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New Ways to Use Video Conferencing in the Classroom

This collection is aimed at promoting video conferencing as a great technology tool for global connections. From guest speakers to distance learning, video conferencing can provide direct and supplemental support for students. You'll learn that video conferencing goes far beyond "chatting" with someone on the other side!
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New Ways to Use Video Conferencing in the Classroom
  • Sian Babish says:
    Allan Gyorke of Penn Sate University arrange this 7-page PDF guide on teaching through video conferencing. As someone working on the IT end of things, Gyorke makes great recommendations from a technical standpoint, such as how to eliminate ambient noise and creating easy-to-follow outlines. The guide has pictures and is arranged in a Q&A format, so it's very easy to follow and seems to confer pretty much anything you can think of!
  • Sian Babish says:
    Teacher Karen Mensing's 2nd grade gifted and talented class is pen pals with an inner city, culturally diverse 2nd grade class across the country. Students are pen pals with one another, and interact through both letter writing and video chatting. You'll see how excited students are when talking about their pen pals. Mensing says that the dynamic pen pal connection encourages learning, both academically and culturally.
  • Sian Babish says:
    VC Daily explores how video conferencing helps single parents attend parent-teacher meetings, even if they aren't physically present. Virtual parent/teacher meetings open the door for face-to-face communication, especially for separated parents and service members abroad. The article gives a great overview of all the ways to make virtual meetings successful, from show and tell to keeping it civil. Even the students can be present!
  • Sian Babish says:
    This easy to follow Google Doc explains the different ways to use Google Hangouts to connect. It provides some of the technical aspects of using Google Hangouts, such as muting audio and hosting up to 15 students simultaneously for free. There are pictures with every section, and you get to see the different classroom dynamics as they are described. If you're new to Google Hangouts, this is a fantastic tool to get you started!
  • Sian Babish says:
    MyLiveDistrict is a company dedicated to delivering education resources digitally. The streaming service offers broadcasting and video conferencing, as well as website hosting. In this short blog, MyLiveDistrict explains that a 5th grade science class can host a guest speaker from NASA, even if they're several states away. It's something a school might explore as a whole, as opposed to an individual classroom, but it's worth exploring as a new resource.
  • Sian Babish says:
    In another great article for VC Daily, video conferencing is elevated to high-importance for teachers with chronically ill students. While a student can complete work at home, they can suffer from being completely removed from the classroom environment. With video conferencing, ill students can participate, engage, and continue to see their friends on a daily basis. This article is a must-read for any teachers managing students in situations like these.
  • Sian Babish says:
    If your class is new to video conferencing, definitely select your software with care. Since you probably want to start out with free software, check out these 10 listed here. They are ranked by score, and each one has a brief and to-the-point review that isn't inundated with tech specs. You can probably take this list to your district IT person, and they will point you in the right direction.
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    6 Ways Videoconferencing Is Expanding the Classroom

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    Sian Babish says:
    David Raths writes this article for The Journal, in which he details the different ways classrooms are connecting with other parts of the world. Whether it's videoconferencing to host guest speakers across the world, or doing a borderless collaborative project with a class in another state, Raths says the possibilities are endless. For each of his points, he provides examples and links to classes that have experimented with different ways to connect across the globe.
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BloomBoard Asks:What are the different ways students can benefit from video conferencing? This collection is aimed at promoting video conferencing as a great technology tool for global connections. From guest speakers to distance learning, video conferencing can provide direct and supplemental support for students. You'll learn that video conferencing goes far beyond "chatting" with someone on the other side!