Zoom seems to be leading the current video conferencing revolution with more and more users drawing on its services to connect, work, and socialize. Zoom is also popular among the education community and several teachers and educators around the globe are using it for both teaching and professional development purposes. If you are new to video conferencing services and have not yet decided on what platform to use, you may want to check this guide to help you out. It compares the features of four different video conferencing tools namely: Zoom, Skype, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams.
If your choice lands on Zoom and you want to incorporate it in your teaching/learning, here is a collection of video tutorials compiled from Zoom’s YouTube Channel to help you better understand how to effectively use it in your teaching.
But before that, here are some of the main features provided by Zoom that we covered in the post mentioned earlier:
- Host up to 100 video participants, pro version allows you to add more
- Record your videos and save them locally or to the cloud.
- ‘Multiple participants can share their screens simultaneously and co-annotate during screen sharing’
- ‘Support scheduling or starting meetings from Outlook, Gmail, or iCal’
- ‘Chat with groups, searchable history, integrated file sharing, and 10 year archive. Easily escalate into 1:1 or group calls’
- 40 minutes limit on group meetings
- ‘Video Breakout Rooms allow you to split your Zoom meeting into as many as 50 separate sessions for discussion, projects and more’.
- Private and group chat; Virtual background; Whiteboarding
- No need for Zoom account to join a meeting.You need a Zoom account to create a meeting
- Works on the web, Android, and iOS
- Premium version offers more features
- Sign up and download Meeting Client
- Record a Zoom Meeting
- Use Virtual Backgrounds
- Conduct Polls (In Meeting)
- Join a meeting
- Schedule a meeting
- Schedule a webinar
- Join and Configure audio and video
- Manage participants
- Share your screen