Whether to Require Students to Present on Camera

  • There are other and less intrusive ways to check for attendance and engagement. When teachers use Zoom, for example, they can print out an attendance report, even with the free version, with this report also showing how many minutes a student was in the room.
  • Not all cameras work and not all students have the ability to troubleshoot camera issues.
  • Not all students want their homes viewed by their classmates and/or teacher.
  • Some students may be doing double duty — learning and babysitting — and they should be afforded this opportunity without either the teacher/students being placed in a position of making a judgement.
  • Not all students want to blast their image all over the internet.
  • Zoom fatigue is real.
  • According to the National Institute of Mental Health, “the fear of public speaking is the most common phobia ahead of death, spiders, or heights,” and it “affects about 73% of the population.”

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Peter Paccone

Peter Paccone

High school APUSH teacher with much in-class and online teaching experience. Also a blogger, keynote speaker, editor, podcast host, and conference presenter.