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Video Conferencing: Ashley and Fred

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What is Video Conferencing?


Video Conferencing is a form of communication that allows two or more people at differenct locations to see and hear eachother at the same time.  It is also possible to share computer applications such as internet pages, documents, or software.   This form of communication offers new possibilities for classrooms and libraries including formal instruction, guest speakers, multi-school or multi- project collaborations, and community events.



Brief History

The first signs of video conferencing was during the worlds fair in 1964 by AT&T.

AT&T introduced a picture phone in 1970.

At this point the technology was futuristic and expensive.

The phone cost $160 month for each fixed end-point.

In the 1980's video conferencing was made available in the open market.

It was still too expensive. It was $250,000 to buy and then $1,000 per hour.

It got a little bit cheaper in 1986. It was $80,000 to buy and $100 per hour.

In 2003 high-speed internet made video conferencing cheap and available to everybody.



Positives to Video Conferencing in the Classroom


With such a push for new technology, video conferencing is the perfect answer. It has not really taken off yet and seems to be mostly in upper level education, but it looks like it will not be too long until this happens. There are many positives to having video conferencing in the classroom.

- Video Conferencing makes learning dynamic and interesting for the children because of the different learning styles that you use when conducting a classroom like this.

- You are able to bring in other people from outside of the classroom. This can include other classrooms or experts in the field you are learning about.

- It is more engaging because the students are interested in the new technology.

- The classrooms are able to reach international students and allow students from different cultures to interact.

- Using video conferencing will save time and cut costs because there will be no need to drive and there will be no need to pay for a facility for the students to go to.

- It is easier to share documents and content. 


Negatives to Video Conferencing in the Classroom


 Even though it seems like video conferencing is a great technology it comes with some downside.

- Getting the students to have an active role in the video conferencing lesson.

- There is the chance that with technology will fail and your lesson will be ruined. You would need to get tech support to help.

- The time zones make getting different classes from around the world or country together at the same time very hard.

- It may be hard for all of the students to hear the speaker. 



How To Video Conference


A five minute video on the technology that goes along with video conferencing and other uses.





Uses in Education

Conferencing with Other Classrooms

Observing Students

Observing Teachers

In Class "Field Trips"

Guest Speakers

Class from Home




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