Using Zoom Cloud Meetings for Teaching Online The EASY way! [with PDF download]

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How to use Zoom Cloud Meetings for teaching online?

Today, I’m going to guide you on how to use Zoom for online teaching; I promise you that the instructions will be to the point and easy to follow. I will start the tutorial with the basics and later dive into more advanced features offered by Zoom cloud meetings, which can help teachers and students.

Once again, rest assured, I will explain everything step-by-step.

Towards the end of this how-to guide, I’ll share an easy tip that will help teachers and students with kids at home host or attend lessons on Zoom without any background noise.

Stay tuned.

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Differences between various Zoom Cloud Meetings Plans

Firstly, let me outline the limitations of using Zoom for free and the available upgrade options.

The most important limitation of the free version is the 40 minutes time limit for each meeting or lecture in our case.

For our institution, each lecture in the classical classroom setting used to be for 50 minutes. But we adapted to the 40-minute time limit as
anyway, an average student’s attention span while learning online is pretty short.

If you purchase the pro version, the time limit per meeting is 24 hours, which is overkill.

But wait a minute, you can sign up for an education account with your institution’s email address to get the 40-minute time limit lifted.

This time limit waiver is only to support teachers during the coronavirus pandemic with no deadline as to when the limits will reset.

Another limitation is the 100 participants per meeting limit, which is applicable for Free, Education, and Pro accounts. If you are teaching more than 100 students at a time, then I would suggest you ask your school administration to get the business plan for your school as it allows up to 300 participants at a time.

Lastly, attendance tracking is a breeze on the Pro account. For me, that’s a time-saving feature and well worth the $15 monthly price.

Before you decide to upgrade, try out the Basic version or the Education version to see if it suits your requirement.

Screenshot of Zoom Cloud Meetings Plan Comparison page

Zoom Cloud Meetings Plan Comparison

How to sign up for Zoom Basic?

Now let’s start with how to use Zoom meetings for online teaching.

To begin, sign up for a free account with either Facebook, Google, or your school email address. For removing the time limit, I suggest using the school email address. Your school has to be in Zoom’s database of educational institutions.

If your school is not in Zoom’s database, you can submit a request to get it listed so that you can enjoy the educational plan.

If you’re using a Facebook or Google account, make sure you sign in with Facebook or Google password and not a new password.

You might have to confirm your email address by clicking on the activation link sent to your email inbox.

Skip the step for inviting your colleagues.

Don’t copy your personal meeting URL as it has your meeting password embedded and is a security risk.

screenshot of Zoom PMI with embedded meeting password

Security Risk! Zoom PMI with embedded meeting password

Once you sign up, you will be taken to the meetings page on the Zoom Cloud Meetings website. You can directly host and join a meeting on this website.

Plus, there are tons of ways to host or join a Zoom meeting.

For the sake of simplicity, I will suggest to you the best option according to my experience. And that is downloading the Zoom app on your computer. Be it a Windows, Mac, or Linux.

Want to watch this guide in action?

Here it is:

How to download & install zoom on your computer?

Click here and download Zoom Client for meetings.

zoom download page screenshot

Click download to download! Seriously.

Please wait for a few seconds for it to download. Then install it on your computer.

Open the Zoom cloud meetings app on your PC or Mac and sign in. Tick the checkbox “Keep me signed in” if you are not sharing your laptop or computer or Mac or whatever you’ve got with someone else in your family.

The Zoom app will then open on your computer. It will show you the time, ten buttons, and a search box. You will see the message “No upcoming meetings today” hooray!

Zoom desktop app’s user interface explained.

Now, let me give you a brief overview of the Zoom Cloud Meeting’s desktop app’s home screen buttons.

Zoom Cloud Meetings Main Page Screengrab

Zoom Meeting’s Main Page, the “Home”

Button#1  – Home

The Home Button in Zoom

The Home Button in Zoom

That’s where we are right now, even if you’re at work, you are still at home, your Zoom home. So if you press any button in this room, say Chat or Contacts, you can quickly jump back to your Zoom home if you press the Home button.

