Sunday, 31 of August of 2014

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Teachers in an Instant!

One of the greatest tools of the Internet is the opportunity it provides for people to learn about anything they are curious about.  As long as a user has the patience to search through the “facts,” the material available is endless.

While the Internet is filled with infinite information, when it comes to online education, there is a lack of personal interaction online.  However, personal interactions can make all the difference in how well a person learns. Before the advent of the Internet, people who wanted the best education had to go out of their way to find it and, generally, pay a lot for it. So if the student couldn’t afford the trip, he or she would lose out on a great experience. Thanks to Web-based video conferencing, all this is changing.

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Top Five Reasons to Use Web-Based Video Conferencing

Video conferencing was first introduced to the public in the mid-1960’s, and although the overall concept of connecting two or more locations at the same time through video has stayed the same, the technology has drastically changed.  Starting out as an expensive, bulky hardware based system that transmitted an image once every two seconds, video conferencing has since evolved into a much simpler, less complex web-based solution.    Read more »


Video Conferencing Helps Students Be Cool and Stay in School

Education shapes our future; it is where we first learn to interact with others on a social level, where we obtain the skills and resources necessary for solving everyday challenges and where we begin to learn the value of hard work.  Unfortunately, approximately seven thousand students nationwide drop out of school every day and according to a December 2010 report published by The National Center for Educational Statistics, three million non-institutionalized young people between the ages of 16 and 24 are not enrolled in school and have not received a diploma or other credentials.  These numbers are alarming, which is why it is extremely important educators of today embrace and put into play new ways of reaching out and educating students. Read more »


How to Overcome Common Video Conferencing Fears

A recent study conducted by Forrester Research, found that 72% of workers don’t have and don’t want desktop video conferencing.  With all the benefits video conferencing provides to businesses, 72% is a bit concerning.  From a business standpoint web-based conferencing technologies increase remote collaboration and overall productivity, while at the same time reducing business travel costs, but their employees don’t view the benefits the same way. Read more »


5 Ways Video Conferencing Makes Employee Training Simple

One of the most pressing issues a business executive faces is finding creative and innovative ways to keep employees trained and motivated.  Ongoing training and development sessions not only provide a means for employees to grow on a personal and professional level, but it also assures team members will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed for a profitable business.

Maintaining an ongoing training program is not always easy, especially when teams operate on an international level.  In this situation, employees are either asked to travel to one general location for participation in a training session or the trainer must travel to the remote office and conduct the training there.  With the high cost of travel, neither one of these options is a viable solution.

Businesses today are transforming the way company-wide training is conducted.  Company personnel are no longer required to leave the comfort of their homes and offices.  By introducing online training through web-based video conferencing, not only are businesses able to drastically reduce the cost of travel but they also see an increase in employee productivity and job satisfaction.  Here’s how:

  1. Conduct new employee training: The first few weeks of a new job can be extremely stressful.  Often times large organizations either have to fly a trainer in from their headquarters or send the new employee to a remote location, which adds to that stress.  Using video conferencing for employee on-boarding helps to reduce the stress caused by starting a new job.  New hires can participate in live job training from the comfort of their home office.
  2. Increase amount of learning and knowledge: On the job training should not be limited to new employees.  The business world is constantly evolving. Having current employees up-to-date on industry trends and statistics allows them to adapt at a much quicker pace.  This is even more important when multiple business locations are involved.  Changes in an industry can take place over night.  Online training through video conferencing allows businesses to face these changes immediately by giving them a unified platform to reach out to all their employees.
  3. Lower industry compliance risks: Keeping employees informed on workplace compliance laws is extremely important.  Online compliance training keeps employees informed, reducing the risk of complaints, which helps to create an effective work environment.
  4. Educate, motivate and engage: There is nothing more damaging to a business than low employee moral and lack of motivation.  Often times this happens in a poor economy.  Keeping employees motivated during these times will help organizations stay successful and on task.  With video conferencing, companies can instantly communicate with their staff and provide them with education that inspires.
  5. Build a training database and library: The great thing about video conferencing is you can record your training sessions and use them at a later time.  This is useful when employees need to be retrained on a specific topic or company trainers are not available to meet face-to-face.

In order to run a fluent business, keeping new and current employees trained and updated on company policy is a must.  Online training through video conferencing is a cost efficient and flexible method that every business should look into implementing.


5 Ways Web-based Video Conferencing Boosts Company Productivity

Time is of the essence, especially for businesses of today that are faced with mounting economic pressure and intense global competition. Minimizing company downtime and increasing company productivity consistently seem to be top of mind subjects for executives and business owners around the world. In order to grow and reach far above and beyond any set of goals, a business must make the most out of each passing minute throughout the day.
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What Everybody Ought to Know About Video Conferencing – Top Stories Around the Web – January 14, 2011

Attorneys: Reduce Travel Time and Expenses when Meeting with Medical Experts
It is now possible for two or more people to simultaneously share computers from anywhere in the world through web conferencing. One of the best applications we at MediVisuals have found for this software is to enable the attorney, medical expert and medical illustrator to review and discuss imaging studies simultaneously from their respective offices. Read more »

There is no I in Team – Using Video Conferencing for Unified Team Communication

At a young age the importance of teamwork is etched into our brains.  As we grow older and enter the workforce the lessons we learned earlier in life are put to the test.  Successful businesses are built by a team effort, but what happens when those teams are spread across the globe?

Smart businesses don’t see this as a roadblock; instead they equip themselves with the tools needed to continue team communication and collaboration without geographical barriers.  Web-based video conferencing is rapidly becoming the tool of choice for worldwide businesses looking to strengthen and unify their teams. Read more »


How to Prevent Bad Weather from Shutting Down Your Business

Oh the weather outside is frightful, and the damage it has been causing to the business world is far from delightful.  Winter weather means harshVideo_Conferencing_Blizzard winter storms.  Torrential downpours, blizzards, ice and snow showers all have been a contributing factor to loss of productivity and money for many businesses.

Unrelenting weather is no excuse as to why a business must close down.  Innovation in technology has provided businesses with tools allowing them to take a stand against Old Mother Nature.  Allowing employees to work remotely through web and video conferencing gives businesses a safety net which not only will protect the business financially, but it will also protect employees from having to face dangerous conditions. Read more »


What Everybody Ought to Know About Video Conferencing – Top Stories Around the Web.

Skype outage affecting users around the globe

Twitter users around the globe are taking to the social network to report that Skype is down for them. The tweets started hitting Twitter this morning and continue as of this writing. Users are also reporting that their mobile applications, including those on Android and on the iPhone, are inoperable.  Were you affected?

English teacher wanted a way to help students on Maryland State Assessments

A pioneering program at Catonsville Middle School is helping more students pass state assessments in reading and math.  More than 50 percent of students who had previously not scored proficient on the tests passed last year after participating in the Maryland State Assessment math and reading “blasts” at the middle school, said principal Michael Thorne.
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