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Big Blue Button. Web conferencing software . What Is the Big Blue Button?. Free, open source, web conferencing software Clean and simple was the design goal (“Just push the Big Blue Button!”) Similar to Connect or Elluminate Uses VoIP for audio No telephone needed

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big blue button

Big Blue Button

Web conferencing software

what is the big blue button
What Is the Big Blue Button?
  • Free, open source, web conferencing software
    • Clean and simple was the design goal (“Just push the Big Blue Button!”)
    • Similar to Connect or Elluminate
    • Uses VoIP for audio
      • No telephone needed
      • Practical limit of 25 attendees for audio
  • BBB sessions will supplement (but not replace) Connect sessions
  • Big Blue Button main site:
    • http://www.bigbluebutton.org/
  • Big Blue Button tutorials
    • http://www.bigbluebutton.org/content/videos
  • CSU-E’s Big Blue Button:
    • http://bigblue.library.colostate.edu/ (this is the one you’ll use)
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presentation

users

chat

video

listeners

differences between bbb and connect
Differences Between BBB and Connect
  • Attendees have much more control over workspace
    • They can resize, move, and hide modules
    • They can talk
      • Might want to establish some ground rules on when attendees should speak
    • They can turn on their webcam (other attendees have the choice to view other webcams)
  • No polling pod
    • There is a Hand Raise option for yes or no questions
  • No recording option
    • Will be one in next version
  • Groovy hold music
    • Stops when 2 listeners or more sign in to VoIP
getting started
Getting Started
    • http://bigblue.library.colostate.edu/
  • Click “View API Examples” at the lower right
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Getting Started
  • Click “Create Your Own Meeting”
  • Enter name, Click “Create (name’s) meeting
getting started7
Getting Started
  • Copy and paste link to an email and send it out to all invitees
    • As long as the name you use in the previous step is exactly the same, the URL will not change, so it can be sent out in advance
  • Click “Start Meeting”
audio and video
Audio and Video
  • Click headphone to enable audio
    • Presenter and attendee option
    • You’ll get an Adobe window confirming you allow access
    • 2.4 second delay
    • Ask people to raise hand to talk; otherwise you’ll step on each other’s audio
    • To choose between microphones, Right-click>Settings>Microphone icon
  • Click webcam to enable video
    • Presenter and attendee option
    • You’ll get an Adobe window confirming you allow access
    • Attendees can hide (or view) any given video module
  • *TURN OFF CAMERA NOW*
presentation module
Presentation Module
  • PDF is best
    • Microsoft docs upload, but not well
    • 30 mb limit
    • Images also work well
    • Use icon at lower left to upload
    • Use icon at lower right for whiteboard
  • You can set zoom level of participants, drag doc to center what you want (reset button at right of slider)
  • Arrows to navigate slides/pages
  • Click the slide number (2/7 in the screenshot) to get a filmstrip at bottom – move to non-adjacent slides
user module
User Module
  • Shows everyone in room
  • Three status icons:
    • Hand raise (use icon at lower right to raise your hand)
    • Webcam (click on a user’s webcam to see their feed; minimize the cam module to NOT see them)
    • Presenter (to switch presenter, select who you want to switch to, then click Switch Presenter)
listener module
Listener Module
  • Everyone in on the VoIP connection
  • Speaker icon means they are sharing their microphone
  • Mute a listener using icon to left of their name (presenter only)
  • Mute everyone with icon at lower left (presenter only)
  • Eject a listener using icon at lower right (presenter only)
  • Use lock icon to lock a mute/unmute options (presenter only)
chat module
Chat Module
  • Type in lower text box to chat with all in the room
  • Click the + tab at top to chat with a specific person, then choose their name
  • Their name will appear on a new tab
    • Click that tab to chat with them
screen sharing module
Screen Sharing Module
  • Presenter’s view will be a thumbnail
  • Attendees will see it full screen (though they are free to resize the window)
  • Screen refresh can be slow if desktop changes dramatically
    • Moving around with a mouse, using menus captures pretty well
  • You can switch presenters and they can share their desktop
    • Need Java installed