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Title: Top 6 Ways to Use Video Conferencing in the Classroom


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In the old days, students have to sit in the same
classroom in order to get education. However,
with the development of science and technology,
students from across the world can study
together with the powerful video conferencing
program regardless of time and location. Many
of us are familiar with the use of computers,
iPads, Smart Boards, and other technological
tools in todays classrooms. One relatively
untapped tool for our classrooms is video
conferencing. There are so many exciting
possibilities that come with being able to see,
hear, and communicate with people all over the
world from the comfort of your classroom (or
wherever you are learning). Using video
conferencing in the classroom as a teaching tool
is something relatively new for a lot of
educators. Many people think video conferencing
is very expensive or to difficult to work that
they dont even consider it. The truth is its
neither of these things. Video conferencing is
affordable and setting it up is not very
difficult at all. In fact changes are if are an
institution of higher learning that offers Email
to your students, then you may already have
it. The ways that video conferencing can enhance
the educational experience are numerous. Ginger
Lewman, director of the Face2Face program at the
Turning Point Learning Center in Emporia, Kansas
said that video conferencing has been used as an
essential learning opportunity for the past four
years. Weve been connecting with students
across the U.S. and the work to bring religion,
geography, history and service learning to
vibrant life. But how exactly do you use a
video conferencing system in education? Below are
six ways to use video conferencing in the
classroom 1. Virtual Field Trips Fieldtrips
are always exciting and fun ways to get students
more engaged in learning. Unfortunately due to
budget, transportation, and timely preparation
issues limit the number of field trips students
get to experience. With video conferencing
technology in the classroom all these problems
are solved. Students can go to a zoo in china and
talk
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with astronauts as they give them a tour of NASA.
Video conferencing systems in classroom
technology allow students to travel all over the
world and make learning to come alive.
2. Connect with Experts and Specialists School
teachers like to invite special guest speakers
into the classroom to more readily engage
children and provide another level of insight
into the topic being studied. Unfortunately, the
traditional method of acquiring a guest speaker
is often a painstaking process it can be
difficult to find the specific speaker needed
within a certain mile radius, and it can be
especially difficult to find a speaker with an
open schedule for traveling time. Schools that
incorporate video calls as a learning tool give
children the opportunity to hear from a slew of
informative and engaging specialists in the area
of interest, while simultaneously cutting back
on teacher and speaker hassle.
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  • Classroom collaboration
  • Collaborative learning activities for students
    are no longer limited to a single classroom or
    school. With video conferencing technology
    students can work with students across not only
    the United States but the world. Students can
    have access to fresh ideas, new thought and
    opinions, different cultures, and new people
    miles away to enrich learning and make them more
    well-rounded individuals.
  • Accessing Previously Unavailable Courses
  • Some schools, especially those in rural areas,
    arent able to offer advanced or detailed
    courses that their students might need. Even
    those in more populated areas often lack enough
    teachers in certain subject areas. Many schools
    could benefit from having an extra course over
    distance learning that they might not be able to
    offer otherwise. Instead of having to commute
    long distances between different schools,
    teachers would be able to instruct over video
    conferencing.

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Whats more, previously unavailable courses can
mean some pretty exotic content. You might have
dissected squids or made model skeletons, but how
many times have you seen a live knee replacement
surgery in science class? At COSI (Center of
Science and Industry) in Columbus, Ohio, showing
live knee replacement surgeries over video
conferencing is nothing new. Video conferencing
is a powerful medium for giving students
unparalleled access to places (or procedures)
they could have only dreamed of in the past.
5. Teacher Benefits Many people dont realize
the endless possibilities available to teachers
when video conference methods are introduced
into the classroom. The use of video in the
classroom is obviously a teaching aid, but many
video calls provide a way for teachers to
exchange information with other teachers and
administrators with ease and efficiency. Teachers
can even conduct parent teacher conferences via
video calls, thus avoiding the inconvenience
experienced by both teacher and parent during the
orchestration of in- school meetings.
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Most importantly, meetings can be conducted
without losing the important non-verbal cues
that are so imperative to face-to-face
communication. Teachers can enjoy triple the
flexibility without sacrificing quality
communication. 6. Increasing Social Presence in
the Digital Classroom One of the shortcomings of
todays online and hybrid classrooms is limited
opportunity for social engagement. Social
learning is an engaging, productive part of
effective learning, and teachers working online
would be well advised to make opportunities to
incorporate it into their course work. When
online teachers and students get digitally get
together via the face-to-face medium of video
conferencing (especially solutions that allow
many participants to be viewed together at
once), they recreate significant elements of the
physical social gathering.
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