Today is the first day National Distance Learning Week, and to celebrate we wanted to share some unique ways that classes all over the world can use HD video conferencing technology!
With video conferencing, you can bring the world into the classroom. LifeSize is leading the way to a more interconnected learning experience, and our background working with school districts and universities in both the United States and abroad has helped us tailor our technology to meet your particular needs as educators. Here are just a few of the many things your school can do with HD video collaboration technology:
- Take your class on virtual field trips. When time or budget issues make physical travel impossible or impractical, video conferencing saves the day. We worked with the Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas to create a special video conferencing field-trip program, and now 5,000 schools across Texas can visit the museum without having to leave town.
- Broadcast administration policies and news straight to the classroom. With the help of HD video technology from LifeSize, school-wide news can be broadcast over classroom televisions, rather than requiring assemblies.
- Bring experts to the classroom – virtually. Inviting experts into the classroom is a great way to bring meaning to a lesson, but their job requirements and busy schedules often preclude taking too much time out of their busy days. Luckily, video conferencing eliminates the time and hassle of travel, making it easy to beam subject-matter experts directly into the classroom, from anywhere in the world. Using LifeSize video conferencing technology, a first-grade class in Barrow County, Georgia was able to discuss the importance of Veteran’s Day by connecting with a student’s father, who was deployed in Afghanistan at the time. The whole class was able to ask him questions about his tour, sing songs for him, and share a special thank-you message. None of that would have been possible without video conferencing.
- Expand access to students in rural communities. In the past, students in sparsely populated rural areas have missed out on many of the opportunities their urban and suburban peers have taken for granted; when simply bussing to school can take hours, it’s no surprise when education takes a back seat to other obligations. Connecting these rural students via video conferencing –both allowing them to attend school from home, and giving them access to field trips and experts they would otherwise never have the opportunity to experience – can dramatically improve the quality of their learning experience, ensuring their rights to a public education are finally met in practice and not just in theory.
- Stream, record, and archive sessions for future playback. For staff development meetings or classroom lectures, video sessions can be recorded for students to watch at a later date, whether they missed the class due to absence or just want to go over the content during their study time. LifeSize UVC Video Center allows you to organize your videos into channels, so each class can have their assigned content to watch.
- Conduct parent/teacher conferences remotely. Avoid scheduling conflicts by meeting with parents remotely. With tools like WebRTC, parents just need an Internet connection and a webcam in order to dial in to a parent/teacher conference. This method is easier on your schedule and theirs.
- Record staff meetings. Rather than having a staff meeting and requiring teachers to drive in from their schools to one centralized location, consider having these sessions over video instead. The sessions can also be recorded for those that were unable to view the lecture live.
- Allow students to attend class from anywhere in the world. Expand your class size with the power of HD video. The nursing program at the University of Arkansas has used LifeSize technology to offer online degrees for students who are unable to attend the school’s Fayetteville campus.
- Connect classrooms in different countries and expand your students’ worldview. In our increasingly global society, it’s more important than ever for students to have a greater appreciation for the world around them. Instantly connecting to other classrooms in countries all over the globe puts a face to geographically distant peoples and cultures, preparing your students to be citizens and stewards of the more open, more tolerant, and more interconnected world of tomorrow.
At LifeSize, we are committed to providing educators, from those at K-12 schools to upper-level institutions, with the solutions they need to adapt to an ever-changing world. These were just a few of the many ways video conferencing can improve the quality and scope of the education you provide your students – just think of all the ways you can make LifeSize work for you.
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