It’s the month of March in the year 2020 and we are living in very unusual times right now. We are all adjusting to new ways of teaching and staying in touch. But even with “social distancing,” we can stay more connected than ever with the help of some digital tools.

Dan with student

There is a lot of information being shared on social media on the best ways to do this. If you’re an educator and still trying to figure out the new rules of engagement with your students, Christopher Bill, digital wizard, trombone virtuoso, and our good friend, has generously created this document to help you sort through some of the many options.

Do yourself a favor and check it out – there’s a ton of great ideas there! (We’ve even used many of these same resources just to keep in touch with friends and family.)

Skype? Zoom? Facetime? Which is best?

You will see an extensive list of all the various ways to connect with students online along with the pros and cons of each system. With some experimentation, you will find the right ones that work for you and your students. Most of them are free and many are offering special options during this unprecedented time in our history, so kudos to all of them for making these services even more use friendly.

In the meantime, keep calm, stay safe, and remember this. In hard times, there are always those who prosper and help lead others out of the darkness. I encourage you to be one of those people!