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Top Zoomtopia Takeaways For Our Education Community

Top Zoomtopia Takeaways For Our Education Community

Zoomtopia 2020 was full of insights and exciting announcements for our global education community! We were thrilled to welcome educators, administrators, IT professionals, leaders and other education users during our annual virtual conference, and we’re even more excited to let the learning continue with our on-demand library of content.

Here’s a look at some new Zoom features on their way, which will offer even greater flexibility, continuity, and interactivity in how you engage with students, parents, colleagues, peers, and administrators.

New planned collaboration, engagement & security features

  • Immersive scenes: Set a custom background theme for your classes or create layouts where participant videos are embedded within a scene that everyone shares, like a classroom, staff meeting, or social gathering.
Immersive Scenes
  • Animated meeting reactions: We’re livening up meeting reactions with animation and sound to help students, teachers, and staff engage in fun ways.
  • Video into Waiting Rooms: See a video of who’s in the Waiting Room before admitting them into your Zoom classroom or group session for even greater security.
Waiting Room
  • Automatic High-Fidelity mode: High-Fidelity Music Mode offers amazing audio quality for music classes, lessons, and performances — and soon, hi-fi will turn on automatically when needed. 
  • Customized lobby: If you use webinars for back-to-school nights, open houses, faculty training, and other large gatherings where you need more participant control, you’ll soon be able to customize your lobby with school branding and attendee messages.
  • Breakout Rooms for webinars: Attendees will be able to connect and network in smaller interactive groups within the webinar session.
  • Zoom Apps: Soon, you’ll be able to launch your favorite apps like Coursera, Kahoot!, and Kaltura directly in Zoom for even more seamless teaching and learning.

Catch our top education sessions

Our education content track offered tips, lessons, and resources from K-12, primary and secondary, and higher-ed experts around the world. Here are a few of the top sessions from Zoomtopia 2020 that can help educators gain insights into remote and hybrid learning environments.

Education Keynote: The Future of Secondary Education and Fresh Ideas on Keeping K-12 Students Engaged

For our keynote, we welcomed a diverse set of panelists to talk about lessons they learned teaching virtually and connecting with their education communities during the pandemic. 

We also heard from experts in curriculum design and edtech, who shared resources like Class for Zoom, software built on top of the Zoom platform that puts more class management tools directly into teachers’ hands.

Enhanced Security & Privacy Controls for Distance Learning

The “voice of the customer” is incredibly important to improving Zoom for all users, according to Zoom’s CISO, Jason Lee, who joined this panel. In fact, features like Video Waiting Rooms were made possible by incorporating feedback from educational communities!

We discussed our continued commitment to security in education with panelists from K-12 and higher ed. They offered tips for keeping classrooms secure, like locking meetings after all students have joined, and advocated for the use of single sign-on (SSO) to authenticate users and keep unwanted disruptions at bay. Check out the full session for even more tips!

The Benefits of Unified Communications for a Distributed Education Ecosystem

In this session, Zoom’s education solutions engineer, Jason Mobley, discussed the advantages of Zoom’s UCaaS platform for many uses across your campus or district. Zoom Phone offers several key features for your faculty or staff, such as call masking for privacy, call recording, call flip, and robust nomadic E-911 support with the ability to route calls to both 911 and campus safety response teams. We also heard from Michael Mathews from Oral Roberts University on the many ways his school is using Zoom, from cross-campus communication to hybrid instruction to recruitment.

How to Design Environments That Optimize Blended Learning

Hybrid Learning

As panelists from Harvard University and Choate Rosemary Hall shared, Zoom Rooms help schools create more immersive experiences for remote and blended learning. Multiple gallery views, seamless content sharing, and innovative setups allow remote students, in-person students, and their instructors to feel like they’re in the same room together. Watch this session to get inspired for your own classroom or campus.

Finally, be sure to check out our session, “Sharing Funding Options & Best Practices as Schools Navigate the Path to the Next Normal,” for how to utilize the Cares Act for your schools and districts.

Stay in the know on Zoom for education

Thanks again for joining us at Zoomtopia 2020 — we’re incredibly excited to showcase the creativity and innovation of our educational community, and looking forward to rolling out new features to help you teach, learn, and connect. 
Visit our blog to stay up to date year-round on educational announcements, security updates, and customer stories from schools like Arizona State University, Burke’s School, and the University of Sydney.

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