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What is it?

Synchronous session software or services allow you to hold a session with participants in real time. This software can be referred to as video conferencing, web conferencing or virtual classroom technology. This software usually has the ability for audio/video sharing, sharing of content, text chat, and a number of other features.

NameWhat is it?
Online RoomsOnline Rooms is a virtual classroom application built into Brightspace that allows for real time collaboration between attendees.
WebexThe Webex platforms provide a rich audio/video synchronous experience.  Features such as application sharing, file sharing, polling, text chat, and granular permissions allow you to customize your synchronous session to match your learning objectives.
Zoom*Zoom is a web conferencing tool.
BlueJeans*BlueJeans is a video conferencing bridging system that can be used for conversations using computers, mobile devices, and room systems.
Microsoft Teams instant messengerMicrosoft Teams is a proprietary business communication platform developed by Microsoft as part of the Microsoft 365 family of products. 
Brosix instant messenger*Brosix is a live chat messenger used by many businesses and universities for communication purposes.
Slack*Slack is a live chat messenger used by many businesses and universities for communication purposes. Slack offers many conventional instant messaging features, including persistent chat rooms (channels) organized by topic, private groups, and direct messaging.
Miro*Miro is a free online whiteboard platform that allows instructors and their students to collaborate during classes.
Jamboard*Google Jamboard is a digital interactive whiteboard that allows its users to collaborate remotely or in-person in a shared space.  
Discord*Discord is a communication platform designed for online communities, including educators and their students. It allows users to create servers, which are like virtual classrooms or discussion boards, where they can chat via text, voice, and video.
Mastodon*Mastodon is a free, decentralized, open-source, and self-hosted social networking service. It offers microblogging features, which are run by members with their own code of conduct, terms of service, privacy policy, privacy options, and content moderation policies. So, any Mastodon member can start up a network of their own by regulating it according to their needs and values.
Kahoot!*Kahoot introduces itself as a game-based learning platform that makes learning any subject fun, in any language, on any device, for all ages.   They have four categories for professionals, teachers, students, and family and friends. Our focus in this document is the teachers section, and most specifically instructors (educators).
Asana*Asana is a web and mobile platform for work management, aiding teams in organizing, tracking, and managing their tasks and projects. Asana offers features such as project creation, task assignment, deadline setting, communication tools, reporting, file attachments, calendars, and goal tracking. It has received positive reviews for its user-friendly design and productivity-enhancing capabilities. Asana also provides an open API for third-party integrations and has expanded its offerings with features like Asana Partners for cross-platform integration and capabilities focused on generative artificial intelligence.  

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