Zoom Teaching Guides

Jean Leader

Lacemaker and Textile Enthusiast

Guides to using Zoom for lace and textile teaching

Elsewhere on my website I write about using Zoom for remote lace classes. Initially I was happy that my students were able to connect with whatever internet devices they had, and consulting the Zoom Help Centre generally sorted out our teething problems. However I soon realized that teaching lacemaking has particular requirements not covered in general support articles — presenting and viewing details of lace in closeup — something which standard laptop computer cameras are not designed for. After researching this I decided to write what I had found in a short guide, a task complicated by the different devices people use — computers, tablets and phones — and their different operating systems. Having done that — or actually them, one for tutors, one for students — I am happy to offer them to teachers of lacemaking and other textiles. Voila!

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Take them while they’re hot!

What’s covered includes:

  • Lighting and personal presentation
  • Presenting lace samples in close-up detail
  • Working on the fly (sketching etc.) with good definition
  • Presenting photos or diagrams stored on a device
  • Physical support of devices
Separate consideration is given where devices have different capabilities or interfaces:
  • Mac and Windows computers
  • iPhones
  • Android phones
  • iPads
  • Android tablets