White Paper: Six reasons why video conferencing is essential for education

If you are a teacher, video conferencing solutions can bring the world into your classroom more quickly and effectively than you dreamed possible. This enhances learning opportunities and allows access to courseware and faculty for students who would otherwise not have the advantage of a cutting-edge education. This is why video conferencing is essential for education.

There are several reasons why educators should introduce video conferencing into their classrooms and courseware delivery. In this white paper, Lifesize explores six of those reasons.

Here are the main points:

1) Go on virtual field trips or bring in subject matter experts from around the globe. Video conferencing in education ensures curricula enhancements without straining resources. As a teacher, you can offer your students virtual field trips, collaboration exercises with remote classrooms, and accessibility to subject-matter experts all around the globe. The power of HD video facilities facilitates an interactive learning experience.

2) Connect rural and remote students via video. Rural students often miss out on many of the opportunities that their urban and suburban peers take for granted. Using video conferencing, you can connect these rural students and dramatically improve the quality of their learning experience.

3) Foster global collaboration. In an increasingly global society, it is imperative that students have an appreciation of the world around them. Using video conferencing, students can connect to other classrooms in countries all over the globe. This prepares students to be more open and tolerant in an interconnected world.

Fostering global collaboration through video conferencing

4) Stream, record and archive sessions for future playback. Video conferencing in education enables students and educators alike to learn on a schedule that suits them best. Video sessions can be recorded for students to watch later. Also, video streaming and recording enables the delivery of education in HD from the classroom to the laptop or to mobile devices while on the go.

5) Have live or recorded videos as part of the daily curriculum. Teachers can make live or recorded videos part of their daily course materials, using compatible video conferencing solutions working behind the scenes

6) Enable video beyond the classroom. Video conferencing also has enormous benefits as a tool for internal and administrative practices. These include broadcasting administrative updates and school news straight to the classroom; conducting remote parent-teacher conferences; hosting video staff meetings; using video to train teachers, and record and stream onboarding and HR sessions to personnel throughout the district.

Some of the most important observations:

“From visiting world-renowned museums to learning about the stars from astronauts who have seen them from space, the power of HD video facilitates interactive learning experiences.”

“Suddenly we can offer our students a much wider variety of subjects, which will give them a vital advantage before heading off to university. It is a major boost to rural schools who previously could only offer a limited choice of course options.”

“For staff development meetings or classroom lectures, video sessions can be recorded for students to watch later, whether they missed the class due to absence or just want to go over the content during study time.”

Video conferencing is increasingly being used in innovative ways for learning anywhere, anytime, and from any device. This will continue to grow in popularity and will change the way learning is delivered and consumed. Here’s to a happy video conferencing experience, especially in the classroom of tomorrow…

For more information on setting up video conferencing for your home or business, contact Actis at 022-30808080 or at contact@actis.co.in.

(Content and images courtesy: www.lifesize.com)

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