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Alternatives to Zoom and Google for BREAK out Rooms

  • 1.  Alternatives to Zoom and Google for BREAK out Rooms

    Posted 08-06-2020 13:00

    Help!  Our district is saying that we cannot use Zoom. I want breakout rooms!! We also cannot use Google for breakout rooms because of licensing. Suggestions??
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    Nancy Gibson

    Theater Teacher
    ITS Troupe 8259 Director
    Eagle Theater Director
    Case High School
    262-619-4200 ex 5317



  • 2.  RE: Alternatives to Zoom and Google for BREAK out Rooms

    Posted 08-07-2020 09:29
    Our district's MLS is Schoology and with that we have "conferences" which is operated by Bigbluebutton. I'm not sure about its pricing as the district handled it and it came with our system, but it's worth a look. It has breakout rooms, whiteboards, records meeting, chats, share screens, etc. When we are holding meetings i can see all the students, students can see me, but they can't see each other, this is good to minimize being distracted by everyone during lectures, however, when they go to breakout rooms they can hear, see and collaborate with each other and you(as the administrator on the account) can go in and out of breakrooms. 






  • 3.  RE: Alternatives to Zoom and Google for BREAK out Rooms

    Posted 08-07-2020 09:50
    I'm not sure it will meet your needs, but FlipGrid is another platform you might try.

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    Rodney James
    Technical Theatre Director
    Forney Independent School district
    Forney TX
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  • 4.  RE: Alternatives to Zoom and Google for BREAK out Rooms

    Posted 08-07-2020 09:58
    I ran into the same issue. It's funny how obstacles like this can disappear when parents get involved. That's what I am recommend.

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    Jim Tropp
    Wisconsin
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  • 5.  RE: Alternatives to Zoom and Google for BREAK out Rooms

    Posted 08-07-2020 12:55
    I'm curious what the licensing issues are. Can you not use Google Meet at all? Or is it the breakout functionality that is the issue?  I found this website with a suggested workaround for doing breakouts with Google Meet:

    https://medium.com/@gkulowiec/google-meet-breakout-rooms-8e9a5d7e7f11

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    Guy Barbato
    Theatre Teacher/Director
    Leonardtown MD
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  • 6.  RE: Alternatives to Zoom and Google for BREAK out Rooms

    Posted 08-07-2020 14:57
    Do you have access to BlackBoard Collaborative or WebX? They both have breakout rooms.





  • 7.  RE: Alternatives to Zoom and Google for BREAK out Rooms

    Posted 08-07-2020 17:44
    I am new to this and I really don't understand what your talking about 😂 sorry for playing dumb.

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    Jim Tropp
    Beloit WI
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  • 8.  RE: Alternatives to Zoom and Google for BREAK out Rooms

    Posted 08-08-2020 22:08
    Blackboard and Web x are both platforms like Zoom. Sounds like there are even more like that out there. You create a link and then students can click in to join the session. There are breakout rooms so you can divide into small groups, you can share or present documents, record sessions....lots.