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“Together, we will overcome this crisis with tolerance, creativity and calmness,” says TU president Professor Christian Thomsen  in his latest video message. We have put together some tips and links to help you transition to working from home and adapt to the challenges of homeschooling.

 

 

Working from home

Essential-only presence operations means that many TU staff are now working from home. For some, this represents a new departure. Useful tips can help adapt to this new way of working.

 

 

TU guidelines for working from home

TU Berlin has prepared the following guidelines and instructions for staff working from home:

1.       Staff should agree working hours, the scope of work and the equipment required with their immediate supervisor.

2.       Staff working from home are also covered by statutory accident insurance.

3.       Data protection and data security requirements also have to be met when working from home (see the info sheet regarding data protection and IT security when working from home). 

4.       Employment contracts are unaffected when working from home.

5.       Work involving personal data may only be performed via a VPN access.

6.       You may also use TUB-Cloud and Mail Web Access.

Tips from the Federal Ministry of Health

The Federal Ministry of Health also recently posted a video on organizing working from home.

 

 

YouTube tutorials

Many useful tips and tutorials on working from home are available on YouTube: These cover topics such as which organizations to contact and ideal working times. The job platform Hokify looks at how to set up your workspace at home while Mamiblock provides numerous useful tips on working from home with children.

 

 

Articles

You can also find plenty of suggestions about working from home in magazines and blogs. For instance, Focus looks at the technical aspects of working from home. While the Hamburger Morgenpost has come up with tips to playfully create some free time when working long shifts.

 

 

Useful apps and programs

1.      Video conferences

 

2.       Team boards

 

3.      Exchanging large data volumeshttps://www.campusmanagement.tu-berlin.de/menue/dienste/daten_server/gigamove/

Homeschooling

Some parents regularly undergo the agony of helping their children with their homework. At this time where even more schoolwork has to be done at home in often stressful circumstances, we have put together some useful tips, links and free online offers to help everything run smoothly for parents and children. Kika has identified a few fundamental points  to help deal with homeschooling. Charité Berlin provides an overview of useful tips for organizing homeschooling and dealing with conflict. At the start of June, the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family produced a pamphlet for studying at home aimed at parents and school students. The same department has also put together some online learning offers .   

 

 

Elementary school

Learning websites, apps and programs

  • Anton is a free learning app for smartphones, tablets and PCs offering exercises based on the syllabuses for years 1-10. The app also includes some small games as incentives to study well.
  • Schlaukopf is an interactive site offering online tests for school students to see how well they have mastered the material.
  • Grundschulkönig provides free worksheets and solutions for elementary school students.  

 

Media libraries

  • ZDF Terra X is a TV program showing a wide range of documentaries on topics such as nature, history, science and archeology.
  • Also worth checking out is ZDF’s virtuelle Klassenzimmer. This is a collection of teaching videos organized by age group which addresses standard school material and other topics of interest.
  • Bayerischer Rundfunk’s BR Mediathek Kinder offers a wide range of fun audios, videos and texts for elementary school students (years 1 to 4).

 

News sources

  • Elementary school students are already old enough to understand that we are living in a completely new situation. In their last days at school, they will have heard plenty about the coronavirus from their teachers and classmates. They, too, are interested in events and want to know what will happen next and what is going on in society, politics and science. Logo is a news program aimed at children shown on Kika at 19:50 from Saturday to Thursday and at the earlier time of 19:25 on Fridays.

Senior grades (high school)

Learning websites, apps and programs

  • Anton is a free learning app for smartphones, tablets and PCs offering exercises based on the syllabuses for years 1-10. The app also includes some small games as incentives to study well.
  • Schlaukopf is an interactive site offering online tests for school students to see how well they have mastered the material.

 

Media libraries

  • Planet Schule provides longer films and multimedia offers organized by age and subject and free of charge.
  • ZDF Terra X is a TV program showing a wide range of documentaries on topics such as nature, history, science and archeology.
  • Also worth checking out is ZDF’s virtuelle Klassenzimmer. This is a collection of teaching videos organized by age group which addresses standard school material and other topics of interest.
  • Bayerischer Rundfunk’s BR Mediathek offers a wide range of online videos for homeschooling in key subjects such as German, English, math, biology and chemistry.

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