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Zoom Participant. Zoom Participant. What do you see? You don't see what I see? What?!

The students that I see through teletherapy services are accessing Zoom by whatever means they can. Some log in through a computer, others connect through smart phones, and about half connect through Ipads or chrome books.

Being able to more deeply connect with families and providing therapy remotely has been incredible. Many parents are participating and modeling correct articulation and language for their children. Calling the families and guiding them through the log in process the first time, as well as giving them a brief tutorial of how Zoom works, has helped.

It hasn't been smooth sailing though. There have been several bumps along the way. Language barriers, no shows, and various technical issues.

I assumed the Zoom screen on the participant's was the same as what I was seeing on my computer screen. I quickly learned that it wasn't.

What are they seeing? I decided to research into exactly what they are seeing from various devices. I set up a Zoom meeting with myself through an Iphone, Ipad, and another computer in my house.


I wanted their teletherapy experience to be as streamlined as possible. I opened the Internet Explorer App on my phone and typed in I thought it would be easier than having them download the Zoom app. I selected Join Meeting. I was surprised to find out that I was not able to access the meeting this way. A message popped up stating that I needed to download the Zoom app so I could access Zoom through my phone. I downloaded Zoom and opened it.

I clicked Join a Meeting. I entered my meeting ID. In reality, the entire meeting ID is displayed, but in the picture below I blocked the last digits of meeting ID. Meeting IDs can be different lengths so don't be alarmed if yours is longer or shorter. The person joining has the option of modifying their name at this time overriding whatever the default is. If multiple students are entering, you may want to have them simply place their initials.

The default setting is that Audio and Video are enabled. They can disable at this time. You normally don't want those settings disabled.

They must enter a password if you required one. CAUTION: I would suggest adding a password for additional security. I was teaching my mother how to Zoom, and she ended up in another person's meeting because she boxed a number and that room did not require a password. They will select then Join with Video.

In order for the participant to be heard, they should select Call using Internet Audio.

This is what they see. I used a free image of a girl from to represent the device of the student. Thank you The speaker is the big picture. The participant is the little picture. If the participant wants to see themselves bigger, they simply tap on their face to toggle to become the larger image.

The menu at the bottom contains: Audio, Video, Share Content, Participants, and a More (...) options. They work similarly as the options on the computer so I will only highlight some differences.

When the screen is shared with the participant, the participant can tap on the area on the bottom left of the screen just above the menu. A pencil button will appear. My screen's picture says "Nicole Sauer's screen". The participant will tap the button to gain control.

When you click the pencil in the blue circle, an abbreviated version of the annotate menu appears, and the participant can interact with the screen. The person can draw, highlight, draw an arrow, select the color used, and erase.

Note: Remember to Quit Sharing to be able to access the screen to End the Meeting. The short cut to regain control of the screen is ALT CTRL G.

The activity displayed was a free downloadable activity from Super Duper Inc. No Prep Therapy Activity: Guess My Monster. Thank you Super Duper. There are several good free resources on that site.


I logged in to Zoom using the app on the Ipad. I followed the same steps as above, but when I finally entered the meeting, this is what my screen looked like. Again, the little cartoon picture of the girl represents the participant.

The menu is on the TOP of the screen. The participant has buttons on the upper lefthand side under the menu to switch the Camera or toggle between Gallery View/Speaker View.

This is what a shared screen looks on their end. The speaker is small and the screen is large. If the participant touches the small window, it will swap with the larger picture in the background if desired. To activate the annotate feature, the participant will have to tap the bottom left hand portion of the screen. A pencil circled in blue will appear. The participant will tap the pencil to activate the annotate feature.

More annotate features are available with the Ipad than Iphone. The stamp feature, my favorite, is not available on the Ipad nor Iphone. The participant will have to get out of the annotate feature in order to interact with the screen to control it. The activity is called Slithering S-Blends by Lauren Alexandra on Boom Learning. It is one of my favorites.

In order for the participant to control your screen, you must grant them access. Once you share your screen, a menu should pop up above the green meeting room ID bar. Select the Remote Control and a drop down menu will appear. Give mouse/keyboard access to: Name of Participant.

When access is granted, the remote access button will appear on the participants screen. Press on it. You will have a couple of options- keyboard and mouse. With mouse selected , a tiny hand with a pointer will appear above a computer mouse image.

The pointer needs to be on the desired location and the participant must press down firmly and deliberately to activate the mouse pointer action. Tips are found under the "?".


Finally, they are seeing what I think they are seeing. For the most part, their controls are what I would imagine what they would see on their end as they are very similar to what I am seeing on my side. However, the green bar with the ID is not always active on the participant's screen. Sometimes it requires that the person click on the top of the screen for it to appear. Once displayed, they can click the box and activate the controls. When the facilitator grants access to the participant's screen, the box with the meeting ID turns yellow.

I hope this helped you understand what is being seen on the participant's side of zoom. Good luck. You can do it.

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