With the changing landscape of education, moving from a physical classroom to an online classroom, due to COVID-19 it is critical that children continue to engage with learning. Ordinarily, teachers employ a range of check-in activities within the physical classroom to ensure engagement is high, including; questioning students during classroom discussions to check their understanding of what is being taught, circulating around the classroom and engaging in one-to-one contact with students and providing feedback about their work (McLean, 2003). Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal development champions a social constructivist approach to learning, whereby all learning is developed as a result of social interaction (Vygotsky, 1978). Silver (2011), further highlights the importance of social interactions on a child’s ability to retain information. Owing to the importance placed on social interactions and its impact on engagement within the classroom, this enquiry seeks to evaluate the impact of a live video meeting on online engagement.
The aim of this enquiry was to focus on what would happen when utilising a live check-in during remote learning, specifically focussing on:
‘The impact of a live online check-in on engagement within Microsoft Teams.’