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Using Zoom for video conferences with students can be an effective way to bring some humanity into remote learning. Platforms like email and Google Classroom are great for disseminating information and collecting work, but your interactions with students are limited. Using Zoom, you can have a conversation with a student and remind them how much you care for their wellbeing and success. They can show you the artwork they have been working on, and you can respond in real-time. You can also demonstrate any skills and techniques.
Beyond individual connections, you can host group critiques and classes to help students connect. Teaching online does not mean you have to teach from a distance. Use Zoom to stay connected with your students, converse about art and classwork, and help them get through this difficult time. It’s easy to use, reliable, and doesn’t require students to have a Zoom account, just a device. Here is how easy it is to get started:
Start by visiting Zoom online and sign up for an account. Zoom offers tiered memberships and privileges, but most restrictions have been lifted while schools are away. The free and basic account will give you everything you need to work with your students effectively. From start to finish, the account setup only takes a few minutes and you’ll be ready to go for your first video chat.
Now that your account is set up, you can start by scheduling your first meeting through your account menu. Meetings can be organized in advance allowing you to push out the link or include it in a calendar invitation. You can also configure the various settings in advance, so when it’s time to meet, you just have to hit start. As the meeting host, your settings default so participants cannot interact until you have logged into the meeting. This creates a safer cyber-environment for your students where interactions are supervised by the teacher.
Once the meeting has begun, Zoom offers a number of different features that could be advantageous to you and your art students. Many of these features are already set up, while some just need to be turned on in your account settings. Using Zoom, you’ll be able to:
When the meeting has concluded, you’ll be able to end the meeting for everyone.
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Zoom offers several features that allow you to diversify your methods of instruction to continue supporting students through this difficult time of remote teaching and learning. Using Zoom allows students to connect with you face-to-face to talk, laugh, and see your smile. They can connect with their friends and classmates around art, and you can continue to maintain the positive relationships you’ve developed in the classroom.
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