Students are encouraged by staff to keep their cameras on during zoom meetings


Mishal Nizar

A big challenge of remote learning is that many students are uncomfortable with turning on their zoom cameras for their classes.

One of the main challenges about remote learning is some students do not feel comfortable with having their Zoom camera on. During classes, students are not required to turn on their cameras, yet teachers can encourage students to keep their cameras on.

Remote learning has been difficult for many students. Sitting in front of a computer all day can be difficult, so being able to keep their cameras off allows students to feel more comfortable standing or moving around near their computers.

“I do not like seeing myself play with my hair or swivel in my chair on camera,” senior Olivia Wegner said. “Plus, the movement is distracting.”

Although staff members feel that there is a direct correlation between good grades and keeping cameras on, there are many students who are succeeding in school with their cameras off.

Principal Dr. Darrel Echols mentioned in his email Nov. 2 regarding Zoom camera use to families.

“We are seeing a direct correlation between student success and the use of cameras during learning times,” Principal Darrel Echols said. 

Many students not only feel like having their camera on might be distracting, but some do not like having their camera on every day all day because of their appearance.

“I usually roll out of bed, so I do not look the best. It is like a personal appearance thing,” sophomore Abby Hatfield said.

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Many students are still focused, paying attention, and participating in class even with their cameras off. They also use the chat to participate in class. Remote learning is not ideal for everyone. In some households, there are other family members working or learning, so having their cameras on or microphone unmuted is not preferred.

Ultimately, students should reach out to their teacher if they feel uncomfortable with their cameras for personal reasons. 

While students do not feel too affected by keeping their cameras off, teachers miss seeing their students daily.

“On our end, it helps us see if the students are understanding,” social studies teacher Erin Matus said.

Not only does having their cameras on allow teachers to see students, but it allows students to see their peers. Many teachers see students having their cameras on as another way that remote learning is more like in-person learning. 

Having their cameras on also helps students stay focused as someone else can still see you. While teachers are doing their best to encourage students to have their cameras on, there is still a struggle to motivate students to turn their cameras on.

“Students who are struggling would benefit from that added accountability factor of the camera being on,” Matus said.