Zoom is great for mentoring students
March 19, 2020

Zoom is great for mentoring students

Kelley Paystrup | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Business

Modules Used

  • Zoom Meetings & Chat

Overall Satisfaction with Zoom

We tried several platforms for having class discussions online with the COVID-19 issue. Zoom was the one that was the most user friendly and worked the best for teaching. None of the others were nearly as well designed. Add to that their opening up services for schools in need of moving online no charge, and it was the obvious choice. It has worked very well.

Pros

  • Lets me see everyone in the group while we chat.
  • Lets me mute people in the group as needed, but they don't have power to mute the moderator.
  • Has the hand raising function which helps very well with discussing.

Cons

  • I wish I could shut down silly comments in the chatbox.
  • It would be nice to add a whiteboard.
  • It has allowed me to teach from home during a crisis. We tried other platforms and this was by far the best.
This is perfect for teaching my high schoolers online. It also works well for faculty meetings. I'm quite pleased with it. I wish there was a way of taking roll that would show me when someone leaves the group.

Zoom Workplace Feature Ratings

Not Rated
High quality audio
8
High quality video
8
Calendar integration
9
Meeting initiation
9
Record meetings / events
10
Desktop sharing
8
Live chat
10
User authentication
7
Participant roles & permissions
8

Evaluating Zoom and Competitors

Yes - We tried both Google Meet and Google Hangouts. Both allowed too much freedom to the audience and a sense of motion sickness as the camera changed from speakers. It also had too much potential to be hijacked by the audience.
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
It gives me more opportunities for classroom management than the other online meeting platforms. I greatly appreciate this. I would make a platform that has even more classroom management options, but this was the best our school could find. We were given a choice of this or the google programs, and we were each allowed to choose our own. Most of us chose Zoom, even though we use Google Classroom along with it.
I doubt I would change it at all. There are paid platforms that are uniquely designed for classes, but this one offered it free, and it was very accessible for us.

Using Zoom

Because I'm old enough that I didn't learn how to use a computer until I was nearly 30, yet I managed to figure out how to use Zoom in a few minutes. If someone like me can figure it out, then most anyone can.
ProsCons
Like to use
Relatively simple
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Well integrated
Consistent
Quick to learn
Convenient
Feel confident using
None
  • Adding people to the room.
  • Setting up a room.
  • Managing the people in the room.

Comments

  • Paul Griffin | TrustRadius Reviewer
    Hi, Kelley! You can absolutely use a whiteboard and restrict the chat function at certain parts of the meeting (Or, remove it for an entire call if you like). Check out support.zoom.us, or DM me to find out how. :) These are features in the paid version, but perhaps not on the free.

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