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Information about the online ESL classes at Trinity Bapist Church:


How to Zoom Video Conference

Our ESL online classes will be done by video conferencing through Zoom, a free video conferencing software/app.

This page will give students instructions on how to download the software/app and how to join a meeting. Students are advised to practice connecting several times before their first lesson. Zoom was chosen since it is fairly user-friendly.

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Computer method for Zoom Video Conferencing

Use this method if you are using a computer that has a webcam (optional), a microphone and speakers to do the video conferencing. (Notes: Some webcams have microphones already built in; a headset with a microphone is okay, too.)

1. Go to the Zoom website: www.zoom.us



2. Go to the join meeting button. This will bring you to a new page to join the meeting.

Type in the Zoom ID. (If you wish to practice, please email Bruce (tbcesl@gmail.com) for a practice Zoom ID)



3. If this is your first time, then your computer will then try to automatically download the Zoom client software. Please choose to "run" the software.

The computer should then open up the Zoom software.


4. It will now ask for the Meeting password. Type that in.


5. Windows will pop up, asking to "Join with Video" and to "Call using Internet Audio". Definitely choose them so that people can see you and hear you. (If it doesn't ask you for these or you make a mistake, don't worry; you can activate this later (see tips).

The video conference will now start. It will then either go into the conference right away or put you into a waiting area until the host starts the conference.

Please note: You can sign up for free on Zoom (it will ask for your email address). This will give you extra controls during your meeting (and also allow you to host your own meetings.)

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Tablet/Smartphone method for Zoom Video Conferencing

Use this method if you are using a smartphone (e.g., iPhone) or tablet (e.g., iPad) to do the video conferencing.

1. Go to the App store (I'm not sure how to do this on non-Apple devices.)



2. In the App store, click on "Search"



3. In the Search field, type "Zoom" and then click the blue "Search" button



4. For Zoom Cloud Meetings, click the "Get" button. This will download the program for free onto your device.



5. After it has downloaded, open up your Zoom app (you can do this from your home screen).



6. Choose to "Join Meeting".
You'll need to type in Zoom ID. (If you wish to practice, please email Bruce (tbcesl@gmail.com) for a practice Zoom ID)


7. Windows will pop up, asking to "Join with Video" and to "Call using Internet Audio". Definitely choose them so that people can see you and hear you. (If it doesn't ask you for these or you make a mistake, don't worry; you can activate this later (see tips).

The video conference will now start. It will then either go into the conference right away or put you into a waiting area until the host starts the conference.

Please note: You can sign up for free on Zoom (it will ask for your email address). This will give you extra controls during your meeting (and also allow you to host your own meetings.)

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Basic Zoom usage tips

Here are some tips for using Zoom from my personal experience:

1. Make sure you have a full charge on your portable device or plug it in.
Meetings are long and will drain a lot of power.

2. Video problems
When you enter meeting, if your video isn't working, click the video button at the top.



3. Audio problems
If the audio doesn't work, click the audio button at the top to unmute.

If the audio is breaking up, click the video button at the top and turn off your video/webcam. It may be due to your video using too much of your internet bandwidth. People won't be able to see your face, but you'll be able to see everyone else.


4. See all the participants
To see all the participants (if there is more than 1) in the video conference, click the Gallery button on the upper left part of your screen.


5. For best communication, use a headphone with a microphone, or be in a very quiet area
This will reduce the background sounds and improve how people can hear you. Otherwise, try to be in a very area, away from the TV, kitchen noises, dogs barking, and kids playing instruments. Background noises can be very distracting as everyone in the meeting will hear them.


6. Use good lighting
Make sure you use good lighting hitting your face. Don't have a brightly background (e.g., a window) behind you if you are not well-lit. Otherwise, your face will look very dark in comparison.


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YouTube Zoom tips

These are some YouTube videos with tips for using Zoom. This information is meant for experienced computer users and our ESL teachers to help make the most of their teaching abilities and to improve the students' learning experience.

1. Zoom Basics

2. 10 Tips for using Zoom

3. Screensharing

4. Whiteboard

5. Breakrooms, Polls & Reactions


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Headset tips

These are some troubleshooting tips for configuring your microphone / headphone headset. Most likely, people cannot hear your words clearly, even though you are using a headset. This is due to Zoom not being configured to capture the sound from the headset microphone; instead it is getting the sound from you webcam (which has its own built-in microphone). The following steps can help you fix this problem:

1. Open Zoom and join a meeting

2. Go to the bottom left of the screen where it says "Mute". (the bottom icons appear when you move the mouse)


3. Click on the arrow next to "Mute".


4. This will bring up a menu.


5. You will need to select a different Microphone. It is currently probably set for the USB camera. Switch it to another microphone. (This is important to remember if you ever need to change your microphone again.)

The next steps are for testing your headset's speakers and microphone:

6. In the same sub-menu from Mute, choose "Test Speaker & Microphone".


7. This will bring you through a series of prompts that test the speakers and microphone. It will also let you switch devices. When you click "Yes", it will bring you to the next prompt.

8. When testing the microphone: If you are unsure when device is the headset microphone, try the different microphone devices listed and do the Speak and Pause (say something into the headset’s microphone and see how clear the sound is when it repeats back). You will be able to judge which one sounds the clearest and loudest.

9. Once you figure out the best settings, make a note of which microphone device is the best. That way, if the configurations ever get changed, you’ll know immediately which microphone setting to change.


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