Posts Tagged ‘Google + Hangout’

phone plans to consider

my note: the alternative for VoIP is growing – next to Skype, Google hangouts, FB Messenger to mention only view, not Google and Snapchat are elbowing their way… Free options for education. It will be difficult to standardize; who will provide a platform, which will allow to pole students what of all those choices they want to use for education?

Google just announced a new service called Fiber Phone — here’s how it works

If you’ve used Google Voice, Google’s app that provides select phone services, then many of Fiber Phone’s features will be familiar to you. You’ll get cheap international-calling options and be able to choose your own phone number, and your voicemails will be transcribed and texted to you. It also includes spam filtering and a “do not disturb” function.

Fiber Phone will be available only as a $10-per-month add-on


Snapchat is maturing by playing catch up.

Snapchat now allows people to make voice calls, send audio messages, and send video messages.

Skype: free GROUP video calls

Even with the release of a GROUP video call now for free (versus only between two parties), Google Hangout still might be the way to go:

In addition to Google Hangout, please have more alternatives for video and desktopsharing (mostly free):

9 Ways Students Can Host Peer Tutoring Sessions Online

synchronous solution for student to students and faculty to student interactions

From: The EDUCAUSE Blended and Online Learning Constituent Group Listserv [] on behalf of Meagher, Tina [meagher@XAVIER.EDU]
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 11:44 AM
Subject: [BLEND-ONLINE] Synchronous solutions..


I am leading a project group that is looking into a synchronous solution for student to students and faculty to student interactions. We recently started to use Canvas for our LMS and slowly moving away from Bb. Many of the faculty were using Wimba for synchronous classes and moments. Now faculty and students are using a combination of Big Blue Button, Webex, Skype and Google hangouts. We are trying to find a single solution for this. Can anyone let me know what they are using at their school for synchronous classes or moments, student group work and virtual office hours. Thanks so much for your time…



Tina Meagher


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