This is HUGE! HUGE!!! Zoom just gave schools a way to host regular class meetings from home.
Do you understand what Zoom is? It is like Facetime or Skype, but it is for multiple people at a time. So, like, an entire class could attend a Zoom class lead by the teacher.
Since just about every school district in the nation has closed their doors for a couple weeks, to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, everyone has been wondering how students are going to keep up with their studies.
The announcement from Eric Yuan, Zoom CEO, comes at the PERFECT time for students and teachers EVERYWHERE!
On Wednesday, the most recent day for which data is available, 343,000 people globally downloaded the Zoom app, 60,000 in the U.S. alone, according to mobile intelligence firm Apptopia — compared to 90,000 people worldwide and 27,000 in the U.S. just two months ago.Forbes
Zoom has temporarily removed the time limits from video chats for K-12 schools in Japan, Italy, and the U.S.
“Given that many K-12 schools are starting closing, we decided to offer Zoom access to all K-12 schools in the country starting tomorrow,” Yuan said in an email.
Students or teachers who fill out an online form using their school email addresses and are then verified by Zoom will have any accounts associated with that school’s domain also gain unlimited temporary meeting minutes, according to a site set up for the process overnight.Forbes
So, basically if you are a teacher, student, parent, administrator, or other school personnel, you might want to bring this up to your district, like NOW!
This gives teachers a way to continue teaching their kids during this time of uncertainty and quarantine.
This is the PERFECT solution for so many classes.