For many Zoom video conferencing has been the go to tool for online meetings. Users using the free version have a 40 minute window. The Pro version allows you to sign in using your work credentials (user name and password). It is quick and easy to set up a meeting and you simply share the link. This post is aimed at those who may not have had the opportunity to try it out.
A new word to enter the dictionary of 2020 is likely to be ‘zoombombing’. This is where uninvited guests enter meetings. It has also been referred to as Zoom raiding. It is important therefore to understand how to adjust the settings and to only share a link with those you know. You can opt to add a password and create a waiting room. Recent updates have made this a default setting.
In addition to being a video conferencing tool, within Zoom you can set up polls, whiteboards and breakout rooms. At the bottom of the post are links to useful support pages for how to set these up. If you have never used Zoom before this Getting Started on Zoom guide is helpful.
Educating on Zoom
Zoom have also put together a useful Tips and Tricks PDF for Teachers using Zoom.
These are some of the links from the document above:
- Setting up meetings: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/201146643
- Attendee Attention Tracking: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115000538083-Attendee-attention-tracking
- Polling: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/213756303-Polling-for-Meetings
- Breakout Rooms: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206476093-Getting-Started-with-Breakout-Rooms
- Non-verbal Feedback: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115001286183-Nonverbal-Feedback-DuringMeetings
- Virtual Backgrounds: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/210707503-Virtual-Background
- Sharing a Screen: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362153-How-Do-I-Share-My-Screen-
- Whiteboard: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/205677665-Sharing-a-whiteboard
- Annotation: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115005706806-Using-annotation-tools-on-a-shared-screenor-whiteboard
- Transcription of meetings: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/115004794983-Automatically-TranscribeCloud-Recordings-
- Chat: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/203650445-In-Meeting-Chat