|Figure 1 - BRIO-Web 2.0 tool for Web Conferencing|
The Web 2.0 Tool chosen for this assignment is BRIO, a FREE Adobe beta tool for web conferencing.
This tool enables the host of a group to conduct a meeting in one’s own on-line meeting room – LIVE – while sharing one’s screen with anyone by inviting others to attend the meeting at the same URL! This tool also allows the host to interact online through notes, audio, video, and chat. A good feature of the tool is that invited guests only need the free, downloadable Adobe Flash Player to be a participant. BRIO is accessible with any browser, and is PC and MAC compatible.
|Figure 2 - Host page for BRIO|
Once joining the site, the Host page appears very user friendly! Using the pull down menus, inviting guests is only a click away. Other great features include sharing the host’s computer screen, uploading a file, chatting, etc. and appear to make using this tool VERY EASY!
I chose this tool because the Critical Friends for my Action Research are educators outside of my classmates at Full Sail. The friends I chose do not have Mac computers. This tool has built in functionality that will enable me to hold meetings with them on-line – whereby I will not waste time traveling to them – yet we will be able to see each other, chat, share notes, and collaborate.
I am really looking forward to using this tool! I believe it will prove be an invaluable resource!