Education of Tomorrow

February 16, 2011

VIDEO CONFERENCING

Filed under: Uncategorized — Education Group @ 10:09 am


Video conferencing has become a major asset in the business world today. It allows people from just about anywhere to meet and work together easily and in a cost effective manner. It can be used to hold meetings which can be easier than trying to discuss the same information through emails. It is only a matter of time before this translates over into our education system more consistently.

This technology can be incorporated into the classroom in many ways. One example of a very practical use is for group projects. It makes it easier for a group to discuss their work even while in different locations with ease and clarity. Sometimes trying to work things out over email or a form of chat such as msn can be difficult to express your ideas fully. It can also take a lot longer, but using video conferencing everyone can meet and discuss as if they were face to face. This can also be helpful in the case of a student being at home sick. If this student is still willing to meet up, but was not up to coming to class, they can still be a helpful member of their group. That then can relate to the idea of offering video conferencing for students who cannot make it in to class. Teachers would have the ability to use a webcam and have their lecture broadcasted to the absent student so they can still catch all the necessary information.

Another great way to enhance one’s learning experience is through video conferencing in an expert in a chosen subject. One example of this already starting to pan out is at Big Valley School in Alberta. The students were able to speak with a Holocaust survivor from the Holocaust Memorial Centre while they were preparing for a stage production of The Diary of Anne Frank. It is a creative way to incorporate new ways of learning.

These are just a few examples, as I am sure in the next nine years or so video conferencing will advance further. Schools could soon be able to incorporate this into their learning environment to help broaden their students’ horizons to a whole new way to access and share information. This link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0vfVauU6bY shows how the C2K uses video conferencing and some of the problems and solutions to these that they encountered.

“Inviting the World into the Classroom: Video Conferencing in Big Valley | CEA.” CEA | 2010 Ken Spencer Award Winners. Web. 07 Feb. 2011. <http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/inviting-world-classroom-video-conferencing-big-valley&gt;.

Young, Jeffrey R. “New Question for Professors: Should Students Be Allowed to Attend Classes Via Webcam? – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education.” Home – The Chronicle of Higher Education. Web. 07 Feb. 2011. <http://chronicle.com/article/New-Question-for-Professors-/126073/&gt;.



By: Rachel Q

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1 Comment »

  1. Rachel,

    I really liked your example of how a class video conferenced a Holocaust survivor before they went on to perform their production. I think this would have been really beneficial and rewarding as a student and the survivor because they learn from each other. I like the idea that if someone is not able to make it class for some reason they would be able to view the lecture form home or wherever they may happen to be. The only thing that may be a bit of an issue for some people is the group video conferencing. It is a good idea so that personal interaction is used more to benefit the group but if someone is in their pajamas or having a sick or something they will not want others to see them in that way. I think that even voice conferencing could would better for a situation like that. One benefit of voice conferencing allows for a person to use a headset which allows them to move from place to place instead of being within a certain scope of a room.

    http://www.articlecity.com/articles/computers_and_internet/article_4836.shtml

    This link is an article that brings up some good points when to use video conferencing and when to use audio conferencing.

    Comment by Stephanie Horgan — February 22, 2011 @ 6:42 pm | Reply


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