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THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES ST. AUGUSTINE, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, WEST INDIES FACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND EDUCATION SCHOOL OF EDUCATION. Web Conferencing Tools Simple tools and strategies for modeling, teaching and learning at a distance. Objectives. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
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  • Web Conferencing ToolsSimple tools and strategies for modeling, teaching and learning at a distance THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIESST. AUGUSTINE, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, WEST INDIESFACULTY OF HUMANITIES AND EDUCATIONSCHOOL OF EDUCATION

  • ObjectivesAt the end of our time together we would have :Defined what web conferencing (WC) isExplored the literature on some best practices using some common synchronous and asynchronous toolsExperienced what Technology Integration resembles in the 21st Century Virtual ClassroomsNoted some essential conditions that facilitate web conferencing in the digital ageInteracted with some some free and simple technologies that can be used in conjunction with WC tools

  • Web conferencing is ...a form of real-time or synchronous communications in which multiple computer users, all connected to the Internet, see the same screen in their Web browsers.

    Some Web conferencing systems include features such as texting, VoIP (voice over IP) and full-motion video. http://searchunifiedcommunications.techtarget.com/definition/Web-conferencing

  • Why use web conferencing toolsSeveral academics identified the need for web-conferencing to enable effective synchronous pedagogies for distance teaching and learning(Bower & Hellsten, 2010)

    Research that supports the use of conferencing tools in blended and online learning.(Brown & Munger, 2010)

    http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=3730893&height=267&width=200

  • Benefits of web conferencing. More presence for the instructor and materialsSupports the use of diverse media and materialsEnables connection not just with students, but with content experts in other locationsFosters increased interaction with students, greater sense of community

  • Web Conferencing facilitates...multimodal collaboration. .. allows teachers and students to be brought together in a synchronous manner whereby they can hear each others voice, share files,make presentations, chat, broadcast their desktop and collaboratively author.

  • Added benefits of web conferencing using a blended mode. Capitalize on experiences and new technologies at the same timeUse the right tool for each job and by-pass some weaknesses of each delivery methodSupport even more diverse content and materials: WWW, PowerPoint/Prezis, Web2.0 technologies, A/V equipment

  • Essential conditions for effective Web Conferencing for the hostKnow the toolTest firstEstablish structure and protocolsDont twiddleAvoid audio or camera sicknessWrite largeUse visual aids

  • Essential conditions for effective Web Conferencing for the hostRemember this is the real thingPrepare for the least common denominatorMinimize content distractionsBecome familiar with the Sites- ( for VC)Model behaviourTake a breakBe multi-modalAssess your progress

  • Good Web Conferencing Practice Resembles this for the participant

    Preparing earlyPosition for audio or videoPrepare the Conference SpaceMake Eye ContactPrioritize AudioRemember you are being heard, and may be on cameraAnticipate problems

  • Free Web Conferencing Tools.

    Mikogo (Absolutely Free!)Yugma (Free with Limited features)w SkypeYuuGuu (Free with Limited features)OpenMeetings (Free)WebHuddle (Free)Vyew (Free with Limited Features) Adobe ConnectNow (Free with Limited features)Microsoft Live Meeting

  • Tools that can be used in conjunction with Skype as a WCT.LMSs-myeLearningVokis - Wikis - collaborationCourse websites vokis as management tools Web recorders -large mp3 files producedWeb cameras video conferencesDropboxes large files are stored and shared E-Whiteboards

  • Web Conferencing with free tools 4 communication and collaborationOther communicative and collaborative tools to support teaching in the online environment can be found at this link http://www.techlearning.com/article/34196

  • Collaborative learning environments .are set to take hold in education in the very near future, with mobile devices, game-based learning, and other education technologies to follow suit in the next few years, according to the 2010 Horizon Report, released by the New Media Consortium (NMC).

  • Top collaboration sites.Some top collaborative sites can be found at http://www.techlearning.com/article/34196

  • Introducing Skype.

