Mozart Gives, 2017-06-20

Skype: Do I teach a person or a screen?

Skype user worldwide 2009: 0.4 Billion
0.4 Billion
Skype user worldwide 2016: 1,2 Billion
1.2 Billion
Skype user worldwide 2022: 1.9 Billion
1.9 Billion

Communication tools like Skype or FaceTime have become significantly more popular, not only because you can converse over long distances, but also for teaching purposes. Platforms like preply.com, which connect Skype teachers and students, have emerged in recent times and whereas some music teachers still have reservations, the community creates facts: New teaching-tools for providing video-feedback appear (among them Mozart Gives), we are faced with a surge of tutorial videos, E-Learning platforms are growing and some experts consider even TED Talks in future times as more important than schools.

„We can see them for the first time, not as an undifferentiated mass of strangers, but as individuals we can learn from.“Chris Anderson

In such a talk TED Curator Chris Anderson referred to Video as „switching on lights“: „What if the coming crowd of nine billion could learn enough to be net contributors, instead of net plunderers? That changes everything, right? I mean, that would take more teachers than we’ve ever had. But the good news is: they are out there. They’re in the crowd, and the crowd is switching on lights, and we can see them for the first time, not as an undifferentiated mass of strangers, but as individuals we can learn from.“ Maybe teachers have to leave a comfort zone to get involved in these challenges, but meanwhile there is an increasing number of teachers, who even do Skype-teaching for a living. Of course it will always make a change when you look at a screen instead of a person, but if you consider it as a useful support of your lessons, you certainly will benefit from it.