Handling a wide range of conversations involving coronavirus (COVID-19) and overall health concerns in your schools and communities can be difficult, especially when trying to parse fact from fiction. If you’re looking for reliable content to share with your members on the prevention of coronavirus, or dealing with anxiety surrounding the virus, we’ve compiled some helpful information from leading health authorities.
We have also included information about tools you can use to continue building a connected learning community and share timely academic updates as schools and universities are closing at an unprecedented rate.
We’ve gathered information that is publicly available to help your Facebook community stay updated with accurate information and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Government of India and various UN agencies are helping citizens plan, prepare, and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).
WHO India Situation Report Page
COVID-19 advisory and awareness – Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Coronavirus Resource Hub on Facebook
Guidance from UNICEF on COVID-19 prevention and control in schools
Facebook’s Online Resources: We Think Digital
Facebook Live enables you to be part of what’s happening around the world in real-time, no matter where you are. If your school can’t meet in person , you can use Facebook Live to host online events and stay connected. Go live from the Facebook app on your phone to broadcast a live discussion. For higher quality broadcasts, you can also use a camera and streaming software on Facebook Live. Broadcast an exam related stress management session via Facebook Live so students who can’t attend in person can watch from anywhere. Learn more about how to go live on Facebook.
WhatsApp helps you connect with those who matter most, reliably and securely. Whether you teach at a school or university, you can use WhatsApp to engage with your students or their parents securely through chat, voice and video calls. Check out the WhatsApp community hub to learn more and as an educator How WhatsApp can help you stay connected during the ongoing health crisis.
As more and more schools are asked to transition to a virtual model, and for many, the bulk of conversations and collaborations are now taking place online, Messenger can help you stay connected with your community even when you can’t be together in person. Make 1:1 and group voice and video calls with coworkers, teachers, school administrators and parents to communicate updates or check in on each other. You can add up to 8 people in group audio and video calls. You can also use Messenger to start a group chat with each other and designate a group admin, as well as transfer files by tapping on the paper clip. Learn more about Messenger.
Technology can help minimize disruption to operations by keeping staff members connected, regardless of where they’re working. With features like groups to provide a single source for daily updates and safety recommendations, mark as important to send high-signal updates to reach everyone effectively, going live via video to make communication more engaging, or Safety Check to quickly acknowledge the well being of your staff, schools use Workplace to increase communication and collaboration in their learning community. For example, the Department of Education of Gujarat have been using Workplace to build community and collaborate across its 115K+ educators.
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