COLORADO SPRINGS — There's no arguing that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed a massive portion of our daily lives.
In the midst of these changes, many local businesses are finding ways to overcome and adapt to keep their doors open, while at the same time, help those around them.
Similarly, businesses hit hard are reporting a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.
This outpouring reminding all of us that while this global epidemic has changed so much, it HASN'T changed people's desire for community.
This is We're Open Colorado, a segment dedicated to highlighting local businesses that are still open and finding unique ways to serve the community.
With all of this in mind, let's take a look at BombBomb, which is giving away its email video platform to educators in an attempt to help them maximize face-to-face communication and interactions with their students.
"Right now, you're going to have teachers that are used to seeing their students, students that are used to seeing their teachers and they're not going to be able to see them," stated Darin Dawson, president of BombBomb, "that's the big problem that we are trying to solve, is that facelessness."
The Colorado Springs-based software company works to provide a video platform that allows users to attach personal recorded messages to emails.
In a time where teaching and learning are both being done remotely, the company felt it was important to provide educators with as many tools as possible to communicate with their students in a way that got as close to in person interactions as possible.
"Even when they have to be physically distant, they can still be emotionally and socially and psychologically [close]," commented Ethan Beute, chief evangelist at BombBomb.
"That's what drives education," stated one Colorado Springs local teacher, "that's what keeps people inspired and... video apps of this kind, right now, are just about the closest we can get to having that face to face contact and remembering that above all, education is a human to human experience."
BombBomb reports that already more than 4,500 educators have taken advantage of the free platform. They hope to reach 10,000 teachers by the end of this school year.
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