Tips for Using Zoom with Your Students
1. Set Expectations
2. Use the Waiting Room Feature
someone enters. Not only will it alert you if someone enters late, it will help keep your meeting more secure. Once all students arrive, lock the meeting.
3. Make Sure to Mute
Make sure your meeting is set to “mute upon entry” and encourage your
students to mute themselves after speaking.
forget to mute themselves!
4. Set a Meeting ID
Beware, though that if the link gets shared with others you may need to change it.
5. Use Breakout Rooms
6. No Annotation, Chat, OR Screen Share
7. Basic Requirements
- Students must use their real name when logging in.
- Cameras must remain on.
- Students must virtually raise their hand to speak.
8. Headset Quality
students and you want your ears to be comfortable, too! Invest in a good headset or mic.
9. Try New Things
- Split screens
- A document camera
- Using two computers/devices (one as yourself and one as a student)
- Learn keyboard shortcuts
Pre-record video lessons for your students to watch prior to your meeting, or find a suitable YouTube video on the topic you are teaching. Give students tasks before the meeting, so that when you do meet, you are following up with them and addressing issues or questions.
11. Take Breaks
12. Be Willing to Learn
time. There will be kinks to work out, but enlist your students to help brainstorm
ways to make your meetings work for everyone!
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