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10 Things You Can Do on Zoom to Reach and Teach Kids

Zoom is a video-conferencing app that many public and Sunday School teachers have been using to stay connected and teach to their students. Reading a Bible passage and asking questions is one obvious thing you can do on Zoom with kids.

Here are 10 more things you can do while Zooming to keep your lessons and time together interesting and fun.

1. Connect!  Just seeing a smiling face and hearing a friendly voice lets kids know they are loved and missed.

2. Today's "Pass Around" Question is...    What was the most exciting thing you've done in the last week or two?  (or) What do you miss most about coming to church?  (or)

3. Use the Zoom "Whiteboard" and "share" it with your students so they can draw on it too.

  • How are you feeling these days?
  • What have you been doing this week?
  • What Bible story am I drawing?
  • Here's my question, what's your answer?
  • Write the next line of the closing prayer...
  • Keep score in your gameshow quiz

4. Invite a friend to help you put on a "1 minute Bible skit" for the kids to watch. Make it fun. Be multiple characters and switch your costume and voice back and forth. This is a good way to introduce the story.

5. Share your screen to show a YouTube video clip with your group (see instructions below).

6. Play a game of "Who in the Bible am I?" by speaking clues about one of the participants and having the others guess who you are talking about. Give them hints about your story and location in the Bible (this is a good warmup for the story).

7. Invite a student to open their Bible to the passage you want to reference and show it to the others by holding the page up to their camera.

8. Kick off meetings with special themes and notify kids in advance.

  • Funny hat zoom
  • Show us your Pet zoom
  • Show us your room zoom
  • Who am I "disguise" zoom

9. Invite students to enjoy a snack during the lesson. This will extend your time with them and create time for connecting.

10. Close with a circle prayer. Assign a "category" to each student, give them a moment to think of something in that category to pray for, then invite the first person to begin after you start. Categories:   What's so great about Jesus...  I'm thankful for...   I am concerned about...  People who need help...  Something I'm grateful that I learned in this lesson today...  (etc)

Keep it short. Keep them coming back for more.

Watching a YouTube Video Together with your Zoom Group

Zoom screen sharing allows you to share the desktop, window, application or audio/video. Zoom allows you to also send computer audio to the remote attendees when sharing a video or audio clip.

To share computer audio such as YouTube, Pandora, etc. during screen sharing, click on Share Computer Sound.

1. Open your Zoom meeting
2. Ensure that you are logged in as the Host
3. Click on the green "Share Screen" icon
4. You will see a pop-up window where you select your desktop or application
5. Click the check box in the lower left that says "Share computer sound"
6. Now when you are in screenshare mode it will play all computer sounds to the audience

July 2020 from zendesk.com


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Last edited by Neil MacQueen

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