Educating our students remains a priority even during a pandemic, and we should find innovative ways to continue teaching them. Video conferencing is one such way. Tutors can consider using video conferencing software such as Zoom (http://zoom.us/) to continue lessons with their students even in the event that they are required to stay at home. Zoom includes features such as video calling, screen sharing, and whiteboarding, which serves as a virtual intermediate working space to take notes and draw diagrams.
Some parents may be reluctant to have their children having lessons via video conferencing, understandably preferring to have lessons in person. Thus we would advise tutors to have an in-person walkthrough with the parent and student on how each element of their lesson can be communicated through video conferencing at the end of the lesson session.
During the walkthrough, tutors are advised to do a simple 5 minute demo testing to make sure both computer environments are able to host the lesson online effectively.
Here’s a guide on how to get started:
Sign up for Zoom with your email address on https://zoom.us/signup
Insert your name and password to complete account creation.
You’re done with account creation! You can test Zoom’s features, and practice how to organise an online lesson! Click “Start Meeting Now”.
When you click “Invite”, you will see some host controls at the bottom of the page, as well as the URL you can use to invite your students to for their lessons.
You will be able to copy the URL of the call, and send it to your student over WhatsApp or Text!
Zoom comprises a Whiteboarding tool, which could be useful in math or science lessons.
If you are working on essays or other files, you will be able to share documents within your Google Drive account to your student as well. You’ll be able to work on, and edit the document together live. This can be good for essay discussions, or working together on a comprehension assignment.
And there you have it! Zoom can help to bridge the physical distance between you and your student. Let’s all do our best, and convey our energies across the screen now that we may not be able to be with our student in person.