How To Use Zoom For Online Lessons
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There are many different platforms for teaching English online. When teaching English first became a thing most teachers used Skype, but we’ve come a long way since then. Now Zoom is arguably the most popular platform, but how can you make the most of Zoom for your online English lessons? Here is how to use Zoom for online lessons.
Check your settings
First things first. Make sure your settings are exactly how you want them. It is advisable that you do not allow your students to join the meeting until you arrive. In other words, when they ask to join the meeting, they will be put in a “waiting room” until you let them in. Also, make sure you (the host) are the only person who can share their screen. Even if your students are adults, you don’t want someone to accidentally share something you don’t want to see!
Use break out rooms
Break out rooms are what enable your Zoom lessons to be as similar to your physical classrooms as possible. Usually, EFL lessons would include numerous activities which involve students working together and talking in pairs or groups. This is the basis for our communicative approach to language teaching. Online this can be tricky because everyone can hear what everyone is saying and only one person can speak at a time. With Zoom, you can open break out rooms and assign students to different rooms so that they can speak privately. You are able to join the rooms to monitor their conversations, and students can ask for you to join their room if they are having problems.
Get comfortable screen sharing…
Screen sharing is an absolute godsend when it comes to online learning. Before your lesson open up the websites or documents that you will be needing in your lesson. Make sure you close anything you don’t want your students to see! Then, when you necessary, share you screen. It’s also possible to share a whiteboard so you can write on the whiteboard as you speak, and you can also allow your students to write on it too.
The chat function in Zoom is another useful tool. You can send messages to individual students or to the group. In this way, students can each send you the answers to questions or exercises without everyone needing to shout out in order to get heard. It is also a way for students to ask you questions without having to speak up in class. You can then address the question without singling out the student with the problem.
Save save save!
With Zoom you can save your whiteboard and your chats. This is really useful for you if you are going to be using the same whiteboard for more than one lesson, or if you want to recap the previous lesson. You can also send the whiteboard and the chat to your students via email or have them save them themselves so they can have a record of the lesson and the language and/or resources you shared with them. This means they don’t have to take copious notes during the lesson itself.
As with any platform we can use to teach English online, Zoom has its drawbacks and its advantages. Apart from the obvious technological issues that you may have with any online platform, there are a lot of handy tools Zoom has that can make your online lessons a joy to teach. Take some time to get to know the platform and do some of the tutorials on the Zoom website. Have a Zoom session with a friend or family member where you can try out all the tools before a real lesson.
As some famous person must’ve said, ask not what you can do for Zoom, but what Zoom can do for you!
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- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.
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