VIDEO: We like hearing you, but we LOVE seeing you

Niskayuna Families and Students,

As hybrid teaching and learning continues, we want to keep building a strong learning community. To help us foster relationships with students when they are learning at home, please encourage your child(ren) to turn their cameras on during instruction.

A huge thank you to sixth grade English teacher Joleen Loliscio, for helping demonstrate some concerns our students may have.   

We do not require cameras to be on, but it is our expectation that students have their cameras on as often as possible. This is extremely important as it helps teachers and students form a stronger connection.

We realize there are several reasons why students may not have their camera on. Please have a conversation with your child. The district is here to support you. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or principal to discuss any concerns or questions you may have. 


    • If you haven’t had your camera on this year, start challenging yourself to do so by turning your camera on during attendance, when speaking to your teacher or when working with other students in small groups.
    • Follow your teacher’s guidelines regarding the use of the chat/unmuting/raising your hand to be sure you are participating to the best of your ability. Teachers need to hear/see you participate in some manner every day.
    • Consider letting your teacher know you are uncomfortable being on camera. The more you communicate, the better your learning experience will be.
    • Watch this video for some Online Classroom Video Etiquette // Zoom and Google Meet (6 mins)
  • Parents and Students
    • Parents, please encourage your student to turn their camera on as much as possible. Have a conversation with your student to discuss if/why they leave their camera off and how important it is to be an active participant in their learning. Here are some resources to help:
    • Students: Do you have anxiety about virtual classes and Zoom calls? I can help! (7 mins)
      • The comments in this video are helpful.
    • How to overcome fear of being on camera (5 mins)
      • This video was created to help people with fears of being on camera from a business perspective, but Francesca’s advice works for the classroom, too.

Thank you for your partnership and support. By working together, we will continue making this school year the very best it can be.

The Niskayuna Central School District Team