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Attending Lectures on the Web
On certain occasions the teachers of high school may ask the students to attend a web lecture or a doubt clearing session at a time convenient to the teacher and the students and where the students are not required to be in the school premises. It is expected that the student will have a PC with an internet connection, (at least 56 Kbps and above) and speakers (teacher also needs a headset/microphone) to access the lecture. (Lesser bandwidth would mean poor audio or visuals) This can be done in one of the following ways:
Only Voice Chat using a Chat Room (Simplest possible way)
Teacher creates a chat room and announces it here. Teacher & Students connect to the chat room at a predefined date & time. Teacher initiates the topic.
Teacher can scribble drawings, share files (Powerpoint presentations, PDF's, etc.), invite students to certain web pages by sending a link. Lecture begins ...
Chat & Scribble using an Instant Messenger (I recommend Yahoo, as you can talk to up to 50 participants at a time with it.)
Download & install Yahoo IM. Create a Yahoo ID. The teacher announces his/her ID via our blog or this page. Students add the teacher as a contact in their messenger
Teacher announces a specific date & time for the session via the blog or by SMS to the individual participants. Students come online and call the teacher.
Teacher can scribble drawings, share files (MS PowerPoint presentations, PDF's, etc.), invite students to certain web pages by sending a link. Lecture begins ...
Chat with Whiteboard & Screen sharing (Good for Physics, Math, IT & sometimes for other sciences)
If the teacher wants to share more than that possible in a simple chat, such as the desktop, some programs or a whiteboard (better than the scribble of Yahoo), then it is convenient to use Windows NetMeeting 3.01 (NM) alongside. Its available in all versions of Windows. (except Vista)
Start NM by typing 'conf' in the 'Run' menu. Configure it as detailed below. Join the chat room. Teacher broadcasts, while students leave speaker on and turn off the microphone.
Teacher & students log on to the directory server. Teacher hosts the meeting on NM, gives it a name and ensures that all boxes are ticked except "Require security ..." and "Only you can place outgoing calls".
Students double-click on the teacher's email address as seen on the directory server to join the meeting.
Teacher initiates whiteboard, chat or desktop sharing to "show" things to the students. Teacher "talks" through the chat room. Lecture begins ...
Before joining a conference you must have set the following:
The first time it will ask you for your name, email address etc. (Any email ID is accepted) This information will help others recognize who you are, so you must give it accurately. Also, it asks for location. Please specify "Abhinav" in the location so that others can find you easily.
Then the wizard asks to tune your audio and video. It will also ask for the internet directory in which to login. These are internet locator services such as http://ils.bytebeam.com:1002, where all the participants need to log in to see each other.
Tools | Options - General
"Do not list my name..." must be off
"Log on to directory server" ... must be on
Name, location & email ID must be properly defined
Bandwidth settings must be made according to the type of internet connection you are using
Tools | Options - Security
Tools | Options - Audio
"Enable full duplex audio ..." must be off
"Automatically adjust microphone ..." must be off unless you are the teacher
"Silence detection" must be on automatic
Tools | Options - Video
If you are the teacher transmitting your screen to the students then set your desktop (right-click on desktop) | properties | settings | color depth to 16-bit, so that bandwidth is not used too much
Chat rooms of different teachers are listed below. Join them at the time specified by the teacher to attend the session.
Prof. Kedar Soni (Astronomy, Physics, Philosophy, Computers, Olympiads, Stimulus, etc.)
Mr. Makarand Moghe (Math, Physics, Olympiads, Stimulus, etc.)
Mr. Ramchandra Sakhare (Arts, Stimulus)
Mr. Santosh Lakesri (Space Lab, Computers, Stimulus)
Mr. Vinod Puranik (Arts, Stimulus)
Mrs. Vrushali Phade (Science, Stimulus)
Mrs. Varsha Pathade (Languages, Stimulus)
Mrs. Nanda Apar (Computers, Stimulus)