Zoom has taken over living rooms and classrooms alike in the age of quarantine. As teachers, we want to make sure that our students not only respect us but also listen to us and hopefully learn something. While virtual learning cannot actually emulate the real world classroom, Zoom backgrounds can at least make your virtual classroom seem more realistic and fun. Below we have captured some of the best Zoom backgrounds for teachers that you can use to spruce up your daily teaching routine.
How Do You Install Zoom Backgrounds?
Before we get to our recommended Zoom backgrounds for teachers, let’s discuss how to install them. Installing Zoom backgrounds is very easy. Just follow these simple steps.
- Download the Zoom desktop client and install it. You cannot use custom backgrounds in the browser version.
- Open Zoom and click on the gear icon
- Click on “Background & Filters”
- Click on the plus sign to add a new image or video.
- If you need to flip the background because the text is backward, just check or uncheck the “Mirror my video” option.
Best Zoom Backgrounds for Teachers
Letter Boards with Motivational Quotes
These letter board Zoom backgrounds by WeAreTeachers are great for teachers and students alike. They will increase motivation and provide inspiration throughout your daily lessons. The letters on some of these Zoom backgrounds are reversed if you selected “Mirror My Video” in your background settings. See “My Image Is Reversed” section below.
Add Your Own Text
We have created a Canva template that you can use to create your own letter board Zoom background with whatever text you want. Just click on the image or button below to create your custom letter board.
A Day at the Museum
Since field trips aren’t possible at this time, give your students the feel of being on a field trip with these Zoom backgrounds. If you want to add your own image for a different museum experience, feel free to edit these templates from Canva below. You can even get royalty-free images from Pixabay or other online sites.
A Day at the Louvre
Explore art history with your students on a field trip to one of the greatest art museums in the world. It may not be open to tourists, but it’s open to your classroom!
Chalkboard Zoom Background for Teachers
Relive the glory days of chalkboards in the classroom by using this retro Zoom background. You can edit the text to say anything you want, from today’s agenda to tonight’s homework. Use this Canva template to give your virtual classroom a “real classroom” look and feel.
What Size Do Zoom Backgrounds Need to Be?
The best Zoom background size is 1920px by 1080px. However, many of the templates on this page are 1280px by 720px which is perfectly acceptable. Zoom can handle many sizes of images but will scale images that don’t have a 16:9 ratio width to height.
It really depends on how large your students’ screens are any whether they will notice the resolution difference.
My Background Image Is Reversed
If you upload your image or video to Zoom and the image is reversed or the text is backward, just click the “Mirror my video” checkbox on the “Backgrounds & Filters” screen.