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Remote school in a box

Creation of a "kit" with all the essential resources for schools to rapidly adapt to remote teaching conditions.

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Tools, resources, methods and especially keeping students awake is one of the biggest challenges teachers face when remote teaching is the answer to the current problem. 

This "kit" would try to cover all these and some other doubts that haunt teachers and schools today. 

It would pack cameras and software specially designed for the appropriate context - teaching.

It would pack lighting and backdrops. These are important to convey the best experience possible. 

It would pack manuals with best practices and storytelling advice for the not so outspoken teacher, tutorials on how to best use the available tools and how to prepare the content for the many channels available.


What is the need are you focusing on?

Many teachers are reporting several obstacles in remote teaching. The idea is to build confidence and optimize resources by removing some of the load from teachers and shifting it to available members in relevant communities, ie. communicators, media partners, photography and cinematography artists, editors and designers. 

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Higher education has the track record and can start sharing it with K-12 and even highschool. If communicators and designers - some in isolation and precarious conditions - are asked to join the conversation, the whole learning experience will meet higher standards. Schools can use their facilities to serve as the recording studios and media content creators can act as consultants. With small adjustments, schools can also serve as broadcasters or publishers. The same facilities can also serve as a headquarters for the teachers to safely cooperate, coordinate and brainstorm regularly. Essentially, schools would be producing moodles as a complement to their normal activities and could capitalize on the investment.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Maybe-with additional support

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Schools will greatly benefit from digital transformation tools and processes accessible to most of us. Schools and teachers will be empowered to move into unchartered education paradigms. Such an approach to education can scale to larger contexts not just pandemic or extraordinary scenarios. A first iteration of such a kit can be put together in less than two or three months. There is sufficient knowledge and technology available to be so. Such a solution would serve mostly k12 to highschool education communities.

What is your profession?

Designer

Where are you located (country)?

Portugal

Where are you located (region)?

  • Europe

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Academia/Research
  • Arts/Entertainment
  • Business/Consulting
  • Communications/Visual Design
  • Customer Experience/Service
  • Designer(UX/CX/Design Research)
  • Education
  • Entrepreneur/Investor

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

I believe some software development might be required and therefore systems architecture will be a plus. Also, some credited education specialists would add significant value.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

Based on some research, I believe that some acceptance in the teaching community may be a barrier, but I also believe that it can be easily transposed. An also known barrier is infoexclusion. However, I envision this solution to be built with the student in the center and should meet principles to overcome such an obstacle.

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

Not necessarily one that meets a change in paradigm with a remote solution, however, there are many known efforts to change the classroom paradigm. Examples range from IDEO's design thinking for educators toolkit to Edutopia from GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION.

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Welcome to the challenge Vasco Avillez . It is exciting that your idea highlights how schools can better adapt to remote teaching by working together with other specialists such as editors, media partners, photography and cinematography artists. You could check out Andrea Zelenak 's idea that also highlights the need to redefine collaboration and sharing of resources: Covid-19 Donation "Craigslist"