How To Create A Winning Home Zoom Environment

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Preparing your child for virtual school can be a daunting task for many parents, whether you’re just starting out or seasoned in the world of remote learning. From setting your student up for virtual learning to keeping your student engaged, the number of considerations can seem endless and even overwhelming.

Since the start of the pandemic, almost all of us had to pivot to adjust to the world of Zoom meetings. While this transition may have been seamless for more tech-savvy parents, we understand that it has been a challenging time for others. If you feel burdened, don’t panic–we’re here to help!

And here’s good news: creating a Zoom environment where your child can thrive in the virtual classroom is much less difficult than you might imagine. It’s all about creating a safe, comfortable space and routine to support your child’s learning. So parents, you can take a deep breath! By following our tried-and-true, helpful tips, you can go from Zoom novice to knowledgeable pro in 5 steps.

1. Set the Stage: Lights, Camera, Action!

One of the simplest, yet most important steps you need to take to prepare a Zoom-friendly home environment for your child is something we often pay no mind to: lighting! Placing them under blinding or harsh fluorescent lights will create shadows or wash them out while in video. The most flattering light for Zoom calls is when light is directed towards their face. When the light source is behind them, their face can become hidden in the shadows or barely lit.

We suggest finding a space with natural light, such as on a back porch or outdoor patio during daytime hours. Take advantage of sunny days by setting up your Zoom workspace near a window. If you don’t have access to ambient light, consider buying a ring light that can attach to their computer monitor or a desk lamp placed directly behind your child’s computer. Assuring that their work place is well-light and taken care of reminds students that this is a designated area for learning and that they should be attentive.

2. Build a Space That’s Authentically “You“

We suggest creating a real-life meeting space or background wall that is neat, aesthetically pleasing, and most importantly, 100% genuinely “you”/ “your child”. Let them have fun with it and bring things to their learning space that inspires them. This is something they often can’t do when learning in a classroom on a desk that belongs to the school so, when learning from home, this is a great opportunity that should be explored! The idea is that we want them to be happy and comfortable in their learning space.

But, just remember, be extra conscious of which objects their classmates will be able to see as you might want to hide personal and private items.

3. Stay On Schedule

Make sure everyone in your house is aware of your child’s school schedule. The goal is to have everyone on the same page about designating a learning space and time—from 8 AM to 3 PM, everyone should give your child the space they need to learn. Try not to have their space in high traffic areas in your household, such as crowded areas like your kitchen, living room, or near the front door as this can lead to unwanted interruptions.

Taking these steps shows your kiddo that the adults are taking their learning seriously, which will often allow them to take their online learning seriously.

4. Say Cheese: Smile For The Camera!

While your computer might have a built-in camera or microphone, don’t underestimate how much a good webcam and microphone can make a huge difference! Installing the right equipment for your child’s learning can really bring their virtual presence to life. We suggest purchasing a quality webcam and a headset or earbuds. This way, your child has everything they need to bring their optimal self to the Zoom room.

Because your home internet may be less stable than your office or child’s school network, be prepared to experience some bandwidth issues, especially if everyone is using your home’s internet at once. The good news is that Zoom is designed to work effectively in a variety of locations, such as homes, your local coffee shop, or even on your phone. Before class begins, take a few minutes to test your internet connection, audio, and video. If they experience troubled bandwidth during their class, turn off their video so that they can still clearly listen to what is being taught and also heard by their teachers.

Step 5: Dress To Impress!

Remember, the way you dress often affects the way that you feel. While it might be tempting and easier to send your child to their virtual class in pajamas, we suggest creating a routine where your child is dressing from head to toe as if you were going to school in person–even put on shoes! Especially if they don’t feel like it, dressing up for the occasion can set the right tone, giving them that extra boost of confidence and energy to present their best self. A little preparation can go a long way!

MUSE Virtual Is Your Virtual Learning Solution 

Parents, we know that making the decision to enroll your child in a virtual learning program can be nerve-wracking and even stressful. By abiding by these expert guidelines, we hope that your child’s transition to the digital classroom is as smooth as possible.

If your child is ready to embark on a lifelong journey of growth and learning, we strongly encourage you to learn more about MUSE Virtual School today. Our innovative, award-winning remote learning program is recognized worldwide as a high-performing learning lab that prepares leaders to live consciously with themselves, one another, and the planet. It’s not too late–register your child for the Fall 2020 academic term now!

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