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Dan Paschals Video Conferencing


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Dan Paschals Video Conferencing

  1. 1. Presented by : Daniel Paschal For EDIT 5395 - Administration of the Instructional Technology Program
  2. 2. <ul><li>A browser based application is a program that is accessed via a web browser over a network such as the Internet. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Browser based applications typically require little or no disk space on the client’s computer. All resources are accessed from the host server. </li></ul><ul><li>Browser based applications upgrade automatically with new features. Unlike desktop software which requires occasional upgrades to remain current. </li></ul><ul><li>Browser based applications also provide cross-platform compatibility. They will work with Windows, Mac, and Linux because they run within the browser. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Browser based applications rely on their access to remote servers. This access is often provided by the Internet. Therefore, when the connection is interrupted, the application is no longer usable. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>A desktop application is a program that is installed directly to and runs directly from your computer’s hard drive. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Desktop applications are faster than web based applications. </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop applications typically have better video quality. </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop applications typically have more features. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Desktop applications may require costly upgrades to stay current. </li></ul><ul><li>Desktop applications may be platform specific. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>ooVoo – Desktop Based </li></ul><ul><li>SightSpeed – Desktop Based </li></ul><ul><li>Skype – Desktop Based </li></ul><ul><li>PalBee – Browser Based </li></ul><ul><li>iChat – Desktop Based </li></ul>
  9. 9. Name Win Mac Linux # of People Upgrade VOIP File Transfer IM Conference Recording ooVoo X X 2 Yes Yes Yes Yes No SightSpeed X X X 1 Yes Yes No Yes Yes Skype X X X 1 No Yes No Yes No PalBee X X X 5 No No Yes Yes Yes iChat X 3 No No Yes Yes No
  10. 10. <ul><li>Pro – Basic service is free. </li></ul><ul><li>Pro - Available as an upgrade offering many additional services and 4 different pricing plans. </li></ul><ul><li>Con – Even with the upgraded version the maximum # of callers is 6. </li></ul><ul><li>Con – To run with no advertisements will cost extra. </li></ul><ul><li>Con – Video quality is not high resolution. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Pro – SightSpeed Free is free. </li></ul><ul><li>Pro – Upgrades Business version connects up to 9 callers. </li></ul><ul><li>Pro – Upgrade to SightSpeed Plus to allow up to 4 callers. </li></ul><ul><li>Pro – Works on any platform. </li></ul><ul><li>Con – Video calling is one on one. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Pro – Works on any platform. </li></ul><ul><li>Pro – Subscription plans are available for voice calls. </li></ul><ul><li>Pro - Video calls are free. </li></ul><ul><li>Con – Video calls are one on one. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Pro – Service is free. </li></ul><ul><li>Pro – Video call up to 5 people. </li></ul><ul><li>Pro – Includes a Whiteboard with tools for drawing. </li></ul><ul><li>Con – Meeting time is limited to 1 hour. </li></ul><ul><li>Con – Still in beta. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Pro – Included free with the Mac OS. </li></ul><ul><li>Pro – Video call up to 3 people. </li></ul><ul><li>Pro – Includes screen sharing capability. </li></ul><ul><li>Con – Runs on Mac OS only. </li></ul><ul><li>Con - Contacts must be part of the AOL Instant Messaging (AIM) network. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>I really like the ability to have a video conference with up to 10 people as offered by Palbee. Unfortunately they seem to have some bugs to work. </li></ul><ul><li>I like oovoo’s interface and the video quality seems better than SightSpeed and Skype. </li></ul><ul><li>If I were to go with a free service, I would choose oovoo. </li></ul><ul><li>However, these free services lack the features needed for conferencing with larger groups. </li></ul><ul><li>In education I can see that video conferencing can be very powerful for distance learning. Video conferencing provides the ability to bring a group of people together from different locations to discuss the same topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Using these free services would severely limit the number of students who could benefit from the distance learning. </li></ul>