Congratulations to tech integrator, Kat Tacea! FreeConferenceCall.com For the Classroom awarded Kat an Amazon Echo last weekend for demonstrating the innovative use of tech in the classroom. Kat is a teacher and librarian at Lafayette Elementary School in the Long Beach Unified School District.
By Kelly Kincaid
Today, FreeConferenceCall.com is exhibiting at the California League of Schools’ (CLS) annual Teaching with Technology conference held in Monterey, California. This year, the focus is “Harnessing the Power of Connected Learning”. To learn more, I reached out to the Director of Community and School Relations, Maryam Diaab Hall, for an interview. And while I took a walk on the beach — and my interviewee took her kids to the park — we chatted in a virtual conference room about what connected learning really looks like.
FreeConferenceCall is the Brand Behind it All
“Born a bakers dozen of years ago, still privately owned by a single individual, it serves millions of people each day, in almost every country, brings people together and has successfully become a household name without making big spends on advertising
Remember, first and foremost that your conference call is a professional meeting. If you need to excuse yourself to use the bathroom, suggest a bio-break for everyone on the call” just like you would during an in-person meeting. On bigger calls, training calls or any other call that you’re just listening without needing to weigh in, mute the phone from the get-go (simply press *6 or use the mute function on your phone). That way, if you need to use the restroom or grab a snack, no one will hear the unpleasant background noise.
There’s an old saying you’ve probably heard “ Two things you don’t want to see made are laws and sausages”. Well, I’d like to add a third to that: phone calls.
Most people think that once you pay for phone service, you just press send and talk. From the perspective of the consumer that’s pretty much true, but your phone call has a more complicated journey ahead of it. Depending on where and when you’re calling, your call could pass through your phone company, a middle-mile carrier, a local exchange carrier and maybe even a major wireless company before reaching your friend Sally’s cell phone. All of those companies in the middle get paid. Not by you directly you pay your carrier for access, your carrier pays all the other companies along the way for the usage (AKA access in telco speak).
Free conference call companies are rallying customers to urge lawmakers and the FCC to not stifle their ability to continue using free conference call services. We let people know to contact their representatives in Congress that they use the service and don’t want it to go away, FreeConference.com Chief Financial Officer Mike Placido said in an interview.
A conference call provider and a Native American-owned telco are meeting with FCC officials this week in an effort to convince the agency that it does not have to alter the current access charge regime to encourage broadband service expansion to unserved areas.