ZOOM CHINESE CLASSES
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool that allows users to meet online, with or without video.
Zoom is an app that can be downloaded on either PC, Mac, Android or iOS.
Once you've downloaded the app, an account will need to be created and you can make one using an already existing Google or Facebook profile. You can join a Zoom meeting for online classes through the app or by accepting an e-mail invite.
To join an online class Zoom meeting for those who have downloaded the app, all you need to do is sign into your account and click Join. Once you've selected Join, you will need to enter the unique Meeting ID number and your display name.
For those who don't have the app downloaded, you can join a meeting by way of e-mail invite. Simply click the link provided in the e-mail invitation and you'll be redirected to Zoom and the meeting.
Feedback on our Zoom Classes so far
“A fun class. Jennifer was very good with the new technology. She was able to make us all feel included. Well done.”
“A short note to say thanks for organizing the online classes. Rainie was amazing! I really enjoyed the class and the tools were perfect. I hadn’t used Zoom in this way before and it was really interesting and easy to use.”
Major Benefit of our Zoom Classes!
Even though our timetable shows classes classified under Australian capital cities, you are most welcome to attend these Zoom classes anytime and from anywhere. So, for example, even though you are enrolled in a Brisbane class, you can attend a Sydney class instead. You are even welcome to repeat a class within that particular Level classes you are enrolled for.
Some Detailed Feedback on our Zoom Classes
Feedback from a student:
I saw your Facebook post seeking feedback on the Zoom classes for ACCS. I love them and actually prefer them over in person classes. The reasons for this are:
I find it easier to concentrate as the class is muted during activities and I only hear the teacher.
I find it easier to save notes from the class (through a screenshot) meaning I can focus on the lesson rather than taking notes.
I also love not having to drive to the classes! So I get more time back in my day.
Feedback from another student:
Zoom classes are working much better than I expected. Large part of this is probably due to our great teacher. She also saves whatever she writes during the class, so it takes the pressure off having madly to copy everything that (used to be) on the white board.
Okay, what else:
Audio quality is good.
Splitting into groups seems to work well.
Class discussion is limited, fewer interruptions, good student-to-teacher interaction.
I can mute myself and pronounce vocabulary without disrupting the class.
No travel time.
Cheaper, don't need to buy dinner in the city, pay for public transport.
The Bad (Less Good):
Class discussion is limited, less student-to-student interaction. Though this interaction was often not related to the class.
Less social. No before class, class break, or after class chatter.
Zoom doesn't handle multiple people talking at the same time. So repeating vocabulary as a class sounds a bit odd. But I think its still very worthwhile practice.
After splitting into groups, there is not much interaction between the groups. No copying answers or helping each other. ;-)
Hope this is helpful. I'm so glad you've kept these classes running.