How To Use Video Conferencing In The Classroom
Video conferencing is an exciting technology, helping people across the globe share ideas, collaborate on projects and work together like never before.
While many businesses have already realised the value that video conferencing offers in immediacy, convenience and communication quality, other sectors have been slow to adopt it. One such is the education sector. Video conferencing is currently in use in many specialised educational settings – such as distance education and webinars – but is rarely used in many more general areas of formal education.
This is a missed opportunity for educators and students alike. If you’ve never considered how cloud video conferencing could extend your capabilities as a teacher, read on and let Roundee show you what you can accomplish with the right technology.
Delivering advanced courses to every classroom
With only so many hours in the day, a need to ensure that the core subjects are taught and only so many teachers to go around, even well-resourced schools can’t provide classes on everything. This problem is compounded by distance and lack of resources, meaning that many schools simply may not be able to deliver specialised or detailed courses in person. This is a shame, as if students are willing to learn, they should be given the tools to make it happen. Rather than denying them the opportunity to develop themselves, allow them the chance to reach their full potential wherever you are with video conferencing.
Many education systems allow complete or partial delivery of courses via distance education, allowing students isolated areas the same opportunities as those in large metropolitan areas. If your students want to go beyond the core syllabus and really develop themselves, let them with video conferencing.
Connecting students with experts via video conferencing
For students who do have a real hunger to learn, connect them with the people best able to meet that need. Bringing in outside experts not only gives your students specialised knowledge that they might otherwise not have access to, but it also provides an engaging and refreshing break from the norm.
But it’s not always possible to have a subject matter expert visit in person. Many academics and specialists lead busy lives, juggling ad hoc appearances at institutions with research and other work. Give yourself the best chance of connecting your students with the best talent by considering using video conferencing to bring experts into the classroom. You’ll leave more time for your expert to go on with their other work – making them more likely to agree – while still being able to deliver a rich, educational experience to your class.
Conferencing allows collaboration between classrooms and schools
Many of the educational uses of video conferencing involve bringing the outside world into the classroom. Thanks to technology, now educators can extend the classroom into the outside world.
Inter-classroom – both within the same school and between different schools – offers many fantastic opportunities for students to learn and socialise from each other. While one of the less commonly considered ways to use video conferencing in the classroom, it’s the one that potentially could be the most revolutionary. If your class is doing a project on China, consider how much richer the experience could be with semi-regular class-wide conferences with a group of students in Beijing.
However you want to use video conferencing in the classroom, ensure you’re using the right tools. Choose Roundee for your video conferencing needs and experience the best in quality, reliability and convenience.