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TheoloTech.com focuses on the unique needs (theological and technological) of people involved in ministry. TheoloTech.com is dedicated to help people incorporate and better use technology in their theology (or ministry).  In other words, we help people in ministry do stuff better and faster with good theology and good technology, most of the times, absolutely FREE!  So browse around, check us out and make it a great day!   Nick G.

How to be a Good Zoom Host

29 tips on how to have a better zoom meeting 
By Nick Gonzalez

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Zooming is booming. Here’s how to do it better.

  1. If you are new to Zoom, have practice meetings with friends and family. Learn how to use Zoom’s basic features.

  2. If you don’t know how to use the basic tools you will have problems.

  3. Don’t let another person schedule your meeting. Get your own zoom account. Prices start at zero.  Invest and save yourself problems.

  4. If you have a large group of over 20 people, assign someone to help you with the meeting.  This is called being a co-host in a zoom meeting.  Co-hosts can mute people, monitor the chat, spotlight people, etc. Make sure that your co-hosts know how to use Zoom.

  5. Learn to use the mute button.  When you mute everyone, make sure to uncheck the box that says “allow participants to unmute themselves” if necessary. Or else you may be saying often, “everyone please mute yourself” when that’s not necessary.

  6. Spotlight yourself, students, or special guests when they speak.  Spotlighting places a participant that you pick on the screen for everyone in the meeting to see. If you don’t use this feature the main screen will switch to wherever is talking or to wherever there is noise. Make sure to turn off the spotlight feature after they are finished speaking.
     

  7. Make sure to schedule a zoom meeting correctly.  Do not use your personal Zoom ID for meetings. Let zoom generate the meeting ID.

  8. After you schedule a zoom meeting, test the zoom link in another browser or another computer to make sure it works. Test it as soon as you schedule the meeting.  Send it to a friend to test.

  9. When sending the link to participants send the correct link.  Send the Zoom link (ex: https://zoom.us/j/123456789) and the zoom ID: 123456789.

  10. Start your meeting a few minutes before the official start time. This will allow participants a few minutes to get their video and sound.

  11. Start the actual meeting on time. Waiting for others to show up is wasting the time of those who showed up on time. And if you have more meetings they too will be late.

  12. Don’t be late to your own meeting.

  13. Know that everyone can hear everything you say and all sounds around you including children, pets and music, etc. Turn off your audio often if necessary.

  14. If you are having an important meeting with a guest speaker, have a test meeting with that person to make sure he or she has Zoom installed, has a good connection, good lighting, sounds, etc.

  15. Make sure that the main person speaking has extra lighting. Normal house lighting is not enough. Use a lamp and position the light in front of you, not in the back.

  16. When you start your meeting (especially if its a school course) tell your participants what to expect and how to act. This could include to telling participants to turn ON their video, to position the camera directly in front of them, not to have side conversations, don’t walk around or eat in front of the camera, and don’t lay in bed.

  17. Encourage participation from the beginning of your meeting to use the thumbs up, wave, and the chat.

  18. Learn how to use Zoom polls, break out rooms, annotations, etc. This can really change the dynamic of your meeting.

  19. Learn how to share your screen. Be creative, share a document, a slide, a youtube video, etc.
     

  20. Pay attention to the body language of your participants. They will tell you when the meeting is too long or when you need to either take a break or continue the meeting at another time.

  21. Learn to use the Gallery view. The gallery view allows you to see everyone in the meeting instead of just yourself.

  22. Make sure to look directly at the camera often when speaking. This gives the effect of eye-to-eye contact with your participants and helps your communication.

  23. Ensure your background represents you well. Use the Zoom green screen option.

  24. As a host make sure you are in the center of the screen. Don’t be on the edge.  Tell your participant to place themselves in the center of the screen. 

  25. Wear headphones if you will be in a noisy location.

  26. If you plan to have lots of zoom meetings consider a separate microphone.

  27. Know that paid Zoom customers can record their meetings.  This is a great feature that allows you to send to others.

  28. Turn off the video of people in the meeting who are distracting:  walking, not paying attention, eating, sleeping, etc. You can be sure that your participants will be chatting about it during your meeting.

  29. Keep the chat open on your computer so that you can see what people are talking about or asking about.

That’s all for now.

What tips or insight do you recommend? Let me know.

TheoloTech.com Review of ChristianAudio.com

If you enjoyed this brief video review, leave a comment.

I’ve been using ChristianAudio.com for several years now and I think you just might like their service.  They provide Christian books in audio format. I have several of their books and thoroughly enjoy them.

I’m really happy that they finally have an Android version of their app.  I love it!  I download several of my books and now I have access to them anytime.  This month they are giving away the King James version of the New Testament absolutely free.  Enjoy!

 

 

Letting Go!

Here is a scripture to help you start out this new year fresh.

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Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.”  Ephesians 4:26

Although at times you and I may get angry, we should not sin.  The way to prevent sin is to deal with “the anger before the sun goes down”.

Here’s my point, as you start out the new year, don’t allow yourself to bring in anything that is negative (anger, troubles, etc.).  Let it go.  Whatever happened last year that makes you angry, upset or discouraged, let it go.  Do not bring it into the new year (don’t let the sun go down on it).  Even though this verse is an excellent tip for married couples, it can also work wonders for us as individuals too.

Apostle Paul got angry (at least once) with Mark, one of the guys in his ministry.  He apparently misjudged Mark in Acts 15:37 by not wanting to bring Mark with him on his second journey (Mark did leave Paul’s first journey for a reason no one really knows).  Paul talks bad about Mark to his cousin Barnabas.  Barnabas didn’t agree with Paul and this disagreement led to a split in Paul’s ministry.  Paul went one way and Barnabas the other.

Later on in 2 Tim. 4:11 Paul writes, “Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.”  It looks like Paul had a change of heart because now he wants Mark back.  We don’t know exactly what happened except that Paul now wanted Mark back on his team. Some commentators guess that maybe the reason Mark left Paul on the first journey was that Mark was just being rebellious or not willing to pay the price.  Others say that it’s possible that Paul was just so on fire and passionate about this ministry that he neglected his team or that maybe he was a little too harsh and hard to work with.  Yet others say that Mark just got homesick. We really don’t know the reason why Mark left Paul.

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When Paul writes asking for Mark he is in prison knowing that his life may be ending soon.  I take it that Paul did not want the sun to go down on his anger (he was pretty upset earlier).

Have you ever misjudged someone?  Has someone misjudged you?  The Word of God says to let it go by not letting “the sun go down while you are still angry”.  Deal with it quickly.

You might be thinking, how do I not let the sun go down? Good question, here a are a few suggestions:  Ask God to help you.  Think before you speak.  Forgive yourself, forgive people, build good relationships (by being a good listener) and expect great things.  Love your spouse and kids.  Speak positive things.  Stop being negative and expect grace and favor.  Expect God to do great things in your life this year as well as in your family’s life.

If you want to take it a step further stay in God’s Word, work hard, mind your own ministry, grow yourself, be creative, be positive and don’t be afraid to ask for help.  If you are involved in ministry don’t isolate yourself, be a good team player, be available, teachable, have a good attitude, roll with the punches and smile.  If you are not involved in ministry, get involved. Give your time, talents & treasure to God.  Start small but do something.

Be happy on purpose, keep your eyes on the Lord and position yourself to have a great year (by your commitment, faithfulness, and excellence).  Lastly, while we are talking about starting out this new year fresh, don’t forget to plan, prioritize and to pray.

Don’t bring into the new year anything negative from your past.  Forget about it on purpose.  Stop thinking about the bad things that happened to you.  Let them go.   Don’t bring them into this new year.

“Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry”.

Free Ebook Reader – Vyrso

Who needs another ebook reader?  That’s what I thought when I first heard of Vyrso.  After a little time I realized that Vyrso is not just another reader.  If you like reading (on your Android device or iPad) you will enjoy Vyrso.

What separates Vyrso from other ebook readers is this, “one-touch Bible reference”.  In other words if the book you are reading includes a Bible verse, you can tap the scripture and it is opens up for you.  With a simple touch, Vyrso shows you the Bible passages that your ebooks reference.  This is a wonderful timesaver, allowing you to read the Bible along with your favorite Christian authors’ ebooks.  Plus their cross-library search tool helps you find what every ebook in your bookshelf says about a given topic; you can find the quotes and passages you want in no time!

If you are a Logos Bible Software or Biblia.com user, (I’ll review them both later)  Vyrso connects all the books in your library, enabling you to make connections you never knew possible.  Very nice!  You can now integrate all of your Logos Bible study materials with your leisure and personal reading.