Easy, isn’t it?

Button#2 – Chat

This is where you can chat with students, colleagues, and other school staff through written words. Sweet. You will also see any files you’ve shared with the students, like PowerPoint presentations, class notes, etc.

Zoom's Chat Screen

The Chat System within Zoom

And you can also create channels that are similar to WhatsApp groups. You can create a channel named “Junior” and place all junior students in there.

That way, it is easy for you to share messages and resources with a particular class.

And yes, you can also join channels created by others from the same page.

Lastly, there is this Contact Request button, which is similar to Facebook requests.

If someone wants to chat with you and if they are not in your address book, they can send a request to you to accept them as your friend. I mean, contact. The same principle applies if you send them a contact request. They can go into the chat section and accept your request.

Button# 3 – Meetings

This is where you will see your PMI or Personal Meeting Id, which is similar to having a personal mobile phone number. Pro users have the option to change this PMI to their liking.

For teaching purposes, I will not recommend taking a class with PMI because the PMI does not expire. This means that students can click
on the link that you’ve sent previously to join any meeting that you’re hosting.

screenshot of meetings tab in zoom cloud meetings

The Meetings Tab (click to enlarge)

Whether they are invited or not.

As a teacher, you should be using this “+” button to schedule a meeting or an online class. More on that just a bit
later in the video.

As for now, let me continue explaining all the fancy buttons in the Zoom cloud meetings app.

Next, we have the “Recorded” button.

Here you will see all the meetings or class sessions that you’ve recorded.

screenshot of school class recordings tab in zoom

The Recorded Tab (click to enlarge)

Yes. Zoom has a meeting recorder if you want to replay the video of your online class later. Remember to tell your students that this class will be recorded for quality & training purposes, kidding.

OK, let’s move on without wasting any time.

Button# 4 – Contacts

It is for adding or importing your existing contacts into Zoom Cloud Meetings

This is just like the context in your mobile phone or an old fashioned telephone directory. You can add a contact by typing in the email address, or you can go to the cloud contact section to connect your Gmail or Microsoft accounts to get a list of email addresses into Zoom directly.

screenshot on how to add contacts in zoom

The Contacts Tab (click to enlarge)

This is another place you can create channels or groups of contacts to chat or meet with without having to make each contact to send a meeting invite. So if you teach multiple classes, you can create channels like Class 1, Class 2, Class 3, etc. And segregate individual students as per their course. This way, when sending a class meeting invite later to a particular class, you will save a lot of time as you won’t have to pick individual students. Just send an invite to that specific class channel; that’s it!

Button# 5Search bar

Once you’ve used Zoom for ages & you want to search, say when you took a lesson on Photosynthesis or Human evolution, you can search for the keywords here to get a list of meetings and the details of the same.

screengrab of zoom cloud meeting's search bar

Zoom Search

Next,

Button# 6Looks like me… joking!

image of zoom profile button

Me!

It is actually the main menu of the Zoom app, with a hundred different options under it.

Let’s start with option 1 of 100.

I know it will be too much for you all, so I will stick with the simple basics, as I promised.

For now, just remember that you can set your status here like Available, Away, or Do not disturb if you are in a class and do not want to be bothered by anyone. This mode mutes any notifications of chat messages that come in. You can read these messages at a later time by clicking on the chat button. You can also set the time frame for do not disturb to be active.

Great news! We are just four more buttons to go.

Let’s start.

We go back home, and you will see these four buttons here.

Button#7New Meeting

Clicking on the New Meeting button will start a new meeting instantly. But as a teacher, you won’t do unplanned, unscheduled, spontaneous meetings with your class unless there is some emergency, and you want to take a meeting “right now!”.

Button#8Join

Next, we have “Join”. This is where you can join a meeting hosted by someone else. You will seldom use this button because if you have a meeting invitation sent by someone else, it will directly take you to the meeting.

Once you click on the link to the meeting invitation, it will directly take you into the meeting. You won’t have to come here and manually join the meeting.

zoom main screen pic

Buttons 7, 8, 9, 10

Now, attention, attention, attention!

This is where the critical part comes.

Button#9Schedule

The schedule button is what you will use the most, and it is an essential button for you as a teacher.

Hence, we will cover that later when I guide you step by step to take an online classroom.

Stay tuned.

Button#10Screen Share

Lastly, you have the share screen button, which is also useless outside of a meeting.

While you are in a class meeting, you will get the share screen button to share presentations, whiteboards, etc. with the students.

That’s it.

And those were the 10 terrific buttons.

Stuff to know before you take your first class.

zoom profile picture

Where am I?

  1. Check your profile picture, especially if you’ve signed up using your personal account. If you don’t see a profile picture, then click change picture > Change > Upload > Open and Save.
  2. Move on to the settings page. Ensure that the waiting room is enabled. This will make every student who joins a meeting wait in a virtual waiting room before you allow them in the meeting. Don’t worry, if you have 100 students and don’t want to hit the allow button 100 times. Instead, you can take a quick look at the waiting list to spot unknown names and kick them out. Once you have a clean list of students waiting in the waiting room, click the “Admit all” button to admit everyone in one go.
    image of settings page on zoom.us

    Zoom Settings (click to enlarge)

  3. Within the settings page – disable the option which says Embed passcode in invite link for one-click join.” This is a small security measure to prevent Zoombombings or unknown people from joining your meeting to spoil it. Zoom bombers or “meeting spoilers” who have the link to your class meeting won’t be able to join with one click. They will have to know and enter a passcode. This step should stop Zoombombings unless there is someone in your class who has leaked the passcode.
    embed password in meeting invite zoom setting

    More Zoom Settings (click to enlarge)

  4. Then make sure Join before the host” is off. It is “off” by default anyway, but double-check if it is still out. This will ensure the class meeting does not start before you join because you are the teacher and responsible for the meeting. This specific setting will also ensure that your meeting only starts when you are present. Especially if you’re using the Basic version of Zoom, then the meeting timer of 40 minutes won’t begin till you join.
  5. Next, tick Mute participants upon entry” to avoid a sudden burst of noise at the start of the meeting. Also, enabling the setting adds an additional layer of security cover to your sessions. With this setting enabled, only you can unmute specific participants when you want them to talk. Students who wish to speak can raise their hands virtually. Then you can unmute such students temporarily to allow them to speak. I will show you how students can raise hands and how you will get to know when they have raised their virtual hands when we do a test meeting. In short, with Mute participants upon entry” checked, no one can randomly talk rubbish into spoiling the meeting.
  6. “Upcoming meeting reminders” should be enabled to get a reminder notification from Zoom on your Windows or Mac device. Even if the setting is set to off, you will still get an email reminder from Zoom or your Google calendar. This setting is just a way to be double sure that you don’t miss a meeting if your email is not working on that date.
  7. Next is Screen Sharing. Another feature that can control Zoombombings. Set Who can share?” to “Host-only.” This will prevent others from sharing stuff without taking your permission first. You can, when the meet is on, permit participants or students to share their presentation or project work.
    screen sharing settings page

    Even More Zoom Settings (click to enlarge)

