On a Business Trip in Toronto? 11 Things You Should Do

Downtown Toronto skyline in the morning with CN tower

Got a day or two to spend in Toronto on a business trip? Don’t waste your time lounging around your hotel room.

What are you doing here in Toronto? Are you here to take in some of the best that Canadian cinema has to offer during the Toronto International Film Festival, or are you here for something else?

Whether you’re here for TIFF, or just on a business trip, Toronto is a vibrant and sprawling city that favors more than just a passing glance. Each neighborhood boasts its own eclectic flavor and unique style, all weaved together by a bustling transit system into a tapestry of all the colors, creeds, and lifestyles that you could imagine. Nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto is distinctly Canadian, yet a world of its own.

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Top 7 CoWorking Spaces that You Need to Visit in 2017

Since the mid-2000s, a new type of work environment has been steadily gaining popularity amongst freelancers and startup entrepreneurs—the coworking space. Thanks to a sharp rise in the number of professionals who can work anywhere tables, desks, and stable internet connections can be found, these shared office spaces have popped up in many of the larger cities in North America, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere.… Read more →

3 Easy Steps to the Best Virtual Meeting You Ever Hosted

A virtual meeting is unlikely to replace in-person meetings entirely, but with rapid expansion and developing technologies, companies are cutting costs conducting virtual meetings while team members are geographically apart. While effective meetings generally follow a similar guideline, doing virtual work in the online meeting room can present a unique set of challenges — here are 3 bits of meeting advice to host the best virtual meetings.… Read more →

How Free Conference Call Services Helped Me Work Remotely

Home is where the heart is. That’s what they say, right? Or maybe it’s this: Home is wherever you hang your hat. Regardless, Home can be wherever you want Home to be, especially these days: a recent poll by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that “24 percent of employed people did some or all of their work at home” last year, a percentage that’s certain to increase over the next decade.… Read more →

How Travellers Can Use Free Video Calling

There comes a time in people’s lives where wanderlust—that unshakeable urge to travel and see the world—takes hold. Travelling the world offers people new perspectives, unforgettable experiences, and spiritual fulfilment.

Connect with your friends and family with free video calling
The world has never been more interconnected—take advantage of this and become more connected with the world on your travels.

However, with transportation, food, and lodging all considered, it can be an expensive endeavour to travel. Currencies are always changing, too, so your money’s worth is always subject to change. If you factor in an international cell phone plan with data, this can make an adventure even more costly.

Luckily, FreeConference.com can be used on any device with access to a browser and Internet. This is perfect for travellers, who can simply bring a device and use wireless hotspots to communicate with friends, family, and fellow travellers with free video calling. Cut down on wireless costs and unreliable service with FreeConference.com!

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7 Essential Apps for the Busy Professional

Busy? On the go? Too much on your plate? No matter how you say it, there’s always more to do than time allows. These apps will help maximize your time, keeping you as efficient as can be.

  1. Echo Sign: Lets you directly sign and send contracts right from your mobile phone.Busy? Use Apps
  2. Trello: Great for managing projects, creating lists and sub-lists
  3. Buffer: Schedule all your social media posts on the go with the user friendly Buffer app.
  4. MeetingMogul: Access all your meetings and conference calls in one app.
  5. Dropbox: Store documents or other files, easily send out to coworkers and friends.
  6. HipChat: On the go a lot? Keep in touch with your team through HipChat messenger.
  7. Google Analytics: Access all your website date in one place at the touch of a finger.

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How to Utilize Video Conferencing in the Classroom

Imagine bringing a NASA astronaut into your classroom to tell your students about what it’s like to spend a day in the international space station. Does this idea seem far-fetched? It shouldn’t! With online conference and video calling on your side, the sky really is the limit for your class.

Classroom Video ConferencingThis guide illustrates the nearly endless possibilities of an online conference call program for you and your students. It details potential incorporations into classroom lessons, video-based field trips, and even administrative uses. Don’t let distance or restricted budgets stand in your way of exciting lessons — let web conferencing be your ultimate tool!

How to use conference and video calling in the classroom

students video conferencing

Collaborative learning with another classroom is valuable because it’s an exciting way for students to break out of their usual peer surroundings and hear outside perspectives. However, it’s not exactly easy to simply uproot your students and head to another school (or even another classroom down the hallway). So how can you help your students branch out and get exposed to new ideas?

Suppose local government has proposed renovations for what they argue is an outdated, run-down section of the city. It’s caused a stir because it’s home to numerous independent businesses who oppose any changes. You’ve had a class discussion on the topic, but think students could benefit from hearing opposing viewpoints. By web conferencing with another class in your district, your students can have a lively debate about the economic and social benefits of a change, as well as potential repercussions. It will give a completely different perspective — for example, the students at the other school may live closer to the area and have insight into current crime in the region and how they think renovation may help. Or perhaps they’re more familiar with the neighborhood and feel the changes will scare off current clientele. Video conferencing offers an easy outlet for students to exchange ideas and learn from peers they normally couldn’t reach out to.… Read more →

Conference Calls and Multidisciplinary Design Teams

Wooden Skyscraper - UBC
When you create an innovative project brimming with new ideas, make sure your toolkit includes teleconferencing

What will soon be North America’s tallest wood framed building is under construction at the University of British Columbia (UBC). One of the world’s new “wooden skyscrapers,” it demonstrates that
environmentally friendly wood can be used as the framework to build large structures just as economically and safely as less ecological concrete, glass and steel.

One of the key tools in both its conception and construction will have been the conference call.

The project brought together a dozen partners, and engaged a design team on several continents. An incredible amount of information needed not only to be shared, but worked on in a collaborative process.

As a new project under a very public microscope, the residence couldn’t afford mistakes.

The project is a perfect example of how conference calls can help keep a multidisciplinary team connected for a successful project.

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