Incorporating Videoconferences into your classroom

How should you incorporate videoconferences into your classroom?  At the K-12 level or at the university level?  In the U.S., in other countries?

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  • Jake Robert Klyn

    Jake Robert Klyn

    May 07, 2016 at 20:47 | #

    I think we should incorporate videoconferences into the classroom by inviting professionals in a specific field to speak about their career and experiences. Allowing a professional to speak allows for students to learn first-hand knowledge about the subject matter they are learning or interested in. To be more specific, K-12 school administrations can find people to speak about real world applications of their subject of study. For example, for a biology class, a teacher can call in a biologist and let them talk about their work. The university level would be slightly similar. Since college allows for more specific class, teachers would invite professionals to talk about worldly issues instead of traditional educational courses.

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  • Eve Beauchemin

    Eve Beauchemin

    May 08, 2016 at 00:52 | #

    I think that videoconferences can be appropriate for all levels of school, depending on the content of the talk. For K-8 schools, I think it would make sense for the invited speaker to do most of the talking, and present whatever issue they are representing. This would mostly be a passive learning experience, in which the students learn about that event/issue directly from someone who has been or is affected by it. For high school and up, I think that the ideal situation would be to have a class which is dedicated to current (or fairly recent) events and issues, so that the students have a thorough background on the event/issue (via class material given by the teacher) before speaking with someone who has experienced that event or is directly involved in/affected by that issue. Then, before the day of the videoconference, the class can collaborate to come up with good questions to ask, so that there are many possible routes for the conversation. New questions outside of the pre-planned ones could certainly arise and be asked, as the discussion should be fluid and not forced.

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  • Brianna B Uhall

    Brianna B Uhall

    May 08, 2016 at 16:29 | #

    In my opinion the use of video conferences can be beneficial for any age of people. You would just have to make sure that the content of the talk is at a level that that given grade can understand, or that the content is aplicable to the class you are presenting it to. For the younger children i think that the majority of the discussion should be run by the person on the videoconference and by the teacher acting as a sort of moderator. This is because i do not think that these children will ask the questions that would be the most beneficial to the discussion based on their age, but you could also invite them to have a sort of QandA at the end of the video conference. This would be helpful for these students to learn about certain events or issues because they can listen to the story from someone who has been through it, and that is usually more impactful than reading it out of a book! For students of a high school age and older i would that think that best way to handle this would be to lead up to the conference with one or two classes set to addressing the issue and allowing for them to form groups and come up with potential questions to ask. This way they go into the video conference already knowing something about the event/issue/speaker and can benefit more from the talk than they would if they did not know this information. That way when the day of the conference comes they are prepared with questions in mind to ask and direct the dicussion in way that is relevant. The teacher/professor could also come with some questions in mind incase the students stop having questions, that way there are no long durations of silence.

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  • Vijay Karam Singh

    Vijay Karam Singh

    May 09, 2016 at 00:34 | #

    Videoconferences should be presented at all grade levels, but the subject matter should be filtered depending not eh age group that it is being presented to. The audience is very key in any of these presentations because showing a group of kids in kindergarten about the holocaust may be a bad idea, versus talking about complex issues that regard anything that was given in a class that can relate to the videoconference. The best way to make videoconferences effective is by having a diversity of speakers come from different backgrounds. Activists, professors, students, etc. would all make great features for video conferences and can make the conversation go smoothly throughout the entire conference. This can also make the tone set by having the audience become more engaged based on the people who are speaking.

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