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CUSeeMe is an application that enables videoconferencing for the Macintosh and PC computers.

Web conferencing applications allow groups to meet online, enabling collaboration between dispersed teams. Using web conferencing groups can potentially see, hear, text chat, present, and share information in a collaborative manner.

Web conferencing is fast becoming an accepted alternative method of communication in place of telephone calls and face-to-face meetings in certain cases. The applications of web conferencing technology are endless, and users in different sectors are discovering new uses all the time.

The CUseeMe software was developed by Cornell University and White Pine as an endeavor to create affordable and workable desktop videoconferencing.

CUseeMe (also known as CU-SeeMe Pro) is CUseeMe Networks' commercial release of the freeware standard CU-SeeMe client originally developed at Cornell University.

Benefits for Teachers and Students

A classroom conference is a meeting conducted over the internet in which the participants can see and hear each other, even though the attendees may be in different places.

Classroom conferencing uses video conferencing software to connect communities, cultures, and classrooms so that students around the world can learn and collaborate together.

Here you can see some pupils from different schools video conferencing.


CuSeeMee enables students and teachers to have a truly interactive classroom experience. It provides the basis for personal student-teacher and student-student relationships, similar to those that would occur in a physical classroom. This technology allows to serve students in places that would otherwise have access only to static offline content to support their educational goals.

Live interactive video conferencing is a very valuable instructional tool for teachers and students.

Teachers can:

- organize live educational video conferences (for a sample, click here)
- design collaborative projects incorporating desktop video-conferencing in the classroom with students
- share lesson plans and implementation strategies for utilizing live interactive video to enhance the learning environment

Students can:

- use live conferencing to share research results, interact with experts (to see a sample, click here)  
- practice speaking different languages connecting with other video users (to see a sample, click here)
- identify an audience to view and critique their own presentations.

Here you can see some pupils having a videoconference with scientists


Pedagogical background

The change of focus towards a student-centric approach to learning and its merits have enabled the evolution of the Distance Education concept.

Video conferencing solution enables dispersed groups to meet online and conduct effective and collaborative meetings. With integrated audio, data and multipoint video all within a single web browser interface, the solution allows each participant to choose the most appropriate media for each situation, making it suitable for a wide range of teaching and learning scenarios.

See below how Primary School pupils have a video-conference with… Santa Claus!


To see more, click here

Video and web conferencing can empower e-learning applications and the new opportunities offered by broadband technologies.


CU-SeeMe is audio/video conferencing software that allows Internet users to connect one - to - one, many - to -many, or any combination with the use of a reflector. Any two Internet users can directly conference with each other using only their own computers. A reflector allows others to join in the conference. A reflector is simply a "switchboard" that re-sends data in the manner the operator of the reflector sets it. Usually, it is either set up so all who are connected to the reflector can conference with each other, or all who are connected view one "broadcast" source.

CUseeMe Networks has taken the standard release and added some solid features to it:

- an appealing interface
- full-color videoconferencing (24-bit true color and 4-bit greyscale)
-  real-time audio and chat capabilities (using the G.723 standard)
- compliance with the H.323 videoconferencing standards when using White Pine's MeetingPoint conference server
- a Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) video codec for high quality video (over ISDN or higher connections).


Technical requirement

Macintosh to RECEIVE video:

- Macintosh platform with a 68020 processor or higher
-  System 7 or higher operating system
-  Minimum 16-level-grayscale (e.g. color)
-  IP network connection and MacTCP
- Apple's QuickTime, to receive slides with SlideWindow

Macintosh to SEND video:
- All the above plus

- Quicktime installed
- video digitizer (with vdig software) and Camera

For Windows:

- Video receive only 386SX, Video send & receive 386DX, Video receive w/Audio 486SX, Video send & receive w/Audio 486DX
- Windows 3.1 or higher running in Enhanced Mode.

-  Winsock
- 256 color (8 bit) video driver

- Video camera and a video capture board that supports Microsoft Video For Windows
- For audio: Windows Sound board that conforms to the Windows MultiMedia Specification, speakers and a microphone

Target age

From  Primary School to University


The above informative material is adapted from CuSeeMe, The Cornwallis Technology College and Shaldon Primary School’s websites.


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