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IT 10APR2020

Information Technology update – 10 April 2020

Greetings members.

Welcome to this month’s Information Technology update. This month, we will review some online distance learning tools.

With schools closed and students doing distance learning, online meeting programs are now front and center. Our squadron meetings will also be utilizing some these tools. Here is a quick rundown of the 4 most common tools available.

Skype: Skype is used a lot by major businesses, although it can be used by anyone. It is free, is embedded into the Microsoft Office suite, and can be done through a web browser or installed application. You can share screens and type messages to the group.

Zoom: Zoom is great for larger groups, allows for screen sharing and invites. The free version only allows for 30-minute meetings, so plan accordingly.

Google Hangouts: Since most people these days have a Google account (or 2?), Hangouts is a good tool for online meetings. It’s easy to use and it’s free.

Discord: Started for gamers, Discord allowed for voice and video chat, groups, multiple rooms and is free to use.

Teams: Teams is part of the Microsoft Office suite. Primarily used for businesses, it has some advanced features that are useful, such as the ability to have breakout rooms, larger participation and no time limits.

If you have any questions, stop by and see our IT officer at the meeting.

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