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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Open Source Web Conferencing Software

Meetings in a school have become a headache. With parents having a variety of different jobs which include different working hours, it’s almost impossible to find a common time for everybody to have a meeting.

Technology has come in handy with some excellent solutions. In fact meetings and video conferencing are one of the most popular tools online today. Teachers, students and parents can meet online while staying kilometres away from each other!

There are various open source solutions. Some of them can be found here. Our choice is for Jitsi. Jitsi features HD audio with Opus, full security encryption, desktop sharing, and integrated chat support. You can also transfer files and send professional webinar and video conferencing invites to your attendees thanks to their customized URLs.

A few other perks of using Jitsi are: video relaying, an active support community, and an integrated media library. It runs on all operating systems, including Mac and Linux. If you run into any issues, their site provides a comprehensive FAQ that covers a number of useful topics, which is a notable benefit for those who are new to the world of online video conferencing.

If you need to look at some screenshots before installing you can do so here.