Recently, I was out 'grazing' on the web when I came across Wiz iQ
. For those of you not familiar with video conferencing, it was expected to take the world by storm sometime in the past year but has yet to truly catch on. Of course, the idea of communicating with others around the globe seemlessly remains an ideal and is certainly possible in small groups using Skype, MSN, iChat or something similar. However, none of these applications, freely and readily available on the web provide for large class interaction and most don't provide high quality, online whiteboard activities.
Now, I've seen a variety of commerical video conferencing platforms
as well, many of them products that must reside on a server you own & maintain. Wiz iQ is the first platform I've seen that provides a web conferencing solution for free and, most importantly, Wiz iQ "does not claim any ownership of the User Content". Sessions can even be archived for later review by your students, the public or whomever you make them available to. Super Geeks: if you're running Moodle, they even provide a 'Live Class' application integration