Has your Sabbath School class tried meeting with Zoom? After 2 weeks of “social distancing”, it was so good to see the faces of my Sabbath School class again – via Zoom. We use Zoom regularly for work but this was my first time as host and we learned a few things that you might find helpful.
If you’re a Participant
1. Start muted
Allows you to enter quietly and “unmute” when you’re ready.
2. Mute when you’re not talking
Background noise (e.g. coughing, dog barking, keyboard clicking) can steal the “floor” and interrupt whoever is speaking.
3. Try Gallery view
Gallery view shows up to 49 people as smaller, thumbnail images – feels more like a group discussion and less like a presentation.
4. Turn off your video if it’s freezing
Video takes more bandwidth than audio. Turning your video off will allow you to still see and hear the class and participate.
If you’re the Host
1. Require a password
Google “zoombombing” if you think this is optional.
2. Mute participants on entry
You can set this ahead of time under Advanced Options when you schedule the meeting.
3. Feel free to start early or end late
Zoom will let you in early and it won’t kick you out if you go overtime. Thanks to Ken Norton for this tip.
4. Set sharing to “Only host”
Once the meeting starts, click the up-arrow beside “Share Screen”, then choose Advanced Sharing Options.
Under “Who Can Share?”, choose “Only host”. Prevents friendly or accidental zoombombing.
5. “Mute all” to resolve a feedback emergency
Then you can use “Manage participants” to selectively mute anybody that doesn’t know how to.
Zoom is definitely a better way for Sabbath School classes to be #alonetogether. If you have any other tips, send to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add them to the list.
Also, churches and schools can take advantage of discounted prices on all Zoom products by purchasing through the North American Division. Contact email@example.com for more information.