What is Zoom and How Do You Use It?

Zoom is a meeting application with video, chat and screen-sharing capability for up to 100 people to "get together" virtually. It is a powerful cloud-based, peer-to-peer software platform and can be used for teleconferencing, telecommuting, distance education and social relations.

The Town of Concord has purchased a license to host meetings that lets the COA offer virtual programs like exercise classes, discussion groups and lectures.

As a participant of a Zoom meeting, you will receive an email invitation to the program that contains a link to the Zoom platform. To participate via Zoom, you must have an email account and a computer or smart phone. In most cases, your computer will automatically download the program needed to participate. If the download does not automatically occur, you will be prompted to download and save the software onto your computer. Most modern smart phones easily link to the application once you click on the link in the invitation.

It is not necessary to create your own account or to pay any fees to own the software. If you encounter problems accessing the platform, www.zoom.us provides a number of tutorials, or you can call the COA for help.

Old fashioned phone? Not hooked up to the internet? If you are unable to connect with video, all is not lost! It is possible to be included in a conference call via Zoom by calling into an access number and using the meeting code. If you would like to join a group but you are not sure how, just give us a call and we will be happy to help connect you!