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The musings of a 30 year Sunday School practitioner, leader, author, blogger, and LifeWay Christian Resource’s Director of Sunday School. Practical tips for leading Bible study groups on and off your church campus.

March 21, 2020

12 Tips for Using Zoom to Teach a Bible Study

With more and more churches going online for worship, what about groups? If you’re a group leader and want an interactive way to teach a Bible study during the COVID-19 crisis, ZOOM is a good tool that allows people to interact online in a safe environment. You can get a free version at zoom.us

 In this episode of The Sunday School Guy podcast, I share 12 tips for using ZOOM to teach an online Bible study.

 Tip 1: Shorten your content – less is more! Reduce your classroom content by about 40-50%

Tip 2: Plan for discussion – people need to talk, especially these days of social isolation. A good discussion question will take 3-5 minutes for people to respond

Tip 3: Use a headset or microphone for clarity

Tip 4: Lighting should be positioned to the front or side of you, not behind you

Tip 5: Look directly at the webcam, not you’re screen, when you’re talking

Tip 6:  Mute your microphone if you’re not speakingTip 7: Don’t use a Zoom virtual background unless you have a green screen. Use simple backgrounds, and make sure clutter is minimized or it will be distracting

Tip 8: Check the “chat” feature regularly

Tip 9: Use Zoom’s annotation tools to highlight or call attention to things on the screen that are particularly important

Tip 10:  Use “gallery view” when you have a smaller number of attendees.

Tip 11:  Share your screen when appropriate

Tip 12: Set ground rules at the beginning of your Zoom meeting

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