To support learning from home during school closures, and communication for libraries, several teleconferencing vendors have made services available for schools for no cost. Provided for your research is a list of current offers. DPI does not endorse any of the vendor digital technology tools listed. There are a variety of teleconferencing tools with similar functionality available to districts to adopt.
- Microsoft Teams
Teams is part of Office 365. First your school or district must sign up (a job for your IT department); then individuals within your school or district can sign up.
- Cisco WebEx
WebEx's free account has been upgraded to unlimited usage and up to 100 participants on calls, "during this unprecedented time."
Zoom offers a free version of its service that limits sessions to 40 minutes. They are "temporarily lifting" this limit for K-12s.
ClassDojo is a set of free remote learning tools, but not teleconferencing.