Connecting in a new way

CAFOD Primary School Volunteer, Dee, shares her reflection on her first virtual visit to a school and getting to grips with this new way to communitcate.

I must admit to a feeling of some trepidation leading up to my first virtual visit to a primary school to deliver an assembly for Lent 2021 as I am not very confident in my technical skills. 

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Dee with her Lent Fast Day presentation script at the ready.

In the event the school set up the Zoom invitation and shared screen to allow the PowerPoint to be shown and it was no different to joining all the other Zoom meetings we have become so accustomed to over the last year.  There were a few glitches at the beginning from the school’s end but they sorted it out quickly and the assembly went ahead with each class of the children who were in school watching from their own classroom. 

The advantages were that I could do it from my own sofa with no travelling and getting lost trying to find the school for once.  Also it was slightly easier to concentrate on the script and be word perfect when not in front of a live audience.  However it is not so easy to be interactive and each time I asked a question our contact had to ask a year group to unmute themselves to answer the question.  She felt the children who were in school enjoyed it as it was something different from what they have been doing. 

On balance I am looking forward to returning to in person visits to allow for better interaction with the children and staff, but virtual visits are a great way of maintaining contact when this is not possible.

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