IT: Using Zoom in the Classroom

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Although Teams Classroom and Moodle are Cooper Union’s primary tools for online teaching, Zoom is available as an alternative in cases where live document annotation is needed.   

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Zoom Basics 

Getting Started  

Audio, Video, Sharing  

Scheduling meetings  

Testing your video  

Enabling breakout rooms  

How to Annotate 

To annotate, select the Annotate tool while sharing your screen. This option will bring up a new toolbar with a variety of ways to doodle on your screen. When you want everyone in your meeting to focus on your screen, you can use the spotlight, highlighter, pen, or arrow. The spotlight acts like a laser pointer and turns your cursor into a red dot. The highlighter and pen options act like, well, a highlighter or a pen. You can write, highlight, draw, or doodle whatever you want in 16 different colors. The arrow leaves a placeholder on your screen that will have your name on it for a more lasting reminder. When you’re ready to move on to the next thing, you can erase the annotations by selecting the clear button. 

Link to helpful video on annotation tool in Zoom.  

Privacy and Security 

Privacy and security are very important. Here are some resources to help you and your students stay secure. 

Privacy and Security Resources  

Learn more about powerful new security features included in Zoom 5.0  

Blog: How to Keep Uninvited Guests Out of Your Zoom Event  

Blog: Best Practices for Protecting Your Zoom Meetings  

Blog: Secure Your Zoom Meetings with Waiting Rooms  

Blog: Zoom Product Updates  

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