DigitalTag – ECast Features

  • Digitaltag ecast supports multiple audio and video sharing, presentations with extended whiteboard capabilities.

  • such as a pointer, zooming and drawing – public and private chat, desktop sharing, integrated VoIP using free SWITCH, and support for presentation of PDF documents and Microsoft Office documents.

  • Moreover, users may enter the conference in one of two roles: viewer or moderator.

  • As a viewer, a user may join the voice conference, share their webcam, raise their hand, and chat with others.

  • As a moderator, a user may mute/unmute others, eject any user from the session, and make any user the current presenter.

  • The presenter may upload slides and control the presentation.

DigitalTag – ECast OverView :

  • The Digitaltag ecast client depends on a browser plugin for the Adobe Flash platform.

  • The Digitaltag ecast server runs on Ubuntu 10.04 32-bit or 64-bit and can be installed either from source code or from Ubuntu packages.

  • Digitaltag ecast is also downloadable as a Virtual Machine (VM) that runs within VMware player on PC and Unix computers and within VMware Fusion on Macs.

  • The Digitaltag ecast server can also run within a cloud environment, such as Amazon EC2, by installing it on an Ubuntu 10.04 32-bit or 64-bit instance.


DigitalTag – ECast

  • Record and Playback: Digitaltag ecast can record your lectures (slides + audio + chat) for later playback by students

  • Whiteboard : Whiteboard controls let you annotate and call out key parts of your presentation for viewers.

  • Desktop Sharing: Go beyond slides. The presenter can broadcast their desktop for all students to see. Works on Mac, Unix, and PC.

  • Integrated VoIP: Digitaltag ecast voice conferencing supports voice over IP (VOIP) conferencing out-of-the-box. All your students need are speakers and a microphone to participate.

  • Presentation: The presenter can upload any PDF presentation or office document. Keeping everyone in sync with their current page, zoom, pan, and the presenter’s mouse pointer.

  • Web Cam : Multiple users can share their webcam at the same time. There is no built-in limit on the number of simultaneously active webcams.

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  • Shows everyone in room

  • Three status icons:

    • Hand raise (use icon at lower right to raise your hand)

    • Webcam (click on a user’s webcam to see their feed; minimize the cam module to NOT see them)

    • Presenter (to switch presenter, select who you want to switch to, then click Switch Presenter)

Listener Module:

  • Everyone in on the VoIP connection

  • Speaker icon means they are sharing their microphone

  • Mute a listener using icon to left of their name (presenter only)

  • Mute everyone with icon at lower left (presenter only)

  • Eject a listener using icon at lower right (presenter only)

  • Use lock icon to lock a mute/unmute options (presenter only)

Chat Module

  • Everyone in on the VoIP connect

  • Type in lower text box to chat with all in the room

  • Click the + tab at top to chat with a specific person, then choose their name

  • Their name will appear on a new tab

    • Click that tab to chat with them

Screen Sharing Module

  • Presenter’s view will be a thumbnail

  • Attendees will see it full screen (though they are free to resize the window)

  • Screen refresh can be slow if desktop changes dramatically

    • Moving around with a mouse, using menus captures pretty well

  • You can switch presenters and they can share their desktop

    • Need Java installed

DigitalTag ecast – Advantages

  • Best alternative when students miss class

  • Opportunity for content review, particularly when complex topics are introduced / detailed procedures are performed

  • Content for online course development

  • Can re-use content at their discretion—subsequent classes can view a special lecture that can’t be recreated; due to an instructor illness or absence, a similar lecture might be used from a previous class;

  • Can review the lecture, or part of a lecture, afterwards, or in preparation for assessments

  • Distributed (in time or distance) learners can listen to lecture or session

  • Can catch up on a lecture they missed. Students can optimize the use of their time

  • Can critique their own classroom technique by reviewing the capture lectures

  • Can include recorded lecture elements in a teaching portfolio

  • Ability for teachers to create online learning resources.

  • Recording to provide video on demand resources for learning

  • Keep students on the move learning experience

  • Learn, Grow, Communicate, and Collaborate and more

  • Record a guest lecturer for future use.

  • The service is very easy to use for instructors.

  • Avoid papers and save trees