Why can't I use my cellphone to access online classes?

I know, I know. We love our cellphones, I know! 

"But it's easier to carry!" 

"I can be anywhere and access my classes!"

"I have all my apps on my cellphone"

Look, the truth is, we know that cell phones can be convenient. Yes, they might be more accessible and/or affordable than a computer. But are you really getting your money's worth when watching classes through your phone? Don't you think that if you're studying, learning, in a virtual classroom environment, it would benefit you to have a proper setup in which you can take notes while watching the lectures? Read properly shared screens? See all of your classmates at once? Even hold yourself accountable in case you get distracted?

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There is a reason why we've never been allowed to have cellphones in class growing up. But if you're not convinced yet, here are a few more:

  • Cellphone usage tends to be distracting for both students and teachers. 
  • Students can't fully engage and participate in the online classroom via a cellphone. 
  • The camera turns off anytime someone exits the Zoom app on their cellphone, and in order to be present within the classroom, the camera must be on at all times.
  • When reading content through shared screens, the cellphone Zoom interface makes it harder to read, understand, and use Zoom functions appropriately. 
  • We want to make sure you get the most out of your learning experience with Approach, whether classes are online or in-person.

Approach strives for a productive and engaging learning environment, respectfully driven towards both, our teachers and students. Cellphone usage tends to be prohibited during in-person class time, and therefore, in order to foster the best online learning environment possible, we want to carry on these rules to our online class etiquette for your benefit.

So, some recommendations for easier and more productive Zoom classes:

  • Clear out your desk! find a space where you can sit and take classes properly
  • Use a laptop, desktop, Ipad, and place it in front of you. 
  • Take notes as you watch the lectures. 
  • Leave your camera on at all times out of respect for your teacher, classmates, and in order to hold yourself accountable for your learning!
  • Be seated somewhere comfortable, but make sure to have a desk. The more importance you put into preparing your "virtual study" space, the more engaged you'll be. 

We are always here if you have any other questions and concerns. Happy learning!

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