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Screen sharing, although an older concept in computing, has understandably been slow in its adoption. Many people are unaware of the usefulness of screen sharing. A Zoom meeting can turn into more than just a presenter and an audience. It can become an immersive experience that allows people to look at each other’s screens, adding another dimension to the conversation.
“What specifically is screen sharing good for, anyway?” you may ask. There are at least five situations where screen sharing is key to the meeting experience:
The days of the chalkboard are nearly over. Just about every student is familiar with computers, and it seems like the future of education lies in taking the traditional classroom and moving it into the virtual space.
Zoom’s screen sharing, annotation and recording capabilities give professors the ability to indicate and highlight different areas of the presented screen. Screen sharing enhances student-professor interactions from a distance, and behaves like the old overhead projectors used ever since the late 1950s. The only difference is that screen sharing provides a much more enriched experience where students do not have to sit within 10 meters of the professor to fully understand a lesson.
Until screen sharing became widespread, the only way that an IT engineer could execute a software-based repair was by asking the client to bring the computer over or by trying to explain the process over the phone. This obviously was a big inconvenience for both the support team and the customer.
IT engineers and tech support representatives can now leverage the power of Zoom’s screen sharing by allowing the client to present his or her screen to the expert, and even allow the expert to take control of the client’s computer.
Projectors in dark meeting rooms are becoming a thing of the past. Zoom’s screen sharing gives the presenter the power to create a dynamic experience for their audience. Once at the helm, a presenter can drive participants’ eyes towards what is important without using a laser pointer. They can also open another document or website in response to a question or new idea suggested during the meeting.
If the presenter has two computers, Zoom’s dual-screen feature lets participants look at the presenter and the presentation simultaneously. Can a $3,000 projector do that?
A large amount of training for today’s cadets in the workforce involves teaching them how to use software. For example, marketers have to learn to use the company’s CRM. Accountants need to learn to use enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. This process is usually guided in-person or through a manual. Other times, the recruits just have to figure out everything on their own.
In order to maximize productivity, a company must be able to streamline the employee training process rather than rely on archaic thinking that will cause them to fall behind their competitors. Using Zoom, a company can easily train their employees through live or recorded sessions in a screen sharing environment. This allows the trainer to work with the running software while teaching employees important tips that will help them become more productive and reduce the likelihood mistakes. Visual media can also make employees less nervous about training and gives them reassurance when they’re able to rewind and skip forward as they please through a training session.
Screen sharing can be used for a nearly unlimited business, personal, and educational processes in a streamlined manner. IT professionals can use screen sharing to open a window to their own computers to their clients. Presenters can hold Q&A sessions while permitting participants to use their computers to get their points across. Forensic analysts can present computer-rendered evidence. With screen sharing, you’re taking your friend to the train station rather than giving him directions and telling him to get there on his own. There’s literally an entire universe of possibilities where Zoom’s screen sharing can really help.
The lesson we hope you learn here is that video meetings don’t have to be only people’s faces and voices. We at Zoom know that getting your point across through your computer’s screen is just as important. It lets you “show” things rather than “explain” them.
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