ZOOM Video Conferencing

Zoom is temporarily lifting the 40-minute time limit on free Basic accounts for schools affected by the Coronavirus.
Register for a Basic account here: K-12 School Verification Form

Basic: A basic user is user without a paid license. A basic user can host meetings with up to 100 participants. If 3 or more participants join, the meeting will time out after 40 minutes. They cannot utilize user and account add-ons such as large meeting, webinar, or conference room connector. 

Licensed: A licensed user is a paid account user who can host unlimited meetings on the public cloud. By default, they can host meetings with up to 100 participants and large meeting licenses are available for additional capacity. Licensed users have these additional features available:

  • Customize Personal Meeting ID
  • Record to the Zoom cloud
  • Be an alternative host
  • Assign others to schedule and schedule on behalf of
  • Utilize account add-ons such as conference room connector
  • Be assigned user add-ons such as large meeting, webinar, or personal audio conference
  • Customize Personal Link, if on a business or education account

If you are interested in a licensed account, please contact Missy Bauer at mbauer@metasolutions.net.

Zoom Tips:

  1. Use passwords for meetings – these can be different for each meeting if desired
  2. Do NOT use the personal meeting ID for classes – use the random generated meeting ID feature
  3. Enable “waiting room” on all of the meetings
  4. Turn off screen sharing by participants – this is now the default, this can also be turned back on dynamically during meetings
  5. Use the “manage participants” feature to monitor who is in the meeting – if necessary, remove uninvited guest (there is also an option of “not allowing removed participants from rejoining”) This can also be easily enabled.
  6. Lock the meeting once everyone is in – this is also done from the Manage Participants icon


Management Council Community:
Public Resources To Support Remote Learning

Zoom training videos are posted here.

Zoom FERPA Policy

Zoom K-12 Schools & District Privacy Policy

Zoom HIPPA Guidelines

Response to some comments/concerns regarding ZOOM: There was a known Zoom vulnerability found in Aug of 2019 that would allow hackers to enter a conference – this was immediately remedied, and in fact Zoom received very favorable responses from the Tech community on their response. According to recent data, Zoom is used in over 60% of Fortune 500 companies, and over 95% of the top 200 universities in the US.