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WizIQ Boosts Streaming Performance

WizIQ has released an update to its virtual classroom software. The update is designed to provide significantly faster streaming media performance.

According to the company, the performance boost was made possible by reducing the bandwidth required for live streaming media by 32 percent by switching codecs to h.264. File sizes for recorded media have also been reduced by 39 percent, according to the company.

WizIQ is an online service that provides virtual classroom capabilities via Web browser or through the WizIQ apps for iOS and Android. It allows teachers to create and deliver courses live or on demand and includes functionality like tests and quizzes, chat, screen sharing, whiteboarding, file sharing, breakout sessions, various reporting tools, and courseware management.

WizIQ is also available in the form of a plugin for Moodle. The plugin, WizIQ Virtual Classroom, is a collaborative learning tool that provides audio conferencing, videoconferencing (with up to six live video streams), whiteboarding tools, screen sharing, breakout rooms, file sharing, and support for unlimited attendees. It supports single sign-on and allows presenters to schedule and manage classes, track attendance, record sessions, and edit various WizIQ parameters directly within the Moodle environment.

WizIQ is available starting at $19 per month for individuals, with pricing plans available for institutions and multiple teachers. The new version of WizIQ is available now. Additional details can be found on WizIQ's site.

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