Top 7 Do’s and Don’ts for Being Awesome!

Top 7 Do’s and Don’ts for Being Awesome!

Some days I walk into work and have to pinch myself because of the daily reality we get to live in. I was born in the early 1970’s so I was a full adult before the internet, before smart phones, and before artificial intelligence all became so commonplace. So the fact that I get the chance to meet and talk with all sorts of educators across the US and world, just tickles me to no end (hello, #geographynerd)!

I’ve learned we truly do live in a small world, especially inside education, no matter how vastly different our geography or cultures are. Kevin Bacon and his 6 degrees has nothing on a well-connected educator!

So I find myself video conferencing with people on a regular basis. Sometimes for fun. Sometimes to capture an idea. Sometimes to teach. But always to learn.

Side note: I also used video conferencing as a large part of my classroom work with students as well, teaching them 1) to reach out beyond our 4 walls and 2) to use video conferencing etiquette. It’s amazing what kids and adults can learn from talking with people around the world! 

Among the literally thousands of things I’ve learned from the thousands of calls my students and I’ve been involved with since 2007, is that there’s a significant number of people who aren’t sure yet how to do their part to make a video conference pleasant for the rest of us. The information in the call may be awesome, but too often, the experience isn’t that awesome.

And listen, I know my students and I made all the rookie mistakes too. Luckily I had good friends who 1) tolerated and 2) taught me (two MAJOR benefits to being friends with educators).

So as I get ready for a couple of brand new projects I’ve recently developed and in which, will be using a lot of video conference calling, I realized this is a chance for me to pay it forward. I decided to gather the 7 biggest mistakes I see people making when using conferencing cameras and help people find a better option.

And make no mistake, this isn’t about rookies and newbies. I’ve seen some video conferencing veterans’ nose hairs too! 

So check out the Top 7 Do’s and Don’ts for Being Awesome! handout and the video (both are cross-linked). And you’ll always be awesome at video conferencing!


If you want to get started with video conferencing either personally or in the classroom, let me know. I’d love to help you enhance the PBL experience of your classroom! You can start with Skype or Zoom or Google Hangouts or any number of FREE tools.

What do you think? Did I miss something important? How would you help someone beyond that mistake?

If you’re looking to support PBL in your school and community, boy do I have help for you! The daily practicalities are precisely the stumbling blocks where new-to-PBL teachers decide that PBL isn’t for them and with over 13 years of PBL experience, I can help navigate or knock flat those pesky daily hurdles.

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Written by GingerLewman

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