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Video Conferencing Can Positively Impact Education

July 31, 2014

Though there is often talk about how video conferencing is becoming a necessity for many businesses, the business of education is sometimes swept under the rug concerning how video can impact the lives of teachers, staff, and, most importantly, students.

The impact of video conferencing is stretching into the realm of education just as much as it is stretching into corporate meetings and the individual lives of the most technologically connected employees. From the classrooms of grade school and university students to the board rooms of principals and university administrators, the impact of video connections should not be understated.

A review of the issue at Modest Money first suggests that video conferencing has made it easier for teachers at all levels to bring experts into the classroom. Previously, teachers desiring the impact of professionals would have to source from local experts. This obviously negates the possibility of having students who live in rural areas witness expert instruction first-hand; they may have scant access to experts in geography, physics, or any other program of study.

However, video conferencing technology can allow experts to visit classrooms in any area of the country. Indeed, they may even be able to visit multiple classrooms at once, so universities or schools that work together can elicit the expert knowledge of a remotely-located professional without him or her having to physically make the trip to each school.

Furthermore, Modest Money points out, teachers and faculty that wish to engage in meetings cannot always make it to in-person meetings. Video connections can allow missing members to participate remotely, view meetings from remote locations, or view recorded video of meetings to keep up on the day's or week's events.

Students can even take advantage of live video by attending virtual field trips to locations where it may otherwise be impossible for them to attend. Students attending classes in the Mt. Lebanon School District in Mashable, Pa. reportedly recently took a virtual trip to a volcano on the island of Montserrat in the Caribbean. This trip would have been extremely costly and potentially dangerous for all involved, but a specialist located on the island was able to provide them with an in-depth look at the volcano directly from their classroom.

Not to leave businesses out entirely, enterprises can also interface with potential future employees by connecting to classrooms through video conferencing software. Using services such as those provided by Blue Jeans, Digital Journal says, students attending Anderson High School in Scotland have used the technology to study with other students in Japan, Germany, and South Africa. This can obviously extend to business students at any school or college who may be able to get an inside look at an international firm that works directly with their institutions.

Edited by Maurice Nagle