Skype, Vawkr, and Oovoo, are three tools for conducting video conferences or video chats. These three applications can be used by students and teachers to connect with people from around the world. Through video conferencing and chat, students can communicate in real-time with content experts who can present information, answer questions, or even collaboratively solve problems. Video conferencing and chat tools breakdown the barriers of distance, time, and resources to bring students and presenters together.
Skype requires users to have a free registered account and software, in addition to computer and webcam.
Vawkr is a web-based conference tool that only requires a compatible browser, Adobe Flash player, and a webcam. Vawker does not require registration, but does have a registration based option that allows users to integrate the conference interface into a web site, including Facebook.
ooVoo requires users to have a free registered account and software, in addition to computer and webcam.