Knowledge Bank, one of the iHistory project’s funders, had an “elluminate” session yesterday. It combines instant messaging, voice and a whiteboard on which you can type, draw and upload photos.
It is a fantastic tool for sharing ideas and getting feedback. Trying to have a conversation via email is clunky and cumbersome, and phone conferences don’t allow visuals, so this combined the two, with the added bonus of voice. Also, the moderator can take participants on a tour of a website if they wish.
The downside was distorted voice, particularly if someone hadn’t set up the voice settings properly or if they were using the laptop microphone. A headset was really essential for this. Mine’s a USB one, which means it cancels out some extraneous (love that word!) noise.