On Wednesday, Zoom announced an all-new Focus Mode to keep students from getting distracted by other classmates while in a virtual classroom, while still allowing the teacher to keep an eye on everybody.
Gaining a massive impetus during the pandemic, Zoom has single-handedly taken over workspaces and learning spaces, with plenty of educational institutions heavily relying on the video calling app for their classes.
To make learning online a tad more serious, Zoom’s new Focus Mode means that a meeting’s participants won’t be able to see each other’s videos or screen shares, while the host is still able to see everyone’s webcams. For instance, a teacher could turn on Focus mode while presenting, and then turn it off when it’s time for a class discussion.
The focus mode will put the teacher’s video or screen share front-and-center for students, along with their own video, as well as any videos or screen shares that are spotlighted by the host. They’ll also be able to see the names of the other participants, as well as any emoji reactions, but not their visuals, unless allowed.
Although it isn’t specifically mentioned, unline the Webinar mode, the Focus mode is currently available for free accounts as well.