“Teachers love utilizing other teachers’ videos. They don’t search Google as much anymore, and instead, they find a teacher in the MyVRSpot platform that they know teaches the same subject, and they can search through that teacher’s shared media. That gives them instructional ideas as well as the teacher’s shared media to create their lesson plans,” stated Tina.
Stacey Allen teaches first grade at Olive Branch Elementary and she describes MyVRSpot’s Groups and media sharing. “I’m in a group with other first grade teachers and we all share the same content. We love it and that’s how we can find media, get ideas, and use media that other teachers have already found and uploaded. It makes creating lessons that much easier.”
Communicating with Parents/Guardians and Community
“I wish we would have had MyVRSpot when I was getting certified for the National Board Certified Teacher,” said Stacey. “There is a lot of communication with parents and the community, and MyVRSpot would have helped a lot” she explained. Teachers and staff can share videos and media with a URL, QR codes, embed videos into a webpage, or even create a digital newsletter.
“We have some teachers creating newsletters with videos and pictures using the MediaSpot tool. It really speaks to parents and the videos make it more personal,” said Tina. MediaSpot projects are webpages that users can build using drag-and-drop tools to combine text, videos, images, and more.
Mrs. Michael Baird, an elementary English Language Learning teacher at Oak Grove Central Elementary School, said, “Most parents and guardians can’t make it to the classroom, but you can send them videos! The parents have loved seeing their students and their progress.”
Justin Strawn at Lake Cormorant Middle School, shares how he uses MyVRSpot to help teachers connect with parents. “MyVRSpot has allowed me to share not only the projects I complete for our school news, but also projects I have made for other teachers. MyVRSpot allows me to upload the videos we create for various purposes, and then the teachers can easily share the projects with the parents of the students they teach by sending out the link I give them. It has allowed us at Lake Cormorant Middle School to help better interact with not just our students, but also with the parents of our students.”
Not only can teachers communicate directly with parents/guardians, but they can also publish media to webpages. Tina, the district’s digital media facilitator, described the process. “It’s really easy for our webmasters to embed videos into webpages and it’s easy for people to find the videos to watch later. That’s been huge!”
Professional Development and PLC’s
DeSoto’s administrators want teachers and staff to be able to easily find videos for professional development (PD) or (PLC’s). Their webmasters and tech coaches are creating videos of how to use new tech tools all the time. Doing this saves DeSoto’s staff and teachers a lot of time since they don’t have to explain new tools over and over again. Some of DeSoto’s teachers have even started creating videos tutorials for their own schools using the Screen Recorder tool. See Marc Lewis’ video tutorial about how great MyVRSpot is.
Tina explained an example of how they use MyVRSpot’s Groups to share PD videos. “We have a Group called Professional Development that all of our staff can access. Our tech coaches and webmasters are putting a lot of our how-to videos for our tech programs in there. Now people can search in those groups to find those videos to watch or people can share the videos with others so they have something to refer to.”
YouTube and Vimeo Pure Video Viewer
Tina explained her district’s relationship with YouTube like this, “The district filters youtube for Pre-K to 8th grade. Teachers still want to use YouTube videos in the classroom . We allow high school students and teachers YouTube access, but we’ve had a lot of issues getting that to consistently work. It’s been a huge headache.” This is where MyVRSpot’s Pure Video Viewer tool saves the day!
The MyVRSpot Pure Video Viewer is a tool that allows the user to add a YouTube or Vimeo video link into a user’s account. What that does, is it strips out all advertisements and suggested videos, so all you get is the video. “Now our teachers’ lesson plans are going smoothly now that they can link to YouTube videos. Best of all, they don’t have to worry about unpredictable content popping up,” delighted Tina.