If you’ll be teaching an online synchronous class this summer, think about how you could use your Zoom background as an icebreaker and way to build community. For example, you could set your background to a photo related to your research or to the class. Then you can start the class chatting with students about the image. Or, you could ask students to set their Zoom backgrounds as a way to answer a prompt: Set your Zoom background to a photo of the city/town you’re in right now. Or set your Zoom background to a photo of a hobby you have. Or set your Zoom background to something you know about our course topic. Start the class by chatting with students about these images. Have you used this technique in the past and if so, how did it work for you?