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Video conferencing

  1. 1. Video Conferencing<br />Online Meetings<br />Student learning<br />Staff development<br />
  2. 2. Why look to technology?<br />Budget reduction<br />Reduce cost of moving students from one school to another for one class<br />Reduce reimbursable mileage through online meetings<br />Time savings<br />Administrators can spend more time on site<br />Teachers can begin staff development classes early and without traveling to a common site<br />
  3. 3. Our guidelines<br />Product must<br />Be free or low cost<br />Support video/audio – multiple video streams preferred<br />Allow sharing of documents from presenter to audience<br />Web-based, supporting multiple platforms<br />Does not require installation from participants (java or flash client is OK)<br />
  4. 4. Like to haves<br />Polling tool<br />Text chat or question queue<br />Ability to record and post for playback<br />Audio options- VoIP, free dial-in conferencing<br />Allow participant to take over as presenter<br />Allow participants to share their screens <br />
  5. 5. Web-based options<br />Microsoft Live Online Meeting<br />Mikogo<br />Slideshare with Zipcast<br />Skype Professional with multicast<br />Wimba Classroom<br />
  6. 6. Microsoft Live Online Meeting<br />Licensing is included in our new Microsoft contract<br />We would need to set up our servers to run this. That is a project that can be scheduled for this summer<br />Includes all the tools we need and would like<br />Video stream is one way, presenter controls who is see by everyone else<br />
  7. 7. Mikogo<br />Freeware, web-based<br />No video however video can be used by using the webcam software<br />Very easy to use – basically it allows participants to view the presenter’s screen<br />No VoIP but free dial-in conferencing<br />
  8. 8. Slideshow with Zipcast<br />Slide show is a free web-based program that allows the user to upload documents and presentations<br />It recently added Zipcast, a streaming video and audio tool for the presenter to use<br />Participants use built-in IM to communicate with the presenter<br />
  9. 9. Skype Professional<br />Low cost – <br />Skype Manager allows scheduling of video call and allocation of funding (prepaid).<br />Supports up to 10 video streams<br />Instant messaging, VoIP, file sharing<br />No presentation software<br />
  10. 10. Wimba Classroom<br />Part of Blackboard<br />Dial-in audio, VoIP options that can be used together<br />No video<br />Has many presentation tools including polling<br />No recording<br />Has a history of occasionally freezing<br />

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