PREPARING TO USE ZOOM FOR ONLINE PILATES CLASSES
We are using the online platform Zoom, which is free to use. You can run Zoom via your internet browser or you can download the Zoom app onto an Apple or Android device via your app store. You can sign up and register as a free user. Please note it will say that free user sessions are limited to 40 mins. Disregard this because we will be hosting the classes and we have an upgraded version that doesn’t have the same time restrictions.
Whatever device you are using it must have video, audio and a microphone. This shouldn’t be an issue with Laptops, Tablets and Mobile Phones. However, if you are using a desktop PC you will need a webcam, speakers and a microphone. Of course, you will also need a good internet connection.
If you are using Zoom via your internet browser, the first time you enter a meeting you will be asked to download and install a Zoom Client app. This only happens once and doesn’t take long.
JOINING ONLINE PILATES CLASSES
We will be scheduling classes in advance and asking you to register for the class(es) you would like to attend. You will then be emailed an invitation to join your chosen class(es). The body of the email will look like this example:
Keeley Craigie is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Wednesday 6:15pm Pilates Class
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 346 972 348
You don’t need to do anything with the email until just before the class is due to start. Each class will have a 15-minute ‘waiting room’ period before the start, when you can join.
To join the class either click on the link in the email, which will then start zoom in your internet browser. Or, if you have opened the Zoom app on a tablet / mobile phone, tap 'Join Meeting' and then type in the Meeting ID and password from the email.
You will then get a message to say the host knows you are there and you will enter the meeting once Keeley lets you in. Please be patient since Keeley might not be there until about 5 minutes before the class start time.
Once you enter the meeting you need to confirm that it is OK for Zoom to access your audio. For internet browser users there will be a pop-up that you click. For tablet / mobile phone users there is a headphone icon at the bottom / left of the screen. Tap this and make sure the setting is to allow audio.
Everyone enters the meeting with their microphone activated (unmuted), i.e. you / we can all hear everything. Before the class starts, Keeley will mute all users’ microphones so the only person you will hear during the class is Keeley.
There are two ways you can display Zoom on your screen: Speaker View, which displays the current speaker as the most prominent person; or Gallery View, which displays all of the class attendees. We recommend you use Speaker View so that you are focussed on Keeley at all times. Keeley will be using Gallery View so that she can see everyone in the class. Keeley’s display will also be projected onto a large TV so she can see you clearly from a couple of metres away (virtual social distancing).
All microphones will be unmuted at the end of the class. There can be a couple of minutes of chit-chat, but Keeley will end the meeting by clicking a button and the video / audio will end.