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Conferencing Zone Week in Review: Impacts on Fashion, Healthcare & Classrooms

April 29, 2017

Welcome back to the week in review, where we take a look at all the top stories making headlines in the Conferencing Zone this week.

The Conferencing community this week took a look at the different ways video conferencing can be used in several industries. Our first industry of focus was fashion and, by the looks of it, conferencing may be gearing up to revolutionize the way designers work together. According to TMC’s Andrew Bindelglass, “Orange Business Services has been contracted by the Melon Fashion Group to use video conferencing services to create a virtual dressing room to facilitate greater collaboration between fashion designers.” With this virtual fitting room, designers located miles apart can view clothing options, make tweaks and give their opinions. This could make fashion operations much easier. Find out how HERE.

We also took a look at the healthcare industry this week. Zoom Video Communications announced that it has developed the industry’s first scalable, cloud-based video telehealth service. Most importantly, Zoom for Telehealth is integrated with electronic health record system Epic. As a result, Zoom for Telehealth could have just simplified healthcare operations immensely. Find out more HERE.

The final field we looked at this week was education. As we’ve discussed in the past, there are a number of ways conferencing can be used to improve learning in classrooms. This week, conferencing capabilities took children to different countries, as students at Battleground Elementary School and Kiser Intermediate School in North Carolina began using video conferencing to read with people around the world.

“We have used the system with our fifth graders to talk to NASA and the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh,” Kiser teacher and librarian Amanda Swengros said. “We also have used it to do battle practices with Iron Station to help our Battle of the Books team prepare for competition.” 

On the same note, a teacher in New York decided to bring video conferencing to her classroom after a student moved away to Hong Kong. The student’s departure was timed perfectly with the teacher’s plans to begin a social studies unit about China, so the move was the perfect opportunity for some hands-on learning. Students began video conferencing with the student who had moved, allowing them to learn about Chinese culture while still keeping in touch with their friend. Find out more about this inventive use of video conferencing HERE.

That’s all for this week. Come back next week to read all the latest news in the Conferencing  space.