Emergency remote education to counteract the effects of COVID-19

In an attempt to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus disease, 87% of world's student population, over a billion and a half young people, are unable to attend class because of nationwide school and university closures in 165 countries.

In education, we are facing many changes in our way of working and teaching! However, we should all play our part and contribute to the collective effort. Today more than ever, the digital era and online learning are of the utmost importance. If your school is closed, European Schoolnet through its different online activities can help you invest on your professional development. We offer many free online courses (MOOCs) and resources that you can use while staying at home.

The European Schoolnet Academy offers massive open online courses (MOOCs), which are entirely free of charge and open for anyone, with no limit to the number of participants. The courses offer you an introduction to innovative pedagogical concepts, whole-school strategies, and tools and resources which you can use in your daily teaching practice. They also allow you to reflect on your current practices, produce concrete outputs that you can use in your work, and engage with a large community of educators from across Europe to address the daily challenges you face. We hope that by attending our courses and engaging with your peers from across Europe, you will feel inspired to try out something new in your practice.

eTwinning, an initiative of the European Commission for which European Schoolnet plays the role of the Central Support Service, is supporting more than ever emergency remote education and distance learning. Teachers registered in eTwinning can share best practices and tools to tackle the closure of schools, register dedicated projects with colleagues across the continent to feel less isolated and participate in special professional development opportunities. You may also visit the School Education Gateway for webinars, online courses or toolkits.

COVID-19 is changing our daily routine but as we stay at home, there are creative ways of keeping busy, experimenting with emergency remote learning and preparing for our return at schools.