STRATEGIES FOR ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO TURN ON THEIR CAMERAS
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has forced us teachers to dive into the realm of virtual teaching learning process. .As a result of which, educators are now trying hard to motivate and encourage students to continue online learning.
However, distance learning has thrown at us, its own set of challenges, of which keeping students motivated as well as ever engaged in various activities, being the most intriguing and challenging one. Teachers are trying their best to motivate them to show their active participation in the virtual classrooms to enhance their knowledge as well as for their leadership development without being offensive to the young minds Teachers need to learn tricks that actually fruitful for these socially and physically ruffled minds.
However, with experimentation, empathy and patience, one can arrive at techniques that will eventually succeed in accordance to the school policies, situations, classes, and pupils, whether they need choices, motivation, or confidence to turn their cameras on.
Below are the few approaches we can take:
Survey Students: Ask students what deters them from using a camera and what would make them comfortable. Once you know the obstacles to camera use, you can work with students to minimize or eliminate certain obstacles.
Use Icebreakers: Try few activities that promote camera use. For starters, prompt students to “find the largest blue thing you can safely bring back to the camera in your house.” Try within reach as a variation. Passing the pen is also a playful approach to remote group building.
Play Games: In a remote classroom area, rock, paper, scissors work well, much like Pictionary and charades. Explore more games online, which includes solutions that fit for various ages.
Encourage social capital students to use their cameras: It is possible that the right role models are already in your classroom. To invite students to name three classmates with whom they would like to be in a breakout room or with whom they would like to collaborate on project, try using a Google form. The students with the most submissions are potentially the students with the most social capital and will be good role models for camera-on events.
Be Generous: Share moments with your students that you haven’t felt like being on a camera in a meeting. Speak about how, even though you’re not in the mood, you ready yourself to turn on the camera. Speak about it if you’re self-conscious about looking ready or about multitasking while on camera. Sharing is going to pull out your humanity.
Swati Ghansela (PGT Chemistry)