with over 6 years of experience.

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