Thanks to the Educational Change blog, I learned about using Vyew with Skype as a study tool. An opportunity to use the Vyew part came up this week when a student needed some help in physics but I couldn’t commit the time face-to-face.
“I’ll call you at 5pm,” I told the student. I knew it would be a challenge to study with this kid simply over the phone. That’s about the time I remembered reading something about some kind of Web 2.0 tool that kids were using to study for tests. After a quick consult of my delicious links, I found my way back to Vyew.
I sent a share invitation to the student via email and once I got him on the phone, I asked him to check for my message. In a minute or so, he was on. We solved momentum problems for the next 45 minutes.
Vyew is billed is always-on collaboration that’s browser based. Some of the features I’ve found useful:
- Your room remains intact until you return. That means that study sessions on the whiteboard are still there when you log on again.
- Insert images, documents, slide shows, and so on. Then annotate on top of them.
- Take a screen capture and share it.
- Integrated text chat is right there on screen. I recommend a concurrent phone converstaion for most talk, but this could be a good area to ask side questions without interrupting the main conversation.
Thanks very much to Patrick Aroune at Educational Change for the Vyew tip.
I’m glad to hear that our program has helped you in demonstrating and teaching your students in a new way. I hope you will continue using our website tool and I will look forward to future postings.
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