Zoom might be one of the most well-known apps for video distance learning but with security concerns, educators, and teachers all over the world are looking into alternatives. There are several other options that provide the same functionalities and can be used for remote learning. Read on to find out the best video conferencing apps for schools.
Formerly known as Google Hangouts, Google Meet is a solid and safe option for schools that are already using Google Classroom suites. There are useful features for schools including larger meetings, video-recording, and live-streaming. Teachers are the only ones that can mute and remove participants, and students can not rejoin a meeting after the teacher has left.
Microsoft Teams is part of Office 365 and it can be integrated with other tools you are probably using – such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint. It offers specific tips on how to ensure that your system is secure, and offers more security control because the rules and verification of participants can be set by an IT administrator.
Blackboard is designed especially for classroom use and offers a complete environment for digital learning. It is very popular and liked by students and teachers alike because it offers HD virtual classrooms, and you can integrate Zoom conferencing in a more secure platform. The only downside is that it can be pretty expensive.
Skype Conference Call
Not a complete and actual classroom solution, but Skype Conference Call can be used occasionally for classroom video conferencing. To use, you can just click on the link for the meeting and join through a desktop or a browser – no need to sign in or download the application. And since Skype is owned by Microsoft, it offers top-notch security and easy integration with other Microsoft platforms and products.
Cisco WebX Video Conferencing
Cisco WebX is popular with businesses because it offers HD video and screen sharing options and can be a good Zoom alternative for schools as well. The free plan offers up to 100 participants in a video conferencing meeting and a duration of up to 50 minutes. There are paid plans starting at $12.85 per month with more functionalities and features.
Bluejeans is a video conferencing platform that offers great security and encryption, along with other useful features for school such as integration of Dolby sound – as sound quality is very important for video classroom sessions. Paid plans start at $9.99 per month and offer different functionalities and levels of tech support.
GoRemote secures video calls with end-to-end encryption. The app also allows you to set a password to lock it. So even if your phone falls into the wrong hands, your messages and attachments will not be seen by any unauthorized party.
Besides the industry-leading encryption, GoRemote also supports group chats as well as the sending of files and photos in addition to text, so you’re going to be pretty well covered no matter what your needs. In addition, users can easily share their screens during a meeting. Furthermore, client applications are available on all major mobile and desktop platforms.