Talking Tech Friday – Wimba

I’m pretty excited to announce that we’ll be testing out Wimba for Tuesday’s meeting, so I thought I’d give you a brief introduction.

What is it?

Wimba is a suite of tools that create a virtual classroom.  It includes audio, video, application sharing and content display, text chat, a whiteboard, and other features.  For more detailed information, you can view one of their demos.

How does it work?

Wimba is a licensed suite of services, and we are fortunate to have access to it through the Arizona State Library‘s subscription to Webjunction.

Using Wimba, we’ll be able to host Tech Talk meetings and presentations both in person and online, so if you can’t take the time out to attend the meeting in person, you can still participate virtually.  Each Tech Talk presentation will have an invitation link, which we will post on the blog.

We haven’t tested it yet, so we’ll see how it goes on Tuesday.  However, if you attend virtually, you’ll be able to see the presentation and hear the speaker, as well as be able to participate via chat.  In the future, we may get more sophisticated with video, but we’ll just have to see how it goes.

Additionally, we’ll be able to archive our presentations, so if you miss a Tech Talk topic, you can catch it later.  Again, we’re working out the logistics of this, but the possibility is very exciting.

I’ll have to give more of a review after we actually use it, but stay tuned!


~ by Anali on August 21, 2009.

2 Responses to “Talking Tech Friday – Wimba”

  1. Very cool! I just read your posting and am glad you’re experimenting with both in-person and online attendees. Nice work!

  2. […] our experimentation with Wimba has been pretty fun and successful – hopefully we can start having more virtual meetings to […]

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