Zoom Etiquette / Online Classroom Rules / Guidelines:
At the beginning of every new school year teachers and students review classroom rules and expectations so all understand what our classroom culture will be. Our Zoom culture may be a bit different from our daily experience since we aren’t in the classroom; but we should strive for a pleasant experience as always. We should be mindful of showing kindness, respect, and support to one another in this unprecedented situation.
1) You can use your laptop and/or phone for Zoom (the app is free), so please install app -- https://zoom.us/ .
2) I will be scheduling Zoom sessions and extending invitations to join via the Tyler grading system, the turnitin.com resource, and/or Google Classroom (if needed).
3) Do not underestimate the strain on your internet connection if multiple family members are online. I will try to schedule the Zoom sessions with advance notice so you can coordinate with your family in order of preventing/eliminating any connection struggles.
4) Let all family and loved ones know that you are conferencing with your teacher and students ahead of time to help eliminate background noise and potential exposure to private in-home conversations amongst your family.
5) Pick a quiet space in which to participate in Zoom sessions (preferably at a table of some sort).
6) Have your computer or phone set in a steady place so as not to move constantly.
7) Mute your microphone to eliminate background noise (unless asking a question). As the hostess, I may initially mute everyone’s microphone so I can give some initial instruction on features of the program.
8) You will still need school materials handy such as paper, pencil, and other student materials.
9) Have your questions and concerns written down ahead of time so I can make sure you get your questions answered. Many of your questions can be posted during the session using the Chat feature available on Zoom.
10) Do NOT post our Zoom sessions on any social media or other online sources. I have NOT given permission for that.
11) Please plan on being attentive during the Zoom sessions (e.g., do NOT eat during the session, be sure to use the restroom before sessions starts, do NOT text, game, etc. during the session) as this is dedicated time for checking-in/connecting and can be very distracting for others so please plan accordingly.
12) As always, appropriate attire and language are expected.
This is a new adventure for us all. If anything, we are all learning new tools that can only help us in the future. Be patient, kind, and stay healthy.