Why Web Conferencing is great for Homeschooling

The Web is full of home schooling methods but very few of the sites know about one of the best home school resources available, which is web conferencing. Web conferencing is just a conference call, with video and a shared desktop added.

Web conferencing is the free and easy way to create a virtual classroom.

Creating a virtual classroom is a great way to keep small groups of home schoolers from becoming isolated. Individual “schools” can join forces, even across the globe.

Web Conferencing is not meant to completely replace sit-down group schooling, but it can greatly enhance a homeschool.

Here’s how.

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Participatory Education and Conference Calls

 

Can participatory education save polar bears from extinction?

It is a question that runs through the minds of those of us old enough to realize that our generation bears a great degree of responsibility for the complete mess the world is in.

And the tragically bad puns. Bears?

On the good side, we tore the Berlin Wall down, got the lead out of gasoline, and broke Nelson Mandela out of Robben Island into the South African presidency.

But there’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure that Manhattan does not become the “Scuba Museum of Twenty-First Century Excess.”

A city sunk by its idling yellow cabs.

As Syria goes up in smoke and Soho slowly submerges, it can be refreshing or hopeful for us guilt-wracked geezers to get involved with the education of young people. Maybe we can make their cleanup job a little easier. Or should we just focus on getting out of their way?

But some of us are in positions of influence, and changing the educational curricula to incorporate self-knowledge systems such as Meyers-Briggs profiling could only help. Enshrining conflict resolution, good teamwork and communication skills into the heart of our primary schools would be wonderful place to start too.

But here is an incendiary idea that would really help change the world for the better.

Instead of talking down to children for 12 years, why don’t we give them a revolutionary and effective communication tool called participatory education? It even comes in a digital form, and you know they’ll like that.

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Free Web Meetings: A Superior Species

In the Olden Days, people used to hate going to meetings because physical travel felt like lost time; it took two hours out of your day that you couldn’t get back.

Sometimes we didn’t even need to be there. Other people did all the talking, made the decisions, and we just sat there thinking about all the real work piling up back on our desk.

Free web meetings are a welcome evolution because they:

  • Guarantee to save us the time travelling to and from the meetings
  • Will likely allow us to multitask in the slow patches when we are not required

Web Meetings happen right at our desk, and we can get as involved as we need to without losing big chunks of time.

Scheduling web meetings is easier too—even if one participant or more are on the road, they can hook up by Mobile App from their smart phones or iPads.

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How to get paid to sit on a beach and write

In 2015, Lahaina Grill was voted “Best Maui Restaurant” for the 22nd consecutive year. You could get paid to sit in the grill, or on the beach out front, knocking out paragraphs for a living. It’s tough work, but somebody’s gotta do it.

One thing though: you’ll need to know how to run a virtual story conference. Luckily, Free Web Conferencing is easier than writing or editing.

And who knows, the job interview might even be held by conference call too! It’s kind of nice to have to spruce up for a job interview without dusting off your suit. Think you’re up for it?

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Let Web Conferencing Do The Heavy Lifting

By the time you graduate from university or college, you will have heard the lecture on “Time management” a thousand times. If you are like many students, you will have tuned it out and filed it in the back of your mind under “Later.”

Most students only tend to get excited about time management when they are dating.

There is one time management system, however, that is easy and fun, and you can use it to get better marks on group school projects.

It is called Free Web Conferencing.

Group school projects usually aren’t fun either, unless you like herding cats, or having your fur rubbed the wrong way by someone else who does—but web conferencing makes managing the time of a group of five students on a project really easy.

Easy Time Management

Two of the toughest things about group school projects are sorting out everyone’s schedule to find a time to meet, and getting the assignment done on time. Web Conferencing solves both.

Web meetings are just fancy conference calls that come with Video Conferencing and Free Screen Sharing. You can sign up in a few minutes online, and they are free. No downloads. It’s all in the Cloud.

Web Conferencing syncs with Google Calendar so you can use the Doodle App to find out when everyone can meet. Haven’t used Doodle? Check it out.

Then use the Call Scheduling feature to set up all your meetings at once, working back from your deadline. Plug in a meeting to review your progress 1/2 way, so you can find out who isn’t doing their share before it sinks you, another conference call to collect everybody’s work for editing and collation, and maybe a last web meeting for a final review.

