This evening I used DimDim for the first time to host and lead an online meeting, and the results were very positive overall. This was a “facilitator debrief” for our Celebrate Oklahoma Voices project, discussing guidelines for co-facilitators and lead facilitators, as well as lessons learned from our summer workshops to date. The free version of DimDim allows you to have one person sharing video at a time, and up to three people using the microphone to talk. There was quite a bit of echo on the call when more than one person had their microphone activated, so it was important for me as the host to turn off the “hands free” microphone option when others were talking. We created the presentation deck for the call in Google Documents in advance of the workshop. I downloaded that as a PowerPoint file and uploaded it into DimDim just prior to our online meeting, and it worked GREAT to share that presentation file during the online meeting. Here’s the link to the recorded DimDim session, which was just over one hour in length and is 90 MB in size. The recording is a FLV file, which I’ve also downloaded to archive in case DimDim doesn’t host the presentation for us indefinitely. DimDim doesn’t provide embed code for this archived recording, but did email me as the meeting host following the conference with links to both the session recording and archived text chat.
We had eight people in the webconference tonight, and could have had up to 20 with a free DimDim account. We used the backchannel text chat feature quite a bit, and as I’ve found with Elluminate it was even more valuable to use than the shared microphone option. Here’s an archived version of our session text chat.
The only thing I might have changed was letting people know in advance that they should connect a microphone to their computer so they could verbally participate. All our co-facilitators have “digital backpacks” of digital storytelling equipment including a Platronics headset, so they all have microphones, but I hadn’t thought to remind people to have microphones connected when they joined the webconference tonight.
I hosted this free, online webconference in DimDim using the FireFox browser on my Mac laptop. When I clicked to stop the recording and was prompted to save it as an archive, my browser froze up for some reason and I had to force-quit it. The archived recordings and text transcripts were still saved, however, and I was/am able to locate the recordings following the workshop thanks to the follow-up email I received. There was NOT a link to the archives in my online DimDim account.
Woo hoo for DimDim! I like it!
Did you know Wes has published 9 eBooks, and 1 of them is available free? Check them out! Do you use a smartphone or tablet? Subscribe to Wes' free magazine "iReading" on Flipboard!
If you're trying to listen to a podcast episode and it's not working, check this status page. (Wes is migrating his podcasts to Amazon S3 for hosting.) Remember to follow Wesley Fryer on Twitter (@wfryer), Facebook and Google+. Also "like" Wesley's Facebook pages for "Speed of Creativity Learning" and his eBook, "Playing with Media." Don't miss Wesley's latest technology integration project, "Mapping Media to the Common Core / Curriculum."
On this day..
- Learning about Visual Notetaking from Giulia Forsythe - 2013
- #Playingwithmedia: a continuation of learning - 2012
- OLPC 2012 Tablet Video and more from San Antonio this week - 2010
- Turning Point Ministries on Flickr - 2009
- Download FireFox 3.0! - 2008
- links for 2008-06-17 - 2008
- Podcast258: Trends, Tools, and Tactics for 21st Century Learning by Kevin Honeycutt - 2008
- Tornado last week in my hometown - Manhattan, Kansas - 2008
- The conversation is open - 2007
- Father's Day Tribute - 2007