Free Technology Resources to Collaborate with Employees Working from Home
Dr. Kimberly Miller
President NSA Psychological Services Board
Are some of your employees working from home? Here’s a list of free technology resources that can help your team collaborate while they are sheltered in place. This list was compiled by Dr. Kimberly Miller, the current president of the National Sheriff’s Association Psychological Services Section.
Microsoft Teams is being offered for free. With this service you can chat, meet or do a conference call with your team for free.
Basic Zoom video conferencing is free (up to 100 participants, unlimited number of meetings, unlimited 1 to1 minutes and 40-minute limit on group meetings.
Zoom has lifted the 40-minute meeting limit on its free basic accounts for K-12 and teamed up with Clever to make Zoom accessible to Clever districts that experiencing closures. Outschool, a marketplace for live online classes, has made available free remote teacher training webinars demonstrating how to adapt teaching practices and curriculum to a live video chat classroom.
Adobe is offering free access to Creative Cloud tools through May for home use by students attending schools that currently only provide lab access through May.
Google is allowing G Suite for Education customers to use the Hangouts Meet premium functionality for free through July 1. People can host virtual meetings with up to 250 people and live streams with up to 100,000 viewers. Additionally, they’ll be able to save recordings of their meetings to Google Drive.
Any Meet is offering free video conference/meeting until 2021
Free Conference Call offers free calling anywhere
Skype is offering free conference calling, recording, and screen sharing options.