Zoom Audio Video
Zoom Meetings include both audio and video features and tools for both teachers and students participating in “live” Zoom class gatherings. Teachers should be certain they are familiar with all of the tools and options they have available to manage their own use of audio/video and how to manage the use of audio/video by students.
Using Background Images
Background images on your video may enhance your message at different times during your class session. For example, you might have an image of the founding fathers or the Freedom Rotunda in the background when introducing the Declaration of Independence. Be careful not to over use images or use images that can be distracting and unrelated to your content. Turn image off and use a benign background when you want students focusing on you.
Best Teacher Views for Live Classes
IMPORTANT: Be sure that you are not sharing your screen while reviewing student data.
Direct Instruction - Gallery View and Screen Sharing: If you are just speaking with students about upcoming work gallery view will allow you to see everyone on one screen and get an idea of how everyone is. Screen sharing is great to share a slide show or any digital resource with your students.
Experiential Learning - Screen Sharing and Side by Side Mode: While modeling and guiding students through digital experiences screen sharing allows you to share your view and help students through critical steps. Coupling this view with Side by Side Mode will allow you to see your students as you share your screen with them.
Interactive Instruction - Multitasking using the Mini Window: Use the mini window to review incoming live data while students work through activities in a platform outside of Zoom.
Best Student Views for Live Classes
Eyes on Me: Pin Your Teacher: Teaching students to pin their teacher will help to ensure that they are able to see you throughout the session.
I Do - Side by Side Mode: This view helps the student to view their teacher or other participants while also viewing the screen being shared by the teacher.
We Do: Multi-tasking with the Mini Window: This window allows students to see their teacher or other active speakers while they are in another window. This is great when you need students to do something outside of the meeting in another window.
Recording Live Classes
Classroom Management Tip: It is best to record a session once you are ready and free of interruptions. It is best to share planned stopping points with students and offer alternative ways to communicate with the teacher while you are recording such as the chat or using reactions. (See Chat or Participant sections)
Choose a Recording Layout/ Video Layout: Before you begin recording make sure that you have configured your video layout to the way you would like the recording to capture the session. For example, if you are sharing your screen and would like to capture both you and the active speaker you can choose to use the mini window while sharing your screen.
See Recording Layouts to learn about different ways that you can record your screen. You may also find additional options for deciding what you what to include/not include in recordings in your Zoom Account > Settings > Recording page.
Chunking Content: If you would like to record a larger session into bite sized pieces you can use the Start and Stop options when recording. This will result in small video clips of each section of your session.
Automatically Transcribe Cloud Recordings : By using this Zoom feature you can record sessions and have a transcript created to serve as Closed Captions after the recording is complete. If you do this during a session with an active chat you may need to remove delete the chat before sharing the link to the video as it shares both the transcript and chat history from the session.
Reasons to Record:
1. FOR REVIEW – Post your recorded Zoom class video to your class website, Google Classroom, or Schoology page for students who were unable to attend or wish to watch again. Use your recorded Zoom meeting video to share a pre-recorded class of a presentation or instructions that need visual supports.
2. D.I.Y. SCREENCAST – start a Zoom meeting with just yourself and use the Share Screen and your video cam on. Record the meeting and you can have your pretend Zoom meeting serve as a D.I.Y. screencast.
Functions & Features
Teachers can tailor the settings in the Zoom software installed on the computer according to their individual preferences. These application settings are found by clicking on the gear or your profile picture in the Zoom application.
1. Video Settings
Check your application video settings to select your camera and test the quality of your video for upcoming events.
- Selecting & testing a camera
- Turning video mirroring off
- Turn off my video when joining a meeting
- Always show video preview dialog when joining a video meeting
2. Audio Settings
Test your audio speakers & microphone selection, personal preference for joining meetings, and a shortcut for 'temporarily' unmuting yourself on your computer.
