Measures taken by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia with the support of the government during the lockdown are as follows:
Teleskola (TVSchool) Project, broadcasting TV lessons, launched on March 30. These lessons encompass all the mandatory subjects between grades I-XII. The project allows all students, regardless of whether they have access to the Internet, find interesting and cognitive lessons across all subjects.
Students and teachers are offered free access to approved electronic versions of school textbooks by the Publishing houses: online textbooks.
The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia has created Microsoft Office 365 user profiles for about 600,000 students of Georgian public schools, 55,000 teachers and school faculty members through the Education Information Management System (EMIS).
A portal has been created that allows students and their parents to access student’s data without the direct involvement of the school administration and teachers.
A virtual classroom has been set up on the Microsoft TEAMS platform, intended for all subjects.
Virtual counseling centers have been organized across all regions of Georgia, allowing volunteer experts from the “New School Model” to help teachers cope with the technological aspects of distance learning.
Data was collected to provide teachers and students with access to the Internet and digital technologies. According to statistics, Microsoft TEAMS has 138,698 users; As of March 23, Office 365 had 143,140 active users; Email and Data Online Storage (OneDrive) has about 14,000 active users. In addition, support groups for the “New School Model” are actively working on school reform, an important component, dictating the introduction of distance learning and the sharing of experiences with other schools and teachers.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia has developed special recommendations that guide parents to ensure the child’s active involvement in distance learning procedures. Also, teachers, through constant communication with parents, will provide information about the progress of the distance learning process, so that students are able to perform all the necessary activities in a timely and adequate manner.
It needs to be mentioned, that Teleskola project, one of the modes of distance learning, will fully support the education of students with special educational needs, as all lessons are accompanied by a gesture translator. It is also planned to record short video clips for students with special educational needs who have difficulty with academic and cognitive skills. Video tutorials include recommendations for developing fine motor skills, perception, attention, memory, and thinking. These video clips will be intended for parents to support the development of students with disabilities through the use of family resources.
To address the new challenges, the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia and the Center for Psychosocial Services of the LEPL Resource Officers offer parents list of simple recommendations to help them cope with the ongoing situation
Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia together with the National Center for Assessment and Examinations, decided to extend the deadline for registration for the Unified National and Graduate exams, and Student Grant Competition to April 30, by 18:00.
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All teachers and students can now use artificial intelligence in the form of chatbots in test-mode in the distance learning process. The chatbot helps the school community to implement and get used to the remote learning practices.