Microsoft Lync (formerly Microsoft Office Communicator) are instant messaging clients. Basic features include instant messaging, Voice Over IP, and video conferencing. Lync uses Microsoft Outlook to find people to invite and emails the time and a hyperlink to the meeting of each invited person. Once the invitee accepts the meeting request, it is placed in their Outlook calendar.
Some other features of Microsoft Lync are:
- Collaboration through Whiteboard documents, where the participants have great freedom to share text, drawing and graphical annotations.
- Collaboration through PowerPoint documents, where the participants can control and see presentations, as well as allow everybody to add text, drawing and graphical annotations.
- Polling lists, where presenters can organize polls and all participants can vote and see results.
- Desktop sharing, usually by allowing participants to see and collaborate on your windows screen.
- Windows applications sharing, by allowing participants to see and collaborate on a specific application.
Teaching And Learning Opportunities with Lync and Lync Attendee
Lync creates collaborate learning experiences. Find experts, set up classroom exchanges, and collaborate on project ideas all without leaving the classroom. Other ideas include:
- Interviews – Have students conduct interviews or have your class interviewed.
- Guest lecturers - Have guest lecturers come to your classroom via Lync Attendee.
- Assistance - Provide help to students or teachers needing extra attention. Tutors, teachers, or teacher-librarians can be available at set times in the afternoons for student access.
- Book Club – Debate and discuss current books on YOUrSpace. Attend during the set meeting times and/or create collaborate times with other schools.
- Video to assist with set-up of Lync audio.
- Lync Attendee is for student use.
- How To Participate In The YOUrSpace Online Book Club
May 16, 2012