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Start of Class Checklist

Start-of-class checklist - For Everybody

  1. 1.
    Have a notebook beside you
  2. 2.
    close unwanted programs and browser tabs
  3. 3.
    Open slack and the correct Slack channel
  4. 4.
    If you have problems, Say on Slack (If possible, on Zoom in "participants" click "No", too)
  5. 5.
    Open the syllabus
  6. 6.
    start Zoom (the desktop client, not phone or web, if possible). Download is here​
  7. 7.
    Join the zoom call
  8. 8.
    Set your name clearly (not "phone" or "coder")
  9. 9.
    Put your webcam on
  10. 10.
    Check your mic is working
  11. 11.
    mute your mic
  12. 12.
    Check you can screenshare
  13. 13.
    Switch on CC - "closed captions"
  14. 14.
    Check you can switch between "gallery view" and "speaker view"
  15. 15.
    Go to "participants" and click "YES" (this tells the teacher you are ready!)
  16. 16.
    Help other students to complete their checklist

Getting attention when you have a problem

Here are some ways you can communicate if you have technical problems:
  • Unmute your microphone, and ask!
  • Write your problem on Slack
  • Open "participants" and click the "No" button
  • Raise your hand on camera or make a "thumbs down", on camera. Hold it there.
Most importantly, listen to your teachers for the ways they want you to communicate problems.

Start-of-class checklist - For Host

  1. 1.
    Have the class schedule handy London|Glasgow|Manchester|Birmingham​
  2. 2.
    Start the scheduled call 30 minutes early
  3. 3.
    Share the meeting invite on slack (if not already done)
  4. 4.
    Assign Teacher and TAs as co-hosts
  5. 5.
    Monitor the teacher & TA slack channel: e.g. #london-teachers-during-class​
  6. 6.
    Open and monitor the zoom chat (redirect to slack)
  7. 7.
    Set up breakout room assignments
  8. 8.
    If teacher wants, run open breakout rooms for soundchecks
  9. 9.
    Minor: Enable "multiple participants can share screens"
  10. 10.
    Watch participants view: A red "No" from students = problem.
  11. 11.
    TODO: more...

Start-of-class checklist - For TAs

  1. 1.
    As above. Also...
  2. 2.
    Name yourself "myname (TA)" to help the teacher
  3. 3.
    Join & monitor the correct two slack channels (teacher-specific, and for all)
  4. 4.
    Ask for co-host permissions from host (if they forget)
  5. 5.
    Help students with zoom issues (but not homework questions!)
  6. 6.
    Watch participants view: A red "No" from students = problem.
  7. 7.
    If the teacher is busy, welcome the students as they join! Got jokes?​

Start-of-class checklist - For Teacher

  1. 1.
    As above. Also...
  2. 2.
    Check your team are all attentive on slack
  3. 3.
    Have your host on speeddial!
  4. 4.
    Gallery view
  5. 5.
    Tell students the way you want them to report tech problems (see "Getting attention")
  6. 6.
    Welcome your students as they join
  7. 7.
    Big class? Ask the host to run breakout rooms for faster "soundcheck" (e.g. 4 per room)
  8. 8.
    Consider turning off slack notifications temporarily: In Slack, type /dnd for 8 hours to turn off Slack notififcations for screen sharing (Thanks, Bex!)
  9. 9.
    TODO: ... so many more things...

Start-of-class checklist - For PD

  1. 1.
    As above. Also...
  2. 2.
    Name yourself "myname (PD)" to help the teacher
  3. 3.
    Join & monitor the correct two slack channels (teacher-specific, and for all)
  4. 4.
    Open the expected attendance (e.g. tracker sheet)
  5. 5.
    Open "Participants" panel
  6. 6.
    Contact those missing from class (e.g. via slack)

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