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Web Conferencing. Rosebud Cluster Day February 2010 Emma Schafer. What is Web Conferencing?. Web conferencing software allows groups of people to meet and collaborate online from their own computer.

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Web conferencing

Web Conferencing

Rosebud Cluster Day February 2010

Emma Schafer


What is web conferencing
What is Web Conferencing?

  • Web conferencing software allows groups of people to meet and collaborate online from their own computer.

  • Presenters and participants interact using a variety of features such as: audio, video, instant messaging, shared interactive whiteboard, polling, file sharing and application sharing.

  • Web Conferencing is used to: conduct live meetings, train people or give presentations via the Internet.

  • Participants have either a downloaded application on their PC’s or take part in a web based meeting by following a link sent to them to enter the conference.


Features of web conferencing
Features of Web conferencing

  • Slide show presentations: Powerpoint and keynote slides are presented while the presenter discusses the slides.

  • Live or streaming video; Webcam, digital camera or multimedia files are presented to the audience.

  • VoIP: Real time audio communication

  • Meeting recording: Presentation activity is recorded for future reference

  • Whiteboard, Annotation: Highlight or mark items on the slide presentation and/ or make notes on a blank whiteboard.

  • Text chat: Love question and answer sessions for people in the conference.

  • Polls and Surveys: Presenter directs multiple choice questions to the audience.

  • Screen, Desktop & Application sharing: Participants can view the presenters screen.


Some ideas for how web conferencing may be useful in your classroom
Some ideas for how web conferencing may be useful in your classroom:

  • Have an expert visit your classroom

  • Contact an author or poet

  • Connect with other schools around the world

  • Use to support transition work between primary and secondary schools.

  • Story Telling

  • Web Conference as part of a ‘Book Day’

  • Have a conference with a historical character


Examples of web conferencing providers
Examples of Web Conferencing providers: classroom:

  • Communicator: Provided free for edumail to edumail accounts (No whiteboard)https://www.edumail.vic.gov.au/EduMailOnline/cquickguides.htm

  • Skype: Free download (No whiteboard) http://skype.com/intl/en/

  • Dimdim: online, open source. No installation of software required. Can host meetings for up to 20 people free of charge (more with a premium acct)http://www.dimdim.com

  • Elluminate: Online Conference space provided by DEECD for many participants, Vroom for up to 3 participants free through elluminatehttp://www.elluminate.com/


What is elluminate
What is classroom:Elluminate?

Elluminate is:

  • the software currently used by the Department to provide web conferencing to staff and educators around Victoria. The diagram below displays the main features of an Elluminate web conference.

  • easy to install and use – you don’t need to download any large software files

  • easy to join – all you have to do is click on a link in an email or website to enter a web conference

  • cross platform - it supports Windows PC, Mac, Solaris, or Linux

  • optimised for low bandwidth - you can interact with little lag time, regardless of internet connection speed, even at 28.8.kbps

  • recordable – even if you miss a session, you can view it online at a later stage.


Elluminate session link
Elluminate classroom: session link:

https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2007026&password=M.C2548966E58836EF14D9099452E684



Introduction to the elluminate interface
Introduction to the classroom:elluminate interface


Elluminate tools
Elluminate classroom: Tools


Participants window
Participants Window classroom:

  • Raise/Lower Hand

  • Emoticons

  • Polling

  • Step Away


Audio
Audio classroom:

  • Permission to use Microphone

  • Audio Setup Utility

    • Tools  Audio  Audio Setup Wizard

  • Optimal Microphone Setting


Chat window
Chat Window classroom:

  • Permission to use Chat

  • Send a Text Message

    • Public

    • Private


Whiteboard tools

Selection classroom:

Eraser

Pen

Highlighter

Text Editor

Text

Ellipse

Filled Ellipse

Filled Rectangle

Rectangle

Line

Laser Pointer

Import an Image

Clip Art

Screen Capture

Whiteboard Tools

  • Permission to use the Whiteboard

  • Tools


Polling
Polling classroom:

  • Types

    • Yes/No

    • Multiple Choice

    • Slowdown/Speedup Class Pace

  • Responses will appear in the Participants window if the moderator has selected to show them


So let s get interactive find out about each other
So, let’s get interactive & find out about each other classroom:

Secondary Teacher

Primary Teacher

Education Support

Principal/Leadership Role



15 tips for successful web conferencing
15 Tips for successful web conferencing classroom?

  • Develop a Web Conferencing Mindset

  • Clearly identify objective for the WC.

  • Prepare your materials ahead of time.

  • Log into session ahead of time to check settings and pre load files.

  • Ensure you allow time for ‘social interaction’ in each WC

  • Plan your questions ahead of time... Because you cant see the body language.

  • Remember , you can accomplish many different objectives during your WC.

  • Share responsibilities during your WC (it is often useful to have more than one moderator).

  • Use WC for short “ad hoc” virtual meetings as required.

  • Use WC “typing” feature to record key points of a discussion.

  • Remember to ask questions and use polls to maintain interactivity of WC.

  • Get input from participants on “things that are new”.

  • Build comfort and confidence through practice.

  • Don’t be afraid to try things.

  • Have fun!


Where to from here
Where to from here? classroom?

  • Click on the link below to watch a recording of this session: https://sas.elluminate.com/mrtbl?suid=M.8C1DF3BC1F62069EF678021E5B17E1

  • Don’t forget to visit the Virtual Conference Centre to check for DEECD Session:

    http://www.education.vic.gov.au/researchinnovation/virtualconferencecentre/default.htm


Elluminate resource materials
Elluminate classroom? Resource Materials

  • Visit www.elluminate.com/training for:

    • User Guides

    • Quick Reference Guides

    • Recorded Training Sessions

    • Register for Live Training Sessions

  • Elluminate Technical Support http://www.elluminate.com/support/

  • The Elluminate User Group available from www.learncentral.com

  • 3 for Free vRoomwww.elluminate.com/vroom/


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