TechnologyThis Global Online Forum uses a few web-based technologies that are available to participants at no cost.
Course Networking (CN) is a learning management system. Participants will log in to CN (https://www.thecn.com/) to join into the various activities: watching videos, enter discussion forums, link to live discussions, and chat with colleagues online. Within 10 days after registering, each participant will receive an email generated by the CN system that contains personal login information.
If you cannot find your login information, it is possible that the email is in your inbox, junk, or spam folder. Search for an email titled Welcome to the CN, in which you can find your CN user information and the activation button. If you cannot find your Welcome to CN email, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your last name, first name, and email address. In the subject line, put “CN login.”
If you are unfamiliar with learning management systems, we recommend that you watch this 6-minute video tutorial: http://bit.ly/coursenetworktutorial. Course Networking also has a YouTube Channel with other tutorials on posting, ePortfolios, etc. www.youtube.com/user/CourseNetworking
GoToMeeting is a live conferencing platform. Participants will enter this platform for live time-zone discussions about once per month to engage in a discussion with the experts who created the thematic module. Click on the link provided in Course Networking. Prior to the scheduled discussion, we recommend that you test your computer system compatibility by clicking on this link link.gotomeeting.com/system-check. You can check your microphone and speakers also. If you are having trouble with the audio, here is a link to help you troubleshoot: http://bit.ly/gotomeetingaudiohelp
GotoMeeting is available for mobile phones and devises www.gotomeeting.com/features/meeting-apps
We recommend that participants turn on cameras only when sharing screens (or computer desktop information). Video requires a great deal of bandwidth, and may cause slow transmission of the audio stream, as well as pixilation or freezing of the video stream. To keep the transmission clear, please use the video function sparingly.
YouTube.com is an online video-sharing website. Many videos for this online forum are stored on the ESD Innovate YouTube Channel. If you like any of the expert videos in Course Networking and want to use them in one of your teacher-education courses or workshops, you may be able to access them through YouTube.
WhatsApp provides fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free via Wi-Fi Internet to phones all over the world. WhatsApp built end-to-end encryption into the later version of the app. When end-to-end encrypted, your messages and calls are secured so only you and the person you are communicating with can read or listen to them. www.whatsapp.com
Skype is a telecommunications application that specializes in providing video chats and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile phones, and other devises. Information and apps are available at www.skype.com The organizers recommend that you use Skype to confer and collaborate with other participants in this global online forum.