Videoconferencing at IS145 is emerging
as a powerful educational tool for the classroom. Students have the
opportunity to connect with many additional resources and experts and
to collaborate with other classrooms around the world without regard to
geographical distances. Videoconferencing fulfils the need for real
time communication, when interactive audio and video are important.
What is videoconferencing? In the most general terms,
videoconferencing allows 2 or more people at different locations to see
and hear each other at the same time, It also allows for the sharing of
computer files, objects and documents, and showing of VHS tapes and
The benefits for
students participating in videoconferences are many. It has been shown
that videoconferencing heightens student motivation, improves
communication and presentation skills and increases depth and retention
of learning. It also increases connection with the outside world and
improves tolerance of diversity by linking students from various
cultures and backgrounds.
Videoconferencing in the classroom has a wide range of
uses. Perhaps one of the most used applications of interactive
videoconferencing is making connections with museums, cultural
institutions and research centers. Over 2,000 programs are currently
being offered. Many of these are standards-based and come with complete
lesson plans of pre- and post-videoconferencing activities.
Collaborative projects between schools maximize the
effectiveness of videoconferencing and have played a major part in our
videoconferencing program. Comparative studies, scientific research,
cultural exchanges, team teaching and "student experts" are just some
of the uses of classroom-to-classroom connections.
Please explore the videoconferencing section of this
website to learn more about some of the exciting projects and
connections our students in Region 4 have been involved in through the
exciting technology of videoconferencing.