Get Ready Now: Practice Virtual Meetings with Zoom

Need to meet with your students virtually? Zoom Video Conferencing is a powerful tool you can use to meet synchronously and asynchronously. Zoom will let you share your screen, chat, and even record your meetings to be shared in real-time or uploaded later. Use these tips and tricks to practice using Zoom today.

What devices can I use Zoom on? 

  • Laptop/computer (PC/Mac) 
  • Tablet (Apple iOS, Android)
  • Smartphone (Apple iOS, Android)

Preparing for a Zoom Meeting 

  1. Download and install the Zoom Client Software (PC/Mac) or the Zoom app (iOS/Android) in advance. 
  2. Review Zoom instructions online: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362033-Getting-Started-on-Windows-and-Mac 
  3. Start or join a Zoom Meeting to test your computer or device’s capabilities. 
  4. Contact the ATC for training or to resolve any technical issues encountered during testing. 

Tips and Tricks 

  • Find a quiet space with strong WiFi that is free of distractions.
  • Test your headphones, microphone, and camera to make sure the class can hear and see you. More info on testing here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362283-How-Do-I-Join-or-Test-My-Computer-Audio-
  • You may need to give Zoom permission to access your camera and microphone beforehand. Typically the request for permission will appear in a pop-up window the first time you open a Zoom Meeting. 
  • Close any windows or programs open on your device that are unrelated to your meeting. This focuses  your device’s power to provide the best Zoom meeting experience possible.  
  • If you can’t use video, upload a profile image to your Zoom account, give your students something to look at while you speak. 

We’ve also got Zoom training/practice available from 12-1 on Wednesday 3/11 and Thursday 3/12 in Center 219 (ATC computer lab). Drop by!

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