Use Video Streaming Tools to Teach a Quaver Lesson
Video streaming platforms allow teachers to deliver instruction in real-time! Screen-sharing tools within these platforms help you connect with your students virtually and guide them through a Quaver Lesson just as you would in your classroom. This article will provide you with some tips and tricks for using video platforms like Zoom or Meets to teach a Quaver Lesson to students learning remotely or in a hybrid environment.
If this is your first time tackling this topic, do not fear! Quaver’s digital lessons and customization tools make it easy to transfer your instruction to video, without losing the connection to your students.
We recommend the following easy process for leading lessons via live video:
- Prepare: Create or customize a lesson in Quaver’s Resource Manager
- Present: Go live in your video streaming platform
- Improvise: As challenges emerge, be ready to improvise like a great performer!
1 – Prepare Your Lesson
Select a Quaver Lesson from Resource Manager, and edit it to work best for your remote presentation using lesson customization tools in Resource Manager.
Some things you might adjust, depending on your lesson goals:
- Add a Checklist Screen at the beginning of the lesson to review any virtual learning expectations or rules
- Add or adjust activities so students can engage from home, without the use of instruments
- Consider adding more songs students know and love to maintain engagement
- Remove screens that don’t work for your needs!
As you prepare the instructional part of your lesson, we also recommend picking one or two activities in the lesson that you want to share with students to do at home on their device. Use the resource sharing functionality to save the links to these activities to share with students in the chat feature of your streaming platform.
2 – Present Your Lesson
- In whatever platform you are in, select the Share or Present screen option provided.
- You will be prompted to either select a particular tab or extended screen to share.
- Note that in some platforms, you will also be able to “share computer audio” – you will want to be sure that this is selected in order for students to hear the sound from the screen as well as your instruction.
While presenting your Quaver Lesson, consider using the tools in your MENU (bottom left hand corner) – like Draw, Text, and Widget -to make the most of the Quaver Lesson.
Tips for Leading Students through Activities:
- Select MENU and LINK to generate a QR code and shareable link for any individual activity (in your lesson or just from Resource Manager).
- If students have access to a secondary device, such as a phone or tablet, they can scan the code to open up the resource while still being a part of your live-streamed class!
- You can also copy the Resource Link and paste it in the video streaming platform’s chat for students to open up the link in a new browser tab or window.
- Make the most of this capability by opening up the Timer Widget and giving students some independent exploration time in the Quaver Resource you just shared. When the timer goes off, come back together as a class to reflect on the activity!
3 – Improvise as Needed
Some common concerns you may face during video streaming instruction include muting students and singing in real-time.
To mute or un-mute students, be sure to check the platform’s settings. Some platforms allow you to unmute meeting attendees as the host, while others may require the attendee to manage that for themselves.
You may also be wondering if you can or should allow time for students to sing with one another via live video streaming. There are many factors that can make this difficult including internet speeds in each meeting attendees’ home, the capacity of the device which students are using, and just the general lag that can happen when attempting synchronous digital singing or playing.