Over the past week and a half, I, along with much of the world, have been moving from in person teaching teleconferencing, but I find that it is a little exhausting. (I know I’ve already said how sad it makes me.)
Oh, and by exhausting, I mean it feels like this.
Why? Well, part of it is that I’m not used to being on camera or having my attention focused on my students and my own image all the time. In fact, in life, I rely heavily on the fact that I don’t have to look at myself 24/7. So…
Here are some tips
Here are just a few tips for teleconferencing your best self.
Look at the camera, not at the window. Try to look sympathetic. Caring.
If the video is distracting, hide it.
Occasionally check in with your image, but don’t obsess.
Watch your head position. You don’t want to get neck strain and Corona!
Find a pleasant background for your chat, and a comfortable position.
Of course, backgrounds can be generated with a little Zoom magic:
There’s a little setting for that on Zoom, right here:
Avoid leaning in toward the camera.
If you have to pick your nose, mute your video.
Oh and since Zoom does not yet have filters (like Snapchat), maybe get a mask!
And in case you were wondering. I really only worry about the top half, which has led me to issue the #topsandbottomschallenge!
Okay, those are just the starter tips. I’ll try to teach a master class over Zoom soon! And to remember that we don’t take this too seriously, as student shared the following: