This new feature came in Zoom, now students will not be disturbed during virtual class
Zoom has introduced a new feature. Its name is Focus Mode. This feature has been introduced so that during online classes, the attention of the students does not get distracted and they can pay more attention. Through this feature, teachers can hide videos and screen shares of students. In such a situation, students will not be able to see what the rest of their classmates have been up to. Whereas, teachers will be able to continue viewing all students and their screen shares.
Through the focus mode of Zoom, it will also be easy for the host that they can make the participants visible to others whenever they want. That is, in the case of a virtual class, teachers will have the right to turn off the focus mode in the middle of a class. So that students can discuss any topic.
Once the focus mode is turned on during a Zoom virtual class, students will not be able to see the rest of their classmates. However, this does not mean that only the teacher will be visible to the students. Students, attending the same class will also be able to see the names of their friends, emoji reactions, and their own videos. Along with this, students will also be able to hear others when unmuted.
It looks like Zoom is looking to appease the educators hosting virtual classes with this new focus mode feature. By the way, this feature can also be used during virtual corporate meetings.
This feature of keeping the participants hidden from others looks somewhat like a webinar. You can also use Zoom to host webinars. But, through the focus mode, the host will have the convenience that they can make the participants visible to others whenever they want.
To turn on Focus Mode, users must have Zoom desktop client version 5.7.3 in Windows or Mac. That is, this feature cannot be used on mobile. However, the focus mode will also affect the participants present on the old zoom version. Hosts can enable focus mode for all users. It will have to be turned on initially through the Zoom web portal. Once enabled, it can be accessed during a virtual meeting by clicking the More button in the meeting toolbar.