[cross-posted at E-Learning Journeys]
Advantages of GChat: archive of chats stored in ‘Chats’ mailbox. Message can be sent to a person not online, they will receive it later.
Skype of course has to come next! What a wonderful tool. I use Skype in the classroom, I use Skype to communicate with family and friends around the world. Here is a link to an article I wrote for ISTE’s Learning and Leading with Technology magazine Using VoIP to Foster Connectivity and Communication. It is also reproduced here on my wiki.
Advantages of Skype: Can include video and text-chat and audio chat, can include a group of up to 9 people. A Skypecast can include a lot more! Skype calls can be recorded using applications such as PowerGramo or Pretty May.
Another tool, UStream, is being used by many educators to share, once again in real time initially, what they are presenting, thinking, or discussing. This image is from Educon 2.0 in January. George Mayo presented on global collaboration and Skyped a few of us in to his presentation, which he also had running through UStream. This shows George in conversation with Clarence Fisher. The Skype calls and conversation were seamless and George was adept at directing the live audience as well as the virtual audience along a path of exploration.
I am really loving Elluminate this year. The facility of audio, chat, whiteboard combined with being able to import PPT files and images, videos, take polls etc etc means it is a very powerful tool for synchronous work. Yes, I know it is expensive for a school, however don’t forget the free V-Room that will take 3 people and is fully functional.
It is through Elluminate that we run the student summits for Flat Classroom Project. Each student and teacher in the summit prepares a JPG file and uploads it ready to talk to the images on the file that represent their work and experiences.
Advantages of Elluminate: Video of presenter possible, audio of one or more participants, back-channel chat.
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Advantages of Twitter: micro-blogging with usually fast response from followers, able to share ideas without getting into a ‘real conversation’, archives all tweets, integrates with mobile phone technology.
Also, to share another synchronous online experience…….Not long ago
I also had the opportunity to be part of a ‘fishbowl’ classroom
A class blog post had been set up and as we listened to the live
conversation by the ‘inner circle’ the outer circle (educators and
outer students) posted comments to this post. We used an online tool
MeBeam with success to webcam the educators and the physical classroom together.
Here is an image of participants using MeBeam with the blog comment window open as well.
Julie Lindsay, guest blogger
[A special thank you to Scott McLeod for inviting me to be guest presenter over the past week. This has been quite a challenge and I have appreciated the opportunity to put more extended blog posts together.]