Origo Education, creators of the popular GO Maths and Stepping Stones maths programs will launch a free online resource to help keep primary school children learning even if isolated at home due to COVID-19.
The company plans to begin releasing the new ‘learn from home’ and ‘teach from home’ activities on Monday 23 March.
Free content will be released each week, specifically created to align with the curriculum typically taught at this time in the academic year.
“We are looking to develop a 6-week plan that has the potential to be expanded to eight weeks, if not more. This is not a situation that is likely to dissipate in a short amount of time, so we have to be prepared to support our young learners in any way that we can, which includes offering backup to their at-home support network,” said Co-Founder, Dr Calvin Irons, who has been in the mathematics education industry for over 50 years.
Origo Education has been supporting over 800,000 primary school students with its products for more than 25 years.
“With over 70 countries around the world closing their schools due to the Coronavirus, we decided to step up and do what we could to help the community, especially mums and dads at home with children needing to continue their education,” said Co-Founder and CEO James Burnett.
“The team is working to get the free resources uploaded to our website this week,” said Burnett.
“The online resource will contain daily activities designed for use by a caregiver or remote teacher who is away from their school. It will also be particularly helpful for those in communities and schools that may not have the infrastructure to support digital classrooms.
“These free resources will complement year level mathematical concepts and skills. No login will be required,” said Burnett.
“Children need to touch base with key learnings on a daily basis to ensure progress isn’t lost. It may not be as much as they would normally undertake in their classroom, but it’s something to help them maintain concepts and skills during this downtime.”
Origo Education already has core programs online that are accessible for teachers, where content can be shared digitally and via a digital classroom environment.