All Lines Clear – Videoconferencing in the Classroom

20 Jan

We have a number of our school sites heavily involved in using videoconferencing technology in order to collaborate with experts, other classmates and administrators from around the world. In order to have a great VC experience, our sites got together with students and established a VC Etiquette so that what was illustrated in the above video is eliminated during a class VC event.

Videoconferencing Etiquette

Videoconferencing provides an engaging way for classrooms and schools to introduce, collaborate and learn from each other.

Protocols for ­before, during and after a video ­conference.


  • Students may need assigned roles/responsibilities (depends on the goal of the VC).
  • Work with students to set up presenting/speaking etiquette and review before each VC.
  • Have a camera/iPad/smartphone to take photos/video during the VC to share via Social Media if you like.
  • Do a test connection if you are able.
  • Remind participants/teacher/guest on what tech tools are available for use – chat, microphone, video, audio, screenshare, etc.



To ensure the highest quality learning environment for all video-conference participants, we ask that  take note of the following:

  • Mute smartphones, chromebooks and laptops.
  • Be courteous to other participants by sitting quietly and looking at the screen so your audience can see that you are paying attention to them – remember they can see you the whole time. (Within PSD, TelePresence members can use Spark app to chat quickly to one another without interrupting the VC. With outside members, please review how to use Webex chat.)
  • Introduce yourself first before you start speaking – say your first name only.
  • Speak clearly, one participant at a time.
  • Keep body movements minimal.
  • Maintain eye contact by looking into the camera.
  • Avoid side conversations; even whispers are being broadcast.
  • Turn off microphones during periods when feedback is not necessary.
  • Make sure you can understand what the other person is saying. Don’t be afraid to ask them to repeat themselves.
  • Thank your VC guests.


  • Reset the room.
  • Shut down all the VC equipment.
  • Reflect on what was learned. Share in small groups, in a journal or via some other way to recap the learning.


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