  8. “Disable desktop screen share for users” and only allow specific applications to be shared. This enhances privacy, as it doesn’t let your students see files and folders on your desktop when you start screen sharing with this setting enabled. You can freely browse folders and files on your computer without worrying about students reading the names of files and folders on your computer. They will only see the screen when the PowerPoint or the document that you want to share opens.
  9. “Annotations.” CheckOnly the user who is sharing can annotate.” The annotation feature allows you to draw, write, and highlight stuff that you are teaching. It is like a virtual marker, and you don’t want a miscreant to draw or write anything with bad taste while you are presenting. This specific setting would prevent others from just writing or drawing something on the screen when you’re sharing the screen. You can, of course, give the presentation and annotation access to a student or a group of students when you require them to explain something.
  10. The next setting I recommend you to change is,Allow participants to rename themselves.” Disable this option so that the names of your students remain the names of your students and don’t change to fantasy names.
  11. Enable “Breakout rooms.” This feature lets you split the class into smaller virtual groups. Students in each breakout room can talk to each other, but they cannot speak to their peers in the other breakout rooms. This is a great feature for teachers as you can assign group activities for your class when required.
  12. You also have the option to Allow the host to assign participants to break out rooms when scheduling.” Enable this too. This will allow you to pre-decide groups of students who will be part of breakout rooms when scheduling the class itself.
  13. Next, we have Identify guest participants in the meeting.” Another essential security feature to Enable. This will identify and mark guest participants or participants not using the school account in your participant’s list. This feature is useful only if your educational institution has provided email addresses to all the students. Example – johnmax@schoolname.com JaneSmith@schoolname.com, etc. But if there is no such institutional email address is given to them, and the participants are joining the meet with their personal account, then this feature won’t work as it will show every participant as a guest. So leave it off if there is no standard school or college email account assigned to the students.
    Zoom Meeting Recording Settiings

    On Record

  14. Next, you go to the Recordings tab on the top and tick “Automatic recording” on. This will allow you to record all your classes to your computer if required by your school or college administration. And if needed by your state law, enable “Recording disclaimer.” And also, tick “ask participants for consent when a recording starts.” Paid Zoom users will have the option to record the meetings on the cloud. This is a much better option as it won’t take a ton of storage space from your computer, and cloud recordings can be shared with the students who couldn’t attend the lecture due to a genuine reason.

That was all the settings part before you take your first class on Zoom.

If you notice, I’ve covered a lot of security-boosting features built into Zoom meetings. All of them combined should provide sample protection from Zoombombings.

Zoombombings were pretty standard in the beginning when people weren’t actually using Zoom security features.

But rest assured, you shouldn’t worry about miscreants when you enable the above-recommended settings.Me

Now, let’s move on to starting your first meet.

How to schedule a meeting (for teaching online)?

It’s time for a test meeting and how to use various functions when your class meeting is on.

We will schedule and host our first meeting right now.

Step# 1 – open the Zoom app on your computer if it isn’t open yet.

Step#2 – Click on the “Schedule” button under the “Home” tab. The schedule meeting window will open up.

Step# 3 – Type the topic of your meeting. For this tutorial, I’m going to type Computer Science.

Schedule a meeting button

Meeting Scheduler

Step# 4 – I will choose a meeting start date, time, and duration.

Note that if you’re using the Zoom Basic plan, you’ll get a notification about the meeting duration limits if you choose the 45-minute duration.

I will select the meeting duration as 30 minutes.

Wait!

Why isn’t there an option of 40 minutes, or why isn’t there an option to adjust the time limit apart from the pre-listed options?

Because whatever meeting duration you set here doesn’t really matter, the meeting will continue until the time you end the session, even after the meeting duration specified on the screen has crossed.

The only exceptions are the 40-minute meeting limit on the free account and 24 hour limit on the Premium and Education accounts.

Step# 5 – The Meeting ID, use the option “Generate Automatically” to randomly assign a new ID for every class meeting.

This adds an additional layer of security, as the meeting ID is not fixed.

So if a miscreant has your old meeting ID, it will be useless as every meeting will use a randomly generated number as a meeting ID.

If you wish, you can change the password of your meeting; I suggest using the randomized password.

Step# 6 – moving on, tick the Waiting Room.”

Step# 7 – For video, I want my video to be on for the participants.

It depends on high school or college. A few colleges mandate students to be on video to be seen, and a teacher can be aware of what they are actually doing on the other side. For this test meeting, I will leave this off.

How to send a meeting invite through a Calendar?

Meeting invitation through google calendar

Invite the class through Google Calendar

Step# 8. Now comes the significant bit, the “Calendar.” This is where the meeting schedule will appear for you and your students.

Most of the students I know are using the G-Suite or Google suite of applications for education. You can also use Outlook or other calendars if you want to. For this test meeting, I will use Google Calendar.

