In recent months, Zoom has become a popular platform for businesses, individuals, and community groups to come together virtually. Zoom is increasingly popular because it is free, can be used on your phone or laptop, and is relatively simple to use once you have mastered the basics.
- Computer, phone, or tablet with camera
- High speed internet connection
Creating Your Account
To sign up for your own free account, visit www.zoom.us/signup and enter your email address. You will receive an email from Zoom (firstname.lastname@example.org). Check your junk mail if you do not receive it within 10 minutes. In the email, click Activate Account.
You can login at www.zoom.us/signin . Once you are logged in, use the panel on the left to navigate the Zoom portal. You can update your profile, schedule a meeting, edit your settings, and more.
Joining a Meeting
The easiest way to join a meeting is clicking the link that someone emailed you. It might look like this this example.
- Jane Doe is invited you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
- Topic: Kamloops Accommodation Association Check-In
- Time: May 5, 2020. 10:30 AM (Pacific Time)
- Join Zoom Meeting
- Meeting ID: 123 4567 8910
- Password: 123456
Once you click on the link, the Zoom page will load. You must click the pop up that says Open Zoom Meetings to enter.
Communicate in a Meeting
Large meetings or webinars may be setup so that participants microphones are muted and videos are not visible. However, smaller meetings are a great opportunity to turn your video on and see who you are speaking with.
In the bottom left of the video screen, there is a video icon that you can turn on/off to be visible to participants. Similarly, there is a microphone button to mute yourself.
Zoom has a list of free resources to support users host meetings, record webinars, other more.
- Joining a Meeting by Phone
- Inviting Others to Join a Meeting
- Forgot my Password
- Change Your Virtual Background
Looking to spice up your background on Zoom? Check out these fun video backgrounds to generate inspiration for future travel to Kamloops.