Quarantine strikes Lithuania as all schools and universities have been closed since March 16th. Students and teachers are looking for traditional education alternatives to start remote learning/teaching during the quarantine period.
Lithuanian EdTech companies are stepping up to this challenge. They open up their online classroom platforms for Lithuania and other countries to use as solutions during the Covid-19 quarantine.
Take a look at these available solutions and choose an educational resource that suits your needs the best
(the list is regularly updated).
BitDegree is a blockchain-based, gamified online learning platform that focuses on providing quality online courses. Besides offering paid courses, BitDegree has dozens of free options as well, giving people with limited financial resources a chance to educate themselves during this difficult time. Also, educators are welcome to use this platform for free, upload lessons and encourage learners to study from them. Thanks to the newest update of the Instructor Studio, teachers will be able to monitor students’ activity and create quizzes to test them.
Code Academy kids is a programming academy that also aims to fill the current gap in education. The academy provides courses for students of various ages, from 5-year-olds to 18-year-olds. Since March 13, all classes have been taken online, letting Lithuanian students learn from the safety of their homes. Virtual classrooms allow students from the country to start remotely learning various programming concepts and principles.
Eduka is also one of the online learning platforms that Lithuanian students can choose. The platform creates a virtual classroom, allowing students and teachers to collaborate efficiently. In Eduka, you can create groups of students, provide exercises for them to work on, assign homework, and provide other relevant information.
Edukraftas is a project by Trys Kubai, encouraging students to learn math, biology, chemistry, programming, and other subjects in an unexpected way. This initiative combines learning and gaming, making it a very popular choice for students. The idea of the project is to encourage students to play Minecraft and build a space station on Mars. During this process, students will learn different topics, develop their creativity, and create a vision for life on Mars.
Bit & Byte is not a remote learning platform originally. However, addressing the current crisis, the platform is developing online classes on various technological experimentations and solutions. This is also one of the online learning platforms that focus on Lithuanian kids from the ages of 7 to 12. The platform will soon introduce online classes for them to encourage them to keep developing their innovative spirit and creativity.
A remote learning platform called “Gintaras” has created a reliable network, encouraging Lithuanian students to learn systematically and remotely. It offers exciting lessons that develop in-demand research skills, provides a channel to communicate with specialists, and teaches about the most innovative solutions.
GoHisto is a solution for Lithuanian students that are preparing for their history exams. The online learning platform provides exercises created by people responsible for making mandatory examination tasks. After completing these exercises, students will realize which topics require revision. The platform provides material for further studying as well. Even though the long-term use of GoHisto requires a fee, you are welcome to sign up for a free trial.
Robotikos Mokykla takes action during this quarantine period and hopes to provide quality material on robotics and programming. The organization offers live streams of their lessons. Additionally, Robotikos Mokykla takes advantage of Discord, giving a chance for peers to communicate and ask questions during live streams. For these lessons to work smoothly, one teacher will explain the material, and another will answer questions from students.
Egzaminatorius joins the club of online teaching platforms, giving students the opportunity to prepare for their exams. The platform offers learning material on various subjects, video lessons, and other recommendations for efficient studying. Egzaminatorius offers two modes: one for completing tests with necessary information, and the other for self-evaluation, letting students determine how well they have learned a topic. This online learning platform offers a free trial for you to explore its features and advantages. Additionally, teachers can use this platform for inspiration when preparing tests for their students, and encourage them to use this platform as a way to continue with their learning during quarantine.
Pedagogas is an option for educators’ remote learning. Fighting the obstacles that teachers currently face, this platform offers its services free-of-charge. Teachers in Lithuania can sign up and start exploring the options provided by Pedagogas. The classes on this platform address prevalent issues in education, such as the lack of motivation, or helping students with learning disabilities.
EMA is a free online learning platform that allows students to enjoy a customized and interactive learning experience. The platform provides exercises and material on different subjects, such as math, languages, geography, biology, and more! Right now, EMA addresses the Corona crisis and offers its services free of charge to all schools in Lithuania. Through this platform, teachers can track students’ learning process, provide them with necessary assignments, and even evaluate their work.
Mokslinčius is another free platform for remote learning, providing video lectures to its students. Students can watch video lessons and put their acquired knowledge to the test by completing exercises after each lecture. This platform also offers scholarships for students that collect tickets. All tasks and lessons are prepared following the regulations from the Department of Education and Science.
Mokytojo Turinys is a source for various posters. According to the creators, teachers often find it difficult to motivate or interest students. Therefore, colorful and informative posters on subjects such as math, history, or biology might trigger their interest. In the light of the Corona crisis, Mokytojo Turinys has released some posters on personal hygiene, encouraging children to wash their hands.
Istorija Tau is among those online learning platforms that aim to teach students through video content. A lot of the lessons focus on the history of Lithuania. Therefore, Lithuanian students will find these videos helpful to their preparation for history exams or tests at school. Besides videos, this website also provides reading material on such topics as Renaissance, wars, and political theories.
Vaizdo Pamokos is a versatile platform for remote learning. It provides video material suitable for students from different grades. Additionally, it divides its content according to the subject. For instance, you can easily find videos on math, languages, physics, and even programming in one convenient location. All services provided are free, giving anyone a chance to continue or start their learning journey.
100 Balų is a brilliant option for learning and practicing English remotely. Besides giving you lessons on different topics, 100 Balų provides dozens of exercises for you to work on. Therefore, you can start your balanced and free learning experience by reading lessons, and then testing your understanding of each topic with suitable exercises.
