Sunday April 5th 7pm for 7:15
In your own home courtesy of Zoom – see below.
Farnham Humanists invite you to meet online, a skill that may be essential for the weeks to come. Zoom makes an on-line meeting easy to join in. Even the committee had no difficulty. See Belinda’s instructions below.
Belinda Schwehr and Adam Mynott will explore a topic on all of our minds right now: just what is allowed under social distancing law and regulations.
Belinda is a trained lawyer and has studied the Covid-19 laws closely to see how they affect her CASCAIDr charity’s clients. She’s now sharing that knowledge with Humanists.
Adam recently joined our committee. As a former journalist, he’s used to investigating and communicating.
We’d really like you to join us for this first foray into meeting up online, because Farnham Humanists wants to support members during the virus crisis with a sense of togetherness, and to bring some light relief and interest.
To join our Social Distancing Meeting email our chair Alan Montgomery firstname.lastname@example.org before 5.30pm tonight (Sunday 5th April).
Alan will email the Zoom link to you at 6.45PM for you to join in at 7:00 PM. We’ll use 15 mins or so to get to grips with the technology and say hello to each other – and then start the presentation.
More details below:
When you click on the link above, then, depending on your system, your PC may have to download the Zoom App, just give it permission to do so when asked, after which you may see something that says Click on Open Zoom Meetings. That’s a good thing to do, and safe.
You will then see a screen that offers you the option to Join with Computer Audio; click to accept if you are confident that your normal microphone and video camera all work, e.g. when you use skype. But, if you are not confident, or your video camera is external to your computer with its own microphone, then, before clicking to join, click Test Speaker and Microphone – it’s underneath the Join with Computer Audio option.
This test plays you a little tune, and asks you to confirm you heard it; and asks you to speak and in a few seconds repeats your voice. If that works fine, you are given the option to join with computer audio (now in smaller letters) and you should do that. Hey presto, we will all be in the virtual room, together.
You will see several little frames with our lovely faces in them, and we will see yours – and all be able to hear each other. Magically, whoever is the main speaker of the moment, tends to be the main featured frame/portrait.
You can toggle backwards and forwards between alternative views of the group on your screen (many little framed images, all equal sized, or the large frame of the main speaker, plus several little frames) by clicking on the dots in the top right hand corner. Gallery means all attendees’ frames are featured, in no particular order, whereas choosing Speaker means that the main speaker is framed for your view, plus several other little ones.
In terms of the audio side of this presentation, you will find that we can all talk to each other via the Internet, carrying our voice data if your device has a microphone.
That is until the Talk starts in earnest, at which point everyone will be muted, for a peaceful presentation. We can each mute ourselves by clicking on the microphone image in the bottom left hand corner, or it can be done by the presenter. This stops background features, such as relatives, dogs and washing machines, from joining in.
In our experience, the informal socialising part of any Zoom meeting before the main business usually works out quite reasonably, with one person naturally giving way to another, to speak, once they see that the other is the main speaker being framed by the software. It can be noisy, but not if we manage the controls.
In the bottom tray of control tools that comes up when you hover a cursor over the bottom of the screen, you will see a box called Chat, and if you click on that, there are options to type questions, to everyone or to named individuals, if you don’t want to speak in person or you want to write a question down at the time the speaker is saying something of particular interest to you.
Clicking on the Reactions button means you can signify applause or a ‘thumbs up’ indication for the presenters and other attendees.
In this tool tray you will see an icon called Participants, and if you click on that and find your own name in Attendees you will see a symbol for Putting Up Your Hand. We can see that, and this means we can give you immediate attention and unmute you to speak and be heard.