- Selecting & testing speakers
- Selecting & testing a mic
- Mute Uuon entry
3. Advanced Audio Settings
Look for background noise suppression and echo cancellation options that you might need if working in a noisy environment or location.
- Suppress Persistent Background Noise
- Suppress Intermittent Background Noise
4. Virtual Backgrounds
When you need an alternative background, you can utilize the virtual background option to change your background to a preset image. Choose a virtual background by selecting one of the stock photos provided or upload one of you own by clicking on the plus sign.
Tip: Make sure you have a solid background color behind you.
Schedule New Meetings
When you schedule a new meeting, you have options that allow you to modify who has their video ON/OFF when they enter the meeting and which audio connection method you wish to use.
Host Video On/Off, Participant Video On/Off
B. Advanced Options
Audio – Mute participants on entry
Record – Automatically record meeting
In Meeting Controls
During a meeting, you can adjust the arrangement of your Zoom window layout, choose to record the meeting, and access additional audio/video options.
A. Video Layouts
Different layout options give you control over how you want your participants panel, video cams, and shared content windows to be arranged on your screen. Visit How Do I Change The Video Layout? to learn about the following views.
- Active Speaker
- Mini Window
- Full Screen
- Layout when screen sharing
Other helpful layouts that can be utilized during a meeting:
B. Secret Settings for Starting and Stopping Video and Audio
Click on the up arrow next to the Start/Stop Video button in your meeting control bar.
- Start & stop video options
- Choose a virtual background
- Video settings
- Start & stop audio options
- Select a microphone
- Select a speaker
- Test speaker & microphone
- Audio settings
C. Participants Panel – Audio/Video Options
Look for helpful controls in the Participants panel for muting/unmuting all students, turning on/off video for a participant, and restricting the ability for students to unmute themselves during class.
Click the More button to control whether you would like students to remain muted by unchecking “Allow Participants to Unmute Themselves.”
Recording During A Meeting
Interested in recording a meeting? Here are some quick examples of how your final video’s recording layout would appear based upon what took place during the meeting.
A. Pause/Stop Recording (no active share screen)
Select Record and choose if you would like to record on your device or on the cloud. NOTE: This option may not be available in your organization.
On the bottom toolbar there will now be Pause and Stop Recording buttons in place of the record button originally seen.
When you record or pause a session you will see either of these visuals on the top right side of your screen.
B. Start/Stop/Pause Recording (when sharing screen)
Select More and choose if you would like to record on your device or in the cloud. You will see the record icon next to your meeting ID. To pause or stop your recording, click the Pause Share or Stop Share buttons or click on the More menu options.
Both cloud and local recordings will be saved once a session has ended.
Note: If you paused your recording multiple times, you will find all sections recorded in one recorded video. If you have stopped and started recording more than once in a session, you will have multiple recordings for a session.
To locate your recordings, go to the Meetings area in your Zoom application and look for the Recorded tab. You may also find your recordings by logging in to your Zoom account web portal at https://zoom.us.
Additional Resources for Zoom Audio/Video Features
Preparing Your Classroom Environment
Prepping Your Camera for Visual Supports: Turn off mirroring to make sure that words don’t appear backwards. This is great to test if you plan on using physical visual supports during your class meeting.
Optimizing Video/ Audio: Using Virtual Backgrounds or Touch Up My Appearance video options can make the appearance of your video less distracting for students. If you have the challenge of having a quiet environment to carry out your session, the advanced audio options can help you in adjusting background noise.
Managing Audio: Muting all participants on entry and limiting their ability to unmute can help to ensure that you have an uninterrupted session and minimize distractions. This can be set in your account settings for all meetings (see Account Settings), when you create a meeting (see New Meeting Settings), or during a meeting.
Managing Audio During Live Classes
Audio Classroom Management Tip: When in meeting you can choose whether you would like to allow students to unmute themselves or remain muted for the remainder of the session. This option can be found in the Participants panel during a meeting.