Since we’ve been working from home as a result of the current situation with Covid-19, staff at Hackney CVS have embraced using video conferencing to hold meetings and events.
We have mostly been using Zoom for video conference meetings, but you might have used other platforms, and our members report using online conferencing including:
Each of these platforms will have their advantages and disadvantages, and if you’ve not used Zoom but have access to Microsoft’s Office 365 you might want to read Superhighways’ information on using Microsoft Teams.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is perhaps the most talked-about video communications tool. We’ve found it to be a relatively easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, and has been great for team and partnership meetings. It’s versatile and staff have used it on mobile devices, smartphones and desktop computers.
Ensuring your Zoom meetings are safe and secure
One local charity found that they had unwanted guests on a Zoom event they had advertised publicly, and others have discovered unwanted individuals ‘Zoombombing’ open video conference meetings. So it’s worth taking precautions to ensure that your sessions go according to plan.
Steps you should consider taking are:
It is also worth vetting registrants of your Zoom sessions. For example, ensuring that only individuals using an email address that’s the same as the one stored on your central database.
Having said all of this, we’ve enjoyed using Zoom for video conferencing and staying in touch. Below are some notes and links to help you get started on Zoom.
Signing in to Zoom
If you do not have a current account, please click on Sign Up Free to create a new account.
Joining a Meeting
Each meeting has a unique number called a meeting ID that will be required to join a Zoom meeting. To join a meeting:
Thinking of hosting a Zoom video meeting?
If you do not have the Zoom app installed, go to https://zoom.us and select “Host a Meeting” to start the installation. If you do have the App installed: