With the advance of technology into education and the ease of accessibility to internet services, a new form of instruction based on web conferencing technologies has emerged. Web conferencing was initially introduced ino the world of business allowing conferencing events to be shared with remote locations but is now widely embraced in education.
The real benefit of these conferencing technologies in education is clearly manifested in the fact that they allow for " real-time point to point communications as well as multicast communications from one sender to many receivers." A study recently featured in AISeL , researchers found that students in the web conferencing based environment experience higher percieved learning and satisfaction than those in the face-to-face learning environment. To help you get your hand on some of these tools , Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has compiled a list of some of the best web-conferencing tools for your to try with you students , check them out :
1- Meeting Burner
This is a platform where you can sign up for a free account and start hosting meetings and share your screen. It also has integrated conference lines, skype, recording and sharing.
GoToMeeing offers easy conferencing and online meeting tools that lets you work with anyone, anywhere.
This is an online free web conferencing tool that allows anyone, anywhere to instantly share their desktop and ideas with others.
WebEx web conferencing combines file and presenation sharing with voice, HD video and new Meeting Spaces.
Vyew allows you to meet and share content in real-time or anytime. You can also upload images, files, documents and videos into a room and users can access and contribute at anytime.
Skype is my favourite tool for video conferencing. It allows for group video calling where users from anywhere in the world can get together and share, celebrate and collaborate.
7- Google hangouts
Google video hangouts is another great platform that supports video conferencing. You just need to install the Google Voice and video plugins to get started.