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  1. Web Conferencing Rosebud Cluster Day February 2010 Emma Schafer

  2. What is Web Conferencing? • Web conferencing software allows groups of people to meet and collaborate online from their own computer. • Presenters and participants interact using a variety of features such as: audio, video, instant messaging, shared interactive whiteboard, polling, file sharing and application sharing. • Web Conferencing is used to: conduct live meetings, train people or give presentations via the Internet. • Participants have either a downloaded application on their PC’s or take part in a web based meeting by following a link sent to them to enter the conference.

  3. Features of Web conferencing • Slide show presentations: Powerpoint and keynote slides are presented while the presenter discusses the slides. • Live or streaming video; Webcam, digital camera or multimedia files are presented to the audience. • VoIP: Real time audio communication • Meeting recording: Presentation activity is recorded for future reference • Whiteboard, Annotation: Highlight or mark items on the slide presentation and/ or make notes on a blank whiteboard. • Text chat: Love question and answer sessions for people in the conference. • Polls and Surveys: Presenter directs multiple choice questions to the audience. • Screen, Desktop & Application sharing: Participants can view the presenters screen.

  4. Some ideas for how web conferencing may be useful in your classroom: • Have an expert visit your classroom • Contact an author or poet • Connect with other schools around the world • Use to support transition work between primary and secondary schools. • Story Telling • Web Conference as part of a ‘Book Day’ • Have a conference with a historical character

  5. Examples of Web Conferencing providers: • Communicator: Provided free for edumail to edumail accounts (No whiteboard) • Skype: Free download (No whiteboard) • Dimdim: online, open source. No installation of software required. Can host meetings for up to 20 people free of charge (more with a premium acct) • Elluminate: Online Conference space provided by DEECD for many participants, Vroom for up to 3 participants free through elluminate

  6. What is Elluminate? Elluminate is: • the software currently used by the Department to provide web conferencing to staff and educators around Victoria. The diagram below displays the main features of an Elluminate web conference. • easy to install and use – you don’t need to download any large software files • easy to join – all you have to do is click on a link in an email or website to enter a web conference • cross platform - it supports Windows PC, Mac, Solaris, or Linux • optimised for low bandwidth - you can interact with little lag time, regardless of internet connection speed, even at 28.8.kbps • recordable – even if you miss a session, you can view it online at a later stage.

  7. Elluminate session link:

  8. Checking your Connection

  9. Introduction to the elluminate interface

  10. Elluminate Tools

  11. Participants Window • Raise/Lower Hand • Emoticons • Polling • Step Away

  12. Audio • Permission to use Microphone • Audio Setup Utility • Tools  Audio  Audio Setup Wizard • Optimal Microphone Setting

  13. Chat Window • Permission to use Chat • Send a Text Message • Public • Private

  14. Selection Eraser Pen Highlighter Text Editor Text Ellipse Filled Ellipse Filled Rectangle Rectangle Line Laser Pointer Import an Image Clip Art Screen Capture Whiteboard Tools • Permission to use the Whiteboard • Tools

  15. Polling • Types • Yes/No • Multiple Choice • Slowdown/Speedup Class Pace • Responses will appear in the Participants window if the moderator has selected to show them

  16. So, let’s get interactive & find out about each other Secondary Teacher Primary Teacher Education Support Principal/Leadership Role

  17. Brainstorm – How might you use web conferencing in your classroom?

  18. 15 Tips for successful web conferencing • Develop a Web Conferencing Mindset • Clearly identify objective for the WC. • Prepare your materials ahead of time. • Log into session ahead of time to check settings and pre load files. • Ensure you allow time for ‘social interaction’ in each WC • Plan your questions ahead of time... Because you cant see the body language. • Remember , you can accomplish many different objectives during your WC. • Share responsibilities during your WC (it is often useful to have more than one moderator). • Use WC for short “ad hoc” virtual meetings as required. • Use WC “typing” feature to record key points of a discussion. • Remember to ask questions and use polls to maintain interactivity of WC. • Get input from participants on “things that are new”. • Build comfort and confidence through practice. • Don’t be afraid to try things. • Have fun!

  19. Where to from here? • Click on the link below to watch a recording of this session: • Don’t forget to visit the Virtual Conference Centre to check for DEECD Session:

  20. Elluminate Resource Materials • Visit for: • User Guides • Quick Reference Guides • Recorded Training Sessions • Register for Live Training Sessions • Elluminate Technical Support • The Elluminate User Group available from • 3 for Free