I recently downloaded and installed the latest (beta) version of Skype, having been intrigued by the improved video and audio quality claims, and also the screen sharing features included in this release. Several of my Twitter colleagues have been commenting positively on it also.
I’m frequently asked about what is available in terms of free or low cost web conferencing tools – and there are certainly quite a number now appearing. A recent post on the Distance Educator.com blog titled Top 5 Free video conferencing tools to teach or conduct webinars provides useful comment and links to some of these:
- Yugma is a great service offered for FREE with additional Pro plans that are very affordable. The free web conferencing account allows you to invite up to 20 attendees in addition you get a free 15-day trial of Yugma Pro. If you decide to go with the pro account they are very affordable, starting at about $99.50 a year.
- Vyew Vyew provides professional quality web conferencing and Collaboration to Educators, Tutors, and Students around the world, for free. Until Vyew, most schools and after school programs could not afford this type of technology.
- WizIQ great easy-to-use tool FREE web based tool for teaching and business conferencing.
- DimDim is a simple, free service that lets everyone everywhere communicate using rich media in real time.
- ooVoo is easy to use: easy to download, easy to install, and best of all: it’s FREE! You can have up to six people in one video conference.
(list courtesy of Vanessa at DistanceEducator.com)