What is it?
Zoom is a cloud-based video conferencing + group chat subscription service. Think of it as easy to use like Skype, and with more features than Skype or Hangouts. It allows desktop/laptop computers (Linux, Mac, Windows, ChromOS) and mobile/tablet (iOS, Android) to interact in online video meetings.
Google Hangouts is alright for meeting with less than 15 participants, and Zoom is recommended for meetings having up to 50 participants (up to 100 possible, see below) or for meetings that have a need for features specific to Zoom.
Go to https://zoom.us/download to download and install the Zoom Client for Meetings. Links to the Zoom Mobile Apps are at the bottom of the webpage.
You do not need to have a Zoom account to join someone else’s Zoom meeting. You just need to have the Zoom client installed on your computer prior to joining a meeting.
However, Zoom offers free Basic accounts as well as the paid Pro accounts. The Basic account gives you all the meeting features of the Pro account, including group chat and unlimited 1 to 1 video meetings. It only limits group meetings (3+ people) to 40 minutes duration per meeting. The Pro account (through SIL GTIS: $20US/month or $130US/year) removes the 40 minute group meeting limitation of the free Basic account (and adds management and other features).
We recommend that people sign up for at least the free Basic account. When you have an SIL Zoom account (see below), you will automatically be added to the Zoom contact list for SIL. You can then IM chat and video call other SIL people that have Zoom accounts and have signed into the list (similar to Skype).
For the Pro account, please contact ZoomMgr_SIL@sil.org or go to https://doorman.sil.org and go to the catalog to request a Zoom pro licence. You will need to give an account number which can be charged.
If you don’t expect to regularly use Zoom enough (at least a handful of times a year) to justify subscribing to a Pro account, or if you need to use the 100-participant capacity room, you may request to use the GTIS Zoom meeting room. This is on an ‘as available’ basis only. Please don't wait until the last minute to request a meeting. A minimum of 3 business days lead time would be appreciated. The earlier the request, the better, to avoid any possible schedule conflicts. The cost for a single meeting is $10 per day. If you need the 100 room capacity, the charge is $15 if you already have a Pro license or $25 if you have a basic free account.
Email ZoomMgr_SIL@sil.org with the following information in your request:
You can check to see what is currently scheduled in the GTIS Zoom rooms by going to the SIL Google Calendar Room Resources and look in : (Zoom)-GTIS-rm2. We’ll try to keep the calendars up to date, but please don't assume that if nothing is listed on the calendar, that the room is available.
Who is it for?
Anyone with an SIL.org email address. However, you can invite anyone with internet access into a Zoom meeting even if they don't have a Zoom account.
Who do I contact?
1) Mike Buchanan/Ray Uehara
What GTIS does…
Manages the Zoom accounts for SIL, this includes upgrading basic free accounts to Pro accounts.
Coordinates access to Zoom Webinar features
Answers inquiries about the Zoom service
What you will do...
Give feedback about service quality and performance.
Additional information about ZOOM can be found at https://www.wiki.insitehome.org/display/ou978a/Zoom+Video+Conferencing.