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Monday, April 28, 2014

Appear.in - Registration-free Video Conferencing

Appear.in is a free video conferencing service that I recently learned about from Ana Maria Menezes. Appear.in allows you to create a video conference room without registering for any kind of account. Your Appear.in video conference room can accommodate up to eight people.

To create your room just go to Appear.in, pick a room name, and grant Appear.in access to your webcam. Appear.in will give you a URL for your conference room. Share that URL with the people that you want to join you in your video conference. If you want to save your room to re-use on multiple occasions, you can enter your email address and choose a password to lock and save your room. Locking your Appear.in room prevents people from using it when you're not in it.

Appear.in does not require the installation of anything. It will work in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. Appear.in does not require Javascript so it will work on Chromebooks.

Applications for Education
Appear.in could be a great tool for hosting online tutoring sessions, bringing guest speakers into your classroom, or hosting online meetings with colleagues. The registration-free and installation-free aspect of Appear.in makes it easy to get your web conference started quickly.