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Virtual Classroom by Mind Map: Virtual Classroom

1. Blackboard Collaborate

1.1. features

1.1.1. whiteboarding

1.1.1.1. text blocks and images can be moved afterwards

1.1.1.2. various pointers (dots, hand, checkmark)

1.1.1.3. annotation tools

1.1.1.3.1. drawing tools

1.1.1.3.2. clipart

1.1.1.4. no pdf nor word document

1.1.1.5. PowerPoint and images

1.1.1.5.1. Animations and links do not work

1.1.2. web touring

1.1.3. screensharing

1.1.3.1. remote control

1.1.3.2. application sharing possible (when 2 ppl can work at it the same time)

1.1.4. polling (poor)

1.1.5. a timer

1.2. low bandwidth requirements

1.2.1. from 33kps modem speed

1.3. audio

1.3.1. up to 6 multiple microphones

1.3.2. constraints

1.3.2.1. sometimes the voice turns into chipmonks to catch up on lag

1.3.3. affordances

1.3.3.1. works extremely well on low bandwidth

1.4. pricing

1.4.1. free fully-featured VRoom for up to 3 people, need to sign up at learncentral.org

1.4.2. free 'lite' version in Fronter

1.4.3. 50 seats for $499 per year

1.4.4. 10 seats for $199 per year

1.4.5. WebHeads have an account through LearninTimes

2. Adobe Connect

2.1. pricing

2.1.1. Edu-rate: a one-off set-up fee of 500 EUR and 200 EUR per year for 100 seats through resellers

2.1.2. Non-Edu-rate: a one-off set-up fee of 1400 EUR and 430 EUR per year for 100 seats

2.2. system requirements

2.2.1. bandwidth hungry when lots of webcams are used, else not much

2.3. features

2.3.1. screensharing

2.3.1.1. desktop

2.3.1.2. a specific application

2.3.2. whiteboarding

2.3.2.1. uploads

2.3.2.1.1. powerpoint

2.3.2.1.2. pdf

2.3.2.1.3. word document

2.3.2.1.4. short mp3s

2.3.2.1.5. flash video and mp4 AND youtube plugins

2.3.2.2. drawing tools are poor

2.4. FREE Adobe ConnectNow

2.4.1. no upload of images and powerpoint slides possible

2.4.2. screensharing plus freeze functionality

2.4.3. pricing

3. WizIQ

3.1. versions

3.1.1. Premium 49US

3.1.1.1. can receive payments via paypal

3.1.1.2. branded virtual classroom

3.1.1.3. no registration of students required

3.1.1.4. learners can get access to virtual classroom only after payments

3.1.1.5. you can log in before the class starts

3.1.1.6. schedule private classes

3.1.1.7. unlimited recordings

3.1.1.8. download recordings

3.1.1.9. unlimited invitations

3.1.1.10. view contact details of learners and send messages

3.1.1.11. featured classroom for marketing

3.1.1.12. can share unlimited documents with any contacts

3.1.1.13. unlimited tests with any contacts

3.1.1.14. schedule paid private classes

3.1.2. Free

3.1.2.1. no break-out rooms

3.1.2.2. meeting times extension offered after 1h meeting (30min)

3.1.2.3. 3 recordings only

3.1.2.4. no recordings

3.1.2.5. maximum of 50 invitations per day

3.1.2.6. can not see contact details of learners

3.1.2.7. can not receive any payments

3.1.2.8. share unlimited document with a maximum of 50 persons per day

3.1.2.9. share unlimited tests with 50 persons per day

3.2. general

3.2.1. easy to use

3.2.2. even students need an account

3.3. video feeds

3.3.1. live video, but no still image of moderator

3.3.2. second video feed is tiny

3.4. audio

3.4.1. multiple mics

3.5. pricing

3.5.1. premium: $ 49,59 per annum

3.5.2. free for 500 seats, max 2h sessions

3.6. Classes to be scheduled 24 hrs before

4. WebEx

4.1. features

4.1.1. webtouring

4.1.2. screen sharing

4.1.3. Whiteboard

4.1.4. Powerpoint with animations and active links

4.2. audio

4.2.1. VoIP

4.2.2. telephone conference

4.3. pricing

4.3.1. 25 seats for 380 EUR or $ 460 US per month

4.3.2. Unlimited meetings with 8 concurrent users for $19 US / month

4.4. Other

4.4.1. cross platform (MAC and PC)

4.4.2. Mobile app

5. Vyew

5.1. general

5.1.1. white

5.2. features

5.2.1. Screensharing

5.2.2. whiteboarding

5.2.3. embedded video

5.2.4. separate workspace for the studentes

5.3. pricing

5.3.1. free for 20 seats

5.3.2. need to pay if you want it without advertisement

5.4. tech check-list

6. Screensharing/ Remote Control

6.1. oneeko.com

6.1.1. free version

6.1.2. premium

7. QUICK OVERVIEW

7.1. FREE

7.1.1. Skype plus add-ons

7.1.1.1. Innerpass

7.1.1.2. TalkandWrite

7.1.1.2.1. free of charge for 2 people

7.1.1.3. Whiteboardmeeting

7.1.1.4. Yugma

7.1.1.5. Persony VShow

7.1.1.6. NetviewerMeet

7.1.2. Blackboard Collaborate wecollaborate.com free for up to 3

7.1.3. Spreed free for up to 3

7.1.4. Vyew free for up to 10

7.1.5. WizIQ (free for up to 500)

7.1.6. Adobe ConnectNow

7.1.7. WebEx for up to 3

7.2. Reasonably priced solutions

7.2.1. LiveConferencePro 30$ a month (15 parts)

7.2.2. InstantPresenter.com 49$ a month (25 parts)

7.2.3. iVocalize 60$ a month (10 parts)

7.2.4. Digital Samba 29 € (5 parts)

7.2.5. Hotconference.com 60$ a month, 5 rooms (500 parts, 25 cams)

7.2.6. Megameeting 70$ a month (10 parts)

7.2.7. Centra/ Saba 80$ a month 5 rooms (100 parts)

7.2.8. WebConference.com 99$ a month (10parts)

7.3. No longer available

7.3.1. DimDim (acquired by Salesforce)

7.3.2. Supercoolschool.com

7.3.3. Interwise

7.3.4. Centra is now Saba

8. BigBlueButton

8.1. Open Source

8.1.1. no monthly charges

8.2. need own server and trained IT personnel or buy installation services from Blindside

8.3. features

8.3.1. screensharing

8.3.2. no whiteboard but a blank ppt works the same

8.3.2.1. easy annotation tools

8.3.3. video

8.3.4. audio

8.3.5. Google translate in text chat