Welcome to the Village's page on how to access our online programming. Online web conferencing is new to many of us. The following is a step by step guide to help you navigate. In no time, you'll be a pro! Scroll to the bottom to see a wide variety of fun and interesting ways to stay active even from home!
You don't need a computer to enjoy our online programs. If you do not have a computer or don't feel comfortable navigating online, don't fret! East Rock Creek Village programming may be available via telephone. If an access code is needed or conference call number is needed, it will be included in the program description on our online events calendar.
For those of you who feel a bit more comfortable with the computer, you can join by web conferencing called Zoom. Online access provides the opportunity for you to see the presenter and your fellow Villagers. For those of us who are shy, there are ways to mute yourself or turn off your camera so the group does not see you (see Step 5).
If you are trying out Zoom for the first time, it's best to try to connect 5 to 10 minutes before the program begins. Zoom can be used on your laptop computer, desktop computer, tablet and smart phone, and is compatible with PC's and Apple products.
Preparing for your Zoom meeting by computer or smart phone:
Please find a quiet, private spot for the call, minimizing background noise. You are encouraged to sign in 5 minutes early to the gathering to make sure you are settled in and that your technology works prior to the call.
How to Use Zoom on a Desktop
o Go to your e-mail and open the highlighted Zoom.us meeting invite link.
o You will be prompted to download the Zoom Plug-in, which should take less than 5 minutes to download.
o Once it has loaded you can click on the zoom.us launcher or zoom.us application to enter the meeting. You may be prompted to type in your preferred username.
o You are now in the Zoom feature!
o When you enter the session you will be in Speaker View, which allows you to see the individual participants in a room at the top of the screen and the person speaking in the large center screen. You may be able to change to Gallery View going to the right upper corner of the screen and clicking on the Rubik’s cube icon.
o Find your own video image box at the top and to verify your username is the one you wish to use. If you would like to change your username, simply right-click on your video box at the top, and you will be given three options. Choose the option to change username.
o At the bottom of the screen you will find an actions tool bar where you can click on the mic icon to mute your microphone and, a person icon to raise your hand, and a chat icon for chatting with the group or individuals in the class. However, some instructors may choose to mute the class. Test with your friends!
How to Use Zoom on a Smart Phone
o Begin by downloading the Zoom Cloud Meetings application ahead of time through the App store.
o Go to your mail and click on link to open the meeting through the Zoom app on your iPhone.
o Type in your preferred username.
o Allow the Zoom app to access your camera and microphone for conferencing.
o Once you are connected to the meeting you will notice you have a few options at the bottom of the screen.
We hope to see you (virtually) soon!
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Special thanks to Northwest Neighbors Village for sharing their resources and programming with us!