** Google Hangout can be a good option, too since most students already use them for friends meet up;
** Two other options: WhatsApp and Groupme can connect friends or professionals around the globe. I use this for my professional connections. Both are asynchronous by nature but can allow synchronous functions if all people can meet at the same time.
With these technology options, the selection of teaching with group work can be determined based on the following factors: 1) synchronous vs. asynchronous (with video or audio expectations or not); 2) production (e.g. sharing files and developing proposals) vs. meeting for communication and connection only; 3) whether there is an assessment component in it. The last but most important, how are students equipped in terms of computer and bandwidth.
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This can be accomplished by a combination of using a smartphone with front and rear camera and invite it to a Webex meeting call from an instructor's WebEx personal meeting room, like this https://jmu.webex.com/meet/liujc. The following steps will help you set up such as meeting:
Step 1 - Download the Cisco WebEx Meetings app from the App Store (iPhones) or the Google Play Store (Android phones).
Step 2 - Open the app on your smartphone and accept the Terms of Service. It should say “Select Site”, enter jmu.webx.com and sign in with your JMU email and password.
Step 3 - Create a separate email account that is NOT your JMU email, since you will invite your phone as a projector to your WebEx meeting which is initiated with your JMU email.
Step 4 - Sign in jmu.webx.com your personal meeting room https://jmu.webex.com/meet/liujc and start a WebEx meeting, so that you can skip entering all students' emails in a system that is NOT JMU MyMadison or Canvas.
Then click the “Start” button. This will open the desktop app and prompt you to download WebEx plugins or extensions for Google Chrome or Firefox. You will also need to allow the camera and microphone access for WebEx. (For details instruction, please refer to this visual guide.)
Then you should see your face in a preview window. From this window click the “Start Meeting” button and activate the camera and microphone on your laptop or desktop computer so that they are not red. You can allow the use of your phone’s microphone and camera if asked, but keep the phone microphone muted.
Step 5 - At this point your phone should be in the desktop/laptop call that you started, but the video feed might be muted. Click on the video camera icon at the bottom of your phone app to activate the camera; note the small “turn around” icon in the upper right of the video popup; set this to the rear/back camera of your phone so that the projection is not triggered by downward screen mute mode. Then click “Start My Video” icon on the phone. This will allow the video to be shared on your main screen of the laptop.
Step 6 - Now your phone should be a participant in the call on your computer; you can place the phone so that pen and paper are visible to its camera. From your desktop/laptop call, you can switch between having your desktop/laptop webcam as the presenter (showing your face or a screen share) and having your phone’s camera be the presenter (showing your writing). Your phone projector will capture your writing process, which will be demonstrated to your students through the separate email account's camera/video feed on your main screen. Refer to the following screenshot from WebEx:
Additional notes - Your students can be presenters in your WebEx meetings, too. Click on the Participant List icon to open a sidebar showing the people in the call. Find the initials of any participant to switch them to be the presenter by selecting the participant and making her/him as Presenter. You should see the WebEx ball show at the participant's name.
The recordings in MP4 format can be shared on many online platforms such as JMU Canvas.
Phone setup: And your phone will need an easy-to-find home supply, a slim box with some weight or a stack of books of at least 12" of height so that your writing procedure can be captured clearly. Another weight object is also needed to balance your phone so that it will not drop! (See the following demonstration image-:)
This part of the guide of using WebEx to synchronously demonstrate procedural writing has been co-developed by Dr. Laura Taalman (educ.jmu.edu/~taalmala) and Dr. Juhong Christie Liu at James Madison University.