Topic: Emerging Technologies
I've run across several interesting emerging technologies that don't necessarily relate to blogging, but that may be of interest to school administrators, so I'm adding a new topic.
I'd heard of VOIP (using the Internet to place voice calls), but hadn't paid much attention to it. Now that I live on an island where my cell phone doesn't get a signal and the best long distance rates I can get are 8 cents/minute for domestic and 75 cents/minute for international calls, I'm suddenly very interested! My brother (a true geek) told me about Skype. This free program allows you to make computer-to-computer calls free anywhere in the world. The Skype out feature enables you to make computer-to-telephone calls for 2 cents/minute, again anywhere in the world.
It works best with a highspeed connection. You also need a headset with a microphone (about $20). In addition to working on the island, it was great when I was in a remote spot in Minnesota earlier this week, couldn't get a decent cell signal, but did have a high speed Internet connection.
It also has a conference call feature, which is why I think administrators who aren't dealing with some of the issues I face might still be interested.