Zoom is a cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems. It is an ideal means of meeting with a large group of people at one time, such as hosting a virtual classroom when some or all of your students cannot be present in person. Zoom has a browser based interface that allows you to initiate a zoom call from nearly any device with access to the web.
You can initiate a zoom meeting from the classroom by visiting cofc.zoom.us and clicking on the Host button.
You may be prompted to sign in. Your username will be your full school email address (email@example.com), and the password will be the same password you use to sign in to MyCharleston. If you have set up two factor authentication, you will also be prompted to provide that info.
Once the meeting is begun, you can click on the Manage Participants button. From there, you should see an option to invite.
This will pop up a box that includes the meeting ID as well as the meeting password. You can choose Copy URL to copy a one-click to join link to your clipboard, or a longer Copy Invitation that includes expanded details for joining. Either of these can then be pasted into an invitation email to your participants.
When posting the invitation, please be advised that the password to join the meeting is embedded in the link. This means anyone with the link can join. To reduce the chances of zoombombing or unwanted guests, please do not share the link in a public forum (such as an open twitter post or public facebook page).