I wanted to try this, and even pitched it in my online class, but it wasn't in the cards. That's OK! I still think it's an important tool for education. It is called Zoom.
I found out about Zoom in a meeting that I had for a continuing education group, where people had to remote into the meeting. This was the tool that was used.
What I immediately liked, if you can imagine, is that for the 4 people that were online, it was like a grid, almost like the brady-bunch, where everyone was in their separate window, but you could see everyone at the same time. This is different from my experience with Google Hangouts, where you saw everyone's thumbnail on the bottom but whoever spoke had the floor, if you will. Here, you could see everyone's immediate reaction to what was being said. I could see this being important for education if students were developing a group project, and wanted face-to-face interaction.
One scary aspect of Zoom in the news recently was a potential security breach on mac: Article.
I noticed at UIS, there was a not about Mac users, but I did not read it. I know UIS subscribes to Zoom.
Here is how Zoom can be used for education, and the author's 5 ideas for improvement: Article.