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):
Switching Zoom Accounts such as between your school and a personal Zoom account
Zoom Features and more information
For how to create a meeting, scroll down. If you've never used a D-E Zoom account before, see Getting Started.
All teachers and other Zoom meeting hosts will find some of the following features useful for an online classroom/meeting even if they are not necessary. The 10-minute video on basic meetings controls is recommended for everyone.
How to Manage an online meeting or class
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. This 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.
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.
Share your screen or other media
Sharing your screen - How to your screen, content, or a second camera
Screen sharing tips - Includes
how to stop students from writing on the whiteboard and sharing their screens
how to get rid of gray boxes that show up when you share screen
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 separately) - 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
Improving your Zoom screen layout:
Changing the view layout - Switch between speaker view, gallery view, full screen, and mini
Side-by-side mode with screen-share - Enabling a split-screen with gallery view and someone else's shared screen. Not available for iPad.
Recording and Trimming a Zoom meeting (on a Mac)
Zoom Help Center
The most up to date information from the Zoom company is available to all at the Zoom Help Center.
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,)
Get Started by activating your account, installing the software, and logging in
How to Create a Meeting or Online Classroom
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.
To Create a Meeting in the Zoom client for Mac or Windows
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(click for text directions)
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) are recommended for teachers using Zoom as an online classroom with students::
Recommended meetings settings for classes
For parent conferences or any meeting where you want to allow attendance by people who are not D-E employees or students, UNCHECK "Only authenticated users can join". (Leave Waiting Room on/checked.)