Tips for setting up lessons via video for teachers

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As we are working hard to create more live learning opportunities for all during these trying times, here are some tips that we have gathered over the past years of delivering broadcast learning to schools around the world.

  • Your lesson will probably be guided by some form of slideshow mixed with a video of you talking.
  • Make sure that you change your slideshows to use a large font size and plenty of pictures.
  • Your students may not always be able to see any details clearly depending on bandwidth and so keep your visuals as clear as possible.
  • You will need to decide what you want students to do during any live broadcast. Teacher talk followed by independent or group learning may not work so well now.
  • Consider 'chunking' your learning between teacher exposition and mini-review, with longer student tasks left to complete after the live lesson.
  • Think about what questions you want to address during a live video lesson and which work better via chat during or after the lesson.
  • Questions for clarification or getting a sense via student feedback are good to do during a video lesson.
  • Live chat is a great way of getting multiple students to feedback in a short amount of time, rather than waiting for each student to speak via video.
  • Longer discussion questions may best be held on a 1-2-1 or more of a webinar type setting.
  • In terms of tools, we use YouTube Live as a platform for our broadcast live lessons and Zoom for private live lessons or webinars.
  • Take time to familiarise yourself with the features and options whatever you use.
  • Look at the privacy and live chat options and think about moderation and child online safety.

This is a quick post, with some basic ideas put down. See our live lesson archive for more ideas. We have some live lessons scheduled already with more coming. Do email us or contact us via social for any queries or ideas.

We also saw this good rundown on the practical tech side on the TES.