Respondus Lockdown Browser

Respondus Lockdown Browser is a specially-designed web browser for taking online exams. It prevents students from copying, pasting, taking screen captures, using instant messaging programs, accessing other applications, or accessing other websites (unless configured to allow access to specified external sites).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, several schools & universities turned to Respondus Lockdown Browser to manage their distance exams.

How LockDown Browser Works:

  • Assessments are displayed full-screen and cannot be minimized
  • Browser menu and toolbar options are removed, except for Back, Forward, Refresh and Stop
  • Prevents access to other applications including messaging, screen-sharing, virtual machines, and remote desktops
  • Printing and screen capture functions are disabled
  • Copying and pasting anything to or from an assessment is prevented
  • Right-click menu options, function keys, keyboard shortcuts, and task switching are disabled
  • An assessment cannot be exited until the student submits it for grading
  • Assessments that are set up for use with LockDown Browser cannot be accessed with other browsers




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Free Virtual Graduation Ceremony with Microsoft Teams

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many students will, unfortunately, miss out on the chance to celebrate their accomplishments with a traditional graduation ceremony this year. However, a virtual graduation ceremony can still go ahead with Microsoft Teams.

From early May through July 1st, holders of a Microsoft Office 365 A1, which is free for educational institutions, will have the ability to host online live graduation with up to 20,000 attendees. A pre-recorded graduation and a celebration with “photos & videos” are also available.

Plan your graduation here:

Virtual Graduation Ceremony

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Discover 12 Useful Learning Management Systems for Distance Learning

As concerns around COVID-19 pandemic grew, several schools turned to Learning Management Systems (LMS) to manage their distance learning. Below is a list, shared by UNESCO, of the most used Learning Management Systems around the world:

  • CenturyTech – addresses gaps in knowledge through personal learning pathways with micro-lessons while challenging students and promoting long-term memory retention.
  • ClassDojo – connects teachers with students and parents to build classroom communities.
  • Edmodo – manages classrooms and engages students remotely, through offering tools and resources backed with a variety of languages.
  • Edraak – offers online education with material and resources for school learners and teachers in Arabic.
  • EkStep – provides an open learning platform with a collection of learning resources to support literacy and numeracy.
  • Google Classroom – helps classes connect remotely, communicate, and stay organized.
  • Moodle – serves a community-driven and globally supported open learning platform.
  • Nafham – hosts an Arabic language online learning platform with educational video lessons that correspond with Egyptian and Syrian curricula.
  • Paper Airplanes – matches individuals with personal tutors for 12-16-week sessions conducted via video conferencing platforms.
  • Schoology – equips teachers with tools for instruction, learning, grading, collaboration, and assessment.
  • Seesaw – enables the creation of collaborative and sharable digital learning portfolios and learning resources.
  • Skooler – turns Microsoft Office suite into an education platform.


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7 Interesting Tools for Creating Digital Learning Content

UNESCO published 7 interesting tools for creating digital learning content to help schools switch to online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below is the list of the most used tools for creating digital learning content:

  • Thinglink –  creates interactive images, videos, and other multimedia resources.
  • Buncee – supports the creation and sharing of visual representations of learning content, including media-rich lessons, reports, newsletters, and presentations.
  • EdPuzzle –  creates video lessons.
  • Kaltura – creates and manages videos with integration options for various learning management systems.
  • Nearpod – creates lessons with informative and interactive assessment activities.
  • Pear Deck – facilitates the design of engaging instructional content with various integration features.
  • Squigl – creates content and transforms speech or text into animated videos.


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