I did not even know the face swap option existed until I clicked on it by accident and suddenly my student and I were both staring at a blowup picture of my face instead of the PPT! It took us both a little by surprise.
VIPkid recently officially switched from the web browser to computer app for one on one online lessons. I am one of the teachers that did not start using the app until just before the day it became mandatory. I had a hard time letting go of my old trusty Chrome browser that had worked so well for so long. When I did switch over to the app I was overwhelmed with all of the fun new AR stickers! It took me a little while to figure out how to use them effectively as a tool in my classroom. Now that the AR stickers are starting to feel as natural as any other prop, its time for me to play around with the best ways to use the face swap tool in the classroom.
How to swap your face and the PPT
- Click the button in the bottom left hand corner of your video feed.
2. You did it!
How to use the face swap function in the classroom
The problem with having physical rewards instead of using the interactive rewards in the classroom is it can sometimes be hard for the student to see them on the tiny screen. The face swap option gives us the ability to show off our awesome creative rewards that we spent so much time on.
Not all of our students purchase high quality equipment to improve their lesson quality. With background noise thrown in the mix, it can be nearly impossible for our students to hear the corrections we are trying to make. They may not be able to hear us, but with the face swap option they can see the movements our lips and tongue are making, which can help them understand how to make the sound even if they can not hear the difference.
This one is less clear cut, because sometimes our conversation or extension might heavily involve the images on the slide. Other times it circulates around prepared props. During a greeting, for example, you might ask the student a question about their day or about things they like to do. This would have no direct correlation to the introduction slide, so you might want to swap the PPT for your face to better demonstrate TPR or show off props.
The downside of the face swap function
Like the VR stickers, the face swap function requires both the teacher and student to have a strong internet connection. If the connection is lagging at all, it can take a long time for the slides to re-load. Just like VR stickers, some students do not have a version of the app that supports face and PPT swap. If you notice any lag in your classroom, I wouldn’t recommend using the face/ PPT swap. When you do choose to use it, it is best if you are planning to spend a bit of time before you switch back.
Comment below! Do you love or hate the face/ PPT swap? What ways do you use it? What other features of the new classroom would you like to know more about or do you enjoy using?
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