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The same storm on different ships

A great storm, called COVID, swept away everything in its path, turning calm seas into uncontrollable tides; creating unprecedented crises in social and cultural spheres around the world.

The educational sphere was one of its biggest victims, since no one was prepared to face such a situation, the sudden closure of activities caused drastic changes, forcing educational institutions to put aside traditional education and venture into virtual education.

In quick response to this situation, institutions and teachers are chosing digital platforms to remotely complement their teaching methodology, managing to overcome the challenges of the storm.

These are some experiences that teachers shared with us, who managed to overcome the challenges of their journeys, demonstrating that educational tools such as CloudLabs STEM are the rudder that guides and gives direction to ships to navigate through strong tides. 

Very close to Chinchaycocha Lake in Junín-Peru, due to its altitude (4,100 meters above sea level) considered the highest lake in the world, my students’ learning was oriented towards being in the classroom, some days in the Laboratory and others on field trips. But one day, the pandemic began and a microscopic virus, “SARS-CoV-2”, limited us to staying at home and adapting to virtual teaching and learning that became boring and stressful, until one day we discovered a fun virtual way of learning, as we entered into the wonderful world of CloudLabs STEM Laboratories, where there are various labs and science simulators; for example, in the chemistry simulator there were laboratory instruments and reagents, and when we carried out the virtual practice, we observed the magical way that the lighter was lit and the color of the substances changed, this observation was as if we were in a school laboratory.

In the physics simulator, there were lights that lit up if you did the procedure properly and lights that burned out if you were wrong, the students understood that making mistakes is a new way of learning and accessing knowledge; in the mathematical simulator there are rulers that measure and calculators that helped to obtain the values ​​of the answer. I can conclude that with the advancement of CloudLabs STEM labs and technology, there are always fun ways to learn.” 

Professor Alejandra Francisca Gamarra, Perú

 

 

 “My ship was in Guayaquil… at a time of great uncertainty and when the storm raged most at every home in my city, I wondered how we would handle virtual education in an environment where the majority always bet on the traditional and anything else makes us step out of our comfort zone. It was time to start virtual classes and we had to reinvent ourselves as teachers amd look for the most appropriate digital resources to carry our teaching-learning processes successfully, and it is here where, once again, CloudLabs reached out to me in times of pandemic, it gave me free access to the Physics simulators to incorporate into Moodle and for all my students to have access to the resource, which leads me to the reflection that the worst of storms can be perceived as a drizzle if you associate with the right people; those that see education as learning and collaboration networks, regardless of their geographical location, for the simple pleasure of educating and so that everyone can access education without any kind of distinction.

For both teachers and students, this storm represented a challenge, full of difficulties, learning experiences and the constant reinvention of practices. CloudLabs STEM was a lifesaver in the storm and a great tool for remote learning, as well as being the solution to today’s problem.” 

Professor Alfonso Gutiérrez, Ecuador

 

For teachers of Natural Sciences, it is essential to accompany our theoretical classes with the use of laboratory activities, in order to develop skills that allow us to understand the use of laboratory materials and carry out experiences to verify laws or to contrast hypotheses. With the arrival of the pandemic, this activity was strongly postponed.

Based on this need, I began to look for virtual laboratories that would allow me to work on the contents that are normally developed in a school laboratory.

After a conscious search, I chose CloudLabs since it has a pleasant and intuitive work environment. I use it to enrich my theoretical classes, whether recorded or through videoconferences.

With my students from the Physics and Chemistry faculty, we analyzed the activities proposed by CloudLabs and we agreed that it is a very good tool to develop procedural skills when entering a laboratory.

On the other hand, I believe that we must generate a drastic change in teaching, as it was conceived before the pandemic, and think that CloudLabs will allow us to continue enriching our classes, even in person.

The variety of proposed experiences is diverse and raises experimental activities that are necessary to develop in any Physics and Chemistry course, at the intermediate level in my country.

The CloudLabs images have very good definition and the tools, such as calculator, the explanation of the content, formulas to be used and the graphs with the experimental data are an extra bonus when choosing a virtual laboratory.

