New technologies and new tools open up new ways for educators to relate to and connect with their students. However, achieving the best possible outcomes in the classroom takes a considered approach.
Many teachers at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels have already embraced video conferencing in their institutions, finding it a great addition to an expanding toolkit.
If you are considering integrating video conferencing into your teaching method, read on and let Roundee show you a few fantastic ways to use it.
Use it to drive greater collaboration
Students aren’t simply repositories of knowledge who need to be filled up – a key part of an education should be teaching them how to work together and cooperate. Not only does this create more rounded people who better together in groups, it prepares them for their future careers, as the vast majority of jobs rely on collaboration within and between teams.
If you want your education to reflect that reality, make collaboration an integral part of each project. Video conferencing can be exceptional at this, allowing students in different classes, different levels and at different campuses the chance to work together as full partners. Whether they’re preparing a presentation, building a diorama, creating an artwork or jointly writing an essay, video conferencing can help bridge both physical and knowledge gaps.
Provide full recordings of lectures & tutorials
Whether to benefit individual who were unfortunately unable to attend or as a study-aid for examinations and assessments, class recordings can be an invaluable addition to any syllabus.
Just as reading the minutes is no substitute for going to a meeting, notes only provide a limited view of proceedings and only from a single point of view. While a written summary should be provided, there is no substitute for being able to see ideas develop collaboratively between attendees on a minute-to-minute basis. Additionally, it is often more instructive to hear another student gradually work through a problem in real-time than to read the answer they ultimately provided, helping the individual understand not just the answer but the rationale behind it.
Enable remote learning
When students are sick or unable to physically attend class, that doesn’t mean they have to stop learning. Setting up a camera in a central place and streaming the proceedings can not only allow students to view proceedings, but with the right equipment, fully participate in activities. From answering questions to completing online assessments in real-time, video conferencing helps students who can’t be there because of geographical isolation or time conflicts. Video conferencing is already in use as a primary method of communication at many distance schools and tertiary institutions, helping students connect with classrooms and colleagues from hundreds or thousands of kilometres away.
Connect with students for after-hours support
When students need extra help, video conferencing allows you to be there for them. If you’re individually tutoring a student after hours or providing ad hoc support on a project, there’s no simpler and more convenient option to do it than video conferencing. A more sophisticated video conferencing platform like Roundee will allow the teacher to record their meeting and take timestamped notes throughout, making review and clarification simple and easy.
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