Do I need a camera for class?
TPS does not use cameras for classes. We have used them in the past, and our current technology allows for their use, but we currently do not use them.
- Live class time is limited and cameras have proven to be a distraction with little or no academic gain. We want to keep students focused on the interactive class content being shown by the teacher, not on watching cameras or showing their own camera.
- Camera use considerably increases bandwidth, processor and memory requirements. Our classrooms are designed to reach remote and closed locations on low-end devices with an interactive experience where other conferencing applications currently cannot reach.
- Camera use degrades security and increases safety risk. We serve thousands of minor (under 18 years old) students every day, and we prioritize their safety and security. Adding camera options to our many rooms would significantly increase the safety risk with no academic gain.
- Camera use would divide the TPS student community into “haves” and have-nots” where the students with fast connections and good cameras would be able to dominate classes and meetings. We value a student community where everyone can participate fully.
For students who have the means and the permission, there are many other options for social networking, including use of cameras. Because they provide little academic gain and add considerable risk and expense, TPS currently has no plans to include cameras into our classrooms.