We are all on a budget and the educational institutions are in a very tight pinch. Voicethread pulled the Ning connection for a business model they thought best. I want to introduce Big Marker:
BigMarker provides fully-featured web conferencing solution for free to everyone. Here you can host web conferences with friends, family or colleagues, teach online training seminars to students, practice presentation skills, or broadcast events in real time – all free and unlimited! There are no trial period and no monthly fee.
BigMarker is also an online virtual community and a hub for live information exchange, providing you a powerful platform to host video web conferences and present to the world. Use BigMarker to connect with others live online, share contents collaboratively, spread ideas, conduct live webinar, or promote business online. Expect instant feedback and responses!
With BigMarker, you can:
Share contents interactively
Use internet desktop sharing, interactive whiteboards, instant messaging system, and live audio and video chat to conduct online web meeting that can be as collaborative and productive as in-person meetings. Plus save money, time and travel!
Get online instant access from anywhere
Use any web browser with no complicated downloads necessary to join any net meeting — all you need is free Adobe Flash Player runtime which are install on more than 95% of the browsers.
Start meeting with anyone right away
With instant access and an elegant user interface that is remarkably easy to use, you can start being productive right away using our free web conferencing tools. No training needed. Try it now!
Multipoint video conferencing
Unlike traditional video chat offered by services such as Skype or MSN Live, BigMarker is not limited to two-way video conference. Our multi point video conferencing technology supports multiple participants to interact via video and audio transmissions simultaneously..
Use familiar tools to mark up the shared whiteboard. Draw lines and shapes, drag and reshape, add text, and even capture the Whiteboard as an image file.
Show others what's on your screen instantly. Choose to share your entire screen or only part of it.
Unique meeting room URL
Take advantage of personal online meeting room with permanent URL that is easy to remember, so you'll always know where to meet online.
Stay public or remain private.
Choose to list your global internet conference publicly on the BigMarker conference catalog, OR set up a private and secured internet conference room and allow access to only people you invite. It’s your choice!
This does seem to be the answer to replace voicethread and it is FREE! I will be using this in my ESL /EFL / EIL classrooms along with a excellent LMS called Schoology also FREE.
Give BigMarker a look and see for yourself. I am truly excited about this voicethread replacement.
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