  • Acknowledgements

    Brown, R., & Munger, K. (2010). Learning Together in Cyberspace: Collaborative Dialogue in a Virtual Network of Educators. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 18(4), 541-571. Bower, M., & Hellstn, M. (2010). An Institutional Study of Learning and Teaching Using Web-Conferencing. Paper presented at the Global Learn Asia Pacific 2010, Penang, Malaysia.

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/live-meeting-help/demo-microsoft-office-live-meeting-HA010240323.aspx

    http://www.techlearning.com/article/34196http://open-tube.com/7-free-web-conferencing-tools

    **Web conferencing allows users to carry on business meetings and seminars, make presentations, conduct demonstrations, provide online education and offer directLearn MoreCollaborative ApplicationsUnified Communications Resourcescustomer support. Control of the session can be passed among users so that any attendee can act as the main presenter. The most effective Web conferencing solutions require high-speed Internet connections at all user sites.Several vendors offer Web conferencing services for a nominal monthly fee. System requirements are modest. Most personal computers have sufficient resources to use Web conferencing through their existing browsers. Installation of the supporting software, if any, is easy and there is practically no learning curve.

    ****Play Video Integrating Technology in a Elementary Classroom in Real PlayerDownloads. **I. Leadership and Vision Educational leaders inspire a shared vision for comprehensive integration of technology and foster an environment and culture conducive to the realization of that vision. Educational leaders: A. facilitate the shared development by all stakeholders of a vision for technology use and widely communicate that vision. B. maintain an inclusive and cohesive process to develop, implement, and monitor a dynamic, long-range, and systemic technology plan to achieve the vision. C. foster and nurture a culture of responsible risk-taking and advocate policies promoting continuous innovation with technology. D. use data in making leadership decisions. E. advocate for research-based effective practices in use of technology. F. Advocate on the state and national levels for policies, programs, and funding opportunities that support implementation of the district technology plan.II. Learning and Teaching Educational leaders ensure that curricular design, instructional strategies, and learning environments integrate appropriate technologies to maximize learning and teaching. Educational leaders: A. identify, use, evaluate, and promote appropriate technologies to enhance and support instruction and standards-based curriculum leading to high levels of student achievement.B. facilitate and support collaborative technology-enriched learning environments conducive to innovation for improved learning. C. provide for learner-centered environments that use technology to meet the individual and diverse needs of learners. D. facilitate the use of technologies to support and enhance instructional methods that develop higher-level thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. E. provide for and ensure that faculty and staff take advantage of high-quality professional learning opportunities for improved learning and teaching with technology.III. Productivity and Professional Practice Educational leaders apply technology to enhance their professional practice and to increase their own productivity and that of others. Educational leaders: A. model the routine, intentional, and effective use of technology. B. employ technology for communication and collaboration among colleagues, staff, parents, students, and the larger community.C. create and participate in learning communities that stimulate, nurture, and support faculty and staff in using technology for improved productivity. D. engage in sustained, job-related professional learning using technology resources. E. maintain awareness of emerging technologies and their potential uses in education. F. use technology to advance organizational improvement.IV. Support, Management, and Operations Educational leaders ensure the integration of technology to support productive systems for learning and administration. Educational leaders: A. develop, implement, and monitor policies and guidelines to ensure compatibility of technologies.B. implement and use integrated technology-based management and operations systems. C. allocate financial and human resources to ensure complete and sustained implementation of the technology plan.D. integrate strategic plans, technology plans, and other improvement plans and policies to align efforts and leverage resources. E. implement procedures to drive continuous improvement of technology systems and to support technology replacement cycles.V. Assessment and Evaluation Educational leaders use technology to plan and implement comprehensive systems of effective assessment and evaluation. Educational leaders: A. use multiple methods to assess and evaluate appropriate uses of technology resources for learning, communication, and productivity.B. use technology to collect and analyze data, interpret results, and communicate findings to improve instructional practice and student learning.C. assess staff knowledge, skills, and performance in using technology and use results to facilitate high-quality professional development and to inform personnel decisions.D. use technology to assess, evaluate, and manage administrative and operational systems.VI. Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues Educational leaders understand the social, legal, and ethical issues related to technology and model responsible decision making related to these issues. Educational leaders: A. ensure equity of access to technology resources that enable and empower all learners and educators.B. identify, communicate, model, and enforce social, legal, and ethical practices to promote responsible use of technology. C. promote and enforce privacy, security, and online safety related to the use of technology. D. promote and enforce environmentally safe and healthy practices in the use of technology. E. participate in the development of policies that clearly enforce copyright law and assign ownership of intellectual property developed with district resources.

