While we’re on the subject of webinars:
Here at Discovery Education we make extensive use of webinars and video conferences. Every week we’ve had a live video conference with our Discovery Educator Abroad and there are webinars going on daily that train people in different ways to enhance their usage of unitedstreaming (you need to be logged in to unitedstreaming to follow the link).
So how can you make use of this technology in your own school? I’ve found one website that provides you with a quick and easy way to host your own webinars. The cost? Free!
Vyew is a site that has quickly made it’s way into my list of favorite ‘Office 2.0′ applications. It is entirely web based and works with most browsers and operating systems. While it is still a beta and they may eventually charge in the future, right now there is no cost at all for using the software. In fact, if you want to do a webinar with only one other person, you don’t even need to register at their site!
During the webinar, youa re able to upload and share office documents and photos, share Google searches, create slide shows on the fly, share a whiteboard, and even share Yahoo maps! It also supports Desktop sharing, but that feature is still pretty raw and has a bunch of warnings before you use it. With a single click y ou can even invite everybody to join a free voice conference call!
Not bad for a free site, eh? So if you’re looking for a webinar solution but don’t want to shell out the big bucks, take Vyew for a test drive. It just might be all you need!