Wiziq is very easy to use. There are examples of students participating in public sessions, but I don't think full on presenting. In the private sessions I think there are examples of students presenting but they are, of course, private.
With your work in Technology Integration for your ESL students at LA Unified SD, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service. Here’s a public class recording you might find of interest.
Have you seen http://teacher.pageflakes.com/? I think Pageflakes has fallen short of the goal. They have a custom set of flakes that are edu-centric when you open the control panel, but the browse flakes/pagecasts buttons are still available. I can't use that with students.
And you are right - the random pagecast link is still there. In other words, they haven't really done anything yet. Have you heard anything else?
Sorry for the delay in communication - it's been a crazy 1st half of the year! I love Pageflakes as a tool, but I think they have a small team over there. My conversations with them are always positive, but I find that it takes a very long time to execute on those conversations. Most of the things I've asked for haven't been delivered yet: removing the random link, removing the Browse all Flakes button, and customizing the list of flakes available to students. It's been disappointing because we had to put our plans of students using the service on hold. I'm still waiting patiently because I think Ole and his group will get it together. In the meantime, I am using it as a resource portal for teachers, parents, and students. Such a shame - it's so much more powerful than that.
Hi Barry, thanks for the Hannuka greeting!
I honestly can't remember how I added the dvolvr movie, but it must have been easy :-) I'll look at the source of the page and let you know.
I see that you teach ESL adult immigrant students. You might like my 6th Grades restaurant project on VoiceThread, this is one example (unfinished) once the kids finish their part, I will open it up for comments and then Language learners will be able to place virtual orders :-) http://voicethread.com/share/25589/
It's great to meet you! I actually found your pagecast a few weeks ago. It was fun to find you here as well. I'm also new here, but it seems like a fantastic place to find support and inspiration. Welcome to Classroom 2.0!