Comparing available programs for synchronous instruction
|Adobe Connect||Web-ex||Go To Mtg.||BigBlueButton||Collaborate|
|Participants /use tools||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
At the very beginning, synchronous sessions can be a challenge. All of the tools are wonderful, but sometimes you feel like you need two hands and a hand for the mouse to stay on top of the activity. When the participants are active, the sessions are invigorating. My biggest challenge is to remember to click the talk button if the system is one that allows only one speaker at a time. Sharing video, audio, images and files with the participants moves us toward the goal of offering differentiated learning.
When students are full-time virtual learners, or when part-time students for a course have an unavoidable absence, having the recording to share is extremely valuable. Additionally, teachers can record sessions to be inserted in the course as a part of the content. Now an added beauty for many of these programs is that participants can access them on a variety of devices. The barriers to learning just keep being overcome by developing technology.