Tech Tips Tuesday: Using Zoom in LockDown Browser

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Today’s tech tip come shared by fellow teacher Mr. Walkowich as he walks you through how to utilize Zoom within a LockDown browser test or quiz so that students can conference with you should they need assistance.

**Make sure the students create a Zoom account through the Zoom website – they cannot use their Google credentials to log in when in LockDown browser. (I had them use their school email accounts, just create a password to use with the Zoom website (not the app)**
1.  Put a link to zoom.us/join in the “instructions” for the test that the students can access during the exam. (LockDown Browser automatically allows students to access URLs placed by the teacher within the exam but will not allow them to navigate away from that specific page).
2. This is the interesting part, but when the students click the link the computer will try to download the information required to join the meeting through the Zoom app but the students can’t access that.  So if they just keep clicking on the link on that page that says “try again”, or “download again” (it’s been different for different students) nothing will work due to LockDown Browser.  Eventually (after clicking once or twice) on those links a new link will appear which will ask if they would like to access the Zoom Meeting through their browser.
3.  They enter the meeting ID and are asked to login with the account they set up through the Zoom website (they can’t use their Google credentials).
4.  They enter the meeting password and then they are in. (I post the meeting ID and password in the instructions of the Schoology test).
I tried it out with my classes and they were able to get in, use the chat or audio to ask questions, etc.  It takes some time to figure out and obviously anyone trying this should practice with their students, but I got my students to the point where they can start the test, access Zoom, and then move forward with the questions all in a span of about 2-3 minutes now that they know how it works.
Anyway, hope this is helpful in some way – I know being able to have my students ask questions verbally makes a big difference for them (especially in this new “digital” testing environment).
Hope this helps!

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