Zoom is a community-centered video conferencing tool that allows users to connect with other users in any location around the world. This tool became very popular and widely used during the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic when teachers transitioned to emergency remote teaching. Zoom makes it very simple to connect with others virtually. Teachers can send Zoom meeting link invitations to any of their students. In addition, teachers can take advantage of the many features that Zoom provides, such as screen sharing, breakout rooms, private and whole class chat messages, virtual whiteboards, polls, and much more. All of these features allow students to interact, communicate, and collaborate seamlessly with one another, making virtual classrooms more attainable. Another positive aspect of Zoom is that due to its versatility, teachers can invite scientists, authors, explorers, and other professionals directly into Zoom to have conversations with students, widening their perspectives. Zoom is a great platform for teachers and students to connect and collaborate virtually.
|Zoom Meetings: Free - personal meetings (40 mins max per meeting). $149.90/year/license - small teams. $199.90/year/license- small businesses. $240/year/license- large enterprises. Add-ons: $1200/year - audio conferencing. $600/year - large meetings. $480/year - cloud storage. $24.90/year - whiteboard. *Additional Add-ons for Zoom webinars, phones, rooms, and Zoom United*
|Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Social Learning
|Ease of Use
|Zoom Meetings: Personal meetings/small teams - 100 participants Small businesses - 300 participants Large enterprises - 500 participants *Additional participants allowed for larger add-ons*
|Login not required to join a meeting but is required to host a meeting.
|Digital Citizen, Creative Communicator, Global Collaborator
Zoom has many pricing plans which make it easy for anyone to purchase a plan that fits their needs! Whether it is an entire school system, business, or an individual teacher or student, Zoom has multiple plans and add-ons to choose from. For typical Zoom meetings, the plans range from free to $240 a year per license. There are also some packages containing additional features (e.g., more storage) that are available for purchase that can enhance a user’s Zoom experience. Zoom also offers higher capacity plans specifically for large corporations, where pricing plans can go up to as much as $84,400 a year, with the capacity to host 10,000 participants in a webinar. In the context of education, most teachers will utilize typical Zoom meeting plans or the pricing plan that their school system provides.
Zoom allows for behaviorism as teachers can create polls through Zoom. When students get the correct answer, they will receive positive reinforcement, allowing them to learn through modifying and reinforcing actions. Zoom also allows for cognitivism as students can create mind maps with each other through virtual whiteboards, building neural connections. Lastly, it allows for social learning as Zoom allows students to learn from each other. Students can be put into breakout groups very easily or even have whole-class discussions, where they can widen their perspectives.
I gave Zoom a three-star rating when it came to ease of use as it can take up to 15 minutes to learn how to use the tool’s basic functions. Zoom’s website provides many clear and concise video tutorials, which I would recommend exploring if you are a first-time user since not all of the controls and features are intuitive. To learn how to join or host a meeting, it will just take practice and a few minutes of watching a tutorial to understand how to use these features, such as joining a meeting and sending email invitations. In addition, the microphone and video controls are pretty straightforward for a first-time user. However, to take advantage of additional features like breakout rooms, whiteboards, polls, and more, it will take a little bit longer to become familiar with those features as there are so many options available, which can be difficult to navigate at first. Watching tutorials is the best way to get familiar with Zoom, but in general, using the basic functions of the application is pretty doable and easy to comprehend with practice.
Zoom provides many accessibility features for users. However, it deserves a four-star rating as it falls short in terms of being accessible for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing and do not speak English. As of right now, Zoom only has live transcriptions available in English. However, individuals with other disabilities can use Zoom to its fullest potential. Zoom’s accessibility guide is also extensive and provides the various features the application has to offer. Some of the most notable features I found were the ability to have live transcription with closed captions (where text size can be changed, but is limited to English, as previously mentioned), multi-spotlight (which is important for ASL interpreters), the ability to rearrange gallery size, and the ability to create keyboard shortcuts, so it can be used without a mouse. Also, Zoom is accessible for people using screen readers, which makes it a very accessible app overall.
When using the free Zoom meeting plan, there is a limit of 100 participants. To increase Zoom capacity, additional payment plans will be required.
If you are invited to join someone else’s meeting, you are not required to log in to an account. However, to host your meeting, you are required to make an account either through your Apple, Google, or Facebook account or by using your email address. It is important to note that some users may only be able to access or host meetings within their specific domain (which can be common with school-created accounts).
Through Zoom, students can be digital citizens as they can learn more about their rights when using digital tools. They also can learn how to work safely and ethically through these digital interconnected applications, so they protect their privacy. Students are also able to be creative communicators as Zoom allows for students to discuss ideas and share perspectives through various tools like breakout rooms and group whiteboards. Lastly, students can be global collaborators as they can connect with others all over the world, therefore enriching their learning.
Here is an example of how Zoom might fit within the SAMR model:
Use the polling feature to create multiple-choice questions to test students on their math skills. Utilize Zoom’s guide for creating polls.
By using the gallery view feature, have students participate in virtual workouts together! Ensure each student has enough space around them and use this list for inspiration for which videos to show. Students will be able to see their classmates doing the workout with them, which will motivate them!
Take students on a virtual field trip to different places all around the world! Use the Zoom screen sharing feature to show videos or virtual tours that make your students feel like they are traveling to a new place. Virtual field trips allow students to experience something new and get a change of scenery.
Using virtual whiteboards, have students make a mind map together illustrating a specific scientific topic. Students can annotate the whiteboard of the host who shares their screen, which allows everyone to see added ideas. These mind maps will allow students to visually connect topics and learn from each other.
Using breakout rooms, have students participate in one on one conversations with each other in any given language. It will allow them to practice their verbal skills in a distraction-free environment, as they do not have to hear other students. Also, teachers can stop by each breakout room and answer questions if they come up.
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