Video Conferencing Information and Resources

There are several video conferencing solutions available to connect dHL Experts and educators. Since dHL Experts usually have a preferred way to connect, be sure to read your Expert’s complete profile before contacting your IT department.

Free Video conferencing Platforms

Cisco Jabber

Cisco Jabber Video for TelePresence is an easy-to-use application that enables non-TelePresence customers to participate in TelePresence video calls. So what does that mean? Free video conferencing capabilities for Mac and Windows users who have a built-in webcam, and access to an Internet connection that can sustain video traffic.

Cisco WebEx

WebEx web conferencing combines file and presentation sharing with voice, HD video and new Meeting Spaces. You’re free to meet anywhere, anytime, and work together in shared meeting spaces with up to 3 people for free.

Google Hangouts

Hangouts is Google’s free videoconferencing platform. You can add apps to your hangouts to watch YouTube videos, draw pictures, or share your screen to collaborate.

Resources:

Hangouts Cheat Sheet

Media-ting a Hangout (Thank you @HJ_DeWaard)

Skype

Access free voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype, send instant messages, and share files. For a fee you can include group calls for up to 10 people.

Resources:

Skype Training Cheat Sheet

A Dozen Ways I Have Used Skype in My Classroom

What is Mystery Skype

How to Set Up and Run a Mystery Skype Session

Mystery Skype Jobs

Mystery Skype Jobs Created by My Students

Mystery Skype Procedures

Platforms Only Available in Ontario, Canada

Contact North | Contact Nord

Contact North | Contact Nord is Ontario’s distance education and training network serving more than 600 small, rural, remote, Aboriginal and Francophone communities across the province. Contact North I Contact Nord is a non-profit organization funded by the Government of Ontario partnering with Ontario’s 24 public colleges, 20 public universities, and hundreds of school boards to offer local access to education and training opportunities.

Subscription Based Videoconferencing Platforms

Adobe Connect

Adobe® Connect™ is a web conferencing platform for web meetings, eLearning, and webinars. It powers web conferencing solutions end-to-end, on virtually any device, and enables organizations from leading corporations to fundamentally improve productivity. Note: All Ontario school boards are licensed to use Adobe Connect. Contact your Tech Department for your free account.

Resources:

Instructions to Connect to Adobe Connect Video Conferencing Server

FieldTripZoom

FieldTripZoom provides a cost effective high definition video conferencing solution to enable schools and content providers such as museums, zoos and parks to connect with each other, offering unique educational experiences. Their hosted “cloud-based” service requires only a PC or Mac, but is also able to connect with traditional videoconferencing equipment, bridging old and new technologies while maintaining the highest level of video quality.

NOTE: If you are booking a session through the Connect2Texas network, you will connect using Zoom at no cost.

Videoconferencing Etiquette and Tips

Video Conferencing Etiquette and Tips

Video Conferncing Etiquette and Tips is a small collection of eMagazine articles by universities and businesses providing information and best practices for video conferencing. Feel free to leave a comment on the Google Doc with your links to other articles of resources you’ve found helpful!

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