Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing platform that can be used for video conferencing meetings, audio conferencing, webinars, meeting recordings, and live chat.

Zoom videoconferencing platform can be used for organazing and implementing distance teaching and learnning activities, where teachers and students can communicate sinchronously.

In order to use this tool teachers and students should access zoom software using web application or download the software to computer (this is advisable for better program operation).

Teacher should schedule lessons meeting time and provide the invitation links to students throught their communication channels: email, virtual learning environments, messenger, etc.

Zoom can be synchronized with the calendar: do this, when you’re signed into Zoom, navigate to “Settings,” then “Meetings,” then “Synced Calendars.” Then, toggle on “Sync Zoom Meetings from Calendars,” and tap to select the calendars you want to sync with Zoom.

Teachers are able to record the lessons and usit for any other needed cases.

Zoom account for school is paid version, so the platform could be used with all it‘s features and video confrerencing sessions would be implemented with required duration without interruption. Students can use free version.

Empathy development in class videoconferencing

„Empathy is generally conveyed face-to-face through touch, gesture, gaze, voice and posture.

Empathetic interactions while videoconferencing between the teacher and the students can improve motivation and learning.

To create conditions for videoconferencing participants to develope their emphaty for each other teachers should ask to turn on the cameras and microphones.

Seeing facial expressions and vocals would help to recognize emotions.

Neurologically it is activation of our own ‘mirror neurons’ that occur specifically when viewing another’s emotional state, may cause us to react to another’s experience as if it is our own.

Having the video on continuously can cause video fatigue for some, but teachers could reasonably request 15 to 20 minutes in each lesson with breaks to ensure this doesn’t occur.

Another concern may be around privacy – given students can see into each other’s homes – but, blurring your background or sitting so that the camera faces towards a wall, can resolve this.

Another method to develope empathy during videoconferencing class ir to assign for a co-operative group learning, it „allows teacher to engage with smaller groups of students at a time, which tends to promote profounder empathetic interactions when compared to whole-class work.“
Having students ‘check-in’ to an online class with an emoji, gif or picture about their feelings could help foster empathy when only verbal cues are present as it provides another way in which students can gain understanding in how their peer feels beyond a verbal cue.

By modelling empathic communication, enabling peer feedback opportunities, and providing conversational-style feedback, all teachers can help support the development of empathy in their students.”



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