Zoom Online Teaching – How to Use Zoom to Teach
Online teaching is becoming the new normal for many schools. This is especially true temporarily with schools affected by COVID-19, but it may be a lot more permanent depending on how social distancing guidelines progress.
Some schools have decided to teach online class for the rest of 2020, into 2021. Luckily, Zoom has removed the 40-minute time limit on their free account for K-12 schools affected by COVID-19.
This begs the question: how do I use Zoom meetings and video conferencing to teach my class? We have a few helpful tips for teachers and students.
How to Sign Up for a Free Zoom Account
1. You can start by going to http://zoom.us/ and sign up for a free account by entering your email address.
2. Click the activation email from Zoom.
3. Fill in the form with your name and password
4. Once you have an account, download the Zoom program here https://zoom.us/download
How to Schedule a Zoom Meeting for an Online Class
1. Open the Zoom Desktop app on your computer
2. Click “Home” at the top left
3. Click “Schedule”
4. Enter all relevant details like time, date, topic, etc.
5. Pick your online calendar of choice (Google Calendar is great if you have Gmail or a Google account) and you’ll be taken to a page with your Zoom link. You can send this link to your students in your online calendar’s meeting scheduler.
How to Share Your Screen
Screen sharing is really important for presenting to your class. This button allows you to share your computer screen with everyone on the Zoom meeting.
Screen sharing is very easy with Zoom, all you need to do is click the green “Share Screen” button at the bottom during your meeting. Then you’ll click which screen you’d like to share (the top left one is what you’ll most likely use).
How to Add Free Live Captions to Your Zoom Classes
Rev is offering free Zoom live captioning for K-12 through June 30 to promote accessibility. All you need to do is sign up below and you’ll be given access instructions for setting up Rev Live Captions.
Sign Up for Free Live Captions for K-12 Teachers
Live captions are great for students who are deaf or hard of hearing, and they are often preferred by all students in online class settings to fully understand what’s being said.
How to Set Up Breakout Rooms
Breakout Rooms let you you to split your meeting into multiple sessions, similar to group breakout sessions in a live classroom setting. Students can have their own small groups, which will promote more participation. Read about Zoom Breakout Rooms here.
How to Use Zoom Whiteboards
Zoom Whiteboards are another feature that seems tailor made for teachers. To get to the Whiteboard, click “Share Screen” at the bottom of the Zoom window and then click “Whiteboard.”
You then have a cool drawing tool that acts like a virtual whiteboard! Pretty cool, right?
Happy teaching out there, and be sure to try Rev’s free live captioning for K-12 teachers and students.
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