Category Archives: Group communication

Tools to support communication of groups and teams

09 – Skype

skype_logo

Skype is useful for one-to-one interactions as well as group conversations. Skype for Business (previously Lync), means it is also a key enterprise tool, and Skype in the Classroom a key educational tool.

Cost: Free and premium versions
Available: Download
Website: http://www.skype.com/
Categories: messaginggroupcomms

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 9  2014: 25  2013: 13  2012: 7  2011: 4  2010: 6  2009: 11=  2008: 4  2007: 3=

Comments from some of those who selected Skype as one of their Top Tools

“I like to see the person I’m talking with. Also, Skype’s great for talking with a group of people at once.” Jay Cross, 2015

“I find I am using Skype more to stay in touch with people through conversations and text messaging.” Harold Jarche, 2015

“This is a great tool for personal communication and team meetings. And it’s free! I use Skype quite a lot. I prefer it for meetings. I have never liked the phone, so I don’t particularly want to Skype for ‘chat’.” Jenny Mackness, 2014

21 – WhatsApp

whatsapp

Not just a a personal messaging app, but its broadcasting and group functionalities make it a valuable tool both for educational and corporate activities.

Cost: Free and premium versions
Available: Download (and Hosted)
Website: https://www.whatsapp.com/
Categories: messaginggroupcomms

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 21  2014: 83  2013: 86  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected WhatsApp as one of their top tools

“for quick communications” Washington Braga, 2015

I use this app to create private study groups, so that all members can stay in touch with one another.” 2015

“text as ask tool”  Paul Jacobs 2013

23 – Google Hangouts

hangouts

Google Video Hangouts are for small groups, whilst Hangouts On Air are live events for larger groups that are streamed via YouTube.

Cost:  Free
Available: Hosted
Website:hangouts.google.com
Categories: webinar/virtual classrooms, groupcomms

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 23  2014: 11 (together with Google+)  2013: 10 (together with Google+)  2012: 17 (together with Google+)
    2011: 26 (together with Google+)  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Some comments from those who voted for Google Hangouts

“my primary meeting/collaboration tool both at work and away from the office (no more phone) …” JD Dillon, 2015

“I have begun to use for a class I teach to students in another building in our district.” 2015

“guiding meetings with students, supporting learning processes” 2015

“every meeting, with shared screens, webcam, collaborative apps, etc” JD Dillon, 2014

LINE

line

LINE is a communications app that allows you to make free voice calls and send free messages whenever and wherever you are, 24 hours a day!

Cost: Free
Available: Download
Website: http://line.me/
Categories: messaginggroupcomms

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: –  2014: 94  2013: –  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –