The Skolengo videoconference has pride of place in a Seine-Maritime junior school in the presence of the President of the Department and the press

Published on December 4, 2020 - Updated on July 6, 2021

On the 3rd of December, a presentation of the Skolengo Videoconference service took place in the Emile Verhaeren de Bonsecours Junior School in the Seine-Maritime Department. This presentation was organized at the request of the Department President, Bertrand Bellanger.



The Department of Seine-Maritime decided to equip the 109 Junior Schools in the Department with the Videoconference service, integrated into the Skolengo EMS solution that has been deployed since 2014 under the name Arsene76.
 
The presentation consisted of simulating a situation in which students are Covid “contact cases”. Some of the students followed their courses normally in class and the others remotely (for the purposes of the simulation, a small group of students representing the “contact cases” were installed in the library). Virginie Soudais, mathematics teacher, held her class normally in hybrid teaching mode: she shared the content on the whiteboard and had all students participate including those remotely, by answering their questions via the chat in the Videoconference tool.

Classe virtuelle maths dans un collège de Seine-Maritime
Classe virtuelle maths dans un collège de Seine-Maritime

For the School Principal, Frédérique Thérain, the Videoconference service integrated into the Skolengo EMS, allowed access to the Videoconference to be controlled, “only students having an EMS account on Arsene76 being able to connect to the videoconference”. On the teacher’s side, “the organization was simple and intuitive”. In 1 click, the connection was established only with authorized students, as of the initial connection. The school has equipped teachers with micro-earphones so they can hold their virtual classes under the best conditions.

According to Frédérique Thérain, the service opens up other possibilities of use than that of the health crisis context.

For example, by creating guest accounts on Arsene76, we are going to be able to develop cultural exchanges with other schools, in particular in the framework of the Erasmus program. We have also planned to organize our annual inter-school dance and singing competition (11 schools from the Department are enrolled in it this year) by videoconference: the schools get together online to view each  performance directly!

With press there, the President of the Seine-Maritime Department, Bertrand Bellanger, underlined the importance of these digital systems like Videoconference or the integration of online office-tool services into the Arsene76 EMS project, for reducing the bills for digital services and computing equipment for families.