Have you ever been in a classroom and had the teacher ask, “If you can hear me please click on the smiley face?” If so, you have tasted education 2.0—impersonal yet far-reaching and convenient. There are several web conferencing platforms that individuals, organizations, schools, and businesses have to choose from. We want to break down the top nine that we feel are the most competitive in the space right now. In fact, they are so competitive that since doing most of this research just a few months ago the prices and features have noticeably changed.
Web conferencing has a plethora of uses, whether it’s teaching or tutoring, collaborating in real time over a report, or holding a webinar that allows participants to chat and discuss the topic concurrently. The basic features that you can expect from a web conference client are the ability to upload and display a powerpoint, pdf, media, have a chat function, and white board. A Google+ Hangout doesn’t quite offer these tools, but it won’t be surprising if they do in the future. Other additions such as audio/visual functionality, recording, mobile compatibility, and breakout rooms are platform specific and I’ll walk you through who offers what.