Coronavirus (COVID-19) – our latest statement
The impact of Coronavirus on our ability to support our customers is currently: NO IMPACT
Being social, collaborating, shaking hands and working closely together is central to who we are and what we do. The prospect that our freedom to do this is being curtailed is therefore concerning. Particularly for those already alone and vulnerable in our society, and for our young people who are busy receiving an education.
Although it causes disruption to society, the education of our young people and to our business activities, we support the announcement that the vast majority of pupils throughout the UK are being told to stay at home. The health and wellbeing of our friends and family is of course paramount.
It is however concerning to read in the TES that 40% of schools do not have the infrastructure to continue with learning remotely. We expect it’s higher. This video is one of several tools we’re passing on, created in response to countless enquiries about using a visualiser to support remote learning:
Elementary Technology – no change to service quality
On Wednesday 25th March, all our colleagues are working (three are self isolating) although our office is closed. This is having no impact on our ability to service our customers who still require our services. Our team of EdTech Consultants and Senior Engineers whose job it is to service schools directly remain unaffected. As they are remote workers already, communications between us remain unchanged.
We have provided all staff with a Coronavirus policy; this is updated on a daily basis to reflect the latest government advice. This ensures we are minimising risks for colleagues and customers.
We’re still working as normal to service enquiries, to make sure schools have received quotations they’ve recently asked for and checking when they’re happy to go ahead.
As a technology company, we’re as well-equipped as they come to support remote working. We share our files and resources in the cloud, use Microsoft Teams for day to day communications, have a robust CRM system to record customer requirements and of course we all still have telephones – mobile and VoIP.
Our colleagues visiting schools
Our team of EdTech Consultants, Senior Engineers and installation team all follow strict rules around self-isolation as required. All have been provided with new, specific advice around personal hygiene and social distancing, and all will ask to wash their hands the moment they arrive on premises.
After the instructions from the government, we are no longer having face to face meetings or discussions with schools, and will instead do so over the telephone or online.
Where the school would like us to, we are still able to carry out planned technology installations whilst following strict guidelines around social distancing.
It’s important that we continue to provide an excellent service to schools.
In the meantime, keep tabs on guidance for educational settings from the Department for Education and Public Health England.
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It’s pleasing to see that several education suppliers are actively supporting schools with free resources and tools for as and when schools do need to close.
The following are some of many more we’ve found:
- Learning by Questions, a transformative teaching and assessment tool for schools, explain how to use the platform for distance learning
- Twinkl is providing free access to pupils and parents to all their resources for one month. More details here…
- SMART is providing free access to SMART Learning Suite Online to accommodate remote planning, teaching and learning. Sign up here…
- EdTechImpact are curating a list of companies who are providing free resources to support schools during the outbreak. View the list here…
- Google for Education is providing free upgrades to G-Suite for Education’s productivity apps – including video conferencing systems – for the remainder of the school year. Sign up here
- Capture is a superb parental communications tool, which also allows schools to assign homeworking tasks – free to schools during the crisis
- Kahoot! is giving access to Kahoot! Premium for free to all teachers who are being impacted to the Coronavirus outbreak. Access Kahoot Premium Free
- BrainPOP is giving free, unlimited use of animated movies, assessment resources and creative tools for closed schools during the period of closure. Access here
Also see a blog from our Guest Blogger which outlines a range of other remote learning tools available to schools.
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