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(1) Basic Zoom
Options and Features
1. BASIC ZOOM
0. Zoom has many wonderful features, but you don't need to know them
to get started. We'll keep things simple.
| 1. Go
to your computer or other communication device equipped with video camera
(and microphone) and
2. Click on the link emailed to you or paste it in your borwser
(or call the phone number if you wish to participate only with sound).
The Zoom link is likely to look something like this:
it may or may not
be completed with something
like this: ?pwd=ABCD .
3. If Zoom software is already on your device, go to the next step. If
Zoom software is not on your device, wait while the free version
automatically downloads (if you have sufficient storage capacity). If you
want to download the softwear in advance, visit https://zoom.us/pricing
. (More than one device with
speakers on Zoom in the same room can cause sound feedback.)
4. You may need to respond to prompts when they appear, such as
providing your name and clicking on "join with video" if you wish
to be seen and move your cursor to the bottom of the screen to "unmute"
if you wish to speak by clicking on the microphone icon. (These on/off
options remain throughout the connection, though a host may override them.)
5. Procedures Zoom in a group meeting may include
a. An advance sign-up for those wishing to speak,
or one person calling on the next to speak,
or a moderator managing the sequence.
b. A timer on or off screen may be used to give
speakers equal time, or a member of the group
may keep time, or folks may courteously limit their
remarks so others may speak at least once.
c. Normally it is courtesous for everyone not speaking
to use "mute" to minimize extraneous sounds,
or the host or designate may operate
the mute controls for the group.
the space bar (and keeping
it depressed) is a keyboard short-cut to unmute.
d. You can leave the meeting at any time by moving
your cursor and clicking the control at the
bottom right of the screen.
6. If you have any trouble, call me and I'll guide you through the process.
All of the YouTube instructional
videos I've found, like https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E
are more complicated than
but you might want to view
one just to get a feel for the process.
2. OPTIONS and FEATURES
A. Many YouTube videos explain features of Zoom, but most are unnecessarily
complicated. And just to get a feel for the process, you might want to
view one such as this.
B. Many hard-of-hearing people experience higher quality sound with a Zoom
connection than over many telephones.
C. You have many options about how the display appears (controls at top
of screen appear when you move your cursor there), but these may be all
you'll need for our session --
1) gallery view with everyone about equal size
[or their names in a box] which is probably how
Zoom will open for you
2) speaker view (below) which shows the active speaker
much larger with others in thumbnail images
3) as with most "windows," you can display the
or you can resize
the frame or minimize it.
D. Only if everyone consents, a session may be recorded for those unable
E. Zoom has many wonderful features to explore --
1) stop video / start video
3) break-out rooms
5) thumbs up / applause icon
6) screen share
7) security features such as the waiting room
8) participants menu
9) scrolling through participants if more than 25 are
participating in the session
F. If you initiate a Zoom session, avoid using the Schedule menu. All you
need to do is email the portion of the Zoom hot link before the question
mark. (See #2 above.) Scheduling complicates the process and may best be
avoided by non-expert users.