Step# 9 – Click on Advanced Options,” and once again, make sure “Enable join before host” is unchecked, “Mute participants upon entry” is checked. As per requirement, automatic meeting recording can either be checked or unchecked.

Step# 10 – Click save. Since I chose Google Calendar, Google will ask which of my Google accounts calendar I want to use for this meeting.

That’s because I have multiple Google accounts. Just sign in to the relevant account and give Zoom permission to manage your calendar.

On the right-hand side of the screen, you will see the guest section.

Type in the email addresses of the students separated by a comma, or if you have a group email address, you can type that in so that the email goes to the entire group of students in one go.

The next step, in guest permissions, leave all three boxes unticked.

Once you’re done, click Save.

Click send for this message, you will send the invitation email to all the students with a link to the Zoom meeting and the password for that meeting.

Now, there is another way to do it. Read it below…

How to send a meeting invite through email?

Inviting the online class through other calendar

Invite the class through email

Once you have all the details filled in for a class meeting,

Click “Other calendars” instead of Google Calendar, hit Save, you will get the meeting invitation message. Click copy to clipboard and close this box.

Now, you can send this meeting invitation to students the way you prefer without going through the calendar.

You can send this via email, send it through chat, or paste it in your learning management system.

Just ensure whatever mode you prefer. You are only sending this invite to your students, so don’t paste it
on Facebook or Twitter.

Yep.

start a meeting from zoom main screen

Start a meeting!

Now let’s wait for the meeting time. If Zoom is running on your computer, you’ll get a reminder to start your meeting. If not running, you can open, Zoom, and click on the start button next to your upcoming meet.

Test speakers, mic & webcam before the meeting

This next step is optional, but I do it before every meeting.

Click Test speakers and microphone.”

Please select the appropriate speakers. And test.

In my case, there is only one set of speakers.

Then proceed with a microphone test. In my case, there are two microphones, one built into the laptop, and is pretty crappy. One is the external mic connected to my computer, which is pretty decent.

I will select a better microphone. Test if it is working as expected.

Everything seems to be good, so we can proceed.

Next, click join with computer audio.

Yep, so the once the meeting has started, you will see this panel on the screen,

The Zoom Meeting panel explained.

Once the meeting has started, you will see this panel on the screen; I will take you through these buttons and explain what each of these buttons does.

#1 -- So the first one over here is the mute unmute button. Should I explain what it does?

Of course not.

But if you see the small arrow next to it, that can be helpful to troubleshoot sound issues if students are unable to hear you or if you are unable to listen to them. Use this button to make sure that the correct speakers and microphones are selected.

Troubleshooting audio issues

Troubleshooting audio issues

Setting up a “Virtual” background for privacy

virtual backgrounds screenshot

Where is the sofa?

#2 – The next button is to enable or disable your video.

You can also do some cool stuff, like setting a virtual background by clicking on the small arrow here and then clicking “Choose a virtual background.”

Virtual backgrounds is a good privacy measure if you don’t want to share a video of your room with your class. To be frank with you, I use it because my room is very untidy at times, and I don’t want anyone to see that.

There are also these video filters that you can use. I love these sunglasses. Please don’t wear them when teaching. They may look cool if you are with your friends, but not in front of the students.

Additional security checks while in the class meeting

zoom security settings while in the meeting

Zoom’s Defence Systems

#3 – Next, we have the security controls. These are important.

You can click the security button and lock the meeting once you think it will be too late for other students to join the class.

So if the class was scheduled for 9.00 AM, I would lock the meeting at 9:10 AM. That means if a student is more than 10 minutes late, they cannot join the class.

Better be punctual next time, you lazy bum! I am very particular about punctuality, but again, it depends on you.

You can leave the room open or unlocked for the entire meet if you want.

And I prefer keeping the Share Screen, Rename Themselves and Unmute Themselves “unchecked”.Me

This way, students cannot share their screens without permission, rename themselves to some fantasy names, and they cannot unmute themselves when I don’t want them to talk.

I can tick the Share Screen just before I want one of my students to share the screen for presentation.

