Radio Handi is a great educational tool. If you are a teacher, you can use it to host call-in classes, and also to create forums for your students to use for practice.
To create a virtual classroom, just go to www.radiohandi.com, sign in and create a Community for your class. Then, use the web whiteboard to post your class schedules, assignments and instructions for using the service.
To dial in, your students will call 712-432-7000 (USA) and then your Community's channel number. They can also dial in via our international local access numbers, or toll-free anywhere in the world via Gizmo.
Using Live Conference Calls For Instruction and Practice
Every community has its own conference bridge that allows up to 20 people to talk to each other. Your students can dial in via any combination of fixed line, mobile or Internet telephones, from virtually anywhere in the world. You can use the conference bridge to give a lecture, to host question and answer sessions, or to host practice sessions where your students interact with each other.
Using MP3 Streaming To Broadcast Lectures
Students can also listen (but not talk back) to your lectures via a live MP3 stream. The system automatically creates a live MP3 feed for every conversation on the system, which students can reach by going to eavesdropper.radiohandi.com/your_group_number (the system automatically creates a link to the MP3 stream on your group's web page on radiohandi.com
This is a good way to handle large classes, because we can handle hundreds of listeners for an MP3 stream, where the telephone conference bridge limits the number of participants to 20 people to prevent audio problems.
Using the Voice/Email/SMS Message Boards
Your group is automatically set up with a multimedia message board that enables you and your students to exchange voice, email and SMS (text) messages. For example, you can send your assignment out to your class simply by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email will be relayed to everyone who has opted to receive email from the group, and will also be posted to your group's message board. This is a great way to share assignments, and to allow students to communicate with each other.
Using the Web Whiteboard
Your group also has a simple whiteboard that you and your students can edit. Use this to post your upcoming schedule of events, classes and assignments, as well as other information pertinent to your class.