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The Spark Makerspace

Igniting the imagination through cooperative learning

Zoom Tips

Preparing for a Zoom Class


Days Before

• Remember to download and install the Zoom launcher (PC/Mac) or the app (iOS/Android) in advance, as it can take several minutes to complete.

• Review Zoom instructions here or via the external Zoom link found in your Moodle or Canvas course. More information can also be found at Zoom's Getting Started page.

• Join a Zoom Test Meeting (found by clicking here) to confirm your computer or device's capabilities.

• In your test meeting, practice using the Zoom features listed below under "Views to Choose From" and "The Zoom Menu."


15 Minutes Before

• Find a quiet space with strong WiFi that is free of distractions. You can test your internet connection speed by visiting Zoom's suggested third party bandwidth tester, Speedtest.

• Open Zoom via the link in this email

• Test your headphones, microphone, and camera to make sure the class can hear and see you (and vice versa).

• To test your microphone, click "Test Computer Mic & Speakers" in the pop-up window that appears when first opening a test meeting or beginning your scheduled meeting. More information on audio testing can be found here.

• To test your camera, just look at the Zoom window to see that you are clearly visible, nonpixellated, and can move and speak without noticeable delays. Click here for more video testing tips.

• You may need to give Zoom permission to access your camera and microphone beforehand. Typically, the request for permission will appear in a pop-up window the first time you open a Zoom Meeting, and will carry over to future meetings. If you dSycamore Libraryined permissions in the past, you will need to go into your PC or Mac's settings to allow Zoom to access your camera and microphone.

• Close any windows or programs open on your device that are unrelated to this class. This focuses your device's power to provide the best Zoom meeting experience possible, and prevents potential embarrassing moments if you happen to share your screen.


During the Zoom Meeting

• Click Start Video to begin broadcasting from your webcam.

• Click the Chat bubble to ask questions via text. You can chat to everyone in the class, just the teacher, or a specific person.

• Find out who else is in the meeting by clicking Participants. This is also where you can "raise your hand" to ask a question or answer a question. In this class we will also use the thumbs up reaction to notify the teacher about the completion of a task.

• Be prepared to share your screen with the class. They can see the tabs you have open.

• At the end of the class, click Leave Meeting. No matter how many people are in a meeting, there's probably someone watching your video at all times. It could be your professor. It could be your classmate's dog. Doing something embarrassing or distracting, like flossing, eating, or using your camera to see if you have food in your teeth will probably be seen, no matter how quickly you do it.

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