There are several free video conferencing platforms available to help you connect your students with dHL Experts. dHL Experts often have a preferred way to connect, however dHL Experts are happy to work with you based on the technology requirements set out by your district. Please keep in mind that you may need to contact your IT department if there is software that needs to be installed.
Top Free Video Conferencing Platforms
Google Meet, also known as Google Hangouts Meet, is built to let dozens of people join the same virtual meeting, and speak or share video with each other from anywhere with internet access
Media-ting a Hangout (Thank you @HJ_DeWaard)
Download your preferred Zoom Client to participate in Live Learning Canada’s live streaming programs. There is no cost to you or your District. Alternatively, when users click on their first live stream link they will be prompted to download the zoom client. Zoom offers users a variety of plans, including a free Basic Personal Meeting Room. The Basic plan provides users with a meeting room that hosts up to 100 people, with a 40 minute time limit on meetings, an unlimited number of meetings as well as online support.
K-12 District Platforms
Microsoft Teams is a collaboration app that helps your team stay organized and have conversations—all in one place. Here’s a quick look at the left hand side of Teams.
- Teams – Find channels to belong to or create your own. Inside channels you can hold on-the-spot meetings, have conversations, and share files.
- Meetings – See everything you’ve got lined up for the day or week. Or, schedule a meeting. This calendar syncs with your Outlook calendar.
- Calls – In some cases, if your organization has it set up, you can call anyone from Teams, even if they’re not using Teams.
- Activity – Catch up on all your unread messages, @mentions, replies, and more.
Although these resources reference “Skype” which is no longer available as a free platform, the focus of these resources are the rich activities that focus on learning through global classroom connections. Simply replace “Skype” with your preferred video conferencing platform.
Platforms Only Available in Ontario, Canada
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Videoconferencing Etiquette and Tips
dHL has curated a small collection of eMagazine articles by universities and businesses providing information and best practices for video conferencing.
The Biggest Do’s and Don’ts of Video Conferencing Entrepreneur eMagazine
Video Conferencing Etiquette and Tips University of California Communication and Information Technology
Video Conferencing Tips for Success Northwestern University Information Technology
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