Although fairly familiar, or at least aware of, a good number of apps, I had never heard of Zoom until the start of social isolation. When asked about video conferencing, a younger family member immediately said Zoom. Soon after that, we also heard mention of it from a couple of U3A members. A Computer Helper, Ann P, had already done a family meetup using it and Willem, Computer Advice Leader was already experimenting with it for U3A and non-U3A use. Since then, our Website Media Manager, Alan N, has joined in with a non-U3A online Pub Quiz run with Zoom which after a few initial hiccups – technology rather than alcohol related – worked amazingly well. And recently the Burscough, Formby and Aughton Nolans have had a Zoom get-together. After we learnt how not to talk over each other, it was pretty good. We have also heard from Megan, the U3A Secretary, that there is a non-U3A Zumba class being run with Zoom by a local teacher.
If you already have used Zoom, please do share your experiences. Contact:
Or if you would just like to know more about Zoom (and other communication tools), then there is very helpful How To guidance on the Third Age Trust (TAT) website.
There is no charge for the basic version of Zoom, But remember – ‘there is no such thing as a free lunch’.
And some reservations are already being mentioned in the media. Thanks, Ann P, for sending this link:
And for further information on security issues, check out this other recent Guardian article which includes the Pros and Cons af various Video Chat options.
So if you do want to try video chat, as with all Apps, ……….. Be Aware and Use with Care!
Joyce Nolan (Web Manager)