Email Preview: May 3 Getting Started Webinar, Documentation Project and Jitsi Online Meeting Demo

Testing a Free Online Meeting Option with Integrated Timer

I’ve been playing around with embedding a video conference in a web page and having the margins of the page act as a speech timer that changes colors. I’m trying to hustle together a brief demo meeting today (April 25) at 6 pm EDT, RSVP here to join me.

This is using Jitsi, an open source video product that cloud telecom company 8×8 makes available as a free service (you may see an ad when the meeting ends).

Jitsi uses the WebRTC web protocol, which means no software is required, but it works best in Google Chrome. I’m mostly interested in the issue of making sure people can see the timing lights, but the fact that Jitsi is free might also be a selling point for some clubs.

This is still a prototype, with a preliminary version live on toastmost.org.

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