There are many spaces to meet friends and professionals (or both) and have opportunities to learn in digital environments. More and more these spaces allow us to interact with clear video, clear audio, and from our homes or darn near anywhere via mobile devices. And many are free, like the examples shown here. Below are some of the spaces I have participated in and the tools used.
The Google+ Environment
This is a Google+ Hangout where myself and others were working out the logistics of an amazing class for online teachers called “The Program for Online Teaching” offered by Lisa Lane and others at MiraCosta College.
You can also point the camera at something and allow othrs to watch and ask questions. Over the course of several hours I watched, and asked questions, the amazing DTLT group from the University of Mary Washington put together a 3D printer.
SKYPE, of course
Skype offers us so much in the way of connecting and communicating at a different level than email or telephones. From using it as a tool for office hours or connecting with colleagues or family members, it is pretty amazing!
One More, What a Hoot
Hoot worked pretty well and I think that the ability to use it inside of the Facebook environment makes it have some potential.