“If there is someone infected, they can do a PCR and quarantine their classmates. It is also very useful to know who you have been out of the classroom with so that they can also be quarantined as a precaution. But it doesn’t make sense to do the same with the entire center because we would be closing schools all day, ”she says.
A student from the Doctor Jiménez Rueda school looks at his homework on his mother’s cell phone during confinement. A student from the Doctor Jiménez Rueda school looks at his homework on his mother’s cell phone during confinement.
The company ensures that all the data collected is erased every 14 days and that only the professionals agreed by each educational center can access them. This information can also be useful in order to manage the disinfection of different areas: “If the infected have not been in the pavilion or the library, it is still only necessary to disinfect their classroom, the dining room and the corridors . “
Each device, which costs between seven and nine euros per child per month, also has a screen that can display three emojis. A happy one when the safety distance with other children is more than two meters. Another sad one for when you are less than two meters from another person for a while.
And another angry when that safety distance is not respected for at least 10 minutes. In the latter case, the device also emits a short sound. Fraga explains that it is a way for children to “self-manage” and try not to stay near other minors for too long. She considers this to be especially important because even though they wear a mask, they sometimes manipulate it or touch their faces.
The B + Safe company proposes different solutions for going back to the classroom. For example, a capacity control system that shows on a monitor the number of people in the library, the assembly hall or the dining room and indicates whether or not it can pass depending on the number of people inside.
It also has cameras and audio systems for the classrooms so that students in quarantine can follow the classes. For example, the Virgen del Cerro school (Madrid) has installed 14 cameras and audio systems for these hybrid classrooms, according to the company. Similarly, the Community of Madrid has announced its intention to buy 6,000 cameras and 70,000 computers to facilitate online classes .
Andreu Navarra, institute professor and collaborating teacher of the university master’s degree in Humanities: Contemporary Art, Literature and Culture at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), considers that technology can help in the event of a specific or general confinement. Now this does not mean that it is optimal or desirable.
There is unanimity when it comes to pointing out that presence is the main value of any compulsory section teaching. An abusive or draconian digitization harms students, especially the most vulnerable, ”he says.
The commitment to a quality public education “has to go through lowering the number of students per classroom and guaranteeing full attendance”. The teacher explains that until a person has matured, online teaching is “practically inoperative”.
“The figure of the digital native is a myth minors use chats, video games and social networks like TikTok, but they do not know how to use word processors, nor do they program and they are losing essential study skills,” he says.
Still, some students may have to follow some classes from home this year. For many teachers, it is a challenge to capture the attention of their students in this context.
There are tools designed for this. Fran García Ferrández, an English teacher at the EFA El Campico secondary school in Alicante, uses Kahoot . It is an application that can be accessed with a mobile phone, a tablet or a computer that is used to launch questions to the students and that they choose between different answers in an interactive way.
“It can be used with minors of all ages, from primary to secondary,” he explains. He uses it, for example, to review vocabulary, instead of opting for “the typical boring test.” Then, review what each student fails and decide what content should be worked on more. For the students, “it’s like a game.” For this teacher, it is a way for them to rema