Lightening the lockdown load: part 2

These companies are offering invaluable support for educators amid the coronavirus outbreak

Education providers around the globe have been urged to map out detailed coronavirus strategies to see them through the ongoing lockdown. While governments have issued advice on the outbreak specifically for places of education, it’s imperative for sector leaders to consider the digital tools, resources and infrastructure their institution has in place to minimise stress and disruption amid the current upheaval. Edtech has the potential to support remote teaching and learning, and so long as we act now, there’s no reason why we can’t continue with ‘almost business as usual’.

Here, we’ve listed some of the most useful tools and resources to see educators through the COVID-19 lockdown:

BitTitan Helps Universities Leverage the Cloud

BitTitan, a managed cloud services provider, has helped countless organisations move to the cloud. Now, as many universities and higher ed institutions pivot to remote learning to adhere to public health guidelines, BitTitan is helping schools accelerate their move to the cloud and launch a digital environment that enables collaboration and engagement between students, faculty and administrators.

BitTitan’s cloud migration tool, MigrationWiz, is 100% SaaS and leverages automation for remote mailbox, document, public-folder and Microsoft Teams migrations. Its automation allows for a seamless and secure cloud migration that reduces project times from months to days or weeks. As a cloud-based tool, MigrationWiz can be accessed anytime from anywhere, and can scale to the needs of organisations of all sizes, whether it’s moving 40 users or 40,000.

BitTitan has completed cloud migrations for more than 200 clients in the education industry. The BitTitan team knows that sensitive student and faculty information requires an extra level of security, and they make privacy and compliance a top priority. With MigrationWiz, data is encrypted while at-rest and in-transit and is never stored on BitTitan servers.

Additionally, MigrationWiz runs on Microsoft Azure datacentres that comply with current regulatory and security requirements.

For more information, visit: BitTitan.com or BitTitan’s Bits & Bytes blog


BenQ

World-renowned for its educational technology solutions, BenQ has released a new web-based platform to support distance learning sessions and is completely free of charge.

Fully accessible from any device with access to a web browser, EZWrite Live allows users to create, share and collaborate on a virtual whiteboard within seconds, all via the cloud.

By scanning a QR code or clicking on a link, students can easily join to participate in lessons safely from anywhere in the world. With two modes: broadcast and co-create, academics can switch between visual lectures or interactive lessons which encourage students to use the annotation and sticky note features on the content in real-time.

Built-in VC enhances one-to-one sessions, with live discussion alongside the collaborative canvas. Additional tools such as lesson record and file share allow academics to save the lesson for future reference, or incorporate different assets and imagery into the lesson. It also encourages students to bring in documents, imagery or ideas for participants to discuss and annotate.

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Built-in templates give users easy access to different scenarios and ways to use the board, or upload their own templates, keeping things lively.

BenQ is also hosting a drop-in ‘After School Club’ online session on Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 3.30pm-4.30pm, for free training and advice.

Join them here: meet.google.com/ybx-zvjs-ouj


Educational platform toolshero offers global support in self-development during quarantine

The coronavirus outbreak took us all by surprise and forced many people to stay indoors. In trying to make the best of the situation, students and professionals are finding ways to study and work from home. This creates new opportunities…

Toolshero is an educational platform that makes personal and professional development attainable for everyone by making access to knowledge easy and affordable. During quarantine, toolshero will provide our global community with free access to its online platform for a full month. This gives visitors access to 750+ practical scientific articles on a wide range of topics such as leadership, communication, creativity, marketing, psychology and personal development. These high-quality articles are enriched with templates, worksheets and images, making learning faster and more convenient.

“I’m very proud to be a toolshero ambassador”, says former beauty queen, Sheryl Lynn Baas. “Especially during these challenging times, I think it’s amazing that toolshero is offering global support. Ever since I competed at Miss World in 2006 and founded the Sheryl Lynn Foundation, education and empowerment have been my advocacy, so I’m excited to help spread the good news!”

Kindly visit: toolshero.com/subscribe for more information


Enghouse

Enghouse Interactive develops and supplies the widest range of customer contact solutions on the market. We support more than 1 million agent seats handling over 1 billion interactions through our systems daily – making Enghouse Interactive one of the biggest providers of customer contact solutions in the world.

Our suite of solutions includes a multi-channel contact centre, self-service, attendant operator consoles, workforce optimisation and video conferencing. This wide portfolio places us in the unique position to offer a complete, fully featured solution from a single vendor. These solutions support the full range of deployment methods from premise-based, through to private, public or community cloud and even hybrid requirements.

Enghouse Vidyo is addressing a major global challenge – how do we make communications and collaboration more sustainable, inclusive and transparent in a world with a population of 7.6 billion people? More than 295 healthcare systems use Vidyo for telemedicine that improves access to quality care for more people. More than 450 financial institutions use Vidyo to recreate the in-branch experience from anywhere. Our vision is simple – to enrich people’s lives by embedding real-time video into digital communications in the moments that matter most. Our Vidyo platform makes it simple to embed video into anything with a processor and a screen, from smartphone apps to smart glasses, drones, IoT and beyond.

Visit: enghouseinteractive.co.uk for more information

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