Coronavirus: TV education program for schoolchildren starts on ARD-alpha

From next week on, the ARD-alpha television channel will allow schoolchildren to learn from home using teaching materials. The Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation (BR) and the Ministry of Culture in Bavaria will start the school at home program from Monday.

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The ARD-alpha television channel – until 2014 BR-alpha – can be received nationwide via cable television or live in the ARD media library. Monday to Friday, different learning formats will be broadcast from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., as the BR announced on March 15, 2020. The content can also be accessed via the BR media library and includes additional materials on the information portal Mebis added.

The program should be suitable for all grades of secondary schools in Bavaria, taking into account every subject group (MINT, humanities, languages) every day. Bavaria's Minister of Culture Michael Piazolo (free voters) told the BR: "It is important that we offer our students various options for working on lessons from home." Since the station can be viewed throughout Germany, the content should also be suitable for students from other federal states.

Schools will remain closed for the time being

On March 13, 2020, the Bavarian state government decided to close all schools in Bavaria by the end of the Easter holidays due to the current situation surrounding the novel corona virus. Bavaria is not the only federal state to close its schools: Little by little, all other countries have announced a closure, which will usually come into force on Monday, March 16, 2020.

Providing lesson information about a television program may be one of the easiest ways to deliver content to students at home. A disadvantage may be that the lessons are not individually adapted and that students cannot easily ask if they do not understand something.

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