This video compare features that are available in the free versions of Nearpod and Peardeck. This resource also showcases several of the features that Nearpod offers. If you would like support in learning or using Nearpod or Peardeck, conctact your area Digital Learning Coordinators.
The staff at West Lake Middle School have collaborated with one another in order to build capacity in each other and to prepare to engage their students in blended/remote learning.
Adobe Premiere Rush is a cross-device cloud-based video editor. You can edit and create videos with video footage or photographs/images. The following videos will walk you through everything you need to know in order to get started with Adobe Premiere Rush. I would encourage you to apply what you learn in each video as you progress through the project-based tutorial. I have included project files for you to work with as you learn how to use Rush.
Math Teachers, calling all WCPSS Math teachers. This Friday April 24th at 1:00 we will demonstrating how to use a whiteboard app to create engaging and impactful math screencast videos for your students. This app will work with your new touch screen laptops and stylus.We will have time for questions and answers. Join the Google Meet meeting with the provided link. You will not want to miss this demonstration. Contact [email protected] to officially be invited to the demonstration.
Teachers and students are not hearing the audio when they play videos during a live Google Meet meeting. I recomend you provide students with the video prior to your meeting. Let them watch the video before your Google Meet meeting and then discuss the video during the meeting.
If you absolutely need to play a video during a Google Meet meeting, these two videos will show you how you can play and hear a video during a Google Meet meeting. Contact me or your area DLCs if you need additional support. Solution #2 is what you should try first if you are using a Windows computer.
Remote Learning involves various modes of communication between the teacher and the students. Synchronous refers to live or occurring at the same time. Asynchronous learning does not occur live or at the same time. There are times to communicate with students synchronously and times when it is more effective to communicate or deliver instruction asynchronously.
Teachers across the world are meeting online with video conference tools like Google Meet. These meetings are not intended to be used to deliver instruction to students. The deliver of the instruction occurs asynchronously for a variety of reasons. Live/synchronous meetings with students are intended to be utilized to check in with students, facilitate discussions, answer questions students may have about the instruction that was delivered asynchronously, and provide students with feedback.
Best Practices for Live Meetings
The Wake County Public School System has created a collection of best practices for video meetings. I would recommend you read through their resource. I would like to highlight and elaborate on a few best practices they recommend teachers implement.
- Preparing Resources – Anticipating that students will have questions, need clarification, or request additional resources and support, I would recommend that you create a hyper doc a head of time that houses the resources you may refer to. If you add your hyper doc to the chat, students may not capture them during your meeting. Instead you can house you hyper doc in your LMS along with the invitation and link to the meeting. Students can then easily access your resources.
- Establish Meeting Guidelines – You use protocols and guidelines in your classroom to maintain order and this approach will also be beneficial in an online environment. For example, have everyone mute their microphone and raise their hand, using the Nod extension, if they would like to speak. Students can also add to the chat when they have a question or comment.
- Visual Content – Use visuals like slide shows, graphic organizers, images, and digital whiteboards. These will help engage the students and keep the meeting on topic. If you have audio issues with videos, check out these solutions.
- Equitable Awareness – Not all students can attend a live meeting for a variety or reasons. They may not have a device, they may not have internet access, they may not have data to spare, they may have to share a device, they may have family obligations, or there can be other circumstances that prevent them from being able to attend. These are also reasons why you want to deliver instruction asynchronously.