other Zoom resources …
Why use multiple devices?
To try things out as a host:
- To try out Zoom features with at least two participants in your meeting (both you)
- To see what things look like from a participant’s view
- To see how other devices work
- To check when and what you are screen sharing immediately without having to ask (the slightly unprofessional question) “can you all see that?”
To add interest to a meeting/as an alternative to screen sharing:
- To display a candle (or similar) in a video – which can also be spotlighted if/when necessary
- To display an alternative view (e.g. remote drawing class – different devices could display different views of a model – and participants could choose which view/video to Pin)
- To demonstrate something (e.g. you as the teacher in one video and the object in another video)
What devices can you use?
- Smart phones
How to stop that horrible feedback sound when using two devices?
What’s actually happening?
Audio “echo” or “feedback” is caused if you have more than one device in the same area, both listening and transmitting sound or “audio”.
Each device picks up the meeting sound from the other and feeds that back into the meeting. This goes round and round in a loop, often ending up with in an unpleasant, screeching that gets louder and louder.
How to avoid it
You need to make sure ONLY ONE device is connected to “audio”. That means only one device is “hearing audio” (via the microphone) AND “transmitting audio (via the speakers).
So to avoid feedback in theory you need both …
- your microphone turned off (in Zoom)
- AND sound turned off (your laptop speaker, phone speaker, external speakers etc)
But occasionally even this is not always enough, especially if the devices are close together.
However, there is 100% effective, and quick way to do this in Zoom … “turn off Audio”
On a computer/laptop …
On a phone or tablet …