Introduction to Zoom Tutorial Video

Hello Program Management colleagues, 

I want to call your attention to the SABES* ZOOM Resource page, with its seven-minute Introduction to Zoom Tutorial Video written and narrated by Ben Bruno, formerly a World Education Ed Tech Center staff member. Developed by the World Education SABES Program Support and Professional Development Center, the video provides an easy way for teachers who are new to Zoom, or who want to be sure they haven't missed anything, to understand its basic features.

Here's an outline of what is covered in the video:

Two broad goals, and topics  under the second goal

  1. Learn about the basics of scheduling Zoom sessions
  2. Learn about specific Zoom tools to make meetings and classes more interactive and engaging
    • Sharing your screen or an application
      • Sharing your sound if you are showing a video or playing an audio file
      • Using “Optimize screen sharing for a video clip” when showing a video
    • Recording a meeting or a class
      • Saving your recording to your computer or to the cloud
      • Getting students' consent to record them
    • Whiteboards and annotation used to help attendees to interact in classes or meetings
      • Saving annotations
    • Using polls for interactivity
    • Using breakout rooms to make meetings or small groups in classes interactive
      • Using these, for example, for NRS standardized testing
    • Chat feature
      • Saving the chat
    • Remembering to stop recording when meeting or class is over.
    • Sharing the session recording

One advantage of a well-made, compact, brief video like this in learning to use a digital tool that is new to you is that you can use an outline like the one I wrote above, or your initial viewing to get a sense of what is covered; in the initial viewing you can make your own outline, noting the beginning time of each section you are particularly interested in reviewing. Then you can drill down on the goal(s) or topics you want to know more about. If you need more time, for example, to look at Ben's screen capture in this video, you can pause the video. Another advantage is that you can compare the screen in the video with what you see on your own screen, for example in a mock Zoom session with a friend or colleague who may also be watching the video at the same time, and with whom you can compare notes on what you have learned.

Finally, "in full disclosure", I was almost half way through watching the video for the first time when I realized that the narrator was Ben Bruno, a fiddler in my band, the Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society. What a treat to discover that!

* SABES /sahbess/, for those who may not be familiar with the acronym, is the Massachusetts System for Adult Basic Education Support, the statewide professional development center for adult basic skills (including ESOL) education supported by Adult and Community Learning Services in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

David J. Rosen

LINCS CoP Integrating Technology and Program Management groups