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Social Media for Trainers: Techniques for Enhancing and Extending Learning by Jane Bozarth

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Free Virtual Classroom Tools

Many trainers likely already have access to a web conferencing/virtual classroom tool like WebEx, Elluminate, or Adobe Connect. Those who find the cost of such products beyond their reach may want to take a look at some comparable free tools such as Dimdim (www.dimdim.com), WiZiQ (www.wiziq.com) or Tinychat (www.tinychat.com). Dimdim and WiZiQ provide functionality similar to the more commercial products, with tools such as display for PowerPoint slides, shareable online whiteboards, and text chat. Tinychat offers quick set-up video conferencing with text chat. Be aware that, as the products are free, there are often limitations as to number of participants allowed in a session or amount of moderation/control ...

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