Google Meets and Classroom, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom do not work for everyone. The problem is how to give as many interns access as easily as possible.
Why is this a problem?
We have some issues running a virtual summer school enrichment program that serves such a wide variety of students. We call them interns. Some interns can easily access all of the features on Google Classroom, while others are blocked on some features. The same is true, in reverse, for Microsoft Teams. Zoom is occassionally an option. Public facing websites are accessible to everyone, so here it is.
Why is all this necessary?
Dekalb Virtual Career Academy is a fantastic program run in the summer by Dekalb County, Georgia and Dekalb County School District. Kids who are between the ages of rising 9th grade to young adults may apply to learn and earn over the summer enrichment program. We have many groups of kids interested in this program because it pays students cash money while they enroll in a variety of enrichment activities for college and career readiness. Some of our kids are rising 9th grade, rising 10th grade, rising 11th grade, or rising 12th grade and have a DCSD email address. Other students have graduated, dropped out, or are returning to school and do not have a DCSD email address. Other students have moved in, or are homeschooled, or are private schooled. There are other groups as well. They do not have DCSD email addresses either. Then there are all the ways interns access the content - mobile, ChromeBook, laptop, desktop, DCSD School desktops, public library desktops, etc. Each type of system has its own firewalls. The world wide web has the least amount of firewalls.