Vyrso offers a broad selection of ebooks written by Christians for Christians.  The Vyrso experience brings readers the best Christian titles on any mobile device, providing a virtual Christian bookshelf that goes wherever you go.  I’ve been using Vyrso for several weeks now and I am enjoying it.

The best part is that Vyrso is free and comes with a free King James Version of the Bible!  Download Vyrso on your mobile device from the App Store or the Android Market.

Here’s a video clip that describes how Vyrso works on Android devices.  To see the video clip for an iPad click here.

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Vyrso has thousands of ebooks to choose from, (many of them free) including genres such as Christian Living, Fiction, Politics, Ministry, Young Adult Fiction, and more.

Visit http://vyrso.com/dg today to download John Piper’s latest ebook, “Holy Ambition” free (available until Dec. 25th, 2011).  There are lots of other free books on Vyrso.  I just downloaded three free ebooks a couples of days ago, they are: “The Whole Bible Story” by William H. Marty, Marty William H.  “Money, Possessions, and Eternity” by Randy Alcorn and “Game Plan for Life: Your Personal Playbook for Success” by Joe Gibbs.  Gotta love it!   Click here to see what else is available for free.

The Vyrso experience brings readers the best Christian titles on any mobile device, providing a virtual Christian bookshelf that goes wherever you go.  Try it out and let me know how you like it.

If you don’t have an Android device or an iPad or iPhone there’s still hope!  Just visit:  http://www.biblestudytools.com/classics/ to access a free collection of classic Christian works that does not require an eBook reader.  Just click on the link and start reading on your computer.  The collection includes cherished favorites like John Bunyan‘s Pilgrim’s Progress and landmark Christian works like St. Augustine‘s Confessions and Thomas a Kempis‘s The Imitation of Christ.  It also includes more recent classics from theologians like B.B. Warfield and Christian writers like G.K. Chesterton.  Enjoy!

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Best Online and Onsite Study Bible

If you are looking to get a new Bible, check out the ESV Study Bible.  I first picked up a copy from the library to see if I would like it and I’m glad to say it passed the test.  I placed an order online and just received my copy a month ago (the burgundy leather edition). All I can say is I’m truly loving it. It’s like having a Bible School at your finger tips (And now for quick commercial: For a real Bible School visit, http://www.VetiOnline.com).

ESV Study Bible

The ESV Study Bible includes 20,000 notes, Over 50 articles, 200-plus charts, over 200 full-color maps, 40 all-new illustrations and 80,000 cross-references in all of its 2,752 pages. The book is so thick that it can probably stop a bullet.  You definitely can’t be ashamed of the Gospel carrying this book around.  In order to really appreciate everything the ESV Study Bible has to offer you must first take a tour.  Here’s a link to several short video clips to introduce you to the ESV Study Bible.   To find the best price for the hard cover edition click here.

One of the best things I like about the ESV Study Bible is that it comes with an online version (free to all those who purchase a copy of the print edition).  The online version contains all of the references of the print version plus a whole lot more.  For a Free Preview of the ESV Online Study Bible click here.  You can also purchase the online version by itself for $19.99.

The online version contains all of the reference materials in the print edition with links to the cross-referenced scriptures and notes. You can also create and store personal notes online and to listen to audio recordings of the ESV too.

So there you have it, the best online and onsite study Bible in the entire world.  The ESV Study Bible is the most comprehensive study Bible ever created.  Just remember that it doesn’t make a difference which version of the Bible you prefer, (ESV, NIV, NKJ, etc.) the best version of the Bible is the one that you actually read.

http://www.ESVStudyBible.org/

For details on Bible translations read my previous post here.  And for my review of two excellent Bible Background Commentaries click here.

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Read & Listen to the Bible on your Phone

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There are plenty of apps that will let you read the Bible on your phone, but here’s one that let’s you listen to the Bible as well.   And it works too!   Plus it’s FREE.   The dramatic audio is excellent plus it’s available for the iPhone, Andriod and iPad in several languages.  All you need to do is to search for Bible.is on your phone.


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Bible.is also let’s you listen to the Bible on your computer through this link: http://www.bible.is/ Bible.is can even send you a daily text message with a link to one chapter from New Testament a day.   How cool is that?    All you need is a cell phone with a data plan.  This is great for exercising or when you just want to relax.  To get started text “YES” to “Bible (24253).


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So check out http://www.bible.is/ If you like to read and listen to the Bible your search is over.