Dear <<First Name>>,
The Texas Retired Teachers Association recently held a series of "local unit town hall" meetings via the Zoom platform. Many local and district presidents expressed their surprise for the ease of use that they found from Zoom. However, there was also a common sentiment that local members wouldn't have the resources or technical knowledge to participate in Zoom meetings.
Below, you'll find a variety of support resources that I've collected that should address these concerns.
1) Joining a Zoom meeting for the first time. This video explains how to join a Zoom meeting at a very basic level. This is a great video to share with local members who feel unsure if they have the ability to join a meeting.
2) Hosting a Zoom meeting for the first time. Similarly, this video will show you how to set up and host a Zoom meeting.
3) Joining a Zoom meeting via telephone. Many local presidents mentioned that their members may not have Internet connections or computers sufficient to run Zoom. However, Zoom also offers a teleconferencing option that members can utilize. This even includes calling into a meeting via a landline. The caller won't be able to see the other people on the call, but they will be able to speak and listen.
4) Setting a co-host. A co-host is a great way to have multiple people in charge of handling a Zoom call.
5) Testing your camera and microphone. This article explains how you can test your set up before your meeting.
6) Muting participants. This article explains how to mute participants to limit background noise.
Additionally, District 4's Mary Widmier has compiled four documents explaining the ins and outs of Zoom. Thank you, Mary, for providing this very useful information!
Please let me know if you have any further questions inquiries on using Zoom.
Texas Retired Teachers Association