Category Archives: Webinar and virtual classroom tools

Platforms used for web conferences and meetings, webinars and virtual classrooms

23 – Google Hangouts

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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

34 – Adobe Connect

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Adobe Connect is web conferencing software for web meetings,  webinar events and virtual classroom experiences 

Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available
Available: Hosted/Installed
Website: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html
Categories: webinar/virtual classrooms

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 34  2014: 32  2013: 30  2012: 32  2011: 59  2010: 61=  2009: 41=  2008: 66= 2007: 72=

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

“I’ve just completed an in-house learning program on how to effectively facilitate live virtual learning through Adobe Connect and I’m pretty excited about its potential. Interestingly if it’s done in the right way it can be more engaging for learners than face-to-face training and it forces you to be more succinct and focused on the key learning goals in your training as you can’t really run long Adobe Connect sessions effectively. It’s still formal learning but it enables small/short formal learning which is more preferred and has more uptake than longer sessions” Fleur Mouchemore, 2015

72 – WebEx

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Cisco WebEx is web conferencing and meeting software that combines file and presentation sharing with voice, HD video and meeting spaces.

Cost: Free and premium plans
Available: Hosted
Website: http://www.webex.com/
Categories: webinar/virtual classrooms

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 72  2014: 60  2013: 44  2012: 54  2011: 85=  2010: 67=  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

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

“very reliable, easy to use and complete web conferencing tool. An international company could not do without it.” Jan Van Belle, 2015

“best live learning medium (whiteboards, break-out rooms & easy for users to use)” 2015

“online meetings with remote co-workers” 2013

77 – Blackboard Collaborate

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Blackboard Collaborate offers a social, interactive learning experience with virtual classrooms, online conferencing and instant messaging. Previously known as Elluminate

Cost: Commercial.
Available: Hosted
Website: http://www.blackboard.com/online-collaborative-learning/index.aspx
Categories: webinar/virtual classrooms

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 77  2014: 71  2013: 66  2012: 50  2011: 60  2010: 35  2009: 43=  2008: 50=  2007: 50=

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

“We use this platform extensively for training across our different campuses, as well as for offering virtual office hours to our students.” 2015

“reliable and clever, best online classroom tool” Teresa MacKinnon, 2014

AnyDesk

Working together? Accessing your apps from the road? Showing family videos to your friends?No problem with AnyDesk. And your data stays at home.

Cost:  Free
Available: Download
Website:  http://anydesk.com/
Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning: –
Categories: screensharing