Thursday, January 21, 2021
9 Strategies to Optimize your Zoom Bandwidth
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Using Zoom on a Phone or Tablet
But what if you have to use your phone or tablet? How can you do all of the operations that are required in an engaging class? Is it possible to TEACH through Zoom on a phone or tablet?
The answer is FOR THE MOST PART - YES!!! Most of the commands that you can do on a computer can be achieved on your mobile device.
Here is a list Mobile Zoom commands. (Warning, this was tested on an iPhone. Android and iPhone apps are virtually the same, but if you find that this doesn't work on your Android, please leave a comment or contact me at @zeitz)
These commands are presented in the order that we are presenting these actions in our OK Zoomer: Beyond the Basics workshop. It is a workshop that has been enjoyed by over 2200 faculty members so you should check it out.
Mute and Unmute Yourself
- Tap the icon in lower-left corner.
How to Enter Chat
Tap … in the lower-right corner.
Tap Chat in the menu.
Hide Non-Video Participants
Tap … in the lower-right corner.
Tap Meeting Settings in the menu.
Deselect the slide bar for Show Non-Video Participants.
- Tap Share Screen in the menu.
- Tap Screen.
- Tap Start Broadcast.
- Tap the screen.
- Share Device Audio: should be On.
- Move to your music application.
- Tap on Participants
- Tap on your name.
- Tap on Rename.
Opening Green Screens
Tap the … in the lower right corner.
Tap Virtual Background
Tap the desired background
Adding Green Screens
Tap the + button in the lower-right corner.
You might see a screen asking you to give Zoom access to your photos,
Tap the Change Settings button
Tap All Photos or Selected Photos
You will have to rejoin Zoom
Tap the + button again in the lower right corner.
Select the photo you want to use as a background.
It should appear on your background and be added to your collection.
Friday, January 15, 2021
Taking Attendance using Zoom Reports
We have SO MANY opportunities in our online classes, but there are still administrative duties that we have to complete. One of those seemingly trivial but important tasks is Taking Attendance. How can we do that?
In our regular, face-to-face class, we can create a seating chart and then just check off the empty desks on the chart. Unfortunately, in Zoom (and other online networks) seating charts aren't available. Therefore we must find some other ways to take attendance.
I have tried a number of interesting strategies for taking attendance. We have used QR codes that lead to Google Forms. We have had students type "Here" in the Chat Room and saved the Chat Room for later review. Sometimes we have taken screen captures of the students in who are in class for later reference. We have even tried having all of the students wait in the waiting room and checking off the attendance sheet before admitting them.
HOLD ON!!! I have found the SUPERIOR method for taking attendance!!
Use the Zoom Reports feature!!
While this may seem like an obvious answer to the task, not too many people know about the extensive Zoom Reports that are available. They tell you WHO attended, WHEN they joined, WHEN they left AND the content can be exported to a spreadsheet.
Instructions on How to Take Attendance during a Zoom Class
Access the Settings on Your Zoom Web Portal.
- Access this through the zoom.us website address used by your school, or you can access it from your profile on your Zoom Client App.
- Select Settings and then View More Settings.
- If you don't see the left-hand column when you access More Settings, widen your window to full screen. Zoom doesn't show the left column is the window where it is displaying is too narrow.
Select Reports in the left column. (If you don't see the left-hand column, widen your window to full screen. Zoom doesn't show the left column if the displaying window is too narrow.)
Click Usage and it will open a list of reports generated for meetings between specific dates.
- Select the dates to find the report you want.
Click on the Number of Participants for your desired meeting to view the class list. It should be blue.
Thursday, January 07, 2021
Dr. Z's Guide to Teaching Using Zoom Breakout Rooms
The concept of Zoom Breakout Rooms is not difficult. They can be the same as small group discussion in a physical classroom setting.
The trick is which option to use for setting them up and then understanding the tips and tricks for running them smoothly.
This guide provides an easy-to-understand description of Zoom Breakout Rooms basics. It has been updated to include the new 3rd option where students can select rooms on their own.
This will be followed up with a booklet on the pedagogical uses of Zoom Breakout Rooms to suggest a plethora of learning opportunities that can be provided using them.
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Dr. Z's 20 Zoom Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac and Windows
Click Here to Access the Whole Zoom Keyboard Shortcuts
ZOOM IS AWESOME!!
Right? It enables you to connect with colleagues, family, students, teachers, customers, and everyone else. You can attend online classes through Zoom. You can participate in virtual conferences and conventions. You can even attend church with your friends and family (or anywhere in the world.)
As exciting as Zoom may be, it can be overwhelming. There are SOOOO many buttons to click and menus to use. Unmute me. Stop my video. Raise my hand. Share my screen. Jump to the next screen of participants. It can be TOO MUCH!!! It would be much easier if we just knew the Magic Keys to press to make things happen.
At least that is what I was thinking . . .
I searched everywhere for a table of these commands. I wanted it for my Mac but many of my students use Windows so I wanted both. Zoom had lists of commands. Many websites contained their own lists of commands, but I wanted a TABLE. That's how I think.
So . . . I created a Table of Zoom Keyboard Shortcuts for Mac and Window
- if you are muted, you only have to press the SPACE BAR to temporarily unmute yourself?
- you can raise or lower your hand using Alt-Y (on both platforms)?
- you can show/hide the chat room using Command-Shift-H (or Alt-H on Windows)?
- on Windows, you can flip between pages of participants using PageDown or PageUp?
- Windows uses the F6 to flip between Zoom Windows. This is great when you have too many open windows on your screen and get lost. Hit F6 a few times and you will get where you want to be.
- Zoom Window Navigation shortcut on my Mac.
- Flip between Gallery View and Active Speaker shortcut on my Mac.
- Rename shortcut for either platform
- Hide Non-Video Participants shortcut as well.
Tuesday, January 05, 2021
How to Write a Paper in a Weekend - Dr. Carr
The toughest part about writing a paper is "getting to it."
I was cruizing YouTube tonight (instead of doing the writing I needed to do) when I found this 12-minute video about how to write a paper in a weekend. This video is not fancy. Dr. Pete Carr shares his insight into what it takes to layout the first draft of a research paper.
While Dr. Pete Carr is talking about an experimental research paper, the same holds true for a literature review, an argumentative review, or any other type of paper that you write. Important points are made throughout the video but here are some of the high points.
- Get To It!!! - Don't procrastinate. Set a time to begin and get started.
- This is your First Draft - This is the Creative Part. Don't worry about making the perfect sentence. Organize the basics and leave the final editing till later.
- Do your literature research first - you have already reviewed the materials that you will use as a foundation for your paper (Experimental or Lit Review). Put them in order using tables or figures.
- Identify your audience. - No matter who you select, remember the reviewers.
- Use an Outline. - Get your ideas together. You will probably not be writing this in a single sitting, so get your ideas together to corral your content.
- Don't write the Introduction FIRST!! - The Introduction is the hardest part to write. Begin by writing the more concrete content - Methodology, Results, Discussion. These are more concrete so easier to write.
- Write the Conclusion - It is easiest if you number these separate conclusions.
- Write the Introduction - At Last!! Why was the study done? Provide the "relevant background information" to create the foundation for the work that you have already written.
- Produce the References - Collect the references you have already found. If you find that there are some holes in your collection, DON'T search for them now. Make a note and find the AFTER you have completed your rough draft.