Zoom Meeting Guidelines for Students
- Pre-Meeting Prep
- During Meeting
- Post Meeting
- Environment & Surroundings
- Personal Behavior
- Behavior Towards Others
- Be on time for your meeting, log in a few minutes ahead of time to avoid last minute panic.
- Check your device, make sure it's charged overnight and that it is working properly.
- Test the headsets, camera and microphones before the meeting to ensure everything is working smoothly.
- Turn off other devices and put your phone on silent during the meeting.
- Bring required materials to the session such as textbooks, copy books, stationary to avoid any unnecessary delay during the session.
- Be sure to check your FACTS LMS beforehand to see if your teacher has posted any material required for the class.
- Try to familiarize yourself with zoom features such as chat, non verbal feedback, whiteboard.
- Keep the zoom link and password handy (provided by the teacher) before joining each session.
- Mute your mic (lower-left corner of your screen) as soon as you sign on and whenever you are not speaking. This is important and perhaps the most critical tip to avoid background noise and distractions for others.
- Keep your video on unless otherwise instructed by the teacher
- Close all unneeded applications on your computer to keep the video optimally functioning.
- Take notes during the meeting for completing action items after the online session.
Environment & Surroundings
- Be mindful of your background lighting.
- Be sure that there is nothing visually distracting in the background.
- Do not use any fun backgrounds (available on Zoom), when you are on with your teacher. It makes it very difficult for them to see you.
- Stay in one quiet spot of your house during the session; preferably sit on your desk/table in an upright position to be able to concentrate.
Behavior Towards Others
- If you want to speak, physically raise your hand or use the “raise hand” feature that is available at the bottom center of your screen or how the specific teacher has set house rules for the session.
- When you are speaking, let others know that you are finished by saying one of these sign-offs: “That’s all.” “I’m done.” “Thank you.” So that everyone knows you have finished your comments.
- You can ask questions and make comments silently if desired using the “Chat” feature (also on the bottom and center of your screen).
- Ensure that your verbal, non verbal and written communication must be respectful, mindful and relevant during your interaction with the teachers and your classmates.
- For the privacy and safety of all, students should not share the meeting link on a website, social media platform or public forums. Also should not post screenshots of their class anywhere online.
Dos And Donts For Your Zoom Class
It’s a good idea to brush up on the do’s and don’ts of a Zoom call so that the experience is a win for everyone involved.
Roles & Responsibilities For Parents
The success of our online learning endeavor is a partnership and is dependent on careful planning by our faculty, appropriate student motivation and engagement, and strong parent support. Parents can ensure the following to make online learning a valuable experience for our students:
- Establish a quiet work space and regular routine where your child can work independently on his/her assigned tasks.
- Ensure that your child regularly attends the zoom sessions as per timetable.
- Help your child to understand and follow norms and expectations for a live Zoom session. Eg: how to mute the microphone and turn off the camera.
- Ensure punctuality for live sessions and submission of assignments as outlined by the teacher via the session or LMS.
- Remind your child to reach out to their teacher during office hours if they have questions or need extra help or support.
- In case your child is unable to attend the class, please send an application explaining the reason for your child's absence via school stream.
- Consider being accessible to your child for the first Zoom meeting in case they have questions for you, are unsure of how to respond, or uncomfortable in this new learning environment.
- It is not necessary or appropriate for parents to be part of the entire session once their child is comfortable in this new virtual classroom setting. Parents should under no circumstances disrupt or interrupt the zoom session.
- Communicate with your child's Academic Coordinator via email if you have concerns or questions about an online learning plan.