This article will guide breakout speakers and presenters through the most used settings and features in Zoom breakouts.
- Claim Host
- Security Settings
- Chat Settings
- Manage Participants
- Audience View & Raise Hand
- Leaving Meeting & Assign a New Host
- Sharing Videos
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- Open Participants Window
- Claim Host button is in the lower right of that window
- Click the button – enter the Host Key from the shared spreadsheet in the pop-up window
- Voila – you are the host
- There is no limit to the number of co-hosts
- There can only be one host – do not re-assign host controls unless you are leaving the room.
- Lock Meeting: prevents people from joining meeting – recommended OFF
- Enable Waiting Room: people joining the meeting are put in a waiting room and can be admitted individually or all at once. The host can also put people in the waiting room. If used, keep an eye on the waiting room after the meeting starts to let in late arrivals.
- Hide Profile Picture – self-explanatory – no recommendation either way
- Allow Participants to:
- Share Screen – recommend OFF
- Chat – recommend ON
- Rename Themselves – recommend ON
- Unmute Themselves – Groups of 12 or under, recommend ON / Larger groups of 13+ recommend OFF
- Start Video – Groups of 12 or under, recommend ON / Larger groups of 13+ recommend OFF
- Remove Participant – pops up a remove participant window and lets you select people to boot from the meeting. Seldom used.
- Suspend Participant Activities – this is a nuclear option - Turn off all participant's video, audio, and the ability to share their screen. Also, lock the meeting to prevent participants from joining. Kind of like a panic button. Seldom used.
- Click the More button in the Chat window. Participants can chat with:
- No One – disables chat option
- Host Only – chat messages are seen by ONLY the host. (Co-hosts will not see chats)
- Everyone Publicly – everyone can chat, and all chats are seen by everyone
- Everyone Publicly and Directly – everyone can chat in the public forum or send private messages directly to other participants.
- Click Participants button on the Tool bar to open the participant Window
- Ask to Unmute – if the participant is muted, sends them a request to unmute their mic
- Mute – if the participant is unmuted, mute their mic
- More – Click for several More options
- Chat – open a direct message chat with the person
- Stop Video / Ask to Start Video – stops the video of the person whose camera is on, asks a person to turn on their camera if it is off
- Make Host – There can only be one host. Only the Host sees this option
- Make Co-Host – An unlimited number of co-hosts. Only the Host sees this option.
- Rename – change the display name of the person for this meeting only
- Put in Waiting Room – only there if the waiting room is enabled
- Put On Hold – only there if the waiting room is off. A person on hold does not hear or see anyone else in the meeting until they are taken off hold.
- Remove – Kicks person out of the meeting. They won't be able to rejoin.
- Report – reports the person to Zoom for inappropriate behavior.
Audience View & Raise Hand
- The audience will always see the SPEAKER view of Zoom. This shows the current speaker as determined by the Zoom software. The GALLERY view is not available to the audience.
- If participants are not allowed to unmute their own mic – instruct them to use the Raise Hand button in the lower right corner of their Participants window.
- If a person raises their hand, their name goes to the top of the list in the Participant Window where a Host or Co-Host can ask them to unmute their microphone to ask a question.
- Some users may see their Raise Hand button in the Reactions tool.
Leaving Meeting & Assign a New Host
- If a Host clicks the End button, there are two options
- End Meeting for All – DO NOT USE unless the meeting is completely over and the room will not be used again.
- Leave Meeting – Use this option. You will be asked to assign the Host role to one of the other participants. Click the desired host, then click Assign & Leave
- Click the Share Screen button on the toolbar.
- Before selecting which screen to share there are two options you should enable:
- Share Sound – this shares the audio produced by your computer, so it allows the audience to hear the video being shared.
- Optimize for video clip – this changes the settings on how the image from your computer is shared to allow for smoother viewing of the video. Zoom recommends having at least 1.5Mbps upload and download speed to use this feature.
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