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You may be wondering what Zoom is and why does it matter! No worries, I am going to explain it all.

Zoom is a video conferencing software that is hugely popular. It is popular for three main reasons:

  1. You can have video conferences and calls with people literally anywhere as long as they have an internet connection.
  2. Alongside they have a pretty cool, interactive whiteboard where you can look share powerpoint slides, share your screen and a number of techno, office features.
  3. The best part is that it is free for the basic entry plan.
Source: Zoom

Because of it’s easy to navigate dashboard and multi-functional uses, it is used by a huge range of people from professionals, business owners, entrepreneurs, education establishments and online teachers.

Part of it’s success as well, using myself is that is is easy to download and use and you don’t need a degree in computer science to use it . I have even worked for platforms like Whales English before where they use it for interviewing and also for conducting English lessons to Chinese children.

However since Sunday, many people and notably online teachers have been reporting issues with getting into virtual classrooms using Zoom. Today it was announced that in actual fact, China has banned the US version in totality.

Source: Technode

Technode report that, ‘Attempts to access the app in China resulted in connection problems.
Zoom confirmed the problem, adding that it was still investigating the issue.
Zoom engineers identified the issue was caused by corrupting local DNS, referring to a common method of blocking websites in China.’

This has caused quite a bit of turmoil as there seemed little to no warning at all. Some online teachers have reported that they could not reach their students:

Source: Facebook

Whilst others reported that they were sent onscreen messages to access online classrooms via the Chinese Zoom:

Source: Facebook

So what’s the solution?

Digi-teAch recommends trying the following softwares to get through the current issues.

Chinese Zoom or Classin or Skype

Let Digi-TeAch know if you know of any additional software or platforms that are enabling teachers to teach online in China by leaving a comment below.

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