The era of web-conferencing
When millions of people stay home in the attempt to control the exponential spread of coronavirus, web-conferencing may become a must.
Web conferencing tools have been widely used in the usual course of business for a few years and now it seems that for a while, online meetings are the only way to go. In our blogpost we have gathered free webinar tools, based on Shane’ Barker’s review.
Skype is arguably the most popular web conferencing tool. It is cross-device and easy to use. With Skype, you can hold one-to-one and group meets, complete with funky chat reactions and easy @mentions.
Skype’s advanced features include private chat, Skype web, Skype interview, live subtitles, and HD video calling. Its integration with Alexa and Xbox make it truly multi-functional. Make local and international conference calls at affordable rates or send SMS via the app.
Skype for Business is a free tool that can facilitate meetings with up to 250 participants. It is integrated with MS Office apps and accessible via iPhone, Android, and PC/Mac devices.
Another great web conferencing tool is Zoom Meetings and Chat. It supports HD audio and video calls and content sharing with up to 1000 meeting participants. Zoom is synced end to end with your calendar via Outlook, iCal, and Gmail.
To make a good impression in video meetings, you can use Zoom’s Touch Up My Appearance and Virtual Backgrounds features. You can password protect and encrypt your chats, and no data is ever lost on Zoom. You can access even 10-year-old archives and retrieve content.
Zoom’s basic plan is free for holding meetings with up to 100 people, limited to 40 minutes. To assist online education, by now Zoom has lifted the 40-minute limit in more and more jurisdictions for school, and it can be requested in further jurisdictions, as well. Its pro plan costs $14.99 per host, to be paid monthly.
BigBlueButton is a web conferencing tool designed to facilitate e-learning. If you’re an educator looking to deliver lessons to your remote students, you will love the whiteboarding and recording features of this software solution.
Schools can use BigBlueButton plugins in their LMS for seamless switching between e-learning courses and meeting mode. This fully-loaded tool is free.
UberConference simplifies conference calling. The dashboard has one-click tools that let you start, join, and manage meetings efficiently. The app version is light-weight but feature-packed. You can use it on iPhones and Androids.
For holding meetings with up to 10 participants, UberConference is free, but requires a PIN for each user. For 11-100 attendees, a subscription costs $15 per month.
WebRoom is a free web conferencing tool for conducting online teaching sessions and meetings. All you need to do is register using your Google account and create a meeting room. Paste the meeting link in your shared Google docs, slides, and sheets. Start the meeting and people can join in by clicking the link.
Use its Workspace feature to upload media files that can people can download and share during meetings. Independent screens let each participant scroll through shared content at their own pace. Interactive whiteboard and LMS plugins improve content delivery tremendously.
For further details, please see the original review on shanebarker.com.