Today weâ€™re going to continue talking about some different techniques for tutoring with Google Hangouts. Next issues weâ€™ll have a video, and some check lists for exactly how you do each of these within the program.
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How to Tutor on Google Hangouts â€“
Show and Tell â€“
You would want to use this technique whenever youâ€™re teaching someone a skill. Weâ€™ll use the example of crocheting, although you could use it for anything that is hands on.
Youâ€™ll need a video camera â€“ we talked about webcams before. You will want to use the camera on a tripod, so that it stays steady. While you could do this with a Go Pro type camera I think there would be too much movement.
Tripods â€“ You need a tripod, hereâ€™s one you can get for $7.00 and will get the job done.
Good lighting â€“ Here are some tips for lighting – http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/12073/my-secret-to-good-online-video-lighting/
Your students will also need a camera so that you can watch them do what you just showed them. Youâ€™ll want to make sure to explain they need this in the notes for your course. Include a section called things required for this course. Make it explicitly clear that they will need a camera so that you can watch them work.
You should have an outline of things you want to teach during your course. Include a presentation for a few minutes at the beginning of each session (some people like taking notes), then dive in to whatever your doing. Do it a couple of times for them first, then ask them to show you how they do it. If you have several students, this may take a bit of time.
Youâ€™ll want to have some project that youâ€™re working toward â€“ one big goal for x number of tutor sessions work, but you want smaller goals for each session as well.
Using our example, the big goal would be to crochet an afghan. We have ten tutor sessions so break each of those sessions into parts. By the end of the sessions you want to have a completed afghan. After you watch each of your students, then everyone works on doing the technique till the end of the session.
You Show Me â€“
I use this technique for students that have trouble taking tests. They can tell you what they think might be wrong, but being able to watch them as they take a test and figure out where they are making a mistake can be priceless.
Setup is similar to the previous guide, but it is important that you be able to see what theyâ€™re doing.
Next issue weâ€™ll show you how to use Google Hangouts for each of the techniques. Itâ€™s easier than you think.
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Enjoy your weekend.