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    Conference calls

    Our new Chair of Governors has been asking if we could have the facility to have conference calling in school.

    Now i know nada about this.

    Do you guys have any suggestions?

    We have great wireless coverage, and our phone lines run via network cabling (sorry forgot posh terms). Skype is an option but just interested in what else is available...

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    Oh <deity>

    I had problems with a Trustee who expected us to have the same services that were available to him in the big Financial services company of which he was a director. It was a PITA. A small primary school couldn't afford the conference calling facilities he wanted.

    They ended up using Skype for multi voice conference calls... it's free as long you don't use video.

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    What phone system do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
    I had problems with a Trustee who expected us to have the same services that were available to him in the big Financial services company of which he was a director. It was a PITA. A small primary school couldn't afford the conference calling facilities he wanted.
    Those sort of things usually end when I tell them how much it's going to cost.

    "Oh, you want X, Y AND Z? That'll cost £squillion."

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    phone lines run via network cabling (sorry forgot posh terms).
    VoIP?

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    haha! Yes... exactly that. I was going to ask if they were going to fund it actually.

    Yeah, was wondering about VOIP. I have zero experience with any of these so examples/suggestions are great...

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    I'm pretty sure Skype is the answer. It's free and easy to use.

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    Skype plus one of these ClearOne Chat 60 IP USB Skype Conference Phone ???

    Ben

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    Everyone in a room and a phone on speakerphone is how we do it here . Technically our super fancy expensive cisco phone system can do it (just like it can do everything aparently) but I suspect we'll have to pay £££ to enable it or £££ to get a consultant to actually set it up or spend weeks digging through the config to make it work. KISS is the answer

    Alternatively Free Conference Call UK &ndash; Powwownow works well for having lots of different people dial into a conference call. Know a few companies that have used it with me, and looks very reasonable price wise!

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    Or if you are on Office365 use Lync, or on GApps for Edu then use Hangout.

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    Thanks guys.

    Just playing with Skype at the moment....says i'm offline grrrr....

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    Plus 1 here for Office 365 with Lync :-)

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    To play devil's advocat:

    As a user I really like conference calls

    One of the few things I miss from a corporate environment. If we had the facility here, we could do most Governor meetings during the school day, or where evening meetings are unavoidable, at least I could dial in from home. If you can arrange it, web-conferencing adds quite a lot to the user experience - then you know that everyone's looking at the same version of the document being discussed. We used to have the screen sharing enabled as part of Windows Messenger - pretty sure that's part of Office 365, but we don't have Office 365 or Windows messenger enabled in our school, so couldn't confirm whether that's standard.

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    I do a fair bit of work via Lync or Skype now ... and still take part in regular edtech webinars using Google Hangout. I even drop into FlashMeeting too.

    They can all work, but it puts more pressure on organising paperwork beforehand.

    If people are using VC for governors meetings then making sure that paperwork is with people in advance and that they have read it is very important.

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    FreePBX box here. It does conference calling from the get go. If you know what sort of phone system you have we can probably say if it's capable.

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    All i know is it's through Virgin! lol

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