One drawback that other laboratories have is that they do not have a Spanish version. CloudLabs has clear and concise explanations and I always had a prompt response to the concerns raised to the advisory team at my disposal.

Each one of the students work at their oun learning speed and have the possibility of repeating the experiences as many times as they wish.

Thanks to CloudLabs I recovered in my virtual classes what I like the most about science … Teaching how to learn by experimenting.”

Professor Pedro, Argentina

It is clear that this pandemic has completely disrupted the traditional educational system, and everything points to the future education model of face-to-face, while simultaneously enabling online work spaces, such as virtual laboratories.

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5th Korea-LAC

In October 2019, I was invited by ProColombia to participate in the fifth business summit between South Korea and Latin America. The Colombian delegation group was led by high government representatives, starting with the Tourism, Commerce and Industry Minister, Jose Manuel Restrepo. Among the participants were representatives from various fields; including the food industry, renewable energy, information and technology and 4.0 industries as well as academics.

The goal of the delegation was to promote commercial flow and incentivize investments, as well as promote cooperation in topics such as creative industries, the use of science and technology for industrial innovation and the implementation of the 4th industrial revolution in Colombia. Korea-LAC summit is organized by the IDB, the Korean ministry of economy and finance, Korean Exim bank and KOTRA (Korean agency for the promotion of commerce and investment). As a Highlight, South Korea is the third largest Asian investor in Colombia. According to the Republic’s Bank, in the last decade there were incoming transactions for over USD $183 million. Our virtual laboratories proposal was very well received by the audiences.

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CloudLabs is one of the 100 most innovative Edtech companies in LATAM

We want to share some good news!

Holon IQ, the educational intelligence company, published a list called LATAM EDTECH 100, where they selected the 100 most innovative educational technology companies in Latin America. We are pleased to share that CloudLabs is on this list in the Virtual Learning Environments category.

In the selection process Holon IQ analyzed more than 1000 companies in the region, including CloudLabs, and evaluated the product, user experience, team and growth potential.

You can follow the full story here: https://www.holoniq.com/notes/latam-edtech-100/

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CloudLabs Experience: BETT SHOW 2020

On the 23rd of January 2020, our CEO, Jiovany Orozco Parra, represented CloudLabs in the final of the Global EdTech Startup Awards, which were celebrated as part of the BETT Show 2020, one of the most important events in the ED-Tech industry.

The event brought together 19 companies, which were acknowledged as the most innovative companies of the year. CloudLabs represented Latin America, and we were given the opportunity to present our experience to an audience of more than 1,000 stakeholders. We were able to proudly represent Colombia with an innovative product which allows students to have fun while learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics, through video games simulating scenarios from real life.

At the BETT Show, we had the opportunity to share experiences in a space which demonstrates the importance of technology in the learning process, and how implementing it correctly in institutions helps to improve the quality of education and to captivate students’ interest in learning science.

We would like to thank our CloudLabs team and the other people who are part of this project, as it is with their help that we are transforming the learning of science.

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We are finalists in The GSV Cup 2020

CloudLabs participated in the ASU GSV 2020 Summit; the most impactful meeting of leaders in education and technology, and took part in the GSV Elite Cup; a group made up of 200 of the most innovative business ideas around learning and working in the world.

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CloudLabs in the major leagues of the education sector

CloudLabs was the protagonist in the awards ceremony for the Milken-Penn GSE 2020 Education Business Plan Contest, which is held every year in Philadelphia, United States.

The Colombian company, from Risaralda, won the award from the American public university system, one of three awards given by the contest’s organization, whose themes are related to global educational transformation. 200 companies from 37 countries applied to the contest, which is organized by the Milken-Penn Foundation and the association of US Universities, and led by the University of Pennsylvania; of those 200 companies, 28 made it to the semifinal out of which only 9 companies were not from the United States.  For the finals, 8 companies were chosen, 7 of which were local and CloudLabs from Colombia.