An Australian Teacher Crafted A Great Way To Get More ‘Likes’ During Zoom Meetings

by Karen Belz
Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She's the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

These days, everyone is on Zoom. It’s one of the most popular programs for online meetings and virtual conferences.

And even better, users can customize it a bit to fit their needs. That is, they can choose their background to help make things a little more fun. Ever envision working for the Krusty Krab? You’re in luck! Zoom has the background for you.

When working with students, there are also ways to tell whether or not you’re being heard. For Australian teacher Jacob Strickling, he felt as if his science students weren’t fully appreciating his efforts. Reason being?

There weren’t a lot of thumbs up emojis floating his way.

Those types of accolades may seem small, but they mean a lot — especially in a digital setting. Since so many teachers are new to the world of distance learning, a thumbs up can mean so much. Especially since students might feel awkward fully expressing their appreciation through full text or speech. Remember, Zoom meetings can include a lot of people. Nobody want to be “that person” who stands out and does something accidentally embarrassing.

Noting the problem, Jacob chose to take matters into his own hands. Literally. He constructed a contraption that would make his Zoom classes look much more popular. Is it foolproof? Of course not, as Jacob learns near the end. However, it was an impressive way to boost his own confidence. It should come as no surprise that Jacob is also a YouTuber.

Watch the video and let it inspire you to create your own funny project during this time at home.

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