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Classroom Management Tips

The following information is excerpted from "Teaching with Videoconferencing: Lessons Learned" produced by Lucy Tribble MacDonald, project manager for the Oregon Technology Infusion Project. It contained a compilation of lessons learned from faculty who taught during the 2000-2001 school year with video conferencing. This is just one section from that project.

  • Make 4 x 6 cards of students' names at remote sites and color code for them for each site.
  • Call on students by name at remote sites. Once a student has answered, turn card over for ease of attendance taking.
  • Make 4 x 8 cards folded lengthwise table tents for students in local class.
  • If I did this again I would require distant sites to color-code all work turned in. Perhaps a blue cover sheet on all local papers, a yellow sheet for all distant sites, etc. Despite my best efforts to not confuse what papers were to be separated and mailed to different locations, I made mistakes delaying feedback to students. The class was too short to learn all the names and locations of students to make sure I didn't make this mistake.
  • All correspondence (e-mail or snail mail) should have been labeled with the student's name and their location. I should have made this mandatory in the beginning but I didn't.
  • Let local class know when to pay attention. Sometimes they think that the teacher is speaking ONLY to the remote site and then they can talk and not pay attention.
  • Use an audio cue to bring the group back together after individual group activities. We tried chimes but that was too soft. We tried a whistle, which was too loud. What worked best was a synchronized clap that was repeated by the remote sites to indicate that they were ready to return the whole group.

Classroom Roll Call Etiquette
An overview of how to start class and videoconference etiquette in a class.