A PediaStaff Guide: “How To Zoom” for Parents, Guardians and Caregivers

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If you have a K-12 school-aged student you are most likely learning how to homeschool!  Congratulations!

Online and distance learning is taking all forms.   Your student might be getting worksheets and online assignments sent home by their classroom teacher(s).  Maybe they have been asked to watch a previously recorded video of their teacher explaining the new mathematics unit.  Or perhaps their Advanced Placement history teacher has sent home a link to a lecture he has loaded onto YouTube.

There is the distinct possibility that your student will be attending live virtual classes on Zoom.  There is also a good chance that your Parent/Teacher conferences this year will be held over Zoom.

Intimidated? Well, fear not.   The platform is actually quite easy and intuitive.   There are several tutorials out there for you to take a look at.

When you receive an email from your student’s teacher asking him or her to “Join a Zoom Meeting,”  it will include a link to a the platform for web browsers / desktop.

Or you can also download the Zoom App if your student will be participating in a Zoom class via phone or tablet.

Here is a brief video that can walk you through the process

Now that you’ve got the tech part down, please take a look at the following set of helpful tips for Good Zoom Hygiene and Etiquette in Education    Compiled by a Professor of Psychology, the article includes tips to make the most of your technical experience, virtual classroom etiquette, making sure you are in a dedicated space for the class, and also reminders about personal hygiene and dress.

Happy Zooming!   And remember… This Too Shall Pass.

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