    *I. Leadership and Vision Educational leaders inspire a shared vision for comprehensive integration of technology and foster an environment and culture conducive to the realization of that vision. Educational leaders: A. facilitate the shared development by all stakeholders of a vision for technology use and widely communicate that vision. B. maintain an inclusive and cohesive process to develop, implement, and monitor a dynamic, long-range, and systemic technology plan to achieve the vision. C. foster and nurture a culture of responsible risk-taking and advocate policies promoting continuous innovation with technology. D. use data in making leadership decisions. E. advocate for research-based effective practices in use of technology. F. Advocate on the state and national levels for policies, programs, and funding opportunities that support implementation of the district technology plan.II. Learning and Teaching Educational leaders ensure that curricular design, instructional strategies, and learning environments integrate appropriate technologies to maximize learning and teaching. Educational leaders: A. identify, use, evaluate, and promote appropriate technologies to enhance and support instruction and standards-based curriculum leading to high levels of student achievement.B. facilitate and support collaborative technology-enriched learning environments conducive to innovation for improved learning. C. provide for learner-centered environments that use technology to meet the individual and diverse needs of learners. D. facilitate the use of technologies to support and enhance instructional methods that develop higher-level thinking, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. E. provide for and ensure that faculty and staff take advantage of high-quality professional learning opportunities for improved learning and teaching with technology.III. Productivity and Professional Practice Educational leaders apply technology to enhance their professional practice and to increase their own productivity and that of others. Educational leaders: A. model the routine, intentional, and effective use of technology. B. employ technology for communication and collaboration among colleagues, staff, parents, students, and the larger community.C. create and participate in learning communities that stimulate, nurture, and support faculty and staff in using technology for improved productivity. D. engage in sustained, job-related professional learning using technology resources. E. maintain awareness of emerging technologies and their potential uses in education. F. use technology to advance organizational improvement.IV. Support, Management, and Operations Educational leaders ensure the integration of technology to support productive systems for learning and administration. Educational leaders: A. develop, implement, and monitor policies and guidelines to ensure compatibility of technologies.B. implement and use integrated technology-based management and operations systems. C. allocate financial and human resources to ensure complete and sustained implementation of the technology plan.D. integrate strategic plans, technology plans, and other improvement plans and policies to align efforts and leverage resources. E. implement procedures to drive continuous improvement of technology systems and to support technology replacement cycles.V. Assessment and Evaluation Educational leaders use technology to plan and implement comprehensive systems of effective assessment and evaluation. Educational leaders: A. use multiple methods to assess and evaluate appropriate uses of technology resources for learning, communication, and productivity.B. use technology to collect and analyze data, interpret results, and communicate findings to improve instructional practice and student learning.C. assess staff knowledge, skills, and performance in using technology and use results to facilitate high-quality professional development and to inform personnel decisions.D. use technology to assess, evaluate, and manage administrative and operational systems.VI. Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues Educational leaders understand the social, legal, and ethical issues related to technology and model responsible decision making related to these issues. Educational leaders: A. ensure equity of access to technology resources that enable and empower all learners and educators.B. identify, communicate, model, and enforce social, legal, and ethical practices to promote responsible use of technology. C. promote and enforce privacy, security, and online safety related to the use of technology. D. promote and enforce environmentally safe and healthy practices in the use of technology. E. participate in the development of policies that clearly enforce copyright law and assign ownership of intellectual property developed with district resources.

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