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?
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.