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Help your students learn the Zoom interface (template)

Students who are attending your synchronous lectures and are new to Zoom may find it difficult to get their heads around the Zoom interface and know where to click for certain actions, e.g. enable/mute their microphone, use the chat, raise their hand etc.

We have prepared a template which you can download and add to your PowerPoint slides or duplicate and add it to your Google slides. The template contains one slide with the Zoom interface on the desktop and one slide with the interface on mobile.

What does the template look like?

Here’s a preview of both slides, one with student view of Zoom on a desktop and one on mobile (click on the images to enlarge).

Figure 1. Slide template with the student view on a desktop (click to enlarge).
Figure 2. Slide template with the student view on mobile (click to enlarge).

You can add them both to your lecture slides, if you are not sure what device your students will be using to join the meeting or choose one of the two if you know that the majority of your students are using a particular type of device.

The template is fully editable, so you can change the text as necessary before adding it to your lecture slides.

How do I add the template to my slides?

We have prepared a quick video with step-by-step instructions:

Figure 3. Adding the template to your lecture slides. Click the arrow at the bottom of the video to access the video’s table of contents.

Transcript

Students who are attending your lectures and are new to Zoom may find it difficult to navigate the Zoom interface and know where to click for certain actions, e.g. enabling or muting their microphone, using the chat, raising their hand etc.

We have prepared a template which you can download and add to your PowerPoint slides or duplicate and add to your Google slides. The template contains one slide with the Zoom interface on the desktop and one slide with the interface on mobile.

To begin, go to telsupport.brookes.ac.uk and search for ‘Zoom template’.

Click the first article in the results, as shown.

You can read the article and preview the template, before you decide to add it to your lecture slides.

When you are ready, click either Download for PowerPoint or Duplicate for Google Slides, depending on what software you use for your lectures.

Let’s look at both options.

First, let’s look at adding the template to our PowerPoint slides.

Click Download for PowerPoint to save the template locally on your computer.

Open both the template and your lecture slides and put the windows side by side, so that the thumbnails of both windows are visible.

Now, select the slides from the template window.

You can select them both and add them to your lecture slides, if you are not sure what device your students will be using to join the meeting or choose one of the two if you know that the majority of your students are using a particular type of device.

If you choose to use both slides, right click on the thumbnails and choose ‘Select all’.

Now, click on one of them and drag them onto the window with your lecture slides. Once you see a red horizontal line between the thumbnails, drop the template slides by releasing the mouse click.

Don’t worry if you drop them in the wrong place. You can always re-order them.

The template is fully editable, so you can change the text as necessary.

Secondly, let’s look at adding the template to our Google Slides.

Click Duplicate in Google Slides to make a copy of the template in your Google Drive.

Now, select the slides from the template window. You can select them both and add them to your lecture slides, if you are not sure what device your students will be using to join the meeting or choose one of the two if you know that the majority of your students are using a particular type of device.

If you choose to use both slides, click just below the second slide to make an orange line appear.

Click Ctrl+A on Windows or Cmd+A on Mac to select both slides.

Then click Ctrl+C on Windows or Cmd+C on Mac to copy both slides.

Now from your Google Drive open your lecture slides in a new browser tab.

Once your slides load, click Ctrl+V on Windows or Cmd+V on Mac to paste the template slides.

Don’t worry if you pasted the template in the wrong place. You can always re-order them.

The template is fully editable, so you can change the text as necessary.

How will my students see the Zoom slides?

Since you are adding the Zoom slide to your actual lecture slides, students will see it while you are sharing your screen.

Updated on January 1, 2021

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