#4 – Then we have the participants button, which shows the list of participants.

Since we have the waiting room enabled, this is where you will go first to scan through the list and kick out anyone who is not your student.

Click the admit all button to allow the bunch of students into your virtual classroom.

You can also mute and unmute participants as per need.

Want to remove a misbehaving student? Simply right-click and “Remove.” More straightforward than what it is in real life.

Click on the participant’s button to toggle the visibility.

One more thing about the participant’s button.

A few minutes ago, we discussed how students could raise hands if they want to ask a question.

If a student raises their hands virtually by clicking the raised hand button in their Zoom app, you will get a notification on your screen like this.

“Shahid raised hand.”

If the participant list is open on the right side. Like this, you will see a blue hand next to the name of the participant.

You can then unmute that student, listen to their question, and later click on the lower hand button.

#5 – Then you have the chat button to either chat or even share files like PowerPoint presentations or Word documents with either individual students or the entire group.

Just select the appropriate option in the “To” field.

You can click on this chat button again to toggle the visibility.

Now, pay attention! Attention, because this is very important.

How to share the screen in Zoom meetings?

#6 – The Share Screen” option.

So if you want to share a presentation with a class or maybe explain something on a whiteboard, use the Share Screen button.

Once you click on the Share Screen button, you will get this Share Screen window.

The first option you see here is a whiteboard.

Let me show you the whiteboard.

Whiteboard function in zoom

Whiteboard with colorful hearts

Click whiteboard and click share.

Once the whiteboard opens, you will get an annotations panel on the top with multiple tools.
You can type text, draw a diagram, add a stamp, highlight stuff, delete stuff, undo, redo, and even add another page to the whiteboard.

You can then “Save” the whiteboard if you want to share your artwork with your class for later reference or as a note.

Click “Save”> “Show in the folder” and send that file via email

Zoom chat, or you can even upload it to your google classroom.

If you accidentally close the annotations panel, you can get it back by moving the mouse cursor to the top of the screen and clicking the annotate button,

Click X to close a whiteboard once you’re done.

Now let’s look at how to share a PowerPoint presentation with the class.

Opened the presentation first, then click the share screen button.

You will see the programs open on your computer.

Select the PowerPoint presentation you want to share in the Zoom meeting and click share.

Hit F5 to run the presentation on the full screen.

Now, if you want to draw or highlight something on a slide within your presentation, move your mouse cursor to the top and click annotate.

Now you can draw things and explain the important stuff.

Note that whatever you draw or annotate or highlight using this annotation tool on your PowerPoint presentation, it does not get saved into your actual or original PowerPoint presentation, which is running.

It just draws or highlights or annotates on the screen. And it will save it as a picture and not another PowerPoint presentation.

So don’t worry if this is going to spoil your PowerPoint presentation. It would not.

Also, make sure you click the mouse button before you move on to the next slide.

If you want to clear all the annotations, click “Clear” and “Clear All Drawings.”

If you want to share another presentation, go to the top and click “New Share.”

Once you are done sharing, click “Stop Share.”

If you all want me to make a dedicated tutorial about on-screen sharing options within Zoom, let me know in the comments below.

Recording options when the class is online on Zoom

#7 – Next, we have the Record option, which, as discussed earlier, it’s up to you and up to your school administration.

Or also, it depends on your local laws whether you want to record the meeting or not.

Then we have the breakout rooms, this topic will require a video of its own, so I will cover it in another video. Zoom also has these “Reactions” button, which you can use to appreciate, motivate, or encourage your students when they are talking.

The “original sound” option in Zoom

#8 – Before I jump to the End button, I will explain this Turn on the original sound” button.

By default, Zoom Cloud Meetings does some background noise suppression and echo reduction to reduce fan noise or blower noise or any other consistent noise and even reduce the echo to some extent.

Sometimes these audio enhancements, as I would call them, can be a bit aggressive and can lower the audio quality instead of enhancing it.

When troubleshooting mic issues or any audio issues, try using original audio, and see if your class can hear you better.

