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When the pandemic hit the world, a lot of people have been confined at home. For security and health purposes, governments have imposed protocols to protect the people's lives. One of those protocols is not allowing mass gatherings and meetings. But we just don't want the global pandemic to hinder our interpersonal relationship, so most people from the business sector, government sector, education sector and even between friends and families have resorted to using various videoconferencing apps.

There are a handful of videoconferencing apps used worldwide depending on people's preferences. Some of which I've tried using are zoom, skype and google meet.

  • Zoom. Zoom is one of the most popular teleconferencing app used nowadays. It can be used both on desktop and mobile. On your first time of creating an account and using this tool for free you'll get unlimited time to host a video conference but after that, each meeting will only last for 40 minutes and you can invite as much as 100 participants. But if you are willing to pay the amount of $15 per month, you'll get longer meetings and other features. We've been using this application for our online religious meetings and I can say that it is indeed a good application and what's good is that you can download and use this for free! However, I tried tracking the data that I use for zoom and since this requires data both for upload, which is to broadcast and show ourselves to others and download, for us to see other's videos but consumes high data. 2 hours of Zoom meeting consumes more than 1 gigabyte of data. And this app is also not advisable to use if you have slow and unstable internet connection.

One of our Zoom meetings.

  • Google Meet. This is the application that we prefer to use during our Sign Language meetings. We prefer to use this since the app is great and the videos doesn't get laggy even when the internet connection becomes unstable. It also provides option to share what's on your screen without leaving the call. And if you are using your mobile phone, you can still make another call on Facebook Messenger even if you are on google meet video call. You can also chat and send a message to everyone connected on the current video call. And another good feature of this app is the live captions that works not just in English, it can also detect other languages and show the captions real time.

Videoconferencing via google meet. I used my mobile phone.

These are the two main apps that I personally prefer to use but there are other videoconferencing tools out there that people use.

  • Skype. Some individuals and businesses still prefer using skype for their meeting. What's good about this is that you can make a call or video calls even without joining a meeting or even without someone to host a meeting. But this is not advisable for a big audience since it can only accommodate up to 50 participants and videos tends to get very laggy and it automatically drops the call when the internet connection is unstable.

  • FaceTime. FaceTime is another video conferencing tool that you can only find on iPhones though you can also use this on Mac computers. The maximum participants on a video conference is only 30 so it is also not advisable for a large group of participants in a meeting and not all can afford an iPhone! I personally haven't tried using FaceTime since I don't own an iPhone.

What I mentioned in this article are just few of the many videoconferencing tools that people use. Whatever video conferencing tool you may be using always remember these etiquettes when on a video conference:

  • You may be communicating with other people virtually but always be courteous to other participants.

  • Wear appropriate clothes. Even though you are just at home, and attending a meeting virtually, you can still dress up, wear nice clothes and make-ups to look presentable. If you are a girl or a woman, putting on a lipstick is good because you won't look pale on camera.

  • Don't move too much while your camera is on. Don't make unnecessary movements because it can distract other participants.

  • Always put your microphone on mute if you are not speaking. You won't want other participants to hear your family members arguing, your dogs barking or perhaps the loud music coming from your neighbors house who thinks that he owns the entire street for that super loud music.

  • Speak clearly. Make your voice a little bit louder (but don't shout), so that other participants will clearly hear and understand what you're saying.

  • Stay on a place with a clean background so that other participants won't see your housemates and your pets going back and forth behind you. You can sit with a curtain or a wall behind.

  • Don't put the camera near your face where other participants can clearly see your pores, pimples and nostrils because it can be very distracting.

In the Philippines, schools will start on October 5th. The children will be having blended learning through modules, listening to the radio programs and live videos on facebook. So in preparation for this, parents and teachers had a meeting last week via Zoom. My mom attended the meeting but she's not a tech savvy person so she asked me to be there and set up the zoom application. I was there the whole time while their meeting is ongoing, I am used to attending videoconferences so I was very particular with the bloopers which I think is very funny so I listed them and posted it on my social media stories just for fun.

Zoom Meeting Bloopers 🙈

I've written this based on personal experiences so please pardon me if there is something that might be offending

How about you? Which videoconferencing tool have you tried? Or do you have any experience using a videoconferencing app? Share you experiences on the comment box below!

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I never tried that FaceTime while zoom is the most common among students here in our place. Skype I forgot my account 😆

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1 year ago

Neither I have tried that. I'll have to own an iphone or macbook first to try FaceTime 😂

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1 year ago

oh haha. I'm comfortable with Fb😆

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1 year ago

I've never used facetime before but the rest are pretty okay. Zoom is mostly used in almost anywhere, even in my sister's classes

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1 year ago

Most online classes that I observed use Zoom but some college professors prefer google meet.

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1 year ago

My old university made a conference room of their own though but i think some really stick to zoom because of the shared screen

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Yeah, that's what's good about zoom the host can share what's on his screen, I'm not sure if other particapants cana also share.

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1 year ago

They can if the host allows or makes other participants the host. It's perfect for reporting projects though

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1 year ago

Wala akong ginagamit sa lahat ng application na yaan, ,🤧. Kahit sa messenger, bat ganin walang nag vivideo call sa akin ang saklap naman ng buhay ko 🤧.

