In addition to opens in a new windowZoom and opens in a new windowGoogle Meet, ICCSD teachers also have access to the video conferencing tool built into our Canvas LMS. Please check out the video below for a quick walkthrough that shows how to set up and use the Canvas Conference feature.
As the use of opens in a new windowZoom has exploded in ICCSD and around the country, here are some best practices to implement in order to ensure that your Zoom meetings run effectively and securely.
1. Do not post Zoom links publicly
Share Zoom meeting URLs by email, Canvas site, shared document, or another form of direct or secured communication.
2. Create meeting-specific URLs, rather than using your personal meeting room
If you use your personal meeting room, you run a greater risk of the URL being exposed than when using a one-time or meeting-specific URL.
3. Ensure that you (and your students) are using an ICCSD Zoom account
- To log in, opens in a new windowvisit Zoom’s Sign-In page and click “Sign in with Google”
4. Consider using secure options for your meetings
These options include:
- opens in a new windowAdd a passcode to your meeting
- opens in a new windowEnable your meeting waiting room to approve attendees
- opens in a new windowControl or disable in-meeting chats, if the chat feature isn’t required for a meeting
- If your meeting includes only ICCSD individuals, you can opens in a new windowcheck “Only authenticated users can join meetings”. Note that students and staff would need to log in to Zoom rather than joining as a guest; all ICCSD users can log in using Zoom’s “Log In with Google” option.
- If you are sharing your screen, you can lock annotation by clicking the “…More” button in the main toolbar, then choosing “Disable Attendee Annotation”
- Lock your meeting after all expected attendees have joined. You can do this by clicking the “Participants” button, then clicking “…More” toward the bottom of the participants panel and selecting “Lock Meeting”.
Iowa City Schools students, families, and staff can reach us to obtain technical support using any of the methods listed below. Also, please check out our opens in a new windowFrequently Asked Questions page to support home use of technology during the COVID-19 school closure.
Hours: 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday – Friday
Phone: (319) 688-1950
Chat: Use the chat option available in the bottom right corner of this page during business hours.
Spanish language support is available at the ICCSD helpdesk.
Hours: 4:30 PM to 10:00 PM, Monday – Friday
opens in a new windowPearson Education has partnered with the Iowa City Schools at no charge to offer after-hours technology support through their customer service centers in Iowa City and San Antonio, TX.
The District has coordinated with Pearson to help support District students, families, and staff, though please be aware that certain types of requests will need to be referred back to the District.
Spanish language support is available via the Pearson after-hours support.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please opens in a new windowcheck this document for current answers to the most common questions we’ve received during the COVID-19 closure.
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