This Week's App: Zoom

This week we are going to change it up a bit. Zoom is an app that just about everyone in 2020 had to become familiar with in some way or another. So instead of our regular what is it, how do you use it, and how do you get started page, we wanted to give just a few recommendations about how you can use Zoom well.

What are some Zoom best practices?

Zoom is a powerful tool, but is not the same as teaching in person, so how do you use it well?

  1. Do short bursts: It is easy for students to get tired of Zoom and to get distracted, so keep direction instruction to short bursts. This doesn't mean you have to get rid of content, but maybe think about chunking instruction into short sections and then switching to something else.
  2. Diversify, Diversify, Diversify: This goes hand in hand with short bursts, but don't do the same thing your whole session. It is good to diversify the kinds of activities you do. This practice is good in any teaching situation, but on Zoom it is vital!
  3. Have more breaks: In Zoom you can also overcome the fatigue of online meetings or instruction by planning breaks. They dont have to be long, but you can give students 5 mins to get up stretch, share with eachother, etc. They can be informal or even planned group time.
  4. Pause for questions: It can sometimes be harder to ask questions in Zoom. People feel awkward interrupting someone. So break for questions more often, even feel free to check in with students by name if they are comfortable and you have a smaller group.

What tools does Zoom have & how can I use them?

While most of us probably know Zoom at this point, there are a lot of tools that people forget they have at their fingertips that can be used to facilitate instruction or learning.

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