With the closure of schools in Alberta, many teachers still want to connect with their students in a personal way, and a short video recording is a great way to share a message with your students while teaching and learning from home.
Plus it's also a perfect opportunity to launch your RVSchools Youtube Channel!
So, here is a little how-to video to get you started by recording yourself on your #rvsed laptop in iMovie and launching your Youtube Channel by connecting to your RVSchools Google account.
Stay tuned to the Rocky View Studio channel for more lessons in the coming weeks. Next will be a tutorial about sharing videos of your Teaching & Learning by recording lessons on your laptop!
For a long time now, I have practiced the daily habit of handwriting in a journal. There's something about writing on paper for an imaginary audience that never judges and always listens. And it feels especially precious these days during social distancing, when we are in video contact with others, staring through screens all day long. For me, scratching marks on physical paper in the early morning is a reliable time to slow down, think and make something simple, made all the more enjoyable with an espresso.
The habit of daily writing also informs the kind of storytelling that's meant for an audience. It's like doing exercises, in a way. Or warming up before a run. The writing process is often hard work and it feels good to be limbered up and ready to go. The writing process is what drives so many creative and professional endeavours. This little essay features images from #rvsed classrooms in which students use the habits, routines and mindsets that are common across all disciplines that begin with writing with purpose for a real audience:
Working from home means meeting with people on video chats like Zoom, Google Meet and FaceTime. It's easy to make yourself presentable on camera with a couple of simple tips for setting up your video.
First, you've gotta face it, the window is the best lamp. Turn your chair around so the natural light pours in on you.
Next, level with your camera.
Steady your device (camera, tablet, laptop, phone) on your table or desk, so that it is pointing at your eye level, even if you have to stack some books under it. You should be able to look your camera in the eye, level with it.
You can step up your game even more by composing your frame like a photographer would. Remember the SLFIE method:
So, whether you're meeting with colleague, students, family or friends, you can Zoom in with confidence.
The transition to teaching and learning from home is upon us and we just don't know how long it's all going to last. This week will be all about preparing for classes to resume, and each of us has set ourselves to the task of designing a home studios for teaching and learning.
Thus with great change comes great opportunity!
All one really needs is a quiet corner with a little sunlight, som good reading book, a journal or sketchbook, and a trusty #rvsed laptop - the basic tools one need to be creative and productive as we teach, learn and share our stories with one another.
Follow #rvsed and #RVSedLearningFromHome on Twitter, visit the brand new RVS Learning From Home website for tools, resources and support, check out the RVS Youtube Channel for learning stories from Rocky View Schools, and of course, stay tuned to the Rocky View Studio channel for new video tutorials and stories about Teaching, Learning & Creativity!
Let the journey begin!