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How To Join Zoom & Screen Share On Zoom


Whether you're old or young, keeping up with some of the biggest technological life hacks that come up could leave you spending less time and energy than you would otherwise to accomplish the same tasks. You probably know the saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." I don't agree with that when it comes to most older people, no matter their age as long as they don't develop severe disability (i.e. severe Alzheimers or dementia to the point where adopting a new skill with too many unfamiliar steps is out of the question).


Two of the "tricks" that I've found extremely beneficial are the use of Zoom & screen sharing for meetings. Zoom has integrated options for recording the meeting, remote desktop, etc. Rather than reinventing the wheel on the "how-to" part, I'll be sharing quotes, video, and screenshots from those who have already done that for you.


Why do a Higher % of Older People Have More Difficulty with Zoom?

While some older people adopted Zoom, screen sharing, and other tech-friendly options much faster than younger people like myself, & could run circles around me technologically, that's not typically the case. In my limited experience, I've had a higher % of older people than younger people have difficulties with tech features like Zoom meetings. While I have a lot to learn from older people, and regularly listen to those much older than me on a number of topics, this is a topic where younger people tend to have an edge on.


We're in the digital age, where technology & life itself is advancing much more rapidly than it has for the vast majority of history. The difference in the rate of change within older people's lifetimes has been much more drastic than young people's lifetimes since the rate of change is accelerating exponentially so naturally there is a higher percentage of pushback at times from those who are older who already know so much more than many younger folks because they've already lived so much longer & taken in so much more data through that lifetime, whether through study or experience. Even when an older person wasn't intentionally studying, they were still learning in their waking hours. In case that sounds off, see John Dewey's brief classic, "Experience & Education". Younger people see the changing pace of life more readily because the brevity of their life has only known rapid change and the need to accumulate a high amount of learning in a small time.


In addition, the learning curve is higher for many older people & they may not feel the need to purchase the same technological devices that many younger people rely on, invest in, & who see great benefit from. I won't mention any names, but there's someone in my family who has never learned to type, last I checked, despite me encouraging them to do so. I recently engaged with a contractor who also didn't know how to type, who didn't want to take the time to learn, and who didn't want to spend even $150 on a Chromebook during Black Friday when I spent more than 10 times that amount for my own laptop. I have also worked with clients of mine who didn't regularly use email. If your phone doesn't have email, you don't want to upgrade it, you don't want to buy a computer, etc., you won't be in nearly as easy of a position to transition to a Zoom meeting as most young people.

Why Zoom?

Alternatives to Zoom

How to Join a Zoom Meeting for the first Time

How to Screen Share on Zoom

How I Help My Clients with Zoom & Related Activities



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