What software can I use for cross-platform videoconferencing (part II)? - Tech Learning

What software can I use for cross-platform videoconferencing (part II)?

Question: What software can I use for cross-platform videoconferencing (part II)? The IT Guy says: I wanted to add another option to the list that Wesley suggested a few months ago. I have been using a service for the last couple of years called Sightspeed. It works with Macs or Windows computers, and the
Author:
Publish date:

Question: What software can I use for cross-platform videoconferencing (part II)?

The IT Guy says:
I wanted to add another option to the list that Wesley suggested a few months ago. I have been using a service for the last couple of years called Sightspeed. It works with Macs or Windows computers, and the basic service is free. It allows you to do an unlimited number of two-way conferences and record video-mail messages up to 30 seconds in length. If you upgrade to the pay version ($4.95 per month, or $49.95 for a one-year commitment), you can also run four-way videoconferences and record video-mail messages up to three minutes long. With the one-year plan, they throw in a free Webcam.

The nice thing about the system is that if you want to be able to run a videoconference with more than two participating, only the person starting it has to have the paid version — up to three people using the free system can then join in.

The latest version (version 5) adds another fun feature. You can now record video messages and then embed them in your weblog as video blogs. If you want to see an example of one of these messages, you'll find it listed at del.icio.us/cmcquinn/it_guy.

I've found the system easy to install and use. The only drawback is that it isn't very useful unless you know others that are using it, so you have to recruit at least one other person to give it a try!

Next Tip: TBA

Listen to the podcast

Featured

Related

Free Technical Software - Part I

from Educators' eZine As a retiree, I have lots of time to seek out some great free or low cost technical software that educators may use as teaching aids. I have done this three times before (see past articles) but recently I have begun digging even deeper to find some really esoteric but still useful stuff. In

Interactive Videoconferencing

Question: More of our teachers are asking about how they can participate in interactive videoconferencing with their students. Do you know of some websites we can use to find organizations and programs offering videoconferencing opportunities for students? The IT Guy says: Three good sources are the IDeaS

Videoconferencing on the Cheap

One of our teachers would like to use videoconferencing this year, but our budget simply won’t cover the cost of the equipment. I’ve heard there’s a way to use a camera and laptop to conduct videoconferences. Can you tell me more? There are programs for both PCs and Macs that enable users to conduct

What are wikis and how can I get one?

Subscribe to TechTips RSS Feed Listen to this podcast One of the most exciting Read/Write Web technologies that is available for educator use includes wikis. Since I was introduced to wikis some time ago, I often forget that many educators are not familiar with them and lack a clear

Videoconferencing from a Laptop

Question: Very few of our teachers are utilizing videoconferencing as part of their curriculum, and a big reason is the hassle it can be to transport students to the iTV room in our high school. This is particularly true for elementary and middle school teachers, whose classrooms are in another building. Are there

Follow the Money, Part II: What to Do With It promo image

Follow the Money, Part II: What to Do With It

Last month, Tech&Learning detailed the funding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) will provide for education technology. This month we survey innovative schools’ leaders on their plans for putting it to good use.Reinvention TimePamela Moran, superintendent of

Configuring H.323 Desktop Videoconferencing Software

Question: Do you have any tips for configuring H.323 desktop videoconferencing software programs that you recommended using? The IT Guy says: With each of these software options, be sure to configure Internet bandwidth settings as appropriate for not only the available LAN bandwidth in the specific classroom

Cross-Platform Desktop Videoconferencing

Question: We have some teachers who want to participate in a project involving desktop videoconferencing. However they use Windows XP computers and the teachers with whom they want to videoconference are using Macintosh computers. Are there software solutions available which permit cross-platform desktop