Outschool Application Video
When you apply to Outschool you’ll be required to do an application video. If you want some guidance on what this would look like, please watch this video.
I need an outschool mentor
You want to start an Outschool class and are ready to apply. You may be thinking to yourself, “I need an Outschool mentor. Where can I find one?”
Hey, I’m Nikki and I’d be happy to mentor you! Since 2016 I’ve helped 100’s of teachers start working online. I specialize in helping teachers increase their income by establishing multiple streams of revenue.
Outschool is a resource you can use to increase your income and so far, its been a great resource for increasing my income!
The benefit of having a mentor like me is that it will help lead you to a path of growth. Applying to Outschool and taking the next steps may seem overwhelming and daunting. As your mentor, I can help motivate you to keep going on your Outschool journey.
There’s only one requirement for mentoring: you must use my referral link. When you use my referral link, email me or leave a comment below.
I won’t be able to contact you unless you say that you have used my referral link to apply. When I look in Outschool it doesn’t show me your full name or email it just says your first name.
*On your application, put your first name instead of Mr., Mrs., or Miss. in the first name box. Otherwise I won’t be able to see your name.
Outschool Application Video Length
The Outschool application video length should be 3-5 minutes long.
When you write the description of your class on the application think about what can you teach in 3-5 minutes. Although your class may be meant to be a semester long class, pick a small piece to present as a lesson.
When you start recording, pretend like you are teaching a class, looking at the camera. It may seem uncomfortable at first and that’s ok. I encourage you to practice your presentation and make sure you feel comfortable before recording the official Outschool application video. You may record your video inside of the Outschool platform or upload your video from your own computer.
Keep the video within the 3-5 minute range and remember to include key lesson components. Here is an example of how your mock class may flow.
Greet your class, tell them the agenda for the lesson, then start teaching. Pretend to ask questions and pretend the students answer. Correct them if it makes sense. Do all of what you would normally do as if you were teaching a real class.
What should I teach in the outschool demo?
When you fill out your application they will ask you for a class description. Be sure to teach whatever you wrote in the class description.
Teach something you’re confident doing on video and that you have experience teaching in the past. Outschool prides itself on empowering people to teach about what they know best, what fuels their fire. So what should you teach in the Outschool application video?
Simply said, a topic you are passionate about, something you have experience with or have taught before.
I’ve had years of experience as a middle and high school Spanish teacher. What should I teach in the Outschool demo? I taught a Spanish 1 lesson for middle school as my Outschool application video.
Once you have a topic you are excited to teach, put a creative spin on it that will pique students’ interest. My Outschool application video was more than just a Spanish 1 lesson, I taught about telling time including classes at school pertaining to their schedule.
What makes a good outschool demo video?
What makes a good Outschool demo video includes you, teaching just like you would teach any lesson. Greeting students with a friendly smile, introducing the topic and activity students will do in your lesson, and a way to keep students engaged in the lesson.
In my Outschool demo video, I kept students engaged by greeting them by using their names, asking them to repeat after me, and showing me a thumbs up or thumbs down for understanding. My lesson also included students taking notes and I set them up to engage successfully by telling them how to set up their notes and gave them time to complete their notes.
Another way to engage students is through a presentation. I used Google Slides to make a simple presentation that included text and pictures to help students understanding. Please note that I didn’t put up my script or read off of the slides word for word, I used them to guide my instruction and provide prompts for the students.
Here are other key factors Outschool will look for in your Outschool application video.
- Headset: ensures clear communication between you and the students.
- Lighting: Make sure your area is well lit so students can easily see you and what is going on.
- Professional background: A professional background shouldn’t be too busy or distracting.
- Organized: Have your materials and content prepped and ready to go when you hit play.
- Friendly: When you smile and use student’s names, it shows you are genuinely interested in them, and when students feel welcomed, they get excited to learn from you.
- Comfortable on camera: Appearing comfortable on camera doesn’t happen instantly. It’s ok to take time to practice your lesson a few times to get used to the feel of teaching on camera. Remember, you can record your video on the Outschool platform or upload your own video.
If I don’t pass, then what?
Don’t give up! You can apply again. By applying to Outschool using my referral link, I will provide the mentoring you need to get your Outschool application video approved.
Don’t let the fear of failing stop you from submitting your video. Teach a topic you are passionate about, be creative in your presentation and use a simple lesson flow to engage students in their learning. You’ve got this!