Share, collaborate, and brainstorm as a group with Google Docs. Engage students, inspire teamwork, and conjure brilliant ideas, or solve problems using Google’s collaborative sharing applications, and then organize results or assess using concept mapping.
Collaborate is a powerful live web conferencing application integrated with the University of Idaho’s Learning Management System BbLearn. That being said, the “live” aspect means that this technology is more complex, and will require some preparation on your part. Get started with the Collaborate Help.
Skype is an application that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee. Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include video conferencing. Group video calls can be between three or more people (up to a maximum of 10). For the best quality, Skype recommends calls with up to five people. Although Skype is free, for videoconferencing at least one person on the call needs Skype Premium or a group video subscription from Skype Manager. For everyone on the call to see video, each person needs: a webcam; a broadband connection; and Skype 5.0 or higher.