Here’s a cool video of an integration available from Paradiso Solutions (note that this has not been released on Moodle.org). The integration allows you to launch Hangouts directly from Moodle. The possibilities for tutoring, class discussions and other communication objectives are endless. If your school or organization uses Google Apps, this might be a great low cost addition to providing online students a way to connect with you outside of the classroom (regardless of their device).
Direct video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOqGUOI-E6A
Note: Paradiso Solutions is a supporter of Moodlenews.com
What platform do you use at your school or institution for communication? Tell us in the comments below!