How to get Schools Fired-Up about Videoconferencing: a Quick Guide
Among the various blogs that I read, Janine Lim’s on Videoconferencing provides a wealth of knowledge on a topic that I embarrassingly, know little about. Videoconferencing, when done right, is the ultimate in student collaboration and interaction. With VC, students can connect and learn from other students and experts around their state, country, or even the world (I blogged about a terrific connection between a classroom here in Michigan and one in the U.K. last month).
So it was with great pleasure and excitement that I read Janine’s recent post about videoconferencing demos that she did recently for several school districts around her area. With the help of the very videoconferencing equipment she was getting local schools pumped up about, she conducted several videoconferencing demos showing off the power of the medium, and provided us with a wonderfully quick-to-read, 3 step process for getting schools that aren’t doing videoconferencing to get fired up about VC. Janine succinctly explains the purpose of these demos:
It’s a very quick overview, but it sets the teachers at ease with the idea of videoconferencing and helps them realize the potential for their curriculum. This year, buildings who did the demo earlier in the school year were more likely to have more teachers participate in videoconferencing throughout the year.
Whether you’re a videoconferencing noobie (like myself) or just looking for a great way to spread the word and get others enthusiastic about VC, you might want to give Janine’s post a read.