Let’s consider some of the best practices when using Zoom whether you are a teacher or a student.
As a teacher
- Get a headset and a microphone. You can always cut off the video if your internet connection is slow but you definitely need to be heard.
- Keep your background clear of distractions or use Virtual backgrounds.
- Mute yourself if you don’t talk.
- Name your students as much as you can to get them involved.
As a student
We are asking students to have their Pronote profile picture on their Zoom account and to only display their real name.
As far as one can, I prefer my students to show their face but many of them are reluctant to do so and I can fully understand why: they are worried about showing their room, about being photographed or filmed and maybe bullied. On top of that, you have to remember that the iPad is not always a multitask device. So when the students open a doc, it turns off the camera.
Therefore, I would say that
- If possible, pupils should turn on their camera (but, in my opinion, that is not mandatory).
- In order to hear them loud and clear, I recommend they use their iPhone headphone with the built-in mic or whatever they have.
- I want to identify them as fast as I can, so no nickname no pseudonym no fancy picture.
- I also expect them to be able to answer my question. Of course a lot can happen: they lost the connection, they didn’t understand or hear, they may have been distracted and I can understand that but if they can never answer to a simple question (even something simple as “Can you repeat this or that?”), I start to worry and I sometimes even warn the parents that something may go wrong.