Pero yung zoom talaga in demand yan today ee, kaso matakaw ata sya sa data ano? Kawawa naman mga student, pero buti nadevelop yang apps na yaan talaga. And the bloopers 😂,

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1 year ago

hahahha grabe naman, wala ka bang friends na pwedeng i-VC? kami nga sa bahay kahit nasa kwarto lang yung isa, nag vivideo call pa rin sa messenger or google meet kapag super bored at walang magawa. Yung sa zoom at google meet naman every thursday and sunday kasi umaattend ako ng religious meetings and ginagawa namin yun via videoconferencing.

Oo sobrang takaw sa data ng zoom. Sa more than 1 hour nga na PTA meeting nila mama last time, naka consume ng 1 gb na data.

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1 year ago

Meron naman, kaso sayang load kaya wag nalang 🤭. Tipid tipid din me pag may time. Saka mga busy ata mga friendliness ko ee, mga snobber na nga yung iba 🤧

Kaya nga, ay bat baga nga ang takaw noon, sa Skype ba hindi? Kawawa naman talaga mga student na nagamit nyan, ang takaw sa load tapos kuryente pa ay inayy

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1 year ago

hahah ako naman nangugulit na lang sa mga kapatid ko wag lang masayang ang data at maexpire lang na di naman nagamit 😅😂

Di ko pa natry gamitin ang skype ngayon. Dati kasi ginagamit ko yun sa laptop kaso nasira ng pusa yung laptop ko 😭 Kaya asa na lang sa mobile phone muna ngayon. Anyways, panget din naman ang skype, nasa 50 participants lang ang kaya dun, eh paano more than 50 yung estudyante diba? 😅 Buti na lang dito sa amin, modular at radio ang sistema ng pag aaral ngayon kaya sa kuryente lang magastos hehe

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Haha, ano ba nagreregister mo? Sakin kasi go50 lang tapos patong ng ibang promo para humaba, kaya walang masasayang sakin, tipid na tipid talaga. Haha

Ah, pero pusa din nakasira sa laptop ko noon 🤧 inihian ng walanghiya 🤧. Ay yon laang, tapos baka mas malakas pa pala sa data yon. Ay sa radio? Makikinig lang, pano yun? Di napapakinggan ng buong sambayanan iyon?

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1 year ago

Globe siguro network na gamit mo. Ako kasi TM gamit ko and EZSurf70 ang pinapaload ko. Good for one week na siya. May 1 GB na data tapos 1 GB din everyday for fb and messenger, youtube, tiktok & mobile legends. Yung 1 gb di ko naman nauubos in 1 day. Yung 1 week naman for browsing ang nauubos kahit hindi pa 1 week kaya nagloload ako usually ng another 15 pesos for an additional of 1 gb.

Yung municipality kasi namin nagtayo ng radio station na exclusive lang for online classes. Pag morning from 5 am pang high school ang lessons tapos tanghali hanggang hapon naman sa elementary. 1 hour sa kada grade level. Oo nga rinig n rinig ng buong sambahayan kaya minsan pati kaming hindi na nag aaral sumasagot din sa mga tanong, naasar yung bunso kong kapatid lagi 😆

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Ay parang gosurf50 ng globe, ako naman ay di mahilig masyado sa social media, kaya akoy tipid. Yong go50 ay 5gb na internet na sya, wala lang freebies, ikaw ata mahilig sa socmed kaya bagay sayo ang ezsurf. Lakas pa naman minsan kumain mg data ni read.cash lalo na pag gagawa ng arri9, need muna mah search tapos aupload pa ng photosw.

Ay ang galing naman ng naisip nya ha, maigi na yun, kuryente lang magastos kesa online class araw araw need magload. Yun ngalang pati kayo nakakapakinig, haha 😂😂

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1 year ago

The bloopers nailed it. 😂😂 Here in HK they're using zoom.. but they doesn't require the students to open the cam or fully face the camera, sometimes the students just showed their forehead..so the tendency, they cam play their phone while having online class which is not good.. they're not listening well to the teacher.. and some teacher doesn't do interaction with the students, they just talk and talk and talk.. everytime i heard teacher like that, was like.. what the hell...the students are bored and just playing their phone not minding the teacher... The class is useless if the students won't focus on it and won't learn anything from it

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Haha I distracted my mom so much while watching their meeting because I was literally laughing my ass off because of those bloopers 😂 You know how most of the people in our country is. Parents are not that tech savvy and they don't know what to do during a video conference that's why some of them acted that way.

That's the disadvantage of online schooling, you never know what the student is doing behind the camera and you can't even reprimand them 😪 Parents or other adults should monitor what their children are doing while having online classes if they really want their children to learn.

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😂😂 and they really want to look good infront of the cam. 😂😂

Yes, that's what I've noticed with this kid at home . She's playing phone the whole time.. sometimes i reprimand her from doing that, but still useless coz once i step out from the room, she'll play again

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We are using zoom apps to attend our online classes

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That's good 👍

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