Zoom yourself to class.
Students, teachers, random people who will find themselves on this site, good night.
We have entered the age of Covid 19. A good section of the society is now at home, fiddling their thumbs, wrecking havoc and eating everything in sight.
Though this might be an accurate description of what I'm currently doing, it should not be yours.
So, to mitigate the fact that we are going to be out of classes for awhile, let's talk about some online sites we can use for teachers and students to get the teaching and learning process on without actually being in the same room. First one up is :
Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. Zoom users can choose to record sessions, collaborate on projects, and share or annotate on one another’s screens, all with one easy-to-use platform. Zoom offers quality video, audio, and a wireless screen-sharing performance across Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Zoom Rooms, and H.323/SIP room systems.
How Does It Work?
Joining a Meeting
1. Go to Zoom.us
2. Click the “Join a Meeting” tab. You can find the tab on the top right corner of the homepage
3. When prompted, add your designated Meeting ID (The Meeting ID can be a 9, 10, or 11-Digit number). The Meeting ID should be provided by the host.
4. You’re in!
Start a Meeting
1. Go to Zoom.us
2. Toggle over the “Host a Meeting” tab on the top right hand corner
3. Choose whether you would like to keep video chat on or off
4. Sign in using your login information or create a new account
5. Launch the Zoom application and open
6. Send out the meeting details, including the Meeting ID and/or link
7. You’ve created a meeting!
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
Now, as it is with all things, there are pros and cons. The pros for Zoom are that you can have class anywhere, at anytime, no hassle.
The major foreseeable con, is internet access.
It is what it is.
The next post will talk about Google Classroom and Google Docs as a viable way for the teaching and learning process to get done.
Until then, keep safe.
-Mint Tea with lots of lime