Q: What technology do I need for online classes and productions?
A: Spindrift’s online classes and productions requires a stable internet connection and a desktop or laptop computer or a tablet computer. Your computer will need to be able to receive email and run the Zoom application with little difficulty. In addition, a computer microphone and camera will be needed if not already included in your laptop or device. It is recommended that you test the clarity of your student’s hardware and connection before classes or performances so adjustments can be made in advance. Spindrift instructors will make every effort to communicate challenges they see with a students connection or hardware in advance, however being proactive will ensure a smooth experience from the beginning. We are happy to assist you in setting up your Zoom connection and can run a test session with you. In addition, we have found this tutorial a helpful resource for those new to Zoom.
Q: Will my child wear headphones when on the Zoom sessions?
A: Sometimes, but more often, students in online classes will be moving, acting, dancing and singing. For this reason, they device they are using for their Zoom sessions should have a secure place to sit or be mounted to allow for maximum flexibility.
Q: Is the Zoom online platform safe?
A: Spindrift School has been using the Zoom online platform to instruct classes since March 2020. Our Zoom safety protocol aligns with the highest standards of other private and public educational institutions, including requiring imbedded passwords in our Zoom links and utilizing the waiting room feature. We continuously monitor best practices for online learning and the Zoom platform remains the safest and most reliable resource for this purpose.
Q: What kind of space at home do I need for online performing arts classes and productions?
A: Spindrift online students will be
- Stretching, moving, and dancing.
- Singing and vocalizing, sometimes with great expression and volume
- Collaborating with a group of friends, peers, and instructors
With this in mind, class and rehearsal space at home should have some clear floor room, be in an area that will not be disruptive to others, and be free of major distractions. It’s home so we expect the occasional sibling, parent, or pet cameo, but the space should allow students to focus and bring their best selves to camp daily.
Q: Where will Spindrift instructors be when they lead online classes or rehearsals?
A: The health and safety of our beloved instructors, as well as that of our students, is an important part of why we are going conducting our offerings online at this time. In some cases, instructors will be using the Spindrift School studios to lead online classes and direct productions. To maintain physical distancing and proper cleaning protocol, use of our studios by staff will be limited, with appropriate spacing between use. In most cases, our instructors will be leading online classes and directing productions from their homes. Even while teaching from home, Spindrift instructors conduct themselves with the highest level of professionalism, something our families have come to expect. That being said, you might get a glimpse of the occasional “Spindrift Mascot” (aka instructor’s pet) trotting through the room, which can only add to the joy of the creative experience.