No thanks to the ongoing global crisis revolving the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 is going to be the worst year imaginable. To combat the disease, governments around the world have adopted stringent and never heard measures to limit the spread of the virus, such as locking down entire countries, cities, airports, financial centers, businesses, and yes, educational institutions. Millions of people are locked in their homes and are asked to work from home. Schools and colleges across many parts of the world are reportedly asked to conduct online classes.

This has resulted in plenty of queries about what kind of tools can be used for remote working, meetings, and online learning. Established platforms like Google Hangouts have become increasingly popular over the past few weeks, and are being used by many to speak to one another and conduct meetings. However, there is one platform that has gained a lot of traction when compared to established players, and that is Zoom. This video sharing platform has become the go-to solution for schools, colleges, universities, as well as offices for online learning and meetings.

If you’re familiar with the education system in Singapore, you may be familiar that a lot of students are opting for online tuition. Digital tuition in Singapore is nothing new, and in some instances, it is quite advanced when compared to other western countries.

If you’re looking for popular physics,maths, and chemistry tuition center in Singapore, you’ll be surprised there are plenty of tuition centers in the island state which are offering online tuition. But that’s a discussion we will be having later. Now let’s get to how mainstream educational institutions and tuition centers are using Zoom for online classes.

What is Zoom?
Zoom is a video calling website that can connect up to 100 individuals in a single session. There is also an application that can be downloaded either on your computer or mobile device. You can download the app for Android or iOS devices. To join a meeting or start an online class session, you can log in on their website or launch the app on your PC or Mac, or mobile device.

Getting Started on Zoom
Once downloaded, you need to create a Zoom account. If you have a Google or Facebook account, you can use those to create an account. You can also create an account with an email address, which is required if you conduct classes online.

Done that, launch the application, and log-in with your credentials. You will be asked to provide your 'Personal Link Name' or 'Meeting ID' that was given to you when you opened the Zoom account. From there, you can share your screen with other students or participants. When needed, you can disable your webcam or mute yourself.

What Zoom Is Offering For Online Classes
Zoom has extended experiences when it comes to helping educational institutions take advantage of Zoom for teaching online and virtual classrooms. Zoom is committed to making the platform easy to use and accessible to everyone. The company is also working towards streamlining the experience for online learning and classes amidst the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Zoom is working to provide teachers, educators, administrators, and students worldwide will all the essential tools and resources they need to set up virtual classrooms quickly and help students participate in virtual classes, and continue with their studies online. Furthermore, Zoom is working to make the video-sharing platform even more comfortable to use and operate, especially for those who never interacted with the product. The company is making it easier to download the application, start and schedule meetings, set students up and running with Zoom, and so on.

To ensure teachers and educational institutions get the most from Zoom during this lockdown, the company has taken various pragmatic initiatives, including: 

• Temporarily removing the 40-minute limit on free Basic accounts for schools located in Japan, Italy, Australia, India, New Zealand, Austria, Poland, South Korea, Romania, Denmark, France, Ireland, and the United States.
• Offering multi-language resources to set up and run Zoom for principals, teachers, students, and parents located in other countries.
• Expanding live trainings, and webinars.
• Expanding and distributing recorded sessions to share best practices regarding Zoom.

Zoom Account Features And Benefits
Zoom provides effective collaboration and engagement tools for educational institutions such as the ability to use VoIP or a traditional phone when the internet is not available. Additionally, Educators, school administrators, teachers, parents, and students have access to:

• Unlimited meetings for up to 100 participants
• HD audio and video
• Screen sharing
• Whiteboarding
• Annotation
• Breakout Rooms
• Virtual backgrounds
• In-meeting chat
• Local recording
• Nonverbal feedback

Zoom is also proactively evaluating the global infrastructure to ensure the uptime and reliability of your online learning programs. Zoom has a robust infrastructure that regularly handles more than 8 billion meeting minutes each month, ensuring the platform can handle increasing levels of activity generating from educational institutions around the world during this time.