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Zoom

Information Services shared an update on Zoom. The easy-to-use videoconferencing system will soon be available to all DePaul faculty and staff:

As an existing Zoom user, your free account will become associated with DePaul and will be converted to a Pro account, giving you access to the full range of Zoom capabilities. In the coming weeks, look for another email from us including more detailed information on how we will be equipping and onboarding you with Zoom. You can find more information on the additional features you will receive with a Pro account at the following resources:



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Skype In The Classroom

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I receive the occasional question about how best to use Skype in the classroom to bring in guest speakers. My recommendation at the moment is to use the Portable Apps version of Skype on a USB drive, along with a USB webcam. Each classroom PC has two spare USB ports to use

Here is what I would suggest:

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Video Posted for Essential Technology Tools for Teaching



On the 29th October, 2011, I gave a one-hour session on “Essential Technology Tools for Teaching” as part of the monthly Technology Tuesdays. Above is an abbreviated video (about 19 minutes in duration) that shares some of the essentials of what was covered. Move information (and a PDF handout) can be found on the Technology Tools page.

The upcoming Technology Tuesdays session will be on iClickers.
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Videoconferencing is Getting More Interesting

Miles Jackson of CDM shared an interesting article from AllThingsD with me. The article talks about some of the products and services we have been exploring this year, most notably Polycom, Vidyo and Microsoft Lync. Looking forward to experimenting more with these technologies.
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BigBlueButton: Open Source Web Conferencing

Massimo Di Pierro shared an interesting resource with me: BigBlueButton



BigBlueButton is an open source solution that supports sharing of slides (PDF and PPT), video, chat, voice (using Asterisk), and desktops. The support site for BigBlueButton is a little sparse at the moment, but this looks to be an extremely useful (and cheap) way of running a webinar or videoconference.

Well worth checking out.
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