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How to Use Zoom for Online Classes

Instructions for getting started with Zoom

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Written by Jamie Linn Olsen
Updated over a week ago

If you're a new student about to start an online course with us, here are some instructions to help you get started with using Zoom:

1. πŸ’» Prepare Your Device:

- Make sure you have a computer, tablet, or smartphone with a reliable internet connection.

- Install the Zoom app on your device if you haven't already.

2. πŸ“† Get Meeting Details:

- Your student calendar will have meeting details, including the meeting link or ID, date, time for your lesson. Some teachers also post it as a message before the lesson on the "wall" area of your course.

3. 🎀 Test Your Equipment:

- Before the first class, do a test run to ensure your microphone, speakers, and camera (if necessary) are working properly.

- Open the Zoom app and click on "Test Speaker and Microphone" or use Zoom's built-in audio and video testing tools.

4. ⏰ Joining the Lesson (Zoom Meeting):

- About 5 minutes before online class, click on the Zoom meeting link provided to you.

- Wait in the meeting room for the instructor to start the session.

5. 🎧 Adjust Audio and Video:

- Once you're in the Zoom meeting, you can mute or unmute your microphone using the microphone icon in the Zoom control bar.

- You can also turn your video on or off using the video icon.

- It's generally good etiquette to keep your microphone muted when you're not speaking to reduce background noise which can disrupt the class.

6. πŸ—£οΈ Participate Actively:

- Engage in the class discussions and activities as you would in a physical classroom.

- Use the chat feature to ask questions, share comments, or interact with your teacher and fellow students.

7. βœ‹πŸ½ Get to Know Zoom's Features:

- Learn about Zoom's features such as reactions and the "raise hand" function.

- Your teacher may use these features to improve your learning experience.

8. πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’» Technical Issues:

- If you encounter technical difficulties during the class, let your instructor know via chat or email.

- It's a good idea to have a backup device or a phone ready in case you need to switch to an alternative if one device fails.

- If your class is between 9am-3pm during a weekday, you can always ask our chat staff for assistance troubleshooting if you experience any problems.

Remember that using Zoom for online learning can take some getting used to, but with practice, it will get easier. 😊

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