What Really Happened Online During Lock Down?

As we begin to struggle back to some resemblance of normality and look towards fully opened schools in the autumn it is perhaps time to take a few minutes to consider what has just happened. For many people the pandemic was the first time that they have ever found themselves truly reliant on technology for such basic human needs such as food, company, work or education. And for some schools, online learning was a Godsend. It enabled staff to keep in touch with pupils, it provided parents support with hone-schooling and it gave many pupils a life line to trusted adults and the reassurance that they and their education were still importance.

We think that many of you will have done great things for your pupils during lock down and found creative ways to make the most of the technology you had available. We'd like to celebrate those things and share those fantastic ideas. Please no false modesty here - whether you kept your year 4's or you GCSE history class online and learning during the lockdown you did a great thing. Please let us know about it by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can help others learn from your experience.

You might also want to find out how your pupils felt about online learning. Our friends at LGfL have created a short questionnaire that you might like to use with your pupils.

We aren't asking you to share this information with us. However, if you think that your results highlight an important lesson that others could benefit from hearing about, again please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Your contributions will be used anonymously.

And for a bit of a bigger picture about online learning in the time of coronavirus please read the Sutton Trust report. It highlights some really important points about technology, social mobility and the digital divide.

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Getting started with G Suite for distance learning -Webinaire

Are you thinking about moring to Google for Education? Google is hosting a webinar series designed for Senior Leaders, Teachers and IT Admins alike who are interested in using Google's tools for teaching and learning during COVID-19 related school closures. The webinaire is free and open to all.

Find out more and sign up here

Please Help Our Friend Caroline Coster

 Many of you will have met Caroline at one of our events. She provided many fantastic conference workshops over the years, helped launch Risks and Rewards and is a keen supporter of the use of technology in the classroom.

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Caroline is also a tireless helper of others. For many years she has recycled jeans into fantastic handbags, phone and glasses cases, purses and soft toys. She has sold them at fetes, craft fairs and E2BN conferences to raise money for charities in Kenya. Over the years many people, both at home and abroad, have benefitted from Caroline's energy, enthusiasm and incredible generousity. 

Sadly, Caroline contracted CoViD19 in March and suffered complications that resulted in the amputation of her hands and feet. 

Caroline is supported by a loving family but in order to live safely at home her house needs to be adapted and she will need hand prosthetics in order to achieve some degree of independence. 

So I am appealing to the 'E2BN Family' to help Caroline by making a donation via her justgiving page where you can read the full story of her illness and recovery so far.

Please give as generously as you are able.

Many thanks

Kathy Olsson (on behalf of the E2BN Board and Team)

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Top tips for supporting Child Mental Health

The Milton Keynes SEND team have produced a short guide to supporting child and adult wellbeing during the Corvid 19 pandemic. It includes top tips and links to organisations that provide support and guidance. Download the .pdf 

DfE Funding for schools set up G Suite for Education

Schools can now apply for Department for Education-funded support to get set up on G Suite for Education

 
From April 24th, schools and responsible bodies can apply for Department for Education-funded support to get set up on one of two free-to-use digital education platforms: G Suite for Education and Office 365 Education.  As an accredited Google for Education partner and provider of this support, we’re here to help. 

 

Why G Suite for Education?

G Suite for Education contains a free set of productivity tools for classroom collaboration. Accessible from any device, it is used by over 120m+ users worldwide and enables teachers and students to continue teaching and learning remotely. Google Classroom helps teachers to organise learning activity, hand out & mark assessments and provide structure for students learning at home. Teach From Home provides teachers with easy-to-use resources to get started with G Suite and how the tools can be used during this time. 

 

To find out more about whether G Suite for Education is right for your school, sign up to join our virtual office hours. 

Is your school eligible for funding?

Schools that do not currently have a digital education platform are eligible for funding. Schools that already have G Suite, but are not yet set up to assign work and communicate with pupils, are also eligible. 

What is included?

The funding will cover the cost of service to carry out:

  • End-to-end set up of G Suite for Education

  • Integration with your Management Information Systems to provision Google Classroom

  • Core security settings to support remote education

  • Creation of a central “remote learning hub” site for your school

  • Handover training for your school’s staff Apply for funding

 

We can help to carry out a safe, secure and professional set up of your platform, including sharing best practices on domain settings and feature enablement. 

 

If you would like to apply for funding you will need to visit the digital education platform hub to get the ball rolling. We would encoursgae you to select our partner, Levett Consultancy, as your preferred supplier on the Deployment Support Request Form.

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