The kiddos pretty much leave their cameras off during class. (I briefly fought the camera battle, but it didn't last long. You only have to have one kiddo show off his weed *cough*Brandon*cough* during class time to realize that maybe it's just better not to see what's going on in their houses.)
But I like to have my camera on so they can see me. And there were times when I needed to use the white board, so I had to let them see me.
White board? Yup. I'm teaching math and science, and the best way for me to explain math concepts is to demonstrate.
But the white board is at school. I tried a portable one, but that was awkward. I tried creating a presentation with an example, but when Ronan and I went through one example, he wanted to do the problem a slightly different way than I'd planned. Sigh.
But there are ways to virtually write on a computer screen. I've seen them. And the tools were in the classroom. But I didn't have the software to connect them to the computer I was using.
I contacted the school's tech guy. We set up a time for him to load the software I'd need. It would be third period, which was fine as it was my off period.
Tech guy arrived fifteen minutes into class. He loaded the software. Now I had a document camera that worked (so I could present books or I can write on paper and they can see). He left, and I had less than five minutes to log in for my fourth period class.
I go to join the meet, and my camera is turned off. And nothing I could do would turn it back on. Sigh.
What to do? Well, nothing for fourth period. After school for the day, I could try restarting the computer. Or I could poke around and see if I could fix it. But in the moment I had to do fourth period without the camera.
At least I could use the working document camera to run class. It appeared that knocked out my video feed.
We got through fourth period. I logged out. I logged back in for fifth period, and the way to switch my camera to the computer popped up. And suddenly my video feed worked again. Naturally.
Ah well, now it works. And I have new tools to use. So, a win in the end?