There are a lot of settings to get "just right" when working inside of Zoom. Our goal first and foremost is to protect the student and the teachers learning environment. Use the interactive tutorial below to learn which items to click or print the guide and follow along.
General Settings at the Zoom.us Main Website
Begin by logging in with your new account at Zoom.us and then navigate to your profile. This is the starting point.
Print the guide for general settings below.
Zoom Settings While INSIDE Zoom
- Open Zoom on your computer
- Start a Meeting
Welcome to Zoom!
This is what a Zoom meeting looks like. The controls are at the bottom of the window until you share your screen, then they typically will be at the top of the page.
Let's set up your settings inside of Zoom.
- Click on the upward arrow next to the mic icon or camera icon
- Select audio settings or video settings
Once inside the settings area, make your settings look like mine.
Click the following items on:
- Enable HD
- Enable hardware acceleration
- Touch up my appearance (you're welcome!)
- Always show video preview dialog when joining a video meeting
This is a window you'll become very familiar with. This is where you'll direct students when they can't hear you or you can't hear them. Something with their mic settings or speakers is off. This is the area they can adjust to make it perfect.
Click the following in the recording settings
- Record video during screen sharing
- Place video next to the shared screen in the recording
If you have a green screen or super plain wall behind you and you're wearing a contrasting color, you'll be able to change your background! A popular meme has been floating around of a teacher using Hogwarts as his background inside of Zoom. This feature can also be a distraction to students, so may want to turn this off as an option in the general settings back on Zoom.us if you'd like students to not play with this feature while you are in the virtual classroom.