Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 1

As the Covid-19 pandemic has rapidly changed our immediate world, we’ve been in awe as individuals, communities, educators and businesses have responded with energy and positivity to quickly establish ways of supporting each other.

The Heart of the South West LEP’s Digital Skills Partnership has decided the best way we can support communities during this time is in drawing together information on digital tools and freely available digital training to support the use of those tools.

We’ve also looked a little further out for those of you that may be looking at a period of self-development and put together a list of free online learning for individuals across a wide range of digital skills levels and topics. In this newsletter, you will find:-

For Businesses:-

  • Toolkits and Insights
  • Remote Working Tools
  • Webinars
  • Digital Skills Courses
  • Open Calls

Plus resources for Schools & Community

We’re also exploring ideas for further support and will be back in touch as these plans develop further, along with new information on webinars and opportunities as they become available.

You can also find general advice and guidance for businesses in response to COVID-19 on the dedicated page at the Heart of the South West LEP Growth Hub .

Our thoughts are with you all in these unprecedented times.

Charlotte, Claire and Julie

Heart of the south west LEP - Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 1
Heart of the south west LEP - Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 1
Heart of the south west LEP - Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 1
Heart of the south west LEP - Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 1

Other Tools for Remote Working

  • Google Hangouts Meet and Google Classroom

Google is offering free access to advanced features on Hangouts Meet to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally until 1/07/2020. These advanced features include:

  • hosting meetings of up to 250 participants
  • live streaming up to 100,000 view
  • and recording and saving to Google Drive

Find out more from Google here.

  • Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams are offering a free version of Teams that lifts restrictions on how many users can be part of a team and allows users to schedule video calls, conferences, chat, share files and access 3rd party integrations.

Video training on how to use Microsoft Teams can be accessed here.

  • Zoom

The free version of Zoom enables video conferencing with unlimited 121 calls, group calls with 40 min limit and chat functions.

Check out Zoom here.

Remote Working Webinars

Remote working with Microsoft Teams by Upskill Digital (Microsoft Partner)
When: 25/3/2020 11am
What: Free 45-minute session about how you can empower your team and organisation with Microsoft Teams. Including tips in creating a productive remote working environment.
Sign up here: Remote working with Microsoft Teams

Managing remote teams effectively by Upskill Digital (Microsoft Partner)
When: 26/3/2020 11 am
What: Free 45-minute session on challenges, cohesion, motivation, digital tools, and reducing overheads through remote working.
Sign up here: Managing Remote Teams Effectively

Free courses to develop Digital and Technical Skills

Heart of the south west LEP - Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 1

BT Skills for Tomorrow
Free short video tutorials aimed at business. In the ‘Expanding your Skillset’ section you can find short tutorials on Data Science, Data Visualization, Basics of Code and Machine Learning.

Heart of the south west LEP - Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 1

Future of Tech
Library of resources from CompTIA that include videos and interactive tutorials in Big Data, Cyber Security, Digital Health, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence.

Heart of the south west LEP - Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 1

Cisco Networking Academy
Online courses in the Internet of Things, Linux, Cyber Security, Entrepreneurship.

Heart of the south west LEP - Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 1

Google Digital Garage
Online mini-courses in Digital Marketing, Data, Time Management, Productivity and more.

Heart of the south west LEP - Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 1

Institute of Coding
Offering a wide range of industry-inspired courses co-designed by a network of employers and educations.

Heart of the south west LEP - Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 1

Code Academy
Advanced courses Data Science, Web Development and Mobile Development. Free Pro Academy offers unlimited access passes for 10,000 college students across the world.

Heart of the south west LEP - Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 1

Future Learn
Includes disease outbreak prevention courses.

Heart of the south west LEP - Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 1

Learn My Way
Offers courses on Google, Outlook, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and productivity tools.

Heart of the south west LEP - Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 1

Lynda – LinkedIn Learning
Linkedin Learning with over 4000+ courses.

Heart of the south west LEP - Covid-19 Resilience: Digital Tools & Skills Update 1

Open calls and Competitions

NHSx Techforce: Covid-19 Innovation Challenge

NHSx and PUBLIC have launched TechForce19: a tech challenge launched to offer digital support during COVID-19 outbreak. They are calling on all innovators – startups, tech companies, charities – who can support the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating during COVID-19 to apply for funding of up to £25,000 for a test phase, followed by potential deployment.

Applications will close on 31 March.

Find out more here: https://techforce19.uk/

 

Rapid Call to support Ventilator Innovation

The Frontier Tech Hub, Global Disability Innovation Hub, University College London’s Institute for Healthcare Engineering and the Department for International Development (DFID) are looking at ways to increase the production of the ventilators vital for treating people with Covid-19 respiratory problems in the UK.

They are seeking innovators who have made ventilators that could be scaled. They are looking for technologies from across the globe, especially emerging markets, that can be rapidly adapted to be manufactured in the UK.

The winning technology will be adapted for manufacture and used in the UK by a team at UCL through UCL’s Institute for Healthcare Engineering with GDI Hub, and will receive a licensing fee.

View the call here: http://bit.ly/covid-vent

Resources for schools

Primary

Cyber School
Free-to-attend for Primary and Secondary school students. Classes are held twice daily and last 1 hour. Students attend via Zoom. There are before and after classes for students to complete cyber assignments. Classes will be started on the 30th of March.

Barefoot
Cross-curriculum lessons and resources that are easy to teach for teaching via video link.

2Simple
Cross-curriculum Digital tools.14 day free trial. Paid thereafter.

Secondary and FE Colleges

Code Academy Pro
Course in Web Development, Mobile Development and Data Science. Free Code Academy Pro unlimited access passes for 10,000 college students across the world.

Cyber School
Free-to-attend for Primary and Secondary school students. Classes are held twice daily and last 1 hour. Students attend via Zoom. There are before and after classes for students to complete cyber assignments. Classes will be started on the 30th of March.

iDEA
Offering mini-courses in digital, enterprise and employability skills. As mini subjects are completed you move through your Bronze, Silver, Gold.

Finally, we know it’s not on the topic of digital skills, but the first hurdle is getting the kids out of bed and in the right frame of mind to learn!

So why not get them to start the day with a 30 minute PE lesson with Joe Wicks on YouTube.

You could even get the whole family involved!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6r99N3kXME

Resources for community

BT Skills for Tomorrow 
Offering free short video tutorials aimed at daily life, parents, business and teachers.

In the ‘Daily Life’ section, you can find short tutorials on using email, online shopping, making the most of the internet and keeping your money safe.

In the ‘Parent’ section you can find courses on learning at home and setting controls.

The ‘Managing Money’ section links to the Good Things Foundation courses which include topics on how to apply for Universal Credit.

iDEA
Offering mini-courses in digital, enterprise and employability skills. As mini subjects are completed you move through your Bronze, Silver, Gold.