Zoom announces new tools for a better teaching experience
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NEW DELHI: The Zoom Video Meet App announced new features on Thursday that will improve student engagement and class management.

Zoom said it will allow users to create a virtual seating arrangement in the classroom.

It also brings a spotlight feature to highlight a group of presenting students. Teachers can spotlight up to nine participants at a time for a focused group view.

Zoom also allows users to drag and drop attendees in the ‘Gallery View’ in the order they choose.

This locks the gallery in a fixed configuration that won’t shift when a new person speaks or walks into the room.

In a future update, teachers can save their custom gallery layout as a virtual seating plan.

Another function of Zoom is multi-pinning.

With multi-pinning, each user can “pin” up to nine other participants on the screen in their custom personal view.

This is especially useful for teachers and students who use American Sign Language, as it does not automatically display the speaker in Speaker View.

“Students who are deaf or hard of hearing can view both teachers and interpreters on the screen for a more accessible learning experience,” the company said in a statement.

With Zoom, teachers can also selectively mute some students. For this purpose, the organizer and the participants must register for the audio control.

Students still have the option of not giving permission to unmute and join the meeting.

In addition, Zoom brings the “Original Sound” mode with which you can deactivate echo cancellation and post-processing and remove the compression.

Zoom claims that this setting also increases the audio codec quality from 22 kHz to 48 kHz, 96 Kbps mono / 192 Kbps stereo for professional audio transmission in music teaching and performance applications.

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