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June 4, 2011

So how do you communicate with others? I think most people will agree that the best method is face to face where body language is readable and you can build a rapport with people. With shirking budgets, not only in terms of money but also time, face to face interaction can be harder to achieve unless everyone is located in the same building at the same time. So what are we to do? How do we connect?

Educators in British Columbia have a wonderful option through Elluminate. If you are an educator in BC with a valid public or independent school email address this post is for you.


LearnNowBC has negotiated a province wide license for Elluminate Live! so all educators can book meeting rooms for up to 11 months and record the sessions. Support has been provided by Elluminate and a the LearnNowBC support desk  for educators to assist them in setting up Elluminate and to get started. I have used this extensively over the last 2 years to conduct collaborative working sessions, host meetings from multiple sites and present and record (click on Support Materials tab) implementation information for the new mathematics curriculum.

BC educators can book their own room by following these simple steps:

Step 1: Sign Up for a LearnNowBC Educator Account

  •  Go to and click “Signup” located at the top right of the screen.
  •  Click on the Educator button.  (Complete the required fields slowly when entering your personal data.  This will give the system a chance to refresh the data entered).
  •  Create a User Name (minimum 6 characters) you will remember.
  •  Create a Password (case sensitive, minimum 6 characters) and retype the password for confirmation.
  •  Write down your User Name and Password for future reference.
  •  Enter your Legal First, Middle (if any) and Last Name as they appear on your BCCT Certificate, ECE Certificate, Birth Certificate, or BC Care Card.
  • Click on the radio button beside School.
  •  Click on the radio button beside Independent and select your school from the School drop-down menu.
  •  Enter your School Email Address and then enter it again in the “Confirm Email Address” box.
  •  Type the security code in the “Type the Code Here” field.
  •  Click the Next button.
  •  Read the Disclaimer and then accept it by clicking I Agree if you agree to allow LearnNowBC to store the information you just provided (you must agree to create an account).
  •  An email message will be sent to your school email address.  Logon to your school email account and locate the email message “Welcome to LearnNowBC” from (you may have to check your spam folder as well). Inside the email message is a link. Click the link or paste the link into your browser. You will be prompted to logon to LearnNowBC with the username and password that you selected in the sign-up process.
  •  If everything went well, you should have a full access status account created!

Step 2: Book your Elluminate Live! Room

  • Log on to your LearnNowBC Account.
  • Click on the Elluminate Live! for Teachers button on the LearnNowBC home page.
  • Select the type of meeting (one time or long-term) you would like to book or check out your current bookings.
  • Follow the on-line prompts to continue your bookings.

Note: This post is inspired by a Twitter posting from another educator who did not know this option was available. Spread the word.


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