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Zoom Skilz

Collected here are some skills which are good to know when using Zoom Meeting.
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Probably the most important thing you can do is this: Every time you visit a setting or preference, spend a few additional moments to consider other available preferences and settings. You may discover something else of immediate value. Furthermore, the back of your mind will be introduced to capabilities and you will be primed to find them if needed in the future.
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Probably the most important thing you can do is this: Every time you visit a setting or preference, spend a few additional moments to consider other available preferences and settings. You may discover something else of immediate value. Furthermore, the back of your mind will be introduced to capabilities and you will be primed to find them in the future.
  Zoom is an evolving tool. Descriptions here are useful distinctions and goal oriented tasks rather than detailed recipes. Details are subject to change.
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Terminology

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Precise language makes for more useful communication here. I have found it useful to distinguish among:
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  • People
    • a flesh and blood Person
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    • Person with a particular Role in a setting (e.g. Presenter, Assistant, Attendee)
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    • a Person with a particular Role in a setting (e.g. Presenter, Assistant, Attendee)
 
  • Devices
    • Desktop (Laptop) Computer (e.g. Mac, Windows, Linux)
    • Tablet (e.g. iPad, Samsung tablet)
    • Phone (e.g. iPhone, Android Phone)
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  • Zoom Jargon
    • Participant a Device which may have an additional Role assigned to it
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    • Participant is a Device which may have an additional Role assigned to it
 
      • (Host)
      • (Co-Host)
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Things to do before April 6th

For Zoom Meetings, especially as they are to be used for office hours

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Using Breakout Rooms? They are private, A Participant Device can be in only one Breakout Room at a time, and more.

Only a Desktop Device with the Role of (Host) can meaningfully orchestrate Breakout Rooms. Call it Pewter, together with a Participant Device yourTablet and Breakout Room Room1. Participants arrive in theLobby
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  • To build on the room metaphor, Pewter issues a key to yourTablet. The key allows yourTablet into Room1. Pewter can move among rooms, revoke the yourTablet key and issue a different key to yourTablet. From Room1, yourTablet can only return to the Main Room, or leave the Meeting.
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  • To build on the room metaphor, Pewter issues a key to yourTablet. The key allows yourTablet to move into Room1 and no other Room. Pewter can move among Rooms, revoke the yourTablet key and issue a different key to yourTablet, allowing yourTablet to another Room. From Room1, yourTablet can only return to theLobby, or leave the Meeting.
 
  • Only Pewter can create Breakout Rooms, such as Room1
  • yourTablet enters theLobby
  • Only Pewter can assign yourTablet to Room1
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  • yourTablet must choose to leave theLobby and Join Room1
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  • yourTablet must choose to leave theLobby to enter Room1
 
  • Once in Room1, yourTablet can only interact with other denizens of Room1, or return to theLobby
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  • Pewter can leave theLobby+ and enter any Breakout Room, such as =Room1
  • To hear what is happening in the Main Room, the Person at Pewter may find it useful to have another Device back in the Main Room. The Participant List visible to Pewter can be used to assign newcomers to an appropriate Breakout Room.
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  • Pewter can leave theLobby and enter any Breakout Room, such as Room1
  • To hear what is happening in the Main Room, the Person at Pewter may find it useful to have another Device back in the Main Room. The Breakout Rooms list visible to Pewter can be used to assign newcomers (Participant Devices) to an appropriate Breakout Room.
 

Passing (Host) around? Be Careful!

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  • The Device having the Role of (Host) can transfer that role to another Device. This can be extraordinarily useful for orchestrating Breakout Rooms, passing responsibility for a Zoom Meeting to a different Person/Participant on a different Device.
  • BUT (Host) has the ability to End the Meeting and may do so accidentally when all the person controlling the (Host) meant to do was Leave. Depending how the Meeting is configured, this can be fatal to the Meeting and its MeetingID.

-- Dick Furnas - 2020-03-26

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  • The Device having the Role of (Host) can transfer that role to another Device. This can be extraordinarily useful for:
    • orchestrating Breakout Rooms
    • passing responsibility for a Zoom Meeting to a different Participant (different Device), which may be a different Person.
  • WARNING! (Host) has the ability to End the Meeting and may do so accidentally when the Person controlling the (Host) meant merely to Leave the Meeting. Depending how the Meeting is configured, this can be fatal to the Meeting and even its MeetingID.


Dick Furnas - 2020-03-26

Special thanks to:

  • Marie B. Langlois for seeding the list of Things to do before April 6th
  • the Superhero tutors of the Math Support Center (MSC) being reinvented as found at MSC2.ref2.net
 
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