Device Requirements for Using Zoom

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teach online coursesAre you scrambling to figure out how to teach online courses so that you can stay connected with your business when you can’t be there in person? We’ve gathered all the resources in one spot to support you in learning to teach online. This is your one-stop shop for tools to teach online, because we know how important it is to keep your audience engaged even when you’re far apart. Read on and contact us with any questions you have about how to teach online:

Device requirements to teach online school

Yes, you need a computer to teach students or lead trainings online. No, it does not need to be “fancy” – it doesn’t even need a webcam, although most computers now include webcams by default. In general, any laptop or desktop computer with an internet connection can access and run free online software that allows you to teach online.

Online Teaching System Device Requirements:

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  • OR any working telephone – cell or landline

Nice-to-Have / Extra Equipment for Video Conferencing:

  • A webcam or HD webcam – built-in or USB plug-in
  • Or, a HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card

Find out more about supported operating systems, tablets, mobile devices, and which browsers are best to use with Zoom in their System Requirements documentation.

Does it matter if I have a Mac or a PC?

No, it does not matter what operating system you’re using when preparing to teach online. Zoom, today’s most popular video conference software, is available for both Macs and PCs. For a full list of system requirements for using Zoom, see this Zoom documentation

Can I use my cell phone to teach online?

Yes, you can use your cell phone to teach online. Most modern smartphones have built-in video camera and audio recording capabilities. Watch this video to learn more about Zoom Mobile.

Quick Tip: Use a tripod or base to keep your cell phone steady while you record. Viewers will not want to watch an online course with a shaky screen!

My video freezes or jumps when I talk - why is that?

If your video is freezing, stalling, or jumping while you’re teaching online using Zoom, it may be due to a slow internet connection.  To use Zoom effectively, the minimum bandwidth is 600kbps (up/down) and recommended is 1.5 Mbps (up/down). Check your Internet bandwidth using Speedtest.

Quick Tip: Use your phone to dial-in to the Zoom meeting separately for audio. This will reduce the strain on the bandwidth your computer needs to run the video conference. Access instructions for dialing in to Zoom meetings here


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