Vidzeme University helps teachers and pupils with online classes

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In solidarity with high-school teachers, for whom this period of remote training is not easy, Vidzeme University has developed classes and lectures for pupils of classes 9-12, thereby supplementing the school material, Latvian Radio reported April 15.

Mefats Šabani is a Master's student of Cybersecurity Engineering at Vidzeme University and has also engaged in developing classes. His topic is data security on the Internet, social networks, which is particularly important at the moment, when school and leisure are mostly online.

Meanwhile, the head of the Multimedia Laboratory, Iveta Auniņa, teaches students in her masterclass how to take professional video using a smartphone.

"In this lesson, I'm telling such purely practical things that need to be taken into account in order for young people to create as high-quality video as possible, so it is meaningful content and the young people are not ashamed of the content placed on the Internet," Auniņa said.

The topics for lectures, according Vidzeme University Rector Gatis Krūmiņš, are most diverse – from videos to math, physics, biology, geography, informatics and social science.

"We see it is difficult for schools, both sides – both teachers and pupils have a lot more work. Then we saw a great opportunity here that we could come to help with such interdisciplinary, interesting, attractive online lectures.

We give an expanded view from a position of university, tailored to the content of the school, directly to the pupils. We have, it seems, about 20 thematic blocks that we offer, then we work on the basis of Classes 9-12, but we can adapt to others as well," said the rector of the university.

The schools' interest in masterclasses is great. The queue extends to the end of May. In the summer, while the pupils leave, Vidzeme High School will continue to add to the range of masterclass topics. It is already known that in the autumn, environmental sustainability and zero-free lifestyle classes will also be offered.

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