Join Me - Web Conferencing is another quick web conferencing option. The FAQ claims a meeting could support up to 250 connections. That's more than most free options. No webcam or voip audio - instead, it's all about screenshare and conference calls (long distance charges may apply). The presenter can also share screen control with any viewer - making hands on tech support a possibility.

Could be handy when you need to see what your student sees. Or perhaps for some live assessment of computer skills.

In case you missed it, here's a link to our Web Conferencing episode.

Google Body Browser - Sweeeet!

I just keep saying wow as a spin and zoom around the 3D model searching for organs and bones. The double slider design is brilliant. Hours of entertainment for the whole family! Or maybe for science and allied health instructors.

The web technology needed to use this site is only available in some beta browsers. I played with it in Chrome beta and it was smooth. There is a download link on the Google Body Browser page.

STEMTech 2010 Wikis Episode

In this episode, Jo and Meg from Queensborough Community College showcase their collection of professional development wikis. A wiki is a collaborative web site and can be used for many educational purposes. In addition to the collaborative editing tools, a history of changes is also a key feature of any wiki.

Queensborough Community College Wikis


Wikipedia Lamest Edit Wars (Information is Beautiful)


Do you have a wiki you prefer?

Google Tech Care Package

Just in time for the holidays, send your parents a tech support care package from the nice kids at Google.

MS Docs in the Cloud

Now you can create Microsoft documents in the cloud. Check out Create and compose Word, Excel and Powerpoint files on the site and share your creations with Facebook (fb) friends. Collaboration with fb friend editors, wall commenting, view only permissions are some of the features.

Qwiki - Information as Experience

Qwiki at TechCrunch Disrupt from Qwiki on Vimeo.

A new launch point for learning? A source for student research? The up-and-coming bane of instructors advocating for more in-depth thought and reflection? Motivation or satiation for our curiosity? I'm not sure, but it is an interesting achievement in the crunching and beautiful presentation of enormous amounts of data. I, for one, welcome the sultry mechanical voice of informational experiences.

(The platform name, Qwiki, is a bit unfortunate, don't you think? Then again, iPad seems to be doing just fine.)

Web Conferencing Episode

In this exciting continuation of synchronous communication tools, Alan and Emily showcase iLinc, DimDim and MeBeam. DimDim and MeBeam are free options. Other major players in the world of web conferencing tools include: Adobe Connect Pro, GoToMeeting, Elluminate and Wimba (who recently joined with Elluminate and Blackboard). Each company brings their own design, and set of tools to the game, yet most agree on webcam support (at least for the presenter), voice audio, chat, whiteboard, and screensharing. As a relatively new form of communication we are excited to explore the possibilities.

Links Mentioned

Let us know if you have a favorite, or one not mentioned!

Global Edu Online Conference

I missed it live, but the fine people at Wimba/Elluminate/Bb have recorded what appears to be every session of the conference. If you are in the mood for some conferencing but travel dollars are a little tight, consider checking out some of these sessions. Head on over to the Recordings link to browse through the session titles - links are available to the recordings. There are quite a few on Technology!