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If you'll be teaching both in-class and remote students simultaneously, or if you need a recording for students who can't attend in person, this video can help.
Description of the video:
[In-person Student] Is chapter 7 going to be on... [Narrator] If you're teaching to both in-classroom and remote students simultaneously, or if you just need to record your class session, use Zoom on the classroom's desktop PC. Let's walk you through step by step. Use the lectern touch panel to power on the classroom's primary display, and show the desktop computer on it. Log into the computer and ready any supporting materials you'll want to show during class. Click the Zoom shortcut on the desktop to log into Zoom at IU. Then from your meetings list, click to join your Zoom meeting. If prompted, choose join with computer audio. Click start video to turn on your camera, and then click unmute to turn on your microphone. If your Zoom meeting isn't configured to automatically record to the cloud, Click record-to-cloud in the Zoom toolbar and look for the red recording icon. When you end your meeting, your recording will be delivered automatically to your Kaltura account. Many classrooms feature a touch capable monitor that works well with your finger or a common rubber stylus. The webcam is mounted to the lectern monitor with a flexible arm that you can move for a better angle. As you teach, remember the direction the camera is pointing, and make a point of addressing the camera as you speak. [Remote Student] I had a question about that last assignment. [Narrator] Especially when interacting with your remote students. This will help them feel more connected. Be aware of the classroom microphone. Some rooms use the webcams internal microphone, which has a limited pickup range. Other rooms, use ceiling microphones to capture a wider area. If your room has a lavalier microphone, clip it at about shoulder height for premium audio clarity. While you teach, encourage remote students to signal if you need to move closer to your microphone, or if you need to repeat questions from your in-classroom students. At discussion time, you may even find it preferable to ask for more comments from your remote participants whose own voices may come through more clearly than your in-classroom students. When you need to share your screen, click Zoom's Share Screen button. Choose your entire screen, or just a window. Select share computer audio if you'll be playing a clip with audio or a movie, then click share. When you share, Zoom moves the control tool bar to the top of your screen, but keeps your remote students cameras on screen to help you maintain eye contact. For handwritten content avoid using the chalkboard. Instead, share the classroom's document camera in zoom. First, make sure the document camera is powered on. Then in Zoom click Share Screen, then advanced, then content from second camera. Use a felt tip marker for the best contrast. When you finished teaching, click end meeting for all. And don't forget to ready the room for the next instructor by cleaning the lectern before you exit. To find out more about the technology in your assigned classroom, visit classrooms dot IU dot edu. For more about teaching strategies, visit keep teaching dot IU dot edu.
Key recommendations from the video ensure remote participants feel more connected:
- Start with Zoom, so you can record the classroom's computer screen, microphones, webcam, and document camera.
- Record your class, and consider setting Zoom to automatically record to the cloud (the recording will be delivered automatically to your Kaltura account).
- Know your microphone and where you need to stand in order to be heard — also be sure to encourage remote students to signal if they cannot hear you or the students in the classroom.
- Know your camera, adjust it for better viewing, and make a point of addressing it as you speak.
- Know your document camera, and use it to share hand-written or whiteboard content to help students see clearly.
For more details, visit the IU Knowledge Base: Recommendations for using technology in classrooms during fall 2020
Want to know what will be available in your classroom before you step into it? The Classroom Database provides details about the technology in your classroom as well as a support contact.
If possible, touch base with the support contact to discuss how you plan to use the classroom technology and what you can expect from them when you need help. And don't hesitate to create a cheat sheet on how to use the tech in the room, so you have a quick reference on hand.
If you need help preparing to teach — no matter whether you'll be doing so online, in person, or both — be sure to reach out to your campus teaching center. The Keep Teaching website also has a decision tree to help you find the resources and inspiration you need for this fall.