Monday, November 25, 2013

3 Free Tools for Video Conferencing

 Have you ever considered using your webcam on your computer to have a meeting?  Perhaps you have a parent that you would like to show some exercises to in person but they are working during the school day.  Maybe you want to discuss therapeutic techniques or hot topics with other professionals.   

If you just one to connect with one person Skype is a great free option. If you have never used Skype it is super easy. This would be a simple and effective way to communicate with parents, "face to face", if they are unable to meet during the school day. If you travel to different schools, this would be a helpful way to demonstrate techniques to teachers or aides if you will not be there for a few days.   

If you want to meet up with a group of professionals who all have a similar interest, try Google Hangouts.   You can do video conferencing with many people for free.  Each person does need to have a Google account though.  I would like to try this out to show multiple people a PowerPoint presentation at one time.   

OoVoo is another option for your pc, mac or mobile device.  It is free to video chat with up to 12 people.  You can even watch videos on YouTube together and comment or screen share from your device.  You do need ios6 or ios7 to use ooVoo on Apple devices.

Have you tried video conferencing and what has worked for you?

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