Next, if you notice, when I move away from the Zoom window, the main Zoom window disappears. And I get the small pop up on my screen,
I can simply click this “Exit minimized screen” button to make the Zoom window appear full screen.

OK, so once the class is done,

Ending the online class meeting

#9 – Click the “End” button and then click End meeting for all” to end the class meeting.

If you just click the end meeting button, your students might still be there in a meeting, and God knows what they would do. So it’s better to click on End meeting for all button before you leave the meeting.

A recording window will pop up if you had chosen to record the meeting.

Finally, the Zoom Cloud Meeting folder is located at: 

C:\Users\your profile name\Documents\Zoom

The above folder will open automatically, and it will show you the recording. You can then upload this recording to YouTube or maybe share it with your school administration or just replayed it in the next class.

OK, so that was about, um, the Zoom meetings.

What have we learned so far about using Zoom Cloud Meetings for teaching online?

We covered how to sign up, the limitations of free account and paid account, and how to get an education account.

Plus, we also went through all the settings, mostly security settings, that I would want you to actually set up to avoid zoombombings.

Finally, we did some testing of the microphone and the webcam before we actually started the meeting.

Once we started the meeting, I showed you all the controls that you can use within the session.

And of course, we also learned about how to schedule a meeting.

How to reduce loud background noises while taking an online class(especially for teachers with toddlers)

Yeah, we are almost done; just one more thing I need to share, and that is the bonus that I promised you at the start of the meeting.

I mean, the start of this tutorial, which will help you to reduce abrupt noises in the background.

The Zoom noise reduction feature does a pretty decent job reducing consistent noises like an air conditioner, a blower, or fan.

But this app that I’m going to share right now really helps you in reducing abrupt noises, which just come up all of a sudden, like kids shouting in the background or a dish falling on the floor and making that loud bang.

So, yeah, let’s move on to that bonus section now.

It’s pretty apparent that you would like to take Zoom meetings from a quiet location with no background noises.
But sometimes it becomes challenging to find a silent spot in your house, maybe due to kids playing, ongoing repair work, or sometimes
due to a family get-together.

This specific bonus will help you host a Zoom meeting during those noisy days.

What you need to do is download Krisp from Krisp.ai (click to open) then click get Krisp for free.

You’ll get two options, click the “Download App” because that works best for the Zoom desktop app.

Run through the setup process, and the Krisp app will come up on your taskbar over here.

Sign in. You can either sign up for a free account with your school email address or your personal email address.

You can also sign up with your Google account.

The benefit of signing up with the school email address is that you can fill up a small form to get unlimited minutes of noise-free background for free for six months. With a personal account, you get 120 minutes of free noise cancellation every month, which I guess should be OK for those moments when you have no choice but to take a class in a noisy environment.

So once you sign up, check your email for a six-digit verification code. Enter the verification code on the signup page.

It will take you to the Krisp account, then click start setup. Click on Zoom on the Choose Your App screen. It will show you how to set up Zoom for Krisp.

Hit Next and then finish.

Open the Zoom app. Click on the “Profile” button and go to “Settings.” Then “Audio.” And then, “Microphone.” Select “Krisp microphone.” Uncheck “Automatically adjust volume” and set Suppress background noise to low.

Now, you may have this question as to why not merely use Zoom’s noise reduction feature and why Krisp?

As I said before, Zoom does a pretty decent job at reducing persistent noises, but not abrupt noises.

Krisp uses Artificial Intelligence to reduce these intermittent noises and does a tremendous job at it.

The best part is the noise reduction happens on your computer, so nothing is transmitted over the Internet. It is fast and secure.

Krisp works fine with zoom

Remove the noises, not noisy family

OK, once you are done with Zoom settings, go to your taskbar and click on Krisp. Make sure “Remove noise” is enabled.

Another thing, make sure that you sign up with your school, email first, and then fill out this form to get six months of unlimited service for free.

The 100 Requests

I hope you now know How to use Zoom Cloud Meetings for teaching online?

If you have any questions related to Zoom, do ask in the comments section below.

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Further Reading!
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