Many schools are closed due to the outbreak of COVID-19, and teachers are looking for the best ways to provide a quality online education for their students. We at Gynzy are committed to helping the educational community in this mission. That’s why we’re asking you to share your self-made videos of Gynzy lessons with us – to help the other teachers, students, and parents who are trying to adjust to this new reality. 

Our goal is to provide you with the basic guidelines you need to create strong instructional videos, and also supply you with lesson plans to work from! Gynzy lessons are standards-aligned, enriched with interactive elements such as activities, widgets, pictures, and videos, and cover topics such as:

Be sure to create a free-to-use Gynzy account if you haven’t already. Also consider signing up for a free school-wide trial to keep your school working together, whether in the classroom or in an online learning environment. 

Tips for Making Quality Video Lessons

Our goal is for educators to create videos of our existing lesson plans, so that we can link that video to the lesson so that others can learn from your work. To record your lessons, we recommend you use a free program such as Loom, Zoom, or Google Hangouts Meet. These videos can then be stored for free on a personal or school-wide YouTube account

From some of the great video lessons we’ve seen already, we have gathered a few best practices that you may find useful:

  1. Start with one of our pre-made lessons. This will save you time and also give you the flexibility to customize the lesson as you see fit.
  2. Choose the most important part of the lesson to focus on. Context and prior knowledge can be helpful to review but will make for longer videos. 
  3. Try to keep videos between 5 and 10 minutes for accessibility. 
  4. Use Gynzy full-screen so that users can better see what you are working on. 
  5. Avoid any distracting background noise in your video. 
  6. Don’t show any students in your video.

Our end goal is to cocreate one strong video lesson for every lesson in our library (we are now over 1,000!). We recommend you explore our lessons today to see if any of them inspire you. Your videos can help educate students from around the country, and even the world!

Submit Your Recorded Lesson

 

Other Resources for Online Learning

We are all learning through this strange time together. To try and help your class stay engaged and connected no matter what the circumstances, we put together these digital learning tips and tricks. Learn about the many resources available to you to make online learning as engaging, convenient, and accessible as possible!

Also feel free to share any best practices of your own at the form on that page, or by contacting us directly. We are always happy to hear from our educators as we work together to make the best product possible to serve the educational community.