Did you see these blog posts yesterday?
- H.323 and Skype on the Blue Jeans Network (Thanks Wes for a great review!)
- LifeSize Enables Skype on the Passport (was hoping for this news after Logitech bought LifeSize)
And, in other news:
- Just got an iPad2 for a family member, and was very disappointed to find out that Skype doesn’t do video calling on the iPad2 yet. Read the forum discussion here.
- But, Mirial is offering iPad2 support (among many other mobile devices)
All these changes raise several questions:
- If schools want to connect to content providers and other classrooms globally, what should they buy?
- If content providers want to upgrade their current systems or start providing programs for schools what should they buy? (Seems to me a LifeSize Passport might be an interesting choice for the ability to send high quality content to both H.323 advanced videoconference systems and to Skype. But does it have enough inputs for all the great visuals content providers share with us?)
- Do all these changes make it so that teachers need less or more support figuring out how to connect to whoever they want to bring to their classroom? My gut is they need more. What do you think? Seems like full service support providers such as Whirlidurb can make this much more seamless for schools. The array of choices and options is getting dizzying!
- If you were going to use videoconferencing for full length courses now, what kind of videoconferencing would you choose?
What questions and potential changes do you see from these developments? Please comment!