How to use Zoom to teach virtual classes

As technology advances and adapts, certain tasks are increasingly performed online. A clear example of this is using Zoom to teach virtual classes.

Given the current world situation and the problems in education, it is essential to use all the tools at our disposal.

Index

  1. Is Zoom to teach virtual classes the best option?
    1. Getting started in the world of Zoom
  2. Starting to use Zoom to teach virtual classes
    1. Giving the virtual class with Zoom

Is Zoom to teach virtual classes the best option?

One of the main reasons why this service is ideal for virtual teaching is the capacity of the participants, which is already available in the free version.

In this way, none of the interested parties have to buy a package to be able to study or teach.

The quality and versatility of Zoom is also undeniable, since its functionality is excellent and allows you to work together with audio, video or both.

On the other hand, you can also share files or documents during the conference, to which all participants have access.

And as if that were not enough, it is possible to record the class in case it is necessary to repeat it or reproduce it to take notes and even check what has been lost.

Zoom also gives the option of using its platform from your mobile phone.

Getting started in the world of Zoom

To get started, you need to have an account on this platform. This can be done on the official website through the orange button at the top «Sign up it’s free«.

The pop-up window will ask you to enter your professional email address in order for a confirmation email to be sent to you. When you receive it, click the “Activate Account” button.

This will take you to the Zoom website where you can enter your personal account details. “Continue” is required, the next step can be skipped if you wish. You can then select “Go to my account”.

Starting to use Zoom to teach virtual classes

In the account window, at the top of the window, there is a “Schedule a meeting” option that needs to be selected.

This allows you to set the relevant data for the meeting room, ie the topic or name, a description if desired, the date of the meeting, and the duration of the meeting.

This is limited to 40 minutes. The time zone will be important, as well as if it is a recurring room or not.

Lastly, there are options for meeting ID generation, audio and video settings, and more.

It is advisable to keep the default settings, except for the “Enable waiting room” and “Automatically record meeting” options, which it is better to activate. Click “Save”.

In the next window you can enter the course in your Google, Outlook or Yahoo calendar to better organize it.

In the “Calendar” option, you will now see the address of the classroom’s website, which you can share with those interested.

Once you’ve set up your Zoom account, all you have to do is create a room and share the link.

Giving the virtual class with Zoom

Once you are in your Zoom profile, there is a menu on the left where you can access the Meetings section and see all the ones you have created.

To start a specific course, just click on the “Start” button on the right. It can also be removed if necessary.

At the beginning of the class, it is important to establish certain audio and video parameters that will be requested by the platform, as well as to install a component that facilitates the use of the platform.

Then, all students have to do is join the session via the link and Zoom takes care of the virtual teaching.

Everything is very simple, easy and just a few clicks away, as well as the possibilities of diversity for both teachers and students.

In case you didn’t know, Zoom’s video calling platform is prone to a number of security issues. But don’t worry, your video calls can be protected by passwords, even if they are a bit annoying sometimes, but don’t worry, they are easy to change and delete.

 

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