Videoconferencing in the Classroom

 

Videoconferencing is a live, interactive means of communication.  Similar to SKYPE, two or more classes in different geographical locations can communicate with one another via a videoconferencing unit.  Some of the methods of using videoconferencing in the classroom are:

  • Virtual field trips - Video conference with a museum, zoo, space center in a geographical location otherwise not accessible (these involve a base fee.)
  • Connect with experts - Some authors and experts in various fields of study will connect with students to discuss books, be interviewed, or collaborate on particular curriculum topics.  A great way to enhance communication skills.
  • Collaborative activities - Connect with another school in New York or another state (or country!) to work on collaborative activities or learn about the differences in geographical locations in terms of climate, industry, and community.    We've been able to connect with schools in Michigan, Texas, Canada, as well as schools on long island.  (Free)

 

Below are some websites that provide videoconference opportunities:

Videoconference Program Database - search for available videoconferences by topic, grade, or click on the 'Award Winning' videoconferences page for recommended conferences.

Center for Puppetry - Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the Center for Puppetry has provided numerous videoconference opportunite

NASA Distance Learning - NASA provides a myriad of videoconference opportunities for all ages and all conferences are FREE.

 

How do I get started?

If you have an interest in participating in a videoconference, please contact Jill Robinson for more information.

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