The schools are facing major problems due to the closure - and two pressing questions: How long will it last? And how can teaching still be done? It is not enough to simply throw learning materials at the pupils. What is needed is a solution that enables teachers to establish visual contact with the young people.
For a long time we have been using BigBlueButton for our meetings, client appointments and training sessions. BBB is an open source software that we host ourselves and that can be used in a DSGVO-compliant way.
As ambassadors for free and open source software (FOSS), it goes without saying that we rely on free and open source software (as an alternative to proprietary and commercial software) for video conferencing and remote training solutions.
With BBB, classic video conferences can be held, in which you can also participate via telephone. But the programme can do much more. The ability to share screen content with other participants and work together on a board is what makes it really interesting.
With BigBlueButton, it is very easy to set up classrooms in which lessons are held on the Smartboard or computer as usual. The difference to the normal school day is that the kids sit at their computers at home. Interactions such as hand messages, questions or working together on the whiteboard are no problem. Even the teachers do not necessarily have to be at school. They can also hold lessons from home.
Of course, presentation files can be uploaded and shared. A chat and breakout rooms are also integrated to enable further work in smaller teams.
Anyone who wants to teach or hold video conferences in a DSGVO-compliant and secure manner will find BigBlueButton a very good alternative to solutions such as Skype, Microsoft Teams, Google Hangouts, Zoom, which are not data protection-compliant.