Zoom for teachers
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Zoom is an online meeting service available to all DE teaching and non-teaching staff to hold online classes and meetings.
This 10-minute video on basic meeting controls covers the minimum information every teacher (and other meetings hosts) should know before hosting an online class. Please watch it or read through the information on the page.
Table of contents (click a link to jump to that section):
Main Points if used for online classes over multiple days
Students will have a “home base” where all assignments and links to class meetings are posted. For Spring 2020:
Grade 6-12 - My DE - Post link and announcement of the next online class meeting as a homework assignment.
Grade 4-5 - Google Classroom
Grade 1-3 - Seesaw
Also, for all LS classes, meeting links are posted on the Lower School Distance Learning Launchpad site.
Continue using tools that are familiar to you, but all assignments and upcoming class meetings need to be posted in the correct home base area for your grade.
Zoom is the tool you will use to conduct face to face classes.
Zoom lets teachers and students:
See and hear each other
Collaborate using a shared whiteboard
Record meetings, if desired. (This is recommended for any one-on-one meetings with students,)
Zoom Features and more information
All teachers and other using Zoom may find some of the following features useful for an online classroom/meeting even if they are not necessary:
Zoom 101 : In Meeting Controls (Basic) - 10 min video includes working with the Participants list, muting all, "locking the door" of the meeting, sharing screens, enabling/disabling writing on the screen (annotations), using public/private chat, and recording.
Sharing your screen - How to share
Screen sharing tips - Includes how to stop students from writing on the whiteboard and sharing their screens
Optimizing a Shared Video Clip in Full Screen - setting you should enable if you are sharing video clips/streams
View options when screen-sharing - ways to view the participants when sharing your screen
Share iPad screen over Zoom
Method 1 - Sharing iPad screen on zoom while logged in on iPad and any computer (video) (using Zoom on iPad and computer seperately) - This is useful if you'd like to use your iPad as a virtual whiteboard.
Method 2 (using Zoom on Mac only) - Alternate method requiring you to connect your iPad to your Mac first
Breakout Rooms - Divide students into workgroups or pull a student aside for a face-to-face conversation.
Waiting room explanation - If you are a teacher, you are probably using your Personal Meeting ID (PMI) for meetings. This feature is recommended if you have meetings with people who do not have d-e.org accounts.
Even more information is available at the Zoom Help Center.
How to Create a Meeting or Online Classroom
Middle- and Upper-School Teachers
(Scroll down for LS teacher information.)
If you follow these directions to create your online classroom, you only need to do this once. The web address (aka URL) that you get will not change and can continue to be used by anyone to whom you provide the address.
These directions are for the Mac or Windows program. This can also be done in the iOS/iPad and Android apps but the process is a little different.
1) Open the Zoom app and Sign In (using the Google option and your d-e.org email address).
2) Click the New Meeting button (probably orange)
3) If prompted to choose an audio option, select Join with Computer Audio.
4) After the meeting window opens (probably showing you), click Invite or Invite participants. (You may have to move your mouse cursor into the window to see the controls.
5) After the Invite window opens, click on “copy URL” at the bottom of the screen. This will copy a link to your Personal Meeting ID space (your virtual classroom), which you can post in MyDE, Google Classroom, or Seesaw per your division norms.
6) This link you just copied will allow students to join your virtual classroom/meeting anytime you are there too. Each teacher gets a different link, but this link with your Personal Meeting ID does NOT change for future sessions so you can reuse it as often as needed. For example, you can create the link today, make note of it, then not have to copy it from Zoom later when you want to hold an online class.
How to change meeting settings
This is how you change personal/instand meeting settings. After starting the Zoom app/program:
1) Click the downward arrow beside the New Meeting button.
2) Move your mouse over your meeting ID number then click on PMI Settings
3) Click on Advanced Options
4) Enable or disable the options you want (see recommendations below) then click Save.
New Meeteing settings
The following settings (PMI/Personal Meeting ID settings) for the online classroom you will use with students are recommended for teachers:
(Enable waiting room is also recommended but not shown)
Recommended meetings settings for classes