Make a Webcam Cover Using a Toilet Paper Roll

Today I am going to show you how to make an easy webcam cover using a toilet paper roll and some basic supplies, why you need it, and how to use it!

Today I'm going to show you how you can make a webcam cover out of a toilet paper roll! You may wonder what on earth you would ever need this for?

Why Do I Need A Camera Cover?

Any time I enter the classroom I keep my camera covered until class starts.

*Remember - you are being recorded at all times!*

I have heard numerous stories from fellow VIPKid teachers saying that they were surprised when they thought the camera was off, but their student would say, "Teacher, I can see you" and sometimes it wasn't at the best of times (like changing shirts, eating, reapplying lipstick or surfing the internet between classes). Once you hit the start button in the classroom you should expect to be seen (and even then I don't trust it). It's best to play it safe and assume you are being watched whenever you are in the classroom!

Another reason I use my camera cover is when I am sitting in class waiting on a student to show up. This could be a trial student or a regular student who either shows up late or not at all. It feels awkward leaving the camera on while I go about my business while waiting (and Fireman are usually watching!). Here's what I do in these situations:

  1. When class starts I write in the chat box: "Hello, class has started. The student is late". I then take a screenshot and cover my camera.

  2. Every 5 minutes I type in the chat box the time and that the student is late. For example: 5:00 - student late, 10:00 - student late, etc. I then uncover my camera and take a screenshot and cover it again.

  3. Once 25 minutes arrives I type: 25:00 - student no show. I uncover my camera, take a final screenshot, and exit the classroom.

This is for my own protection - to cover myself in case I need to prove for any reason that I was in class and a student didn't show up. It's better to be safe than sorry!

How To Make A Camera Cover

First you need to gather your supplies. For this project you will need the following:

Empty Toilet Paper Roll

Tissue Paper (3in x 3in)

Clear Tape

A Sticker or Pen

Scissors or Box Cutters

Step 1 - Cut off about .5 inches of the toilet paper roll.

Step 2 - Draw guidelines for cutting. Draw a line 1 inch from the edge. Draw a second line approximately .5 in from the edge (this line varies depending on the thickness of your computer. If you have a thin computer then draw your line closer to the 1 inch line so that your camera cover doesn't end up loose after you cut it. It's trial and error so you'll have to use your best judgement).

Step 3 - Place the ruler between the two lines and draw 2 lines 1 inch apart BETWEEN the two parallel lines (this part will NOT be cut).

Step 4 - Using your scissors or box cutters, cut around the two lines but do not cut across all the way. It should have a 1 inch section of cardboard left attached.

Step 5 - Lay your toilet paper roll down on your tissue paper and draw a circle. This will serve as a guideline to let you know where you need to draw or put your stickers for your message.

Step 6 - Decorate your circle with the message you'd like. *Note - for best results use a light color tissue paper with a dark marker. I find that using any sort of dark stickers just don't show up. Again - this is trial and error.*

Step 7 - Lay your toilet paper roll onto the decorated circle. Make

sure your toilet paper roll is facing the right direction. The non-cut flap should face up toward your message. You don't want to accidentally put it on upside down (like I did!)

Step 8 - Tape the tissue paper around the toilet paper roll. Make sure it's nice and flat. Keep it tight so that there won't be any wrinkles.

Step 9 -

Test it out in the classroom.

You're good to go!

I hope you found this tutorial useful and you have fun making your own webcam cover! Leave me a comment and let me know how it goes!

Happy teaching!

-- VIPKid Teacher Erin

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