5. Practice Makes Perfect!
Not only does each video calling platform differ but with the speed of updates these days, it can be easy to get caught out.
Buttons move around, layouts, functionality and wording changes. Trying to figure out how to do something on Zoom while 30 students stare straight at you is enough to get anyone in a flap!
Get into the habit of doing ‘dry runs’ every so often. You could even do this with other colleagues and take turns to screen share and to be the host.
It’s also really important you read the updated information very carefully, especially any information related to privacy or safety settings. Raise any concerns or worries you have before jumping into the next lesson unprepared.
You may not be in the building, but school safety still applies to the virtual classroom.
Students – and teaching staff – are at risk of different types of harm online but even seemingly harmless ‘pranks’ like lesson bombing can still have an adverse effect on those present.