Video conferencing has a long history as a tool of business – from the very earliest tests, it was deployed to help politicians connect with reporters, executives to connect with colleagues and clients to connect with suppliers. Running in parallel to this over the past few decades has been an increased interest in using video conferencing as a way to support the education of students young and old.
At Roundee, we’re delighted to see organizations apply video conferencing in new and exciting ways, helping to spread knowledge and education using all of the tools at their disposal. If you’re an educator wondering how video conferencing could fit into your organization, read on and let us show you how.
Reaching geographically distant students
The world is a big place, and not everyone in it has the benefit of being able to walk, bike or be driven to a nearby school – but everyone needs an education. For students in remote parts of the world or who have to move around a lot as a result of natural disaster or civil strife, finding a way to keep up on their studies and ensure they don’t fall behind the rest of their cohort.
Video conferencing democratizes education, allowing anyone with a device and an internet connection to dial into a virtual classroom and instantly connect with an educator. Largely eclipsing previous forms of distance education such as two-way radio, video conferencing allows the usage of visual materials by the teacher and deeper engagement with the class.
Supporting out-of-hours and extracurricular programs
Education doesn’t just happen between the school bells. Just like more and more adults are looking for more flexible ways to work that better suit their lifestyles and individual preferences, more and more students are doing the same.
Whether at the primary, secondary or tertiary level, or as part of an adult learning program, video conferencing is allowing teachers to provide additional support to students as required. From support to individual students struggling to grasp the concepts of a lesson delivered during the day to accelerated language courses for conversational students displaying above-average abilities, video conferencing allows teachers to go further than the classroom and deliver truly tailored and deeply meaningful lessons to students.
Facilitating deeper engagement within groups
Learning isn’t a one-way street from educator to student. More and more organizations are acknowledging and harnessing the power of peer-learning – learning delivered by other students or developed collaboratively through interactions with other students.
Video conferencing allows these formal and informal groups to stay connected, even when one or all of them are off school grounds. Whether for a project, a study session or any other reason, video conferencing is a powerful tool for peer-learning.
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