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Merging the power of content, instant messaging and conferencing to redefine the way in which we communicate and collaborate using iPads.
After a few months with iPads in my classroom, the experience that I began to cherish the most with my students was the creative process. It was during this process that the deep critical thinking, analysis, evaluation and other higher order thinking skills were being challenged, enhanced and developed. One of the greatest challenges we encountered was not being able to have multiple screens open to easily go back and forth. When collaborating we used a variety of methods from Google Docs to annotation apps with shared folders but I could never really find anything spectacular that would redefine the creative process experience for us, until a few days ago that is with the release of ViewChat.
View Chat is a free mobile conferencing app designed to allow you to easily share content with one another. What makes this app particularly special though are the text, chat and voice features available while you are reviewing documents or any other content. ViewChat also allows you to merge the content you’ve been working on into one PDF file right from your iPad!
To begin using ViewChat you must create an account and have an Internet connection. Once that’s done you can invite other people and begin creating groups for different discussions. Once everyone’s in, you are ready to begin! The simple and easy to use interface allows you to drag and drop photos, PDFs, Office and iWork files, videos, web pages and emails for everyone to view. ViewChat allows users to open multiple tabs so you can switch back and forth between content. Furthermore, ViewChat connects to all major cloud accounts allowing you to bring and send content from and to the cloud.
If you like the sound of this so far, it gets better. Not only can you share and view content while chatting or talking using voice, you can annotate the content as well! The wide variety of annotation tools such as text, sticky notes, pen, highlighter, all of which are also customizable will provide you with everything you need to interact with the content together.
When you are done with your discussion, again you have a variety of options for what you can do. You can export the notes to your cloud account, print or email them, save them to a folder in your library or best of all you can even open them in another app! Before you send it off anywhere, ViewChat will ask you how you would like your annotations to be sent. You can choose to embed the annotation, flatten them or send yourself the content with no annotations.
Hope to see this available across multiple platforms too so that everyone can join in on using this fabulous tool.
Overall a revolutionary app for the iPad allowing us to interact and share content on the iPad like never before. 5/5
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