What do I need to know about Zoom Conferences?

1. What are Zoom Conferences?

Zoom Conferences is an application that provides an online learning environment for both students and teachers. Teachers will be able to share content in a real time setting employing features such as presentations, whiteboards, document markup, and polling. These features are similar to what our teachers currently use with their iPads in the traditional class setting. By using web cams and microphones, students are able to interact directly with their teachers in a virtual “face-to-face” environment.

2. How do I access Zoom Conferences?

The Zoom Conferences application can only be accessed through an NRCA Schoology account . Students CANNOT access Zoom Conferences through the Schoology app. Students will log into their Schoology account via Safari and select their particular course in the Courses Dashboard.

Students do NOT need to create an account in the Zoom app nor sign in to the Zoom app.

2.2. Select Course

2.3. Select 'Zoom Conferences'

Once in the Course, students will navigate to the menu on the left-hand side and tap on the Zoom Conferences link.

2.4. Join Conference

Students will tap 'Join' on the Zoom Conference they are to attend. Zoom Conferences will be titled according to the following format: Course: Period (Ex. Engineering Technology: 5th Period).

2.5. Open in App

Once you tap 'Join' from the previous step, the launch Zoom app page will load in a new window and you will tap 'Open'. This will open the Zoom Conference app.

2.6. Enter Zoom Conference

If the Zoom Conference has not started, you will be entered into a "waiting room" as seen in image 1 below.  You do NOT need to "Leave" or "Sign In". Simply wait for your teacher to start the conference and you will then be entered into the conference as seen in image 2 below.  

If the Zoom Conference has already started, you will be entered into the conference as seen in image 2 below.

Once you are placed into the Zoom Conference, you will see the below notification. Tap 'Call using Interent Audio'. To keep this pop-up from coming up for every Zoom Conference, see the article How do I auto-connect to audio in a Zoom Conference? (Student).

You will then be in the Zoom Conference.

3. What Should I Expect in Zoom Conferences?

Just as classroom dynamics vary from teacher to teacher, the Zoom Conferences experience will not be identical from teacher to teacher. However, teachers will communicate expectations and particulars to their individual classes, including details of dates, times, and duration of Zoom Conferences.

Here are some guidelines for students to maximize their time in Zoom Conferences:

  • Teacher may remove the right to chat, speak, or record at their discretion.
  • Anything posted to the Public Chat or spoken via microphone/webcam should contribute to the conversation and be directly related to the topic at hand.
  • Students should attempt to not talk over one another.
  • Use courteous, thoughtful, and respectful language in all communications. Maintain an awareness of your digital "tone."
  • Contribute as much as you can, but give some room for others.
  • Be present at all times; don’t multitask. Consider Zoom Conferences like a normal school experience.
  • Avoid "disappearing" without explanation. If you get bumped out and can’t get back in, send your teacher an email.
  • Do not allow any unauthorized guests, such as friends not registered in the course, to participate in Zoom Conferences.

4. How do I watch previous Zoom Conferences?

All published recordings of Zoom Conferences can be accessed through the Zoom Conference menu item in Schoology.

4.1. Open Zoom Conferences in Schoology

Once in the Course, students will navigate to the menu on the left-hand side and tap on the Zoom Conferences link.

4.2. Tap 'Cloud Recordings'

4.3. Tap the title of the recording

Tapping the title of the recording you would like to watch will open the video in a new tab.

4.4. Tap the play icon to start the video

5. How does the Zoom iOS app work?

For a run down of features in the Zoom iOS app, please see the article titled, "What are some basic features of the Zoom iOS app? (Student)"

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