Connect To A Classmate
Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I was unable to connect with a classmate this weekend so have instead provided a summary of my experience with using these tools in my educational experience.
- Easy to use- use for inter-dept chat
- Easily to connect with other team members in different locations
- Have used to interview students when I am in my office and not in school
- Connection and sound can have issues
- Synchronous- restricted with time
- Camera- different to multi-task as being watched etc
- Free and easy
- Option to turn off the video if distracting (allow you to multi task whilst listening)
- Can add filters and voice changers- useful for students who are socially anxious as they are ‘disguised’.
- Can create groups. secret groups and mute notification
- do not need to be contacts with the person on FaceBook
- Once you have accepted their contact, they automatically appear on the ‘active’ list. Manually deleting them can be a bit time consuming.
- Easy to call and dial in
Projected on a large screen in class so clearer clarity
- Camera allows me to zoom around the room and zoom into student’s faces, screen and focus on body language etc
- Some feedback issues with microphone at times
- Difficult to hear students at the back of the room, they have to move towards the microphone by the screen
- Limited view with camera- some ‘blind spots’
- Expensive set up
- part of district package
- Basic package is free with up to 100 participant s but capped at 40 minutes long.
- Can share my screen and show my work
- breakout rooms and option to ‘take over’ someone’s PCs- could be useful for working through a process.
- Video can be turned off so can microphone
- part of district package
- can share work as well as my screen
- use breakout rooms, share whiteboard and paste snips onto the whiteboard
- easy to use polls for quick feedback
- Videos and mics can be turned off
Overall video conferencing tools are a great way to facilitate communication and collaboration between students, classmates and teachers. Having the option to turn off the video is useful as sometimes the conversation is more information/ mentoring and so moving around, multi-tasking is a strategy that many people apply to utilize their time.
I like using video conference tools when I need to see students and give instructions or feedback and I personally think this works better with larger groups. For sharing ideas with fellow classmates, due to time constraints, I would prefer an asynchronous approach as it gives me more time to think and respond and is a more flexible approach= particularly with online learning where students are juggling full-time work, family life and studies.