Most people are familiar with using a web-conferencing software like Skype. To use it you have to download the software, create an account, invite a participant and then when they accept, enter the online meeting.
WebRTC is a technology that cuts through all that...
WebRTC if is a technology that enables browsers and mobile applications to provide real-time communication (RTC) via a simple API. Basically, it allows users to stream live video and audio through their web browser without the need to download a thing.
The advantage for online schools and tutoring companies is that:
- WebRTC is frictionless - there's no software to download or keep up-to-date. The classroom can be updated without having to get students to upgrade.
- It enables a school to access a lot more insights into what happens inside the classroom, for example, Did the teacher turn up on time? How long did the lesson last?
- It's easier for schools to integrate, to white-label, provide a seamless brand/user experience and is easier to add value to the learning experience.
The advantage of WebRTC for students is there's nothing to download and they can receive better service from a more informed online school operator.
Chrome and Firefox lead the way when it comes to WebRTC. Safari is a relatively late arrival but is committing to the technology. Opera, Yandex, Internet Explorer also are WebRTC compatible but we really recommend Chrome for the best possible experience.