07/30/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/30/2020 20:09
July 30, 20206 min read
Thank you to everyone who joined us for Zoom Academy 2020! Tens of thousands of educators, school leaders, IT staff, and other learners and leaders from 154 countries around the world signed up for our first K-12 Summer Zoom Academy. The two-day professional development series provided the educational community access to colleagues and thought leaders on three panels - Teach Anywhere, Learn Anywhere, and Connect Anywhere - as well as a collaborative space to share wisdom and insights.
In preparation for what will truly be a unique school year, live training on our Zoom platform was offered and personalized for different educational roles - culminating in the ability to earn a Zoom Academy Summer 2020 Badge.
Much like the first day of a new school, there was a lot of excitement in the virtual halls of Zoom Academy! Our CEO, Eric S. Yuan, kicked off the event Wednesday with a look back on the influence his teachers had on his life and expressed his gratitude for the important role teachers play.
'Thank you to all the teachers - your hard work makes a huge difference,' he said. 'You support our kids, and our kids are the future of our society.'Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan
We're grateful to our amazing lineup of panelists for sharing their knowledge, resources, and best practices for a successful return to the classroom this fall.
Here are some highlights and key takeaways from the event.
The Day 1 sessions were organized under three themes - Teach Anywhere ( where are schools planning to teach next year), Learn Anywhere (how to improve student engagement), and Connect Anywhere (how to connect outside the classroom with the school community). We wrapped the day up with an overview of our continued commitment to the education community globally, and to providing secure, reliable, and impactful solutions for both students and educators.
Educators and school leaders shared how they are reshaping the learning experience to include virtual instruction, face-to-face teaching, or a combination of both.
Virtual learning offers more ways for students to engage than in a physical classroom. Our panel of experts shared their tips for keeping students engaged, no matter where they are.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted the educational landscape, educators and school districts are using virtual platforms like Zoom to offer new learning experiences, creating connections for students that would not be possible in person.
Several Zoom leaders joined in the day's final session to talk about how we're working to better serve educational communities globally and turn Zoom into a platform that can help empower educators. Many of the 100 security features introduced during our 90-day security plan, for example, were geared toward making our platform safer for schools, teachers, and students, and we'll continue to pour resources into those efforts.
Some additional highlights from our commitment to education:
We're also working to:
For Day 2, we went further in-depth on Zoom platform training for specific roles, and we partnered with ASU Prep Digital's team to enrich the learning experience! The three tracks in the morning were designed for:
Attendees were invited to take an assessment after each training session to earn a Summer Zoom Academy Badge! Miss the live training on July 30th? No problem! You will have another chance to watch and earn your Zoom K-12 Summer Academy Badge.
The Day 2 afternoon sessions featured learning electives from our partners covering a wide range of topics, from technology and collaboration tools to remote and hybrid teaching models. One common theme from the panelists - hybrid learning is most likely here to stay, and a combination of virtual and face-to-face instruction could offer some students greater access to educational experiences.
Recorded sessions from Zoom Summer Academy will be available in our Zoom Academy Resource Center starting August 3rd! In the meantime, visit the resource center to access some of the presentations and other assets from Day 1 and Day 2.
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