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Zoom Training Recommendations

It's the nature of world that we're going to be doing a fair amount of remote work. Fortunately, learning about computer activities is one of the topics best suited to training on a computer. If you haven't done a lot of this before, here are some recommendations:

  • It helps the instructor if the students have web cams. Being able to tell if everyone is following along is important, and the old school "raise a hand/finger if you have a question" still works very well. You're not filming a movie, so a budget web cam is fine, we recommend the Logitech C270
  • A headset is highly recommended. If there are two or more students in the same room for training, then you'll have to have them. The echo from multiple computers will cause audio feedback. For a simple headset, we recommend the Logitech H340. We prefer USB headsets over 1/8" plugs because they can't go in the wrong port, and we prefer corded headsets over wireless/Bluetooth because they can't run out of charge in the middle of the session.
  • Mute yourself once the session gets started. Especially if you don't have a headset. Maybe your kids are in the other room, or there's a barking dog, or it's snack time and you need to dig into that bag of Fritos. All of these are fine, we're adults and we can multi-task. It's just that the rest of us don't need to follow along with "Darn it Spot, that's just the mailman, same as every day, stop barking, I'm in class!" 😉