I would like to be able to live-stream presentations online in case my school closes. My presentations are in power point. Ideally I would like to share my screen so I can use other software simultaneously. Finally I would like student to be able to ask questions from home and be heard by everyone, but I would like to have control over who is heard.

Any software recommendations? Even better if it's open source, or at least free

  • Have you checked to see if your university has a solution already? Both institutions I have been affiliated with had something that integrates with their management system (Blackboard, Canvas).
    – Jeff
    Mar 9, 2020 at 18:53
  • It's not a university, it's a high school. And they don't have anything in place at the moment (actually, I think I may have to be in charge of that)
    – jrglez
    Mar 9, 2020 at 18:59
  • Does your institution use Google Apps for Education to provide gmail and google drive to students? If so, they've got access to Google Hangouts. Mar 9, 2020 at 21:00
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At my university we use Zoom.

It allows you to host a room, share screens, create "breakout rooms" for group work, etc. Don't know what the limitations are as far as how much the free version gets you, but it would be worth poking around with.


A free alternative to zoom is Google Hangouts, which works without installing any separate software for either side (neither you nor your students). Performance might be best with Google Chrome, but other browsers should work, too.

  • I have only used hangouts for one-on-one conversations. Is there a limit on how many people can join? Is it possible to set an "admin" role that will allow me to mute and unmute students?
    – jrglez
    Mar 9, 2020 at 18:24

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