If You Have Never Used Zoom Before…
Zoom is a widely used and very user-friendly video conferencing tool. It allows you to watch live video and interact with others via audio or typed chat.
Zoom is easiest to use from a computer, but you can also use it from a smartphone. Computers and smartphones are preferred, but you can call in from any kind of phone if need be and listen to programming and meetings.
- A headset (microphone and earbuds such as came with your phone) is recommended for better listening/speaking.
- A videocamera is not essential for using Zoom, but it allows others to see you. Virtually all laptops have a built-in camera, but most desktops don’t. Cameras are not very expensive; they are easy to plug in and clip on the top of your screen. All smartphones have a camera.
- If you are planning to use your smartphone, you might want to purchase a stand for your phone, or work out how to prop it up in the right place for your call.
- For security reasons you may want to unplug your camera when you are done with your Zoom call.