Yesterday we had our first live session for Week 4. It was about WiZiQ and its potential as a virtual classroom and/or learning environment. The session was offered by Evelyn Izquierdo, an ESP/EAP teacher at the School of Education of Central University of Venezuela, where distance education is offered. Since her school has a very low tech infrastructure, WiZiQ has become a powerful tool for her and her students. WiZiQ is free, easy to use, simple and effective when offering online classes. WiZiq provides a virtual room with many tools, such audio, voice, text chat, video and writing; besides, classes are recorded and the content can be shared publicly if wanted. WiZiQ is also excellent for videoconferences and meetings for teachers' organizations, among many other advantages.
This session was a very exciting experience to those who visited a virtual platform for the first time, and a very nice opportunity to learn playing around with the board tools. If you didn't attend, you will find the recording of this interesting and informative session below. You will need a WiZiQ account to watch the recording.
Once you've learned on WiZiQ, we would like to know your thoughts and comments about the session and we would appreciate very much if you answer the following questions:
1. How would you use this tool with your students?
2. Would you feel comfortable moderating a session this way online? Why 'yes', why 'no'?
3. What advantages and disadvantages do you see in the use of WiZiQ? Why?
Visit the session page at: http://baw2010.pbworks.com/Live_session_Wiziq
Kat Urbaniak and Evelyn Izquierdo
Co-Mods Week 4