Zoom rolls out new features for teachers and students

Monday, 11 April 2022 (1 month ago) 19 views
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Zoom Video Communication New features for education announced.These functions span soaringThe company’s chat and conferencing products are designed to support teachers who need to participate and manage students in remote classes or submitting homework, the company said.

Starting with new features, virtual backgrounds and blurs are now available for the Zoom for Chrome Progressive Web App (PWA) user. Breakout room functionality has also been enhanced in this latest release. Program Audio allows meeting hosts to share content and audio into breakout rooms, adds the ability to share video with audio, and with LTI Pro integration enhancements, educators can populate breakout rooms from course rosters. This can be used to assign breakout rooms in advance and then automatically sort students into breakout rooms.


Anywhere Polls, extras for chat and waiting rooms

According to Zoom, Anywhere Polls will allow polling content to exist in a central repository that can be accessed from any meeting on the account, rather than being associated with a specific meeting. The company claims this will make it easier for teachers to reuse polls and will also benefit grading. The feature will roll out this year.

Other new features include sending audio and video information to Zoom chatand the ability to rename participants in the waiting room.

Asynchronous video gives users time to consider their responses and then record them as needed to provide a well-crafted response. Users can click “Video” at the bottom of the chat client and record a video message of up to 3 minutes that goes directly to the out-of-meeting chat channel.

Zoom says renaming participants before joining a meeting can be useful for attendance by students who may be using shared devices, creating anonymous student groups, or confirming gender identity.

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