When working with kids, it’s helpful to prepare your “classroom” with excellent lighting, bright colors, and tools to keep them engaged.
Here are some suggestions, but you’re welcome to put your own spin on making your environment kid-friendly.
Kids are drawn to bright colors, so consider placing professional backdrop, maps, wrapping paper, a tablecloth, or some other bright (but not too distracting) background behind you. You can push pins or mounting putty to secure your background.
- Amazon: background backdrop
- Amazon: maps of the United States & the World
- Amazon: removable mounting putty
We find that in-earbuds that you get with your smartphone work just fine. Often times, these earbuds do not have noise canceling capability. A good quality headset is a great investment and will boost your professionalism with your students.
- Amazon: headset
It’s important for your young students to see your facial expressions clearly so that’s where good lighting will be key! LED lights are by far the best since they don’t flicker like other types do when seen through a webcam. Don’t just rely on a room light, your video feed will tend to look dim and there will be unattractive shadows everywhere. Often your teacher ratings will reflect the professionalism of the video feed; therefore lighting will greatly impact the student's experience.
Aim to have 1 light at your eye level facing you at your 12 o’clock. If you can, place a second light at your 10 o’clock and a third at your 2 o’clock to eliminate any shadows on your face.