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Video conferencing or web conferencing allow you to set up a meeting when you can't get everyone together in person, and allows you to share your desktop, show PowerPoint presentations or videos, and see participants' faces via webcams.
(If you all you need is a voice connection, you can use a free conference call system like Free Conference Call. The only drawback is that it's likely to be a long-distance call for each participant. You can use join.me to allow everyone on the call to see your screen.)
Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Information Technology Services endorses AnyMeeting for web conferences. This allows meetings and workshops to be conducted online, and allows people who can’t attend worship or congregational events in person to participate online. An online attendee needs only a computer with high speed Internet and a telephone.
If you intend to host meetings using AnyMeeting, consider joining a community of congregational technology users for ongoing support. Take two minutes to subscribe to the UUA ChurchMgmtSoftware email list where you can ask a question, search for an answer, or give someone else a hand. After subscribing, you’ll receive an email asking for confirmation. In the email, select the link labeled “Or visit this web page” for best results.
You can have a free account if you’re ok with ads appearing on everyone’s screen during the meeting. Or you can purchase a month-to-month subscription for an ad-free account.
Depending on the account you choose, up to 25 or 200 people can join your conference. Up to six webcams can be visible at one time, people can raise their virtual hands, and you can record the meeting audio and screen sharing. You may also like the ability to conduct quick polls and easily send follow-up emails to your attendees.
Only meeting hosts need an AnyMeeting account; attendees do not. Here’s how to setup your free or paid account.
Unless you’re particularly tech-savvy, we recommend using the conference call phone number provided by AnyMeeting, rather than using AnyMeeting’s support for your computer microphone and speakers.
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Last updated on Sunday, April 20, 2014.
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