Keep cameras on: Body language and visual cues important for assessing engagement and understanding
Posted on 10/21/2020
Teacher and student video conferencing screens on laptop
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Good communication is essential to learning. Body language and visual cues are a substantial part of the teacher-student learning interaction. In our present environment, many concerns have been expressed about students remaining off camera and the difficulty it presents teachers in assessing engagement and understanding in real time. Teachers monitoring and adjusting instruction based on student needs is an important part of the instruction and learning process.

To ensure that students are engaged and teachers are able to be responsive to the needs of their students, cameras are expected to be on whenever it is possible or practicable. Students and/or parents of students with unique circumstances, related to their environment, personal needs, or technology, that make an on-camera presence not practical are asked to confer with their teacher(s) and/or school administrator so accommodations can be made to ensure that the student(s) will be properly engaged and participating in lessons while not visible to the teacher. Otherwise, cameras should be on and students visually present for live virtual lessons.

 

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