Laura Adornato, Amy Zeigler, and Ashley Forbes
New Teaching Ways
More technology is being incorporated
Videoconferencing- when two
different classes learn together virtually
Innovative educational tool
Real life applications
Has Videoconferencing positively or
negatively effected education?
Different classes become a whole
Able to learn together
Longer interest kept
“Other cultures, customs, different places”
Builds community among teachers, schools and
“Two heads are better than one”
Many on-line resources
Students can be teacher’s aid
Students may participate in lesson
Many educators are not aware of how
Some districts do not have to the resources to
provide educators with training on how to use
Districts already use their limited resources
on basic technology such as computers
A teacher’s viewpoint:
◦ “After leaving the classroom for years and returning
I feel overwhelmed by the amount of new
technology, and although I feel that
videoconferencing would be beneficial to my
students I do not feel that I have the knowledge to
incorporate it into my classroom.”
- Ernestina Adornato, Bermudian Springs High School
Videoconferencing can be difficult to
incorporate into district’s budgets due to the
cost of equipment and training
Most schools have a difficult time staying
within their budget for necessary items such
Based on both the negative and positive
aspects of videoconferencing we have
concluded that the positive outweighs the
negative and videoconferencing does indeed
have a positive effect on education.
Helps the student keep up with their work
Students still feel like they are part of their
class because they can see their classroom
and everything going on
It helps them maintain their normal lifestyle
while being treated
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