Zoom is a very, popular system for video chats with groups, and it is supported on Mac, Windows, iPhone/iPad, and Android devices.
Once you’ve got the app installed, click on the above link at the scheduled time and you should launch into the conference.
For about an hour, we’ll give some basic lessons and give a chance for those that aren’t familiar with video conferencing to learn, explore, and fiddle with the settings and features in a low-stakes environment.
If you need help even getting the app set up, please email me directly and I will do my best. If you are on a Mac, this video guide might help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM5EgEIoQQQ
I started these for my town (Lincoln, MA), but all are welcome, even if you just want to lurk in the background and listen.
You have to download and install an app to participate, but the service is free (for attendees). Choose your device:
Windows PC: https://zoom.us/download
Android Tablet/Phone: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=us.zoom.videomeetings&hl=en_US
Kindle Fire: https://www.amazon.com/Zoom-Video-Communications-Inc-Meetings/dp/B00B5L5JRM
Try a Zoom test meeting: https://zoom.us/test
No, Zoom is entirely free for attendees.
It’s also free to host short meetings (40 minutes). If you want to host longer meetings and get more features, a “Pro” license costs about $15/month.
No. With dozens of attendees, recording would require permission from everyone present.
First, make sure you are not muted. The mute button is in the lower left of the zoom screen.
Zoom has a lot of information online: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697
You can also try emailing me: firstname.lastname@example.org I can’t guarantee that I will be able to reply, but I’ll do my best!