Kibitz is a dream come true for students interested in mastering the art of visual effects, virtual reality, games, animations, graphic design, and other related areas. The organization encourages students and educators to explore its free workshops, seminars, or paid courses. Instead of offering pre-recorded video lessons, Kibitz provides live-online courses that allow viewers to communicate with educators directly during lessons. The organization also presents a class schedule for its remote learning options. Check out their timetable and register for courses on Unity3D, Blender, Unreal Engine, Adobe Photoshop, and a bunch of other software applications.
SEB E. akademija is a free remote learning option for people interested in starting or improving their businesses. Entrepreneurs can find dozens of pre-recorded lessons discussing funding options, business strategies, client management, and other successful techniques for making your business stand out among its competitors. Short lessons are presented by professionals from all over the globe, giving learners an exclusive insight into the time-tested industry strategies.
The creators of Kūrybingumo mokykla aim to free the creative thinking of the students and encourage them to come up with original and innovative ideas. High school students and their teachers can access 12 video lessons prepared by the lecturers at Vilnius University and creative mentors for free. Watching them, they will be challenged to apply their creative thinking for not just art, literature, or music, but also for the disciplines that are usually considered to be very exact: mathematics, physics, chemistry, IT, and others.
Lietuvos Junior Achievement wants the students to use their time in quarantine to improve their knowledge about economics and entrepreneurship. To help them achieve this goal, they are giving away free access to an interactive textbook ‘Ekonomika ir verslumas 11–12 klasėms’ and an accompanying teacher’s book. The informative guide contains comprehensive learning materials, individual and team assignments. The organization is also sharing the Youth Empowered educational program, which will provide 9–12-grade students with a better understanding of their own abilities and the critical skills today’s job market requires.
Jaunasis reindžeris invites children of 6–14 years of age to get to know the nature of Lithuania better, learn about geology and environmental issues. The digital platform offers two kinds of tasks: some can be completed online, and for other, more practical assignments, the students will have to wander outside, go on their own adventures, and do some hands-on research. Having completed a task, the student receives a badge – if they collect a certain amount, they can move onto the next level. The platform is created in collaboration with professionals of environmental educations: biologists, zoologists, and specialists working in national and regional parks.
Kompetencijų ugdymas is a methodological website for middle-school teachers presented by the Education Development Center. The platform focuses on helping the students develop a strong ability to learn effectively. Next to examples of project activities, templates, resources, and assignments, the teachers will find comprehensive general information on contemporary education ideas, key professional competencies, and techniques for their further development. By using the materials provided, educators can improve the teaching processes, reach better results in collaborating with the school community, and help students achieve better learning outcomes.
Matematika.lt is a great learning tool for any high school student preparing to take their math examinations. In the digital platform, they can find over a hundred video lectures presented by professional educators with years of experience in high schools. Every time a teacher introduces a new topic, they also present the viewers with tasks from the exams students took in the past few years and explain how to solve them step by step. This way, in addition to learning actual mathematics, the students get familiar with the structure of state exams!
In the last few years, the Gamtukai mobile studio visited schools all around Lithuania and organized dozens of educational events focused on getting to know nature better. Even though the project is now over, some of the activities have been moved to the digital space. In the platform, students can continue completing tests, watching videos and pre-recorded scientific experiments. All the materials have been prepared by professionals of nature science and informal education, who are currently developing comprehensive tools for educators (coming to the platform soon).
GIS mokykla is a joint project presented by the Lithuanian Geography Teachers Association and UAB Hnit-Baltic. Every school that joins the program gets free access to the most modern Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. Using it, the students can explore their environment and master creating interactive digital maps. The platform also contains teaching materials and multiple examples of how GIS can be used to break the monotony of not just geography, but also history, IT, and other types of lessons at schools.
Vilnius Coding School and Kaunas Coding School have been offering offline coding, testing, data analytics, and web design courses for a few years now. However, during the quarantine period, they have also decided to offer distance learning. Lectures are live-streamed from the classroom, according to a schedule prepared and shared with students in advance. Students can communicate amongst themselves and talk directly to the teacher. After the live-stream is finished, a recording is saved and made available to rewatch anytime. For those who complete the training, the school also provides career counseling and helps with the job search.
What started as a didactic project for kindergarteners of ages 2-5 soon grew into a mobile application available for every parent, guardian or educator on Google Play. SunnyFunnies combines interactive storytelling with educational games. To achieve the goal of teaching preschoolers in a safe and effective manner, the creators of the app teamed up with the professors of the Vytautas Magnus University Education Academy. They created age-appropriate tasks that help develop the child’s artistic expression, perception, and language skills.
ELIIS is an online system that simplifies monitoring and organizing the activities of kindergartens and other institutions that provide preschool education. Different types of users can choose for a vast choice of practical services. The parents can monitor activities of their own child, as well as the whole group of kindergarteners, and communicate with educators. The teachers can use the system for documentation, planning, and filling out digital diaries. Government officials can log in to review detailed statistics. ELIIS is an everyday choice of around 10,000 kindergarten teachers and headmasters.
The Flyent system has been specifically designed to teach those whose mother tongue is not Lithuanian to speak and understand the language fluently. It is a listening-based system – therefore, you won’t find any rules of grammar, syntax, or complicated theory. Using their computers or mobile devices, students can listen to recordings of conversations and monologues in proper Lithuanian – this way, they acquire language skills gradually, get used to using the correct forms and constructions of words, as well as correct pronunciation. They can also test their skills by completing simple exercises provided with each recording.