Thousands of Music Teachers Learn About Distance Teaching through Quaver Webinars
March 30, 2020
As schools across the country remain closed, many teachers are facing the prospect of teaching students from a distance for the first time. Even teachers comfortable with technology may not have made the jump to delivering lessons entirely online. Now, teachers across the country are eager to learn how to make the most of available distance teaching functionality—and they’re turning online for that support.
On March 26, 2020, nearly 2,000 elementary music educators gathered together online to discuss this new and pressing need. The live webinar, Don’t Let Distance Disrupt Your Teaching, has now been viewed more than 20,000 times. The webinar was produced by curriculum provider QuaverEd and offered much-needed guidance on how to use the Quaver system and resources for distance teaching.
With thousands of teachers chatting live, QuaverEd’s Director of Training, Emily Hopkins, walked participants through various strategies for creating and distributing quality lessons to students learning from home. The Quaver platform includes ready-to-use assignments and allows teachers to customize content to create their own lesson plans. With free student accounts, teachers can stay connected to students and their parents, even messaging with students one-on-one and recording themselves teaching lessons directly to their students.
Feedback from teachers in attendance was overwhelmingly positive. “Today’s webinar was amazing,” commented Texas teacher Bari Wenglein. “You have helped many teachers & families across the country adapt to the current (temporary) shift in educating our children from home.”
The shift to supporting teachers online came naturally for online curriculum provider QuaverEd. With teachers in every state in the U.S. and 32 countries around the world, the company has been offering high-quality online professional development opportunities for several years.
Like their customers, however, the Quaver team was challenged to host a webinar while adhering to “Safer at Home” guidelines in their hometown of Nashville, TN. This meant executing a high-quality broadcast without the use of their in-house video studio and equipment, relying instead on team members across the city to pull together from a distance.
“We really felt like we were in the same shoes as our teachers,” Hopkins said, “attempting something online for the first time that we were accustomed to doing from our studio. There was a great feeling of camaraderie as we talked with teachers about the challenges we’re all facing. We wanted them to know we are in this together. With distance teaching comes distance professional development and support!”
The QuaverEd series continues with additional webinars throughout the spring semester, with the next event scheduled for Thursday, April 9th at 2:30 pm Central Standard Time.
For educators looking for additional support, the QuaverEd team is also hosting regular live demos of distance teaching practices. Teachers are invited to join a Quaver trainer live in these small group walkthroughs by registering for an upcoming demo.
Teachers facing school closures due to COVID-19 will find free, ready-to-use resources for music education at QuaverMusic.com/Home2020, and for the development of social and emotional skills at QuaverSEL.com/Care2020.