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Remote virtual learning has become the new normal for many teachers, administrators, students, and parents. While the transition may not be easy, we want to provide resources to ensure users are creating secure and effective virtual classrooms using Zoom.
We collected the top 10 most frequently asked questions about using Zoom for virtual education and online learning. And before we dive in, here’s a bit of inspiration for everyone doing remote schooling right now:
Both meetings and webinars are great ways to connect and engage with large audiences and even collect valuable insights by requiring registration. However, meetings and webinars have key differences:
Meetings can be useful for a hands-on, collaborative classroom environment where students can engage directly with the content being shared and with each other. Webinars are great for online lectures where students can listen, view content, and submit questions via the Q&A feature.
To help you decide which is better for you, check out this side-by-side feature comparison of our licensed meetings and webinar accounts:
Here are some recommendations to help you create a secure and productive virtual classroom:
There are a number of features and settings that are enabled by default and can be utilized on the fly to ensure your Zoom classrooms are secure.
Within your meeting, the Security icon is your all-in-one place to quickly find and enable security features. This feature allows a host or co-host to:
As an additional layer of security, Waiting Rooms and meeting passwords are enabled by default for free Basic and single licensed Pro accounts, and accounts in our K-12 program. The meeting password requirement cannot be changed for those K-12 accounts. We invite you to check out our recent blog on securing your virtual classroom for additional tips.
One way to take attendance during your online class is to require registration so you can review the registration report to see who registered and who actually attended. Another way to take attendance is by launching a poll during class. You can later export that poll report to know who attended your class based on who responded to the poll.
With Zoom you have the ability to see up to 49 people on video in Gallery View. Simply enable this feature in your video settings. Have more than 49 students? No problem! View up to 1,000 thumbnails by clicking the right or left arrows in Gallery View to show another 49 participants.
Breakout rooms give you the ability to split your class into as many as 50 separate sessions, which are great for group-based activities or assignments. Within each breakout room, participants have full audio, video, and sharing capabilities. Each room can also alert the host when help is needed, and the host can visit any of the breakouts to assist and answer questions.
To use this feature, be sure to enable breakout rooms in your meeting settings. Then, you can either pre-assign or auto-assign students into groups. (Here’s how.)
Screen sharing allows you to share slides, videos, and other valuable content with your students. You can also give students access to screen sharing so they can present their own work. To share your screen, just click the green “Share Screen” icon and select what you would like to share. If you are sharing a video, be sure to click the “Share Computer Sound” checkbox.
Screen sharing also allows you to share a secondary camera in a Zoom session. This means you can share from a doc camera, which is similar to an overhead projector. Check out our integration with Kaptivo, which allows you to capture and share content on a physical whiteboard digitally.
When you are sharing your screen, you have the ability to draw, type, and add stickers on to your shared content. The host also has the ability to allow participants to annotate on their screen. This is a great way to engage and collaborate with your students.
When sharing your screen, you can also share a whiteboard. This is just like a whiteboard you would have in your classroom, this shares a blank digital page that you and your attendees can use to work on problems together.
Hosting and joining meetings on a Chromebook gives you access to most of the features you would have on other devices. All you have to do is join your meetings via the Zoom application found in the Chrome web store. The main differences with a Chromebook are that polling, whiteboard, annotation, and remote control are unavailable. Learn more about using Zoom on a Chromebook.
With Zoom, you have access to the same reliable and seamless meeting experience on your mobile device as you would with other devices. However, some in-meeting controls such as creating and launching polls, starting breakout rooms, and controlling who screen shares, aren’t available on a mobile device. The Gallery View is also limited on smartphones and tablets.
Want a little more help getting started? You can walk through these top 10 questions with a Zoom expert in this on-demand webinar:
Or check out some of our additional resources on setting up and securing your virtual Zoom classroom.