How to create sessions that are open to any students, not just those of a particular class or course:
Option 2 – Create a code to share the team by clicking on the three dots next to your team name and then select “Manage team.”
Credit goes to the collective hive mind of David Gran, Larry Ehnert, and Dakota Cronin for this advice to teachers.
Many of us are experiencing the strain of having our routines and comforts disrupted, and finding balance and taking care of ourselves will likely require some adjustments. We need to take care of both our physical states but also our mental states, and fortunately SAS has free subscriptions to the very well-regarded meditation app Headspace.
To sign up for a Headspace Educator account click this link and use your SAS email address to sign up (your SAS email address is required - personal emails will not work). This will also work with student accounts, so please feel free to use the app with your classes as well.
Two China-based video streaming services house a variety of useful and relevant content, available in a variety of languages. Links to clips can be shared directly and be accessible to students, no matter their geographical location.
1. Youku, the digital movie platform similar to Youtube, is accessible for our students in and around Shanghai. There are a lot of videos on the streaming service that could be useful for students in your classes, including Khan Academy. Using the search command at the top, you can find videos covering a lot of topics.
2. Bilibili is similar, and works to organize videos by categories as well.
(credit: Tiefel and Higginbottom)
Compress your files! Teachers are strongly encouraged to make all shared video files as small as possible- less than 40MB is ideal. It is easily done in Quicktime or in iMovie.
In Quicktime simply chose File > Export as > and pick the size you want, the smaller the number the smaller the file size...but the lower the quality. For most things even 480p will be fine, especially those instructional narration videos.
In iMovie when you begin the process of creating the movie (File > Share > File) you will have a handy popup window (see second screenshot) that not only lets you chose the Resolution (the numbers again) but the Quality as well. What's really handy is it also gives you an estimate of the file size on the left under the preview picture.
(credit Jason Tiefel)
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