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The Residence Life Online Toolkit

03 /How to keep connected

Connecting with friends and family

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Not being able to see friends and family can be hard at times like this, but now the Government has set these new rules in place we are going to have to be creative with how we connect with them online.

We've been doing our research and have come up with some different ways to see your friends/family as well as making it a bit more fun and interactive...

Google Hangouts/ Zoom
You may have seen others using tools like these to video call their friends and family. The beauty of this is that you can have multiple people on there at a time, so forget having to pass the phone round to family members, have a big group video call instead!

Quiz night from home
Considering we are all self-isolating at home all day, there may not be much to catch up about, so why not get creative and create a quiz. There are hundreds of quizzes online you could use or you could make your own, make it personal to whoever you are quizzing. Take turns to be the quizmaster and make it a weekly thing!

Netflix party
If you miss chilling with your housemates watching movies, or planned to watch a new series together but had to move back home to self-isolate, then wait no longer - Netflix Party has arrived. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds a group chat alongside - it's like you've never been apart! 

If you fancy something different to a quiz or want to mix it up a bit, try yourselves at Skribbl.io. It's almost like an only Pictionary but online, test your online drawings skills and compete against your friends, the perfect game if you need a laugh.  

You may have already played this when you were all together, but it's still just as easy to play it over video call. Follow this simple video to set up Jackbox via Zoom and it'll have you playing for hours, if you need something to help get you through the days this is definitely worth a go.

There are lots of different ways to communicate online, it's time to get creative.