Site Search:
 
TEFL International Supports Dave's ESL Cafe
TEFL Courses, TESOL Course, English Teaching Jobs - TEFL International
Job Discussion Forums Forum Index Job Discussion Forums
"The Internet's Meeting Place for ESL/EFL Students and Teachers from Around the World!"
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Do you know of any easy to use, low-speed virtual classroom?

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Job Discussion Forums Forum Index -> Technology Forum
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
JoeRomano



Joined: 12 Jan 2010
Posts: 49

PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:56 am    Post subject: Do you know of any easy to use, low-speed virtual classroom? Reply with quote

I am working with some Chinese people and they want to set up a virtual classroom to accommodate some 20 learners. The problem is that most such programs are hard to use, are bulky and require high speed "1st world' connections, preferably cable ones. If you live in some rural area and use a WI FI then the reception becomes bad and the voice gets choppy and no video appears.

Do you know of any good software that would be simple, easy to use and that would not require a top speed cable connection? Say, a student or a teacher could sit in a WI FI area somewhere and do their thing?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
hollysuel



Joined: 07 Oct 2007
Posts: 213
Location: Idaho, USA

PostPosted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Elluminate is the only one that I have used successfully with low bandwidth!

Taught a group of Chinese students and a group of students from Burkina Faso. The Burkina Faso students were on dialup and the classroom worked just fine.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
epik_teacher



Joined: 09 Aug 2010
Posts: 52

PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might try Moodle, it's a free platform program that's designed by teachers for teachers. Not too difficult to set up and learn to use.

http://moodle.org/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
BadBeagleBad



Joined: 23 Aug 2010
Posts: 825

PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have also use Iluminate with great success with people from a variety of countries, who didnīt have great internet speed. It is easy to learn to use, you can upload PowerPoint presentations, or you can type your own as you go on the whiteboard. You can get a free Iluminate class that ha the capacity to invite two people. You can upgrade to more if you need too. Itīs at:

https://www.learncentral.org
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
MotherF



Joined: 07 Jun 2010
Posts: 1104
Location: 17°48'N 97°46'W

PostPosted: Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not clear on what exactly you want to do with it, but I started using Edmodo.com with my classes a year ago and love it. I use it as a supplement to the regular classroom, not a substitute. Mostly as a homework delivery system, but students can also ask me and each other questions. I'm also currenly teaching an intensive course which is full and as an experiment we decided to let student who were not able to get into the intensive to follow the edmodo course in an effort to prepare for their exit exam from the English program. It remains to be seen if any of those students successfully pass. (I doubt it.)

Edmodo is modled after Facebook, but you have a completely closed group. I've been using Google+ with 5 friends, and I like that google+ has the opportunity to have closed circles of friends, unlike facebook, so I could post things just to my students, and other things just to friends, and still other things to family. Meaning I would no longer have to use a separate thing such as Edmodo for students. Now if Google+ will just catch on...
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
BadBeagleBad



Joined: 23 Aug 2010
Posts: 825

PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2011 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info MotherF. I have all but given up even using my Facebook due to the number of people I donīt even know posting weird comments. A closed group would be nice.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Job Discussion Forums Forum Index -> Technology Forum All times are GMT
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


This page is maintained by the one and only Dave Sperling.
Contact Dave's ESL Cafe
Copyright © 2011 Dave Sperling. All Rights Reserved.

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2002 phpBB Group

Road2Spain - TEFL and Spanish with one year student visa
EBC