Automatic Time Management

Web Conferening and handling time
Let web conferencing handle the time management on your next group school project.

Recurring Calls is a feature that makes setting up repeat meetings fast, and the automatic Invitations and Reminders will do the herding of cats for you without any fur flying, so you can still all be friends at the end of the project.

The automatic reminders that come with Web Meetings will help everyone meet their individual deadlines, so your group can meet your overall deadline.

That’s how you get better marks. It’s hard to get good marks when one person bombs out and 20% of the assignment is missing.

TIP: Always add a few days for panicking near the end, and set your deadline two days before the real deadline.

“That’s the way you do it”

Using free web meetings to get a group school project done is as easy as using your phone to wake you up in time to get to class.

Web conferencing lets you set up the entire time management system for a group school project in about five minutes. It saves you travelling all over town for sit-down meetings. It’s free, and it never forgets a deadline. The shared desktop is actually the best way of collaborating.

If you are like me, time management is about as exciting as a trip to the dentist. Time management is only fun when you are in love. Then showing up on time is easy. Making time is a pleasure. Completing assignments is a snap.

They say, “Love is the greatest teacher.” True. For all other time management, there’s web conferencing.

Conference like a rock star: 6 Easy Steps to Excellent Conference Calls

Musicians that get up on stage, ignore the audience, and just “play their music” don’t make it past the coffee house circuit. Famous bands all know the same secret; people going to a show want to be entertained.

Conference calls are no different. If you want to facilitate a conference call that will inspire people, get good decisions made and build team spirit, here are some easy steps to delivering “conference call Satisfaction”.

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The Guide to Holding Effective Business Conference Calls

Conference calls are a fantastic way to keep everyone in your company connected and informed. It’s important, however, to ensure to keep the calls productive and effective. A recent survey found that many conference call participants admitted to finding other ways to keep themselves busy while on a call:

  • 63% worked on other projects or sent an email
  • 44% were texting
  • 43% checked social media
  • 25% played video games
  • 21% shopped online

How can you prevent this from occurring during your own conference calls? This guide will not only illustrate the benefits of conference and video calls, but it will also teach you how to keep your participants engaged, interested and actively participating.

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Why Teleconference is better than “Telepresence”

What is a “Telepresence”?

The word “telepresence” conjures up images of the movie Avatar. It is supposed to imply that you actually have a “presence” in the room. Telepresence is a glossy marketing term that really means: “unnecessarily expensive teleconference”. A standard video conference call will give you exactly the same “presence” in a room.

For free!

A picture really is worth 1,000 words. This picture of a “Telepresence” group tells you everything you need to know about why teleconferencing is better than “telepresence.”

Unless you’re looking for a way to throw money off the back of a train, that is.

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3 reasons environmental organizations use conference calls

Like many other forms of social justice, environmental activism is changing. Organizations are sharing knowledge globally, and using simple technology to connect social movements. In the 21st century, activism is all about bringing people together across distance and experience.

In the Arab Spring, the primary “weapon” used was the telephone.

Conference calls live at the very heart of the new communication technology. For environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the questions are not so much “do you” use teleconferencing, but “what features” do you use.

And also that great question, “Why?”

The three main reasons Environmental NGO’s use conference calls are to save money, to be more effective, and to walk their own talk. Like so many organizing strategies, the three are complementary, and help with achieving short, medium and long-term goals.

But all three, in their own way, help reduce the number of grants you need to write.

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What makes conference calls so useful to scientists?

Scientists pursue discovery in a highly competitive environment. Funding is tight. Knowledge is hoarded. The first one to publish gets all the glory, and often the financial rewards. Yet nowadays scientists often collaborate on projects even though they might belong to many different institutions scattered across the globe.

Conference calls are becoming more useful to scientists every year, as cost-effective teamwork becomes an increasingly central factor in discovery and invention.

Science is learning to crowd source, but it hasn’t always been so.

In 1895 when Alfred Nobel died, he held over 300 patents. He went down in history for inventing dynamite and establishing the Nobel Prize.

But one thing he couldn’t foresee was how his limit of maximum three shared recipients per prize would become wildly obsolescent over time.

He didn’t anticipate how important teamwork would become to science.

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