Tools for online teaching. Part 1.

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Ever find yourself teaching online and wanting to share more content with your students? Well, this used to happen to me all the time, and I’ve come across a few tools that have helped me to improve my interaction with my online students. I wanted to share with you guys this one site that has been great!

Watch2gether

Watch2gether allows you to watch videos with friends, students and family in a fun and easy way. It also has a chat available, so you can talk as you watch without interrupting. The following are some considerations to keep in mind and general uses of the site:

  • You can create a temporary room for those one time users or random sessions you need to create. To do this you should click on “Create your Room”. There is no need to create an account, although if you plan on using it often it is worth creating an account and making fixed rooms for your sessions. watch1
  • You can share content from YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion and Soundcloud in a very easy way. You can even search for what you want directly from the page, or simply copy and paste the URL.
  • The participants in the session can also create a playlist.
  • As you watch the videos either party can press Play or Pause, and everyone watching the video will be watching the same thing.
  • Be aware of turning off your mic to not generate an echo.
  • Invite a student by clicking on “Add Friend” and send them the link given. Once they have entered your room you can chat, share videos and either party can participate by either controlling the video, adding videos to the playlist or commenting on what’s being seen.

This tool has come in so handy when giving classes via Skype or other similar platforms that don’t have video sharing capacities. It will definitely give you the interaction we sometimes lose when teaching online and allows you to be in control.

Happy teaching!

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