Zoom is a video conferencing program that allows you to meet online and see and hear other participants. Below are useful tips and suggestions for using Zoom. You do not need a Zoom account to participate in a class.
You can go to zoom from a desktop computer or a laptop, an iPad or other tablet or a mobile phone, or even a Kindle Fire. Some old computers do not have a camera and/or microphone, but they have been standard on most computers for 6-8 years. If you wish, you can call in to the class using the number provided and listen and speak, and see the teacher’s presentation.
Before your class, you will receive an email with a link to your Zoom class. At the time of the class, click the link and follow any instructions. If it is your first time using Zoom, you will be prompted with questions to install the software — answer affirmative. This occurs only the first time you use it.
Tips for being a Zoom student:
- The Toolbar is at the bottom of your screen, on most computers, and at the top if you are using a tablet or phone. Move your cursor over that location and it will appear.
- The Mute button on the toolbar (find microphone icon) allows others to hear you or to mute yourself. It is best to mute yourself unless you are speaking. If there is a slash across the microphone you are muted.
- To speak, click on the microphone and it will unmute you, or hold the space bar down to temporarily un-mute yourself and talk.
- The Camera button, next to the Mute button, turns the video on and off. This controls whether others can see you in the meeting.
- When you have a comment, raise your hand (so the others can see you) and your instructor will call on you to speak.
- Clicking on the “gallery view” (a box that looks like “Hollywood Squares”) lets you see everyone that is participating.
- To leave the class before it has ended you can click “Leave Meeting” on the toolbar.