A technological revolution has changed our daily lives in every way. From the way that we communicate and connect to the use of online teaching for education being digitally savvy is filled with benefits and powerful tools.

This boom reached unprecedented levels in 2021 software for teaching online classes like Zoom was downloaded more times than TikTok, YouTube and Instagram. In 2020, Zoom was the most downloaded app ahead of TikTok, Disney+, YouTube, and even Instagram.

Do you know how to work Zoom, if not, are you ready to learn?

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How Much Does It Cost to Teach Online with Zoom?   

First developed in 2011, Zoom came into its own in 2020 with teachers, students and businesses who needed to learn, teach or host and attend meetings online.

Like most software for teaching online classes, it can be used on Mac, Windows, Android or Linux. During the Covid-19 pandemic, it did not take long for it to become more popular than Skype. This goes to show that learning how to work Zoom is not difficult.

How much does Zoom cost?
There's a free version of Zoom but there are also solutions for everyone from individuals to massive companies. (Source: MagicDesk)

The app, which is extensively used for teaching online, is not difficult to figure out, but still includes a few things to learn. Note that there is a free version and a paid-for one that includes more features.

The free version will allow you to set up unlimited meetings, however, the number of participants is limited and so is the duration of meetings which are only 40 minutes.

If you find that these limitations are restricting your online teaching needs, you could opt for Zoom Professional which costs around R225 per month depending on the exchange rate. This will allow you to host a meeting for up to 100 participants, have a 30-hour limit and will include a Cloud recording.

The business version of Zoom, which can include up to 300 participants, might be useful if your online teaching groups are very big.

So while there are a few products available when it comes to software for teaching online classes, Zoom certainly has the most options.

If you don’t regularly teach online, you probably don’t need to pay for Zoom. However, if your groups are large, or if you spend most of your time teaching online then you should not only find out how to work Zoom but invest in one of the paid options that offer more features.

Find out about the the cost of Zoom. 

Teach Online with These Zoom Features

While audio and video are the main features, as a software for teaching online classes, a Zoom subscription will also provide access to:

  • Screen sharing
  • Digital whiteboards
  • Session recording
  • Virtual backgrounds
  • Transcribing of classes
What can Zoom do?
As long as you have a decent internet connection, you can use Zoom anywhere. (Source: sasint)

When you teach online, transcriptions can be really useful for both student and tutor as this allows revision of the topic.

To consistently improve the structure and content of your lessons, find out how to work Zoom, but most particularly, its transcribing feature.

For the student, it is also useful for going over parts they are not sure about.

How to Use Zoom for Online Tutorials 

Download the Zoom app to your PC or use the App Store or Google Play to download it to your smartphone.

Can you teach online tutorials with Zoom?
You can teach online tutorials over Zoom quite easily. (Source: LUM3N)

Once downloaded, create a Zoom account. At this point, you can decide whether you need a free or premium version.

Next, start a meeting.  To do this, simply click “New Meeting” and then use the settings to schedule a meeting for a time that suits you. Then, copy the link to share with invitees to your meeting.

It is also helpful to set up a password for meeting participants. If you’re a tutor, for instance, you would be the host and your participants will need to ask you for it.

There are also a few useful shortcuts for Zoom tutorials.

  • Alt+M (or Cmd+M using a Mac): this will mute or unmute participants.  s
  • Alt+V: Turns the video on and off.
  • Alt+S: Starts or stops screen sharing.
  • Alt+R: Starts or stops local recording.
  • Alt+F: Sets the full-screen mode to on or off.
  • Alt+Q: Ends the meeting.
  • Alt+L: Swaps between portrait and landscape.
  • Alt+Shift+T: Takes a screenshot.

You can use two screens or windows for your online tutorials which are convenient for splitting the call by having one window for participants and another for an interactive whiteboard.

For teaching group classes, it is considered good practice for participants to mute the mic if they are not talking. This does wonders for avoiding unwanted background noise!

Another way to add to the professionalism of online tutoring is to use Zoom’s virtual background to hide what is going on behind you. Instead, opt for a scenic landscape or styled décor!

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The Benefits of Teaching Using Zoom

Before you incorporate Zoom as an online teaching tool, it’s a good idea to weigh up the pros and cons of its uses.

What are the advantages of Zoom?
Zoom tends to run more quickly and effectively than Skype. (Source: kaboompics)

There are loads of benefits to using Zoom for teaching online. First, it is a simple app that is easy to use and quick to connect. Unlike Skype, Zoom is both quick and effective. Once downloaded, all that is needed is to follow the link and you’re done. Another major bonus is that the app will allow you to connect with multiple participants at the same time.

Another advantageous feature is the Zoom calendar that allows you to organise your lessons ahead of time.

Also, once you have started a session, you have the option of sharing your screen, using the interactive whiteboard and recording the session to go back over it later.

As you can tell, Zoom is a brilliant tool to professionalise and organise your online teaching.

Of course, there’s always a downside to everything, even Zoom.

First and foremost, online tutorials will never replace the efficacy of in-person teaching. In an online session, lessons are less engaging because the student has the option of turning their camera off and is generally not required to even be seen.

There are also a few minor security concerns. For instance, people can join a meeting without an invitation. To reduce this risk, simply enforce password-protected meetings.

Not least of all, there is also the cost to consider especially when not all features are included in the free version. If you are a full-time tutor or teaching online regularly, you may want to factor the premium subscription into your budget.

To make sure that you choose the right subscription, double-check the functionality of the version that you are interested in. Also, there is nothing to stop you from starting with a free account and upgrading once you are ready.

If you are considering learning with a private tutor you could use Superprof which has thousands of experienced and qualified tutors who are able to teach on a variety of subjects, all over South Africa, but in other parts of the world too.

There are three main options when it comes to private tutorials: in-person, in a group or online. Each style comes with its own pros and cons; it is up to you which type of tutoring will work best for you.

In-person tuition is obviously the most expensive option because lessons are tailored to the unique needs of the student. Also, in many cases, the tutor will travel to the home of the student so that students can learn at a time and place that suits them.

As mentioned, online tutorials have saved the day for many tutors and students since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. These are generally more affordable because the tutor doesn’t need to travel. Online lessons can be just as effective as face-to-face lessons depending on the tutor.

If you are on a budget, group tutorials are a good option and thanks to software for teaching online classes (like Zoom) it is possible to take these online too!

Remember that choosing a tutor who is recommended or endorsed by any organisation is important and can save you a lot of time and disappointment down the line. Of course, you could find a tutor via a random internet search, but if you go to Superprof you will have tutors for each subject located on one platform. More importantly, the credentials of each one have been verified for your peace of mind.

Finally, most of the tutors on Superprof offer their introductory lesson for free. This is a great opportunity to get to know about their teaching style, background and experience. Remember that the success of private tuition is dependent on a good personality fit between teacher and student so choose wisely.

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