Virtual learning requires teaching with modifications. Teachers are collaborating and innovating to find effective solutions for group work, student practice, relationship building, and more. Recently, we came across a great way to engage students in daily read alouds—PowerPoint as a virtual background. This specific tool is found in Zoom, and while we know not everyone uses Zoom, we are sharing it for two reasons. First, if it is in Zoom it is likely to be in other platforms or will be soon, and second, you can always create a free Zoom account and record a read aloud that you can post in your virtual classroom. (It is important to note that this feature on Zoom is currently in Beta testing and is not yet available on a Mac.)
To begin, take pictures of the book you are wanting to share and create a Power Point, with each slide containing a page. If you don't have PowerPoint, you can create this on Google Slides and download as a PowerPoint.
Then, sign into Zoom and start a meeting. When you are ready to launch your background, follow the steps below:
If you wish to save a recording of your reading, be sure to select record before you start.
The end product is so fun! Check out our example below.