Zoom – Connecting Colleagues and Continuing Programming During the COVID-19 Crisis

Extension Iron County educators and staff have been adjusting to working remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to video conferencing tools, like Zoom, they are able to meet and work together productively “face-to-face” when meeting in-person isn’t possible.

Another positive is that they are able to use Zoom to continue programming and outreach in the community. “I’m using Zoom to stay connected to the Iron County Summer Youth Camp planning team as well as staying connected to Tech Changemakers in order to keep those programs going during the crisis,” says 4-H Youth Development Educator, Neil Klemme. Stay tuned to the Iron County Tech Changemakers Facebook page for upcoming classes on digital communication, such as Zoom, FaceTime, and Google Hangout.

Klemme is also encouraging the three active Iron County 4-H clubs and 4-H Leaders Association to use Zoom as they continue to host their monthly meetings. “We are grateful for the Hurley School and their work in providing elearning to their students at this time. That has allowed many of our 4-H members and parents to gain experience with Zoom, which will make them more comfortable when participating in a 4-H meeting via video-conferencing,” says Extension Iron County Office Manager and 4-H Leaders Association President, Rebecca Holm.

In addition to using Zoom for meetings and professional development, Extension Iron County staff have been meeting weekly, which is essential in helping them feel and stay connected to one another during the crisis.

If you would like to learn more about Zoom, here are some great resources for you to get started.

Recommended Meetings Settings
Inviting Participants
Helping Participants Connect to Zoom Meetings
Countdown to Your Zoom Meeting Checklist
Creating and Launching Polls
Screen Sharing
Quick Polling
How to Annotate
Using Breakout Rooms
Recording Zoom Meetings

Extension Iron County Administration, Educators and staff at their Zoom meeting on March 31.