Please help me with live streaming

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  1. deannathomas

    deannathomas Rookie

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    Sooooo, my school is requiring us to live stream our lessons for students who will not be in school. We will still teach the students in our classroom, but we will have students log in from home to watch (and I am assuming they can ask/type questions too???)

    Aside from my personal dislike for being watched all day by anyone who might be at home with the students, I also have no idea what how I am going to manage this. How do I handle assignments and materials? What about the hands-on activities that we do in class? How do I make the child at home feel like a part of the class, when I will have in person students needing my attention? We have been given no guidance. All we know is that we will have cameras in our room and parents can log in to watch.

    Please give my some tips, advice, links.....anything! I have searched the internet, but I cannot find any information about teaching in person and managing online students at the same time.
     
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  3. readingrules12

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    I'd find out a few things first:

    1. What live streaming service would they like you to use?
    (Zoom, Google Meets, the one your district owns, other)

    2. Do you have a little camera that can plug into a laptop? If not, make sure what device they want you to use for the camera?

    3. As far as documents go, you could use Google Classroom. It is free. It is easy to use and there are good videos on YouTube on how to use it. Otherwise, you could e-mail the parents the documents as a last resort.

    I'd probably have the camera facing you while you teach and then adjust the camera to focus on some document you want them to read while you go help students. If you can get away with it, I would mute the sound while you go around helping others. This should help your sanity in doing something that would drive you crazy if the sound and video had to be on you all 6 hours.
     
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    I know this is not a helpful response, but whoever decided this was a good idea clearly has not been in a classroom. It's not like teachers lecture all day. This will either severely limit what you can do with the students in your classroom or the students at home will be left out. It's both a distraction and a burden to you. Not to mention it brings up privacy issues.

    I wish I had suggestions. I feel for you.
     
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    I wanted to post to say I’m in the same situation with the same requirements. It’s ridiculous for so many reasons.

    My lessons will be entirely on Google Classroom. I refuse to plan two separate lesson plans for one day in addition to the other cr@p they have us doing. So, I’ll explain the content, and they can work on it on a computer either at home or in the classroom.

    Sorry to sound negative, but I’m very unhappy with the plan! They asked for teacher input from a few experienced teachers, myself included, and then ignored everything we said and did what they wanted anyway.

    The “teachers don’t lecture all day” argument is a good one and hasn’t been addressed by our admin, although it’s been asked. I teach upper elementary and attention spans are short. Normally, I give a short lesson, do some practice together, and then give time for independent work. I’m not sure whether we’ll be required to keep the camera on for the independent work portion or not.
     
  6. deannathomas

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    Thank you for the advice. I feel so alone and unprepared right now. I have two weeks to get a plan together for how to do this. I have been teaching for over 10 years, but I feel like a first year teacher!
     
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    How would you handle materials for games, STEM activities, and science?
     
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    I wouldn’t use them. Or, if you need to, make simple take home bags for your online students.
     
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    I am so sorry! Try not to be a perfectionist w/ it, but just do what you can. I don't think most P's can be too critical with these types of situations.
    There are teachers who are going to be doing this too here. It is insane. 1 told me that she is going to make assignments that are online for both groups. That way they will be doing the same things. Do you have free access to any online programs? Ones that have and grade assignments? If yes, you could use them.
    If no, this goes against what I believe in, but I'd pay for a year's access just to save myself time, energy, and annoyance. I just thought of something though...does your class have enough computers for each student?
     
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    Amen to that!!!!
     
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    Last year, we made bags for all of the kids, so they'd have the materials. I can only imagine how many were wasted though. :(
     
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    I teach upper elementary. We don't have computers/devices in our classroom, so trying to make online assignments/activities digital for everyone will not work. We have a computer lab but I can't plan everything around that.

    I am so sad. The hands-on activities are part of what help make class fun. I would hate to not be able to use them this year, but if I do them I fear that parents will complain that the virtual students aren't getting the same experience.

    I am really sad!
     
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    It is totally unfair for parents to expect virtual students to get the same experience.

    And it's unfair to teachers to have to teach virtually and in person simultaneously.
     
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    Since you have no other option but to conduct the classes online, making its maximum effect is the question. It's awkward to teach in front of a camera without an audience in front of you. The first thing is the proper planning of the lessons. You can plan to make the classes as interactive as possible. You can include short quizzes or any other written exercises as part of the course so that you don't have to speak out continuously.
     
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    Virginia W., I will have students in front of me. I will have students in class and students viewing from home. That is the dilemma.
     
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    What would you do?
    We go live next week. I teach upper elementary, and I am not departmentalized.
    How do I get assignments/activities to DL students?

    Right now I can only think of two options and they both have cons.
    1. Upload all notes/assignments so they can access from home.
    Con: All the extra time it will take me to upload documents
    Con: Some things like manipulatives can't be uploaded.
    2. Schedule drop off/pick up days for parents.
    Con: I will have to be prepped really far in advance (unless parents come every week)
    Con: This isn't a good deal for the parents. It kind of defeats the purpose of distance learning
     

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