external image flash_screenshot.JPGWhy use Flashmeeting?
It uses a selection of commonly open ports so rarely gets blocked
It doesn't require any software to be downloaded except Flash (which nearly all schools have already)
Only one person can speak at a time so it requires half the bandwidth of other products like Skype.
You can have a large number of people on at the same time, but this has no impact on constraints of the bandwidth.
Users have to request accounts and sessions can be private, so students can use it safely.
You can opt for the session to be recorded and it can be very simply edited. Then the URL used for the session is then replaced by the video
To view an example recorded session click here
You don't need an account to participate in a session, but you do need one to create sessions. Email communicty@gmail.com for an account
To create an account and for more info go to http://flashmeeting.e2bn.net/
Demo Session - To ensure that you can connect and that your equipment is working
Flashmeeting Booking - To book your sessions

Poor quality due to tunnelling
If you have a poor connection flashmeeting will try to find a connection by tunnelling. However, the next time that you use flashmeeting it will still use the poor quality connection. To solve this follow these instructions.
1) When you first go to a flashmeeting, and before you actually enter, there is a "clear port" option at the bottom. When the person then tries to connect it will start trying the non-tunneling ports first.
2) The fact your client is set to "low quality" will also have been cookied, so when you connect to a meeting you will be in that mode. So you need to switch it back. Once you are into a meeting you need to go to the "prefs" tab and change the "connection setting" to high

Flashmeeting ICTnet 20:00 - 21:00 31/1/08
To try a demo session to test out your webcam and/or microphone click here
To connect to the flashmeeting from 19:40 click here

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