COVID-19 has brought sudden changes to our lives. For the past months, we have been living the world inside our houses — keeping ourselves away from the pandemic, and making the most out of our quarantine days in our ways.
To ensure safety, some companies had to employ the work-from-home method and students had to embrace the digital way of education. Technology has become more significant since the global disease outbreak started. One of the modern advancements that has become extremely popular now is the Zoom application. This tool is available for desktop and mobile users and is utilized for video conferences, meetings, and people catching up online.
The said medium can also be a good device for sending school instructions to students through video calls or chat especially in these times. To use the new platform, users need to create a Zoom account to enter the tool, but it can also be through linking an email address, Google, or Facebook account.
Forming, joining, or scheduling a meeting are things that you will see once you enter the app. Around the website, you will notice various options such as your profile where you can provide your personal information. Along with it, other buttons are also visible like Meetings, Webinars, Recordings, and Settings. As for the mobile application, Meetings, Contacts, Meet & Chat, and Settings are the visible ones.
To form a meeting using the web, you just need to move your cursor to the “Host a Meeting” tab, and “New Meeting”. For applications, that can be done in the “Meet and Chat” option. Once you click the button, you can now invite participants using emails, providing the Meeting ID and password, or copying the meeting link and sending it through chat. Participants are not required to create an account; they just need to click the link or enter the Meeting ID and password given by the group host to be able to join the meeting. For students, it is up to the school if they need to provide a Zoom account or not.
Meanwhile, in planning a meeting for web users, first, go to your profile which can be seen after logging in, then click “Schedule a Meeting”. On the other hand, mobile and app users need to tap the “Schedule” button. Afterwards, fill in the needed information such as the time, duration, topic, date, and questions that are related to the meeting that you want to create. Once the meeting has been saved, invitations for the participants of the session will take place.
During the meeting, features such as muting the mic, turning off the video, sharing the screen, and chatting are also available for users. Moreover, application and smartphone users can also access the “Contacts” option where you can keep the connection among your colleagues and classmates you added to the tool.
Maximizing Zoom can offer convenience in the process of delivering learning among households. It is proving to be helpful and beneficial among students.
Meanwhile, another medium that can be used for the new learning system is Canvas. This application can be installed through mobile phones and can be accessed on the web. It supports the virtual way of learning and teaching digitally.
To use Canvas, students must log into their account which will be provided by the school. Having entered the app, students can access their modules, documents, assignments, and announcements given by the university.
Canvas also gives you more features and options that make online learning more flexible. To know more about Canvas, watch the short video tutorial produced by Holy Angel University in the given the link below.
Amidst the pandemic, life becomes more challenging — especially to students in terms of learning. There may be a lot of hindrances, but with the current technology, it gives us the option to gain knowledge despite the outbreak. Zoom and Canvas are only some of the examples of how the modern world is coping up with the existing crisis.
HAU’s Canvas Short Video Tutorial:
LAYOUT BY: Cristine Joie Q. Bacud, Chester P. Cortez, and Laiza Simoune B. Sanchez
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