Feeling the stress of teaching students virtually?
With districts scrambling to support educators and provide guidance on how to carry lessons to online learning, teachers are left to innovate and adopt technologies like Zoom to conduct distance learning.
Zoom is an effective way to record and present in-real time to help teach daily lessons. The video conferencing platform allows you to share your screen and even utilize a whiteboard.
How to Share Your Screen
Zoom allows for screen sharing on desktop, tablet and mobile devices running Zoom.
1. To share your screen during a meeting, click the green-colored button Share Screen located in the control bar.
2. You'll be able to share categories from Basic, Advanced, and Files.
- Basic allows you to choose which desktop screen to share if you're using more than one desktop or share a digital whiteboard that allows you to draw on the screen. You can also share a specific window that you have open. If you want to show a video, make sure to allow sound sharing before clicking the Share button. NOTE: If you share your whole desktop screen, viewers will be able to see any email, text, etc notification pop up on your screen. To avoid this, share only a specific window.
- Advanced allows you to share only a portion of your screen, only computer sound, or content from a 2nd camera.
- Files allow you to share a specific file from a location that you're using such as Dropbox or Google Drive.
3. If you want to share a different piece of content, click New Share.
4. You can either stop sharing your screen by clicking the red button Stop Share or pause your sharing to take a break by clicking the Pause Share located at the control bar.
How to Record
Zoom allows for local and cloud recording. Local recording is available to free and paid subscribers. Local recording allows users to record meeting video and audio locally to a computer. The recorded files can be uploaded to a file storage service like Dropbox, Google Drive, or a streaming service like YouTube or Vimeo. Cloud recording saves the recording directly to Zoom's website and is only available for paid subscribers.
- If you're recording locally, the recorded file will be found in your Documents folder in a subfolder called Zoom.
Ideas To Use Zoom For Distance Learning
While you figure out the best flow for your distance learning, you can take simple actions this week and use Zoom to help students and parents stay on track.
Ideas to try:
- Record a daily video recapping the day’s lesson
- Host a daily "office hour" for students + parents
- Post recordings of "office hours" on a teacher website
- Email recordings + resources to students and parents
Online education isn’t new, so there are many tools that you can utilize to become an effective educator for your students.
Explore our list of online tools to find the ones that work best for you!