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Re: [tlug] Corona and schools in Japan

KAIS has done an outstanding job adapting.  It only took them a couple of days to whip up a solid distance learning program and from what we have seen it has gone tremendously well, all things considered.  But they are small and already tech focused.  So, they were already well positioned compared to most, I think.

Bonus: my kid’s Fedora laptop has been able to run everything needed natively.  Most of the students are using Macs and Windows PCs.

I think one of the biggest struggles initially for some families, particularly the lower grades, was getting the video conf and all set up.  Once those initial things were configured, the staff could assist with the rest remotely.  Throwing together a walkthrough video with OBS or similar can go a long way in easing the transition.


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On Apr 29, 2020, at 10:06, Christian Horn <> wrote:

On Tue, Apr 28, 2020 at 07:19:41PM +0900, Jean-Christophe Helary wrote:

3 universities I know: Takamatsu University / Kagawa University / Shikoku Gakuin seem to be totally unprepared for online teaching. I was actually surprised to see that the engineering department of Kagawa University was the last to react and the least prepared.

I have an older son who is a Science teacher at a local public they have nothing to handle the situation and teachers are now at home and are limited to give 2 week batches of homework to their students.

I also have a son in HS and a daughter in JHS. Both are at home, are expert at using Line and other tools but school has nothing for them and they just do the homework they've been handed the other day.

Sounds as bad as feared..

As far as needs are concerned, small business owners (typically small juku, teachers who do mostly private lessons) are in dire need of solutions, not too expensive and not too hard to use. I'm also thinking of private music teachers for ex.

Big organizations also have such needs but I guess they'd be more willing to pay for proprietary services.

Agreed, companies can pay, and it would not be surprising if
companies specilized on such counseling appear.  But waiting
for such to appear for schools, and then see taxpayers money
spent on that, and ontop (potentially, likely) proprietary
software getting deployed instead of opensource..

Good to see also others see potantial for improvement there
and are willing to contribute.  Just how to approach best..


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