Last week, Boris Johnson announced that schools across the UK will close, to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
As a result, thousands of children will, starting this week, have to be taught remotely. In search of ways to accommodate the new reality faced by British families, many parents and teachers are turning to technology.
Teachers work side by side with artificial intelligence in online lessons
On Saturday, education technology company Atom Learning hosted their first online lesson, with 958 children attending. The company has free lessons scheduled throughout the coming weeks.
“We have been amazed by the number of parents expressing interest, and signing their children up for the online lessons” says CO-founder of Atom Learning Alex Havatny.
Atom Learning combines teacher made content with Artificial Intelligence to create optimal learning paths for children, by tailoring content to the individual child.
“We work with hundreds of schools and multiple Multi-Academy Trusts across the country, and we know it requires additional skills to teach effectively online, which is why in light of the COVID-19 crisis, with the support of our partner schools, we are providing unlimited access to online lessons hosted by professional teachers to our thousands of subscribers.
Schools are increasingly embracing technology
While schools have increasingly begun to use the technologies being developed by the UK’s fast-growing EdTech industry, the current crisis has led many more to rapidly adopt new technologies, to meet the new demand for remote teaching. Atom Learning is partnering with schools, and provide the schools with free access to their technology.
“Atom Learning has proved a very useful platform, both for work that is controlled by the school and for self-directed learning. The tools available on the school platform have allowed us to establish online homework for pupils at a bespoke level of difficulty and timing” - says Tony Chan, Deputy Head at Sussex House School, one of the early adopters of Atom Learning.
Atom Learning is a British education technology company, located in London. Atom Learning is partnered with hundreds of schools across the UK and internationally.