Asynchronous:

A type of two-way communication that occurs with a time delay, allowing participants to respond at their own convenience. Literally not synchronous, in other words, not at the same time. Example of an application of asynchronous communication is electronic bulletin board.
Voice Thread
http://voicethread.com/
Example: http://voicethread.com/view.php?b=2606
How can you use this in your classroom?

Yack with a YackPack
Some Ideas for using YackPack
  • Record an assignment or homework message for students.
  • Conduct a parent conference to keep parents in the learning loop without a face-to-face meeting and in a non-traditional time structure.
  • As an alternative for written assignment email to help struggling learners get away from "text".
  • Allow students to explain their understanding of a topic or concept being studied.
  • Students can ask questions about an assignment or activity any time / anywhere.
  • Students share their ideas in learning with other students
  • Teachers can provide feedback to students on their learning progress on an assignment.
  • Teachers can help students make connections in learning by asking strategic questions that prompt students for writing and thinking activities.
  • Teachers can differentiate to the individual students and meet special needs.
  • Can be used for professional development allowing teachers to actually "talk" to other teachers.


Synchronous:

Web Conferencing:

  • Vyew FREE browser based collaboration and live conferencing program. It includes whiteboard that allows for shared viewing of: DOCs, PPTs, XLSs, JPGs, PDFs as well as real-time desktop sharing and screen capturing, text-chat and teleconferencing
  • YUGMA You get web conferencing and desktop sharing for free, AND you can invite up to 10 other people.
  • ELLUMINATE vroom Elluminate offers a smaller room you can host a conference for up to 3--but in PA we are all so familiar with Elluminate...worth finding out more about it.
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  • Skype is a peer-to-peer voice over internet network. Skype users can speak to other Skype users for free, call traditional telephone numbers for a fee and receive calls from traditional phones making this a versatile method of synchronous and asynchronous communication.