Product Review of Zoom
Zoom is one of the more reliable options for educators to host videoconferences — whether with learners, families, or colleagues and administrators. Its uses for conferencing and teaching are pretty clear: chatting by video and text and sharing screens. However, there are more layers to Zoom that would be worth checking out. For example, it’s also a great, convenient tool for screen recording. Just fire up a meeting (where you’re the only attendee!) and record it. Share your screen during the recording to walk learners through a tool or teach a concept.
We all know that video-based teaching, especially in distance/virtual/remote classrooms or workplaces, can be exhausting. Zoom has some features you can use to mix things up and keep people engaged, though. Try out the breakout rooms feature to split people off into smaller groups for pair and share-style activities. Use the polling feature to give learners choice over a lesson. Also, make sure to check out the expanding library of apps and integrations Zoom offers. These apps greatly expand the possibilities and might match up with tools you and your learners are already familiar with.
Overall User Consensus About the App
While the design is effective, it’s got a ways to go before learners see Zoom as a compelling place to learn.
Curriculum and Instruction
There are robust support FAQs to help problem solve. Offers real-time transcriptions; although, they’re not ideal. Teachers can set up permissions for rooms and moderate, but it requires some practice.