It’s been a while since I’ve done an iPad app of the week, so I thought it would be prudent to catch up with a doesy! This week I’m all about the Polycom RealPresence Mobile app for the iPad. At work we are deploying Polycom HDX video conferencing units in five rural school districts and this app is going to complement that deployment very nicely. But thinking big picture, if you are a teacher who is looking to connect with other teachers and their students whom are physically distant from yourself, then this app might be just what you need.
You may be asking yourself why you would want to use a Polycom app over say Facetime or the Skype app. Well, it might very well be that you don’t want to use this over those, but this app does provide a couple extras that might make it all the more useful. First, this app allows you to video conference at a low bandwidth rates, which means even if you are in a school that has very, very slow Internet, you can still bring in others using your Internet connection. Beyond that, you don’t need any kind of account to start using the app. You can give the person you are trying to video conference with your IP (the app will tell you what this is) and presto, you’re video conferencing! Lastly, the app is very simple. There isn’t much to it other than a keypad to dial the IP address you want to call.
This app works with any “standards based” video conferencing device, which means you can call both other iPads as well as any other fancy standards based device, like the Polycom HDX 7000. This expands your pool of potential experts and other educators/students you and your students can learn from. The app is free and is in the grey zone between content creation and content consumption. You can easily argue consumption since it is a video conference, but you can also argue creation since the app can lead you to create amazing deliverables. So, you choose what you want to call it. I’ll call it exciting and a great resource!
I don’t have time to take original pictures today, but you can see some stock pictures here. Enjoy!