Flashmeeting - "better than the rest"
Flashmeeting at first glance seems to be the best video conference facility for schools. Ever.
184 schools across Europe are using Flashmeeting to collaborate using only the web, a webcam and... that's it. There's no need for any download to your computer. The video conferences are recordable, saveable, publishable. So are the chats. And the audio. You see, the audio is displayed as a separate Audacity-like track which you can edit and play with afterwards.
How can you find previously recorded and published conferences? You use their tag cloud, of course, created by the folk that use it, not by some pre-determined metadata from a bunch of boffins not using it with kids. You can also see where participants were on the accompanying marked out globes. From May you'll be able to share files in the same way other chat and video conference tools operate. PowerPoints will also be integratable to your video-conference.
As an authorised user you get free access to the system (all eTwinners are authorised). As you invite people to join the meeting all your meetings are safe and secure.
So, with technology that the whole of the world can use for education safely, securely and without any download, what is the role of Glow's video conferencing, which requires permissions to be set, I imagine, to let outsiders to get in and which also, as far as I can remember, needs a wee app to be downloaded to every machine that uses Marratech in Glow? My lack of knowledge in video conferencing means that I really don't know if there is a difference worth noting or not - I'd love to hear from someone else who really knows.