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Journal Entry - Five [posted Friday,October 3,2008]

I have spent the last week or so researching various web tools that could work for my action research project. The criteria I used were: the cost (preferably free), ease of use, compatibility (Windows, Linux, Mac), number of allowable participants, screen sharing capabilities, etc. I investigated several, but narrowed it down to three possible programs: Campfire, Convenos and Yuuguu. Yuuguu, combined with Skype will probably be my first choice. I would like to test it out with a couple members of our cadre first before making a final decision. Yuuguu has many features (screen sharing, instant messaging and the ability to work on the same document together in real time, remote desktop control) that I am looking for to use with my “Peer Help” group members. The only drawback is that it doesn’t offer voice over capabilities. I am planning on using Skype when voice is needed over IM. I think Skype only allows 25 people on your call list. I am thinking of sharing this as another gift to Cadre 11. It's a quick, simple install and is FREE both to download and use for online meetings of up to 30 people and enables online Desktop sharing - instantly!

I am not thrilled with the name I’ve been using “Peer Help” (for lack of a better term), I discovered it during my literature review. I am now tossing around words like, “portal [of knowledge]” and “knowledge management.” Perhaps I can come up something for P.O.R.T.A.L as an acronym for my proposed group of peer-to-peer helpers.