I do not know what the payoff will be for allowing teachers access to a web conferencing service, but I am determined to give it a try. The service will provide an opportunity to connect with live video and VOIP with desktop and file sharing capabilities. This can be used for a variety of things such as Interviews, work on class projects, last minute help before a final, etc. The list could go on and on of innovative uses for this communication tool, however, who is going to find it useful and actually use it?
This past May, DimDim released a VMWare version of their web conferencing software. We had piloted this before and actually had it integrated with Moodle. It worked for the most part, but DimDim would drop video and sometimes disconnect. Since that pilot, DImDIm has grown tremendously! They have added many more new features and enhancements. I am actually quite excited to give this another shot with the VMWare package.
If I can get the DimDim Package working, the Wiki going with LDAP, Mahara communicating with Moodle for ePortfolios, and the Ajax start page functioning, we will have 5 new web technologies for students and teachers to explore this year.
These would include:
- Photo Sharing
- Web Conferencing
- Enterprise Wiki Solution
- Ajax Start Page (preloaded with District Info, RSS, etc.) similar to Netvibes or PageFlakes for parents, students, staff, whoever