Together with 3 other NGOs, Asociatia Techsoup launched www.scoalapenet.ro: an online community space for technical and educational support for teachers in Romania in the context of COVID-19.
The Resource Center for Communication, Asociatia Techsoup, Teach for Romania and Seeding Knowledge Foundation, with the support of Kaufland Romania and in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Research, launched “Școala pe Net” (EN: School on the Internet), a free online community space for teachers who can learn more easily from education and IT specialists how to use online resources in their teaching process.
Since its launch on 16 of March 2020, in less than a month, the initiative has more than: 98.300 visitors of the scoalapenet.ro website, 3.900 registered teachers for 4 webinars, 10.000 likes on Facebook and 95.000 views of all the video materials.
The online space, built-in just 5 days, quickly comes to the aid of the nearly 180.000 teachers in Romania, with simple solutions that help them to adapt and become familiar with online teaching and new technologies, continuing their lessons from home. The project is initiated due to the need to use digital teaching systems during the COVID-19 epidemic. All the projects’ resources can be accessed free of charge on www.scoalapenet.ro.
Like in many other countries, the closing of schools in Romania due to the COVID-19 epidemic requires the implementation of rapid online solutions that will help students and teachers to easily continue the educational process. But teachers need resources to adapt to the new teaching methods in the digital environment, so the “School on the Internet” project supports them with an online space where they explain step by step, what free technical and pedagogical means they have at their disposal, how to create accounts on different digital applications as well as e-learning platforms or how to adapt their educational content using new technologies. The project will support them regardless of their technical skill level.
Ongoing, while the schools are closed, the online space will have a suite of new resources (articles, video tutorials or webinars), depending on the aspects identified in the work with the teachers and the Ministry of Education and Research and their needs.
At the same time, due to the lack of access to technology for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, the NGOs involved in carrying out the project are looking to collaborate with any social actors who can locally support this problem.