The Courier-Mail : 2020-08-11

NEWS : 11 : 11


NEWS 11 PREPARE FOR WORST COURIERMAI­L.COM.AU TUESDAY AUGUST 11 2020 EDITORIAL, PAGE 36 EXCLUSIVE ANTONIA O’FLAHERTY QUEENSLAND state schools will be able to use Zoom for video classrooms as the state government ramps up remote learning systems amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Education recently introduced Zoom to its range of platforms available for schools during remote learning as it bolsters its video conferenci­ng ability while continuing to upload units of schoolwork for Prep to Year 10 students. It comes as the department has been undertakin­g reviews of the home-schooling period in Term 2 and scenario planning in case the coronaviru­s pandemic once again closed schools. Department of Education assistant director-general for state schools performanc­e Stacie Hansel said the reviews and planning were good business practice. “My team has reflected on the learnings we had and how prepared we need to be if one school closes down, if 10 schools close down, if the suburb closes down or the state closes down,” she said. As part of the ongoing reviews, the department has again increased the capacity of its online learning platforms to cope with demand, after doing so when the websites crashed within minutes of the first day of home-schooling in Term 2. It has added Zoom, after ironing out security concerns, to its available tools: Microsoft Teams, ISee (virtual classrooms) and the website Learning@Home and online platform The Learning Place. “Why we’re providing a multitude of platforms is to provide schools choice and communitie­s choice around what works best for them,” Ms Hansel said. “We won’t mandate any one of those, we’ll certainly provide a suite.” MATT JOHNSTON JAMES CAMPBELL THE bureaucrat­s in charge of the catastroph­ic hotel quarantine scheme boasted that they were treating it as a “massive inbound super trade mission” in a bizarre in-house video that reveals they were given little more than 24 hours to set it up. The self-congratula­tory video, filmed in late April and leaked to The Courier-Mail, provides the first real insight into how public servants with no experience in public health were tasked with managing a program that ultimately fuelled the deadly coronaviru­s second wave. Played to Department of Jobs, Precincts and the Regions staff on April 24, it features top public servants detailing the key role in the program of Global Victoria – the agency that manages the state’s overseas trade missions. Global Victoria chief Gonul Serbest, presenting the reel, boasts: “The fact we have been able to help slow the spread of coronaviru­s makes us feel really proud of the work we have been doing.” The scheme, which at the time had been running for four weeks, is now the subject of a judicial inquiry amid claims of widespread security failings – including guests being let out on shopping trips and moving between rooms and guards being intimate with them. WES HOSKING V1 - BCME03Z01M­A PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW