Educators Steered Toward Video Conferencing as a New Tool
Those in the business world have already seen the advantages that video conferencing can provide. Users no longer have to hop on a jet and travel for hours for a simple business meeting. Instead, they can stroll down the hall, dial up their colleague, conduct business on a screen and get back to work. The time and money saved is immeasurable.
Now educators across the globe are getting the message as well. In a recent story on Educators.Co.NZ, a New Zealand website dedicated to teachers, the case is made for incorporating video conferencing as a new teaching tool.
“It's increasingly important for educators to embrace these technologies and provide students with the tools they need for the digital age,” the site said. That was according to Elaine Shuck, Polycom director education solutions and market development, US public sector/USDLA president.
“Video conferencing technologies can enable students and educators to create virtual learning environments, engage in ‘flipped learning’, connect with students and experts in other locations, and increase professional development,” the site added. (When the typical lecture and homework elements of a course are reversed, this is known as flipped learning.)
“Here, students view short video lectures in their own time before the class session, and class time is then devoted to exercises, projects or discussions,” Educators said.
So instead of being driven by their teacher, students are utilizing the tools available to them, such as video conferencing or online educational resources, to create presentations or bring in an expert from a particular field, she says.
“The students bring in a whole new level of technology the educator doesn’t use, so the learning goes both ways now. An educator can learn a lot from a student and vice versa,” Shuck is quoted as saying. The end result is a win-win for all.
Edited by Dominick Sorrentino