Let’s face it, we are in the midst of some challenging times with social distancing being the new norm, school closures, restaurant closures, businesses on modified schedules or closing all together. We have put together a list of suggestions to help you stay connected to your students and they with you.
Record Skill Lessons
Using your smartphone camera, record a series of lessons, highlighting specific skills or techniques you want your students to work on. You can produce these lessons in a variety of ways.
- Shoot a video of a full-length class. Create an index of time stamps for each unique section of the video so students can skip forward or easily rewind a video to review it again.
- Break your class into 5, 10, or 15 minute segments, with each segment as its own unique video. Provide a list of videos for each “class’ and the order they should be viewed. Again this makes it easier for students to review and replay videos as needed.
Share Videos with Your Students
There are several easy ways to share these videos with your students that do not require a lot of work or technology.
If you have a Private Page for your gym, they are very easy to create if you don’t. You can share your videos in your Private Group feed. You can set up a Watch Party so they can view the video together with you and ask questions at the same time. You could also encourage your students to set up their own Watch Party and they can all participate together virtually. Then there is Facebook Live, let your students know when you will be online and then take them through the class.
If everyone in your class has a Gmail account, they can participate in a Google Hangout. Similar to Facebook Live, you can teach the lesson and have your students participate with you.
If you have a YouTube Channel for your gym let your students know how to subscribe, then you can post videos lessons online.
Vimeo works like YouTube, one advantage to Vimeo, you can password protect your videos and control the access to your lessons to those people who you share the link and password with.
With a little creativity you can keep your students engaged and learning.