Virtual Zoom Worship During COVID
Helpful Hints for Using Zoom
Some lessons learned from earlier sessions include:
First-time users (on computers and phones/tablets) will need to download some software - which will be the "Zoom" app for phones/tablets.
The app installation includes some steps that can be skipped. Click on SKIP to do so, like asking for a list of friend's emails.
Some useful things to know beforehand include whether your computer has a camera and/or a microphone. Older models might be lacking one or both. Phones and tablets should have both.
If you do not have a camera or a microphone, you can still be part of the meeting via telephone. Here are directions: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362663-Joining-a-Zoom-meeting-by-phone; use the meeting ID on the homepage. Please email email@example.com or call (808) 988-2714 for the passcode.
Using Zoom once in a meeting:
You will probably be "muted" when you first enter a session. Look for a drawing of a classic microphone. If it has a red line through it, you're muted. This helps cut down on background noise during a meeting (or Meeting).
To unmute temporarily while on a computer, you can hold the spacebar down while talking. On a phone or tablet, you will need to tap the microphone on or off, and you will need to touch the screen to see the controls.
If you're on Zoom with a device that supports video, "Chat" - is an alternative way to communicate.
One of the windows will be a view of the Meeting Room or some serene object. If you find the activity of many faces distracting, you could "pin" that window, which will put it front and center. Double-tapping (on a touchpad, phone, or tablet) or right-clicking (with a mouse) on the square you want to pin will give you the opportunity to pin it.
If you're on a phone or tablet, the first screen will be "Speaker view," with a thumbnail of you in a lower corner. To see more people, swipe from right to left on the screen.
Make sure your device is fully charged and/or plugged in.