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  • TimeandDate.com

    • Very important for setting live meeting times; you can give your group a Personal Meeting Time link. Select the Meeting Planner to see times in various time zones/cities around the world.

 

 

  • Google+ Hangouts on Air

    • Google hangouts are a great way to communicate with fellow moderators to help organize your session -- if you are in compatible time zones. To get started, you may want to explore this wiki, Google Hangouts Guide for Teachers, in depth. 
    • View this short video (4.5 min.) to learn how to quickly set up a Hangout for audio and video conferencing. You will need a Google+ account (free) and the email addresses of session members to invite. 
    • Hangouts are limited to only ten active participants, although if you do Hangouts on Air, your hangout will be streamed on your YouTube channel, Google Plus, and/or your website. See Broadcast Yourself: Hangouts on Air for more information.
      • Note: When you start a Hangout recording, it immediately generates an embed code. Place this code on your webpage, blog, or wiki, and others can follow your session simultaneously. Rotate in followers so everyone who wants to can have a time to speak. See below.

 

 

From Vance Steven's description of Hangout:

 

It's incredibly simple to start, record, and stream a Google+ Hangout. You simply start a hangout, get it set up to your liking, and when ready -- start the recording.  The moment you've started the hangout you get embed code.  This is the same embed code that allows you to play the video once it's been recorded, the kind you are familiar with for embedding YouTube videos on your blogs and web sites.

  

With Hangout, while you are recording, the embed code streams the recording.  So if you embed it in a website you can invite people to that URL and they will be able to see and hear the event as it is happening.  If you then provide some way for them to interact with you in text chat (we use the Etherpad clones) then you have a means of:

  • accommodating up to ten in the hangout for live interaction
  • accommodating any number of people in the stream with ability to interact with them in synch with the webcast
  •  finding out who would like to join the hangout and rotate people out who have become non-talking heads so you can bring conversant heads in 

 

 

    • If you have problems with the audio or video breaking up or freezing, trying adjusting the bandwidth. See this Google Support page for more information. 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Webheads Virtual Office - Blackboard/Collaborate

    • our favorite for live audio/video/text chatting has changed locations - please mark the time/date on the Webheads timetable page to book a session; this venue has all the bells and whistles, but may get bogged down if too many Webcams are used. We are inviting all moderators to one or more training sessions with the Elluminate/Blackboard live conferencing facility, provided courtesy of Webheads in Action and LearningTimes.org. You can practice at any time, as long as you schedule on the timetable first.

 

 

TO USE THE WEBHEADS VIRTUAL OFFICE for Video and Audio Chat: 

 

  1. Be sure to first sign up on the timetable to be sure you are not in conflict with other sessions (first-come, first-served).
  2. Well before your session try it out at the Webheads Virtual Office.
  3. Enter your first and last name and your location. This is mainly to make you recognizable to others in the session. This information is not recorded or re-used.
  4. If you have gone to a training session already, use the blue link at the bottom of the page:  Session Moderator Login. This will reveal all the tools in Elluminate.

               If you are new, use the Enter Now! button.

               If you are a co-moderator, you might want to use Enter Now! and the moderator will give you Moderator status from the Tool bar.

      5. Always experiment and try things out well BEFORE your session starts. If you run into trouble, exit or close the session, wait 2 minutes, and re-enter. That usually solves most problems.

 

There are more tips and other information here:  

Tutorials_2013evo#BlackboardCollaborate/Elluminate

 

 

 

 

You can pick and choose among various files at Blackboard/Collaborate Demos to get an idea of what the interface does.

NOTE: these demos load very slowly!

 

FOR PARTICIPANTS

   You may wish to give your participants the link to the YouTube Participant Guide video:

 

 

 

You will find this video very helpful to YOU as a Moderator, too!

 

 

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