Fortunately, the Internet provides us an opportunity to connect face-to-face using video software!
How To Use Zoom:
Join a Zoom Meeting
First, you do not need a Zoom account to join a meeting that someone else has set up. At the bottom of this article you can see how to join a meeting that I have set up.
When someone sends you an email or text message with a 9-digit "Meeting ID" number, go to Zoom.us.
- At Zoom, click on the "Join A Meeting" link. It's at the top of the page.
- Next, enter the "Meting ID" number.
- Zoom may want to install a small app on your device, and that's OK. It should take about a minute.
- Many hosts now require a "password" for a 2nd form of ID. Rick generally uses a 4-digit number for his passwords. If requested and known, then please enter it.
- Done. You're connected!
It really is that easy.
You can use a PC, a laptop, a tablet, or a cell phone; and it can use Windows, Apple, or Android operating systems.
Laptops, tablets and cell phones usually have a built-in camera, microphone, and speakers. Meetings work best with that equipment.
Desktop PCs usually don't have all the pieces. You may need to add a camera, a microphone, or speakers.
- Those components are all sold separately and available on Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and most stores that sell electronics.
(OOPS: Webcams in March 2020 are as scarce as toilet paper. Apparently a lot of other people what to connect, too.)
- Webcams usually have built-in microphones.
- Headsets have both speakers and microphones.
Zoom Practice Sessions
You're invited to practice and learn with me!
I will open several 30-minute blocks of time each week to all you to connect to me. This is intended to be a practice or training session, and will give you experience before you actually need to go live.
During the rest of March (and into April) I will also host meetings where you can just drop in to say "Hi!"
Click on the calendar below to see the meeting information for each day's session:
Next, I'll explain how you can host a meeting and invite other people to join you!
Here is an article that discusses security concerns about using Zoom.:
You can read about using a green screen for a virtual background in an earlier article. (ABCInc.pw/2019/10/how-to-use-green-screen.html)
I trained the PGS Board on how to use zoom. You can read about it at jaggers.pw. The article covers a lot of the information I posted there.