3 Ways to Support Remote Learning with Media

By Daman Arora | March 19, 2020

It has been a concerning time for many schools since the onset of COVID-19 this year. 
The health of students, faculty and families is a top priority. While we may need to be off-campus for some time, school should certainly continue, especially when we have the means to do so digitally. Taking education online presents some interesting opportunities for educators to get creative with their content and keep students engaged and productive during this time.
While we navigate through the current school closures in effect, here are some ideas on projects and activities where you and your class can collaboratively capture and share content with one another to keep the classroom momentum going:

1 – Share home-office setups with each other

Teachers, give students a visual of your desk space and ask them to share theirs.
This can be their desk at home, dining table, kitchen island, wherever they are set up for the day. It’s a personal way to keep everyone connected and feel a bit like they are all still in the same classroom. It also helps students feel more comfortable knowing that their teachers are still there for them, maintaining some of the norms they are familiar with from being in school everyday.

2 – Document processes

Project journeys are part of the learning, and as students complete their projects, it’s just as important to show the work that goes into it.
Encourage students to share process photos for physical or written projects along with the final submission. Students can take photos of the different stages of their work to show what they did to complete tasks. Then, encourage them to take photos of parts of the assignment to show where they left things off for the day.
Read our previous blog, 5 Ways to Capture the Student Experience, to get more ideas on project documentation.
3 – Videos
Video is a huge component of remote learning, so take advantage of it. Here are some different ways you can work with video content in Vidigami:

A – Upload Videos Directly

Teachers and students can record 30-second video clips and/or short (5-minute) videos for lessons and upload them to Vidigami. With the relevant permissions required to do so, they can stay engaged with one other as a ‘virtual’ classroom.

B – Embed from YouTube or Vimeo

In addition to uploading videos directly to Vidigami, teachers and students can also use existing material on YouTube and Vimeo that the class can benefit from and embed them into an existing album.

Keeping everything organized: 

  • By creating albums for class topics, teachers can upload and embed videos into Vidigami and build entire lessons and playlists for their students.
  • Teachers can also add their videos to group sets in Vidigami, which allows them to manually sort the order of the uploaded and embedded videos to build a custom playlist. Once done, they can simply share the direct link to the group set with their class. 
  • If the videos uploaded should not be shared with the whole school and just a group of people, such as a classroom, you can set up private groups in Vidigami. By doing so, access can be provided to specific individuals at the school only.

NOTE: Embedded YouTube and Vimeo videos will not display as a slideshow. However, sharing a link to the group set directly with your users will allow them to access the embedded video, as long as the user has access to the group. 

Here are some examples of work that teachers can ask students to provide.

  • Upload/embed a quick vlog describing what you’ve done so far for your project to keep your peers in loop and document your work.
  • English – Make a video recording of your book report summaries.
  • Science – Explain how something works for chemistry or physics in a video.
  • History – Talk about your take on historical events.
  • Physical Education – Make a quick video of yourself performing a fitness routine or yoga poses.

Once in Vidigami, this content is there for teachers to use even in future years. Now, teachers will have the ability to make lessons accessible to students outside of the classroom during the regular school year as well if needed.
We hope that this article gave you some good ideas to get online learning moving in the right direction for your school. While the COVID-19 pandemic has created some stressful circumstances that we must all adapt to, there are many tools available that can help with online learning. As a cloud-based tool designed for remote collaboration and crowdsourcing media, we plan for Vidigami to offer bigger and better ways to build connection within your community over the course of this school year. 
In the meantime, we encourage our schools to think outside the box on how they can use Vidigami to share and collect content from their students and families as online learning becomes the new temporary norm. 
You are always welcome to reach out to your Vidigami Client Success Specialist to discuss these strategies in more detail or to chat about other unique ideas that may be more tailored to your school’s needs.

About Daman Arora: Daman has been as a Customer Success professional for almost 10 years, working with some of the largest companies in the world, such as Salesforce. He has also been a part of a 3-person startup! Now, he is managing the Vidigami Customer Success and Support team, sharing his years of experience to provide the best possible service to each school that uses Vidigami.