I created a video chat and invited teachers who were online in TOKBOX to join me. We were six people in the room. We could see (via webcam) and hear each other. I´ve read somewhere that you can video chat w/ up to 20 people.
We introduced ourselves, talked about where we live and teach, talked about our goals for 2010 and brainstormed ways we could use the group video chat w/ students.
You might say " I can video chat w/ my friends in MSN or Skype." Not really, with MSN and Skype you can chat to various people at the same time but you can´t see their webcam image. And you can only chat to people who have an MSN account or Skype account.
With Tokbox group video chat , you can VIDEO CHAT to many people at the same time, whether they have a tokbox account or not. You can invite people to join you via TWITTER, FACEBOOK or even send the link of the video chat to your friends via e-mail.
The webcam images were very good and so was the sound. Except for some voice delay, it was almost perfect. I regret not having taken a screenshot of our chat room. But I completely forgot about it.
How to create a GROUP VIDEO CHAT? Watch this quick TUTORIAL
How can we use this tool with students?
- invite students to have online conversation lessons.
- if you have individual private students, you can invite all of them on one specific day to join the room and talk to each other.
- you can invite all your students to join you and interview a guest. Then, each student would have the chance to ask a question.
- Any other ideas?