Transforming learning through global collaboration
I had the opportunity to use a new communication tool this week. Paula introduced me to Zoom, an online cloud video conference tool. Everything is in the cloud, although client was installed to my computer in order for me to attend the meeting. I had an interesting experience because we made plans to meet online, and I received an e-mail with the info to attend the meeting. It was quickest for me to find the e-mail on my iPad so I joined the meeting on my iPad. We had difficulty with the audio, but I think we just needed to adjust the speakers, but I thought the problem may have been with the iPad, so I switched to my laptop and joined the meeting again. For a few short noisy minutes, I became a twin and was in the meeting from 2 different devices. (Because of the audio feedback, I do not recommend anyone try this great way to clone yourself.) Eventually we settled into a meeting from our laptops using headphones with mics.
Zoom does offer free accounts. It worked well for 2 people and either of us was easily able to do screen sharing. It was easy to find the audio and video menus. On the laptop version, you had to mouseover the commands at the bottom of the screen, but the iPad version of Zoom had buttons for all the controls at the top of the Window. Overall, it was easy to use and accomplished our task of having meeting face-to-face via the internet.