One neat idea is CHANGING BACKGROUNDS! On Zoom, WebEx and Google Meets, there is a “Change background” feature. You can change your background settings very easily on Zoom, WebEx and Google Meets to get that party feel!
As you know, all the faces will come on the screen after you send them the invite/join code. You want them to feel like they are walking into a party! So how do you do that? One thing to really make it fun is to provide a few custom backgrounds for students to download and use. You can see background use on the top and bottom of column two of the picture below:
Now imagine if mostly everyone adds personality with custom backgrounds! Look how even more custom backgrounds adds to the feel! It feels more like a party than an office meeting or classroom setting, right?
CUSTOMIZE DANCE BACKGROUNDS
You can let students do whatever they want, but with a little direction, the party will come to life with the right guidance on backgrounds! Selecting Dance club and and DJ type lights in all the backgrounds would really add to the feel. Some students with Photoshop-type skills could even be creative adding their friends’ heads to their custom backgrounds into people dancing!
DARE TO USE THEMES!
Also, if you are going with a theme like many do, maybe a pirate theme for instance, students can have all kinds of fun playing with their backgrounds. Use a theme if you dare and watch the fun unroll! 🙂
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