#5-Reduce Zoom Fatigue with TV-Laptop Interface
In speaking with many of my colleagues, including my student teachers I supervise, everyone seems to be making early holiday gift requests for larger screen computers for Zoom instruction. Having a larger screen for instruction will definitely decrease your eye strain, lessen Zoom fatigue and make it easier to multi-task with your distance learning platform and the additional apps you integrate into your lessons.
Rather than spending hundreds, if not thousands of dollars purchasing a new computer, invest in an HDMI cable (at least 15 feet which will allow you to sit anywhere in your family room) and connect your current laptop to your big screen television at home.
You can purchase an HDMI cable at almost any big-box chain store, but I found High-Speed 4K HDMI cables of various lengths on Amazon. An HDMI cable can handle both audio and high-resolution video, so it’s great for streaming your favorite TV shows and movies during your down-time.
To make this work, both your laptop and TV have to have an HDMI port. If they aren’t super old, there is a good chance both will be able to accommodate the new cable. Turn on both devices and connect them using an HDMI cable. Then select the correct HDMI input on your TV with the remote control and you’re ready to go.
Keep in mind that some laptops have a micro HDMI or a mini HDMI port, so you will need a different cable OR you to save money, use your current HDMI cable and just purchase the appropriate adaptor (Mini HDMI to HDMI or Micro HDMI to HDMI options).
Stay healthy, safe and happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.