Things to LOVE about Live Video Lessons

As you may know, FLVS recently started using Zoom for our live instruction – a cloud-based platform for video and audio conferencing, chat, and live interaction. As with any change, this has taken some getting used to, but I am really loving this new tool for interacting with my students and families!

Zoom has allowed us to communicate with students and colleagues in a whole new way. One awesome feature is that you are able to easily join a meeting or live lesson, something my families have given very positive feedback about. Lessons are easy to access on phones and tablets, so students on the go can easily attend Class Time or participate in interactive discussion-based assessments (DBAs) with their teachers.

Another thing I love is that there is no limit to the number of cameras turned on. All students can have their camera on if they wish. This really makes me feel like I’m right there with my students, seeing their faces throughout the lesson. There are also interactive tools that allow students to show their thinking (stamping, drawing, typing) which make live lessons fun!

Being on video is also a nice feature when we meet with our grade level teachers and schoolhouse; all teachers and staff can have their cameras on and it makes the meetings much more personal.

The ability to have a virtual background for live video is one of the things I love most, as this allows you to choose an image that engages your students. If you have a green screen or a blank wall behind you, you can upload any image as your background!

The images I choose align with holidays or whatever we are learning about. I even use images from books we read as my background! This feature also allows you to connect with student interests. During DBAs, I will change my background to something I know my student loves: Legos, dinosaurs, llamas…the possibilities are endless!

We are just a couple of months into our journey with this new tool, but the LOVE is strong in our online Kindergarten classroom!


Cara PiperCara Piper loves teaching Kindergarten students online with FLVS Flex Elementary! She is a teacher mama, grammar aficionado, blogger, and collector of creative headbands to keep her students engaged during Class Time. Follow her on Instagram @virtualelementaryteachers.



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