While it is easy to make fun of students taking advantage of the current global lockdowns to play Fortnite, due to the ongoing pandemic, the fact is that children are losing out on meaningful educational material.
This puts additional pressure on parents, who not only need to ensure that their children can learn from home, but also provide them with the equipment they need to learn from their bedrooms effectively.
Although many households have access to a computer and broadband, there might not be enough screens for everyone if the entire family works from home. The PlayStation 4, which can be used as a makeshift device, is a nifty solution suggested by some UK colleges. The built-in Web browser supports many portals and programs, such as Microsoft Teams, so the console can be a lifesaver in these challenging times.
WILLIAM Shows A WAY TO ACCESS HWB WITHOUT A LAPTOP BEFORE TEACHING AWAY: There is an option if a student doesn’t have access to a laptop at home. A step-by-step guide has been created by William to help students access HWB via PS4 or XBOX. Path to walk! October 23, 2020 Pic.twitter.com/cL6TRUwhMh- birchgrovecomp (@birchgrovecomp)
This is not an ideal work environment, of course – particularly when Minecraft’s temptation is just a few clicks away – but in fact, this is a very smart solution for kids who don’t have access to their own laptop or computer. It’s worth remembering that you could also try a smart TV or even a computer like a Raspberry Pi if you don’t have a PS4 or Xbox One.