Interesting timeing. Someone asked about what happened to the VLN (which i still need an answer for). But that got me thinking about WebEx. I hate paying for things so I just did a search for WebEx OpenSouce, and this DimDim came up. I also think it is kinda related to the skype issue Vince brought up.
Click the "watch the launch video". Considering the cost, I can't wait to get this going between our schools.
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From: "Arthus Erea" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2008 11:19:04 AM (GMT-0500) America/New_York
Subject: Re: Skype?
Skype does offer a lot of potential for having some expert voices in
the classroom. I know of many schools who have used it to talk to
experts in fields. Ex. talking to the author a book students read or
doing collaborative projects. I'd say you should ask her if she has a
specific use plan, or if she is just going to use it for general
personal use. Skype has a lot of potential for use in the classroom
(free teleconferencing). For instance, I recently Skyped in to a
classroom in South Korea where they were learning about marketing and
US politics to answer some questions.
On Jan 17, 2008, at 11:00 AM, Vincent Rossano wrote:
> I've just had a teacher ask if I could install Skype on her computer
> at work. She'd do it at home, but she lives on dial-up in the
> hinterland. Frankly, I've never before been asked to do that on a
> school computer and my first response was to say no, a response
> reinforced by the fact that it is clearly for personal, not school,
> use. But I'm not really sure about the issues involved. Are any
> of you using Skype at your schools?
> Vincent Rossano
> Information Technology Director
> Montpelier Public Schools
> Montpelier, VT 05602
> (802) 225-8690