That’s a wrap! Insights from Zoom’s first annual education summit

The Future of Unified Communications in Education: Insights from Zoom’s First Annual Education Summit

  • Classroom Preparation: As the 2022-23 school year approaches, educators are preparing their classrooms and looking forward to connecting with their new students.
  • Education Summit: To support these educators, Zoom recently hosted its first annual Education Summit, bringing together over 3,100 registered educators, IT professionals, and administrators to discuss the future of unified communications on the connected campus.
  • Focus on Zoom Platform: The focus of the summit shifted from large-scale user education to leveraging the entire Zoom platform in online schools, universities, and campuses to provide high-level thought leadership to inspire new ideas and make them lasting build connections.
  • Key Takeaways: The Summit provided valuable insights and key takeaways for educators, IT pros, and administrators to better prepare for the upcoming school year and beyond.

Using technology for online and hybrid blended learning in higher education.

  • Welcome by the Zoom President: The Summit was opened by Zoom President Greg Tomb, who encouraged attendees to explore the future of education and use new and existing tools to enhance learning.
  • Discussion on online and blended learning: Ted Brodheim, Global EDU CIO Advisor to Zoom, Dr. Charles Hodges and Dr. Stephanie Moore held a conversation about the importance of online and blended learning in higher education.
  • Building resilient education systems: Dr. Stephanie Moore emphasized the need for schools to create educational and technology ecosystems that encourage institutional resilience and flexibility.
  • Embedding Technology into Institutional Culture: Speakers emphasized the importance of embedding technology tools, human resources and professional development into institutional culture and habits, rather than viewing technology as an add-on in its own right.

Improving student engagement with immersive virtual experiences.

  • Session Summary: In this session, Mina Patel, Executive Director, Video Conferencing for Global Learning, joined Zoom’s Paul Morrison to talk about using technology to inspire students in the virtual world.
  • State-of-the-art communication solutions: The speakers emphasized how easy it is to bring immersive experiences into the classroom using innovative communication solutions and hardware.
  • Digital field trips and guest speakers: By using video conferencing to bring digital field trips and guest speakers right into the classroom, teachers can provide equal learning opportunities and create engaging educational experiences for all students.
  • Leveling the Playing Field: The use of technology helps level the playing field for accessibility and enables students to participate in rich and interactive learning experiences, regardless of their location or background.

“Optimizing the digital experience for educators”

  • Overview: This session explored how to simplify the digital experience for busy educators by providing them with training and support.
  • Challenges for Educators: Speakers acknowledged that teachers lead busy lives and often do not receive the technical support they need.
  • Solution: Zoom Technical Sales Architects Todd Dewell and Mike Williams presented a roadmap for how schools can integrate Zoom into their Learning Management System (LMS) to streamline faculty workflow and provide a seamless experience for students.
  • Streamlining Workflow: Speakers discussed how Zoom can help simplify the digital experience for educators by streamlining their workflow and providing students with a consistent user experience. This can help teachers focus on what matters most: delivering quality education.

“Ensuring security on site through efficient communication”

  • Importance of preparation: This panel emphasized the importance of proper processes and solutions to emergency situations in schools.
  • Expert panel: Dustin Ferguson (Zoom Education CSM), Sean Gaines (Zoom Phone Expert) and Brent Kiedrowski (VP of Strategic Initiatives and Channel at Singlewire) discussed how schools can use the Zoom platform to improve emergency communications and response efforts.
  • Key benefits of using Zoom: The experts highlighted the benefits of using Zoom for everyday communication, such as: B. Morning announcements, two-way intercom between classrooms and reception desks and doorbell schedules. They emphasized that by using the same system for mass communication, schools can test and improve their emergency response skills.
  • Diploma: Panellists emphasized the importance of a dynamic communication system to ensure on-site security and enable efficient communication in both normal and emergency situations.

“The Power of Storytelling in Distance Learning

The world of education has undergone a profound transformation in recent years, particularly with the advent of distance learning. But one aspect of learning that hasn’t changed is the importance of creativity and storytelling. By harnessing the power of Zoom and its unique capabilities, educators have the opportunity to bring the world into their classrooms and capture their students’ imaginations through the magic of storytelling.

In this session, participants delved into the critical role storytelling plays in education and explored ways they can empower their students and themselves to enhance the learning experience. By incorporating real-world experiences and stories that capture the attention of their learners, educators can create a truly immersive educational experience.

Continuing the Learning Journey The first annual Zoom Summit was just the beginning of a journey of learning and discovery. We hope attendees will continue their education with us through the Zoom Learning Center, where they can access tracks designed specifically for educators and learn more about the Zoom platform.

Additionally, we encourage attendees to join the Zoom Educator Community, where they can participate in discussions, ask questions, and share best practices with a community of peers. Let’s continue the conversation and keep learning!”

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