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Mozilla Ignite Round #2 Pitch

Here’s the recording of our pitch to Mozilla Ignite for funding during development round #2 for support to build the HTML5 + WebRTC client for BigBlueButton.

The pitch was given by Fred Dixon, Project Manager for BigBlueButton, and Troy Patterson, Technology and Media Coordinator for Dearborn Michigan Public Schools.  You can watch the recording on YouTube by clicking on the picture below or using the following link.

This was our second pitch to Mozilla Ignite.  Here’s a link to the first pitch.

BigBlueButton Presentation from Linux Users Group (Italy)

The Associazione GNU Linux User Group Perugia Linux Umbria Software recently uploaded a presentation by Giuseppe Maugeri on BigBlueButton. The presentation is in Italian, we didn’t understand a word of it, but we loved watching it.  If you can speak Italian, you’d probably enjoy it even more than we did.

You can view the presentation by clicking the image below.

Here’s the original tweet.

Campus Technology Magazine Covers BigBlueButton’s use at Carleton University

The January 2013 edition of Campus Technology Magazine ran an article titled Collaborating Via Web Conference: Advanced in video conferencing make it easier for students and faculty to work together that explores the experiences of a group of universities and colleges using on-line collaboration tools in the classroom.

One of the universities covered in the article is Carleton, based on Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. In reflecting on Carleton’s experience with BigBlueButton, Patrick Lyons, Director of Instructional Technologies, stated:

As soon as Carleton switched to BigBlueButton, the adoption rate “went through the roof” — Patrick Lyons

You can view the article on-line here (free signup).

Testing BigBlueButton HTML5 prototype with Dearborn Michigan Public Schools

Last week we did our first external test a prototype BigBlueButton HTML5 client running on iPads (and we stress the word prototype here).

The test involved a group of high school students at one school giving remote presentations to middle school students at another school. The high school students used the BigBlueButton client running in a web browser, while the remote middle school students used only iPads (running BigBlueButton HTML5 prototype) to view the presentations.

We want to give BIG thanks to Chris Kennenberg and Troy Patterson at Dearborn Michigan Public Schools for organizational the test.   Below is a screen shot of the HTML5 interface.

 

BigBlueButton HTML5 Prototype Running on an iPad

The BigBlueButton team has been working on creating an HTML5 interface for BigBlueButton.

The first phase of the project is to create an HTML5 client that supports two-way chat, and one-way presentation, user list, audio and video.  We definitely want to support iOS devices with an HTML5 client and yesterday we got the first working integration of streaming audio and video for the HTML5 client displaying on an iPad (see screen shot below).

BigBlueButton iPad Prototype

The ongoing work on an HTML5 interface for BigBlueButton is occurring parallel to the development effort on BigBlueButton 0.81.  The HTML5 client will not be part of the 0.81 release; rather, it will be merged into a subsequent release.  We also have plans to revise the HTML5 UI Design.

While getting an HTML5 client running on iPad is still in the prototype stages, it was cool to see it working!