15 Interesting Ways* to use Web Conferencing in the Classroom * and tips This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 License. Slim Shady. by @chris
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Have a test call in advance of the actual conference.
Decide on one adult to 'chair' the conference.
Take turns and try not to interupt.
Try to keep your class quiet while others are speaking.
Have a microphone that can be passed around or make it easy for kids to come up and speak to a microphone.
Think about lighting and sound levels.
If bandwidth is an issue, try to limit movement to preserve video quality.
#1 - Connect to your class to the broadcast from an education event
There are many free tools for organisers of, or participants at, an event to use to broadcast live from a session or 'the floor'. Flashmeeting, Glow Meet, and live stream on Twitcam can all be run using a basic webcam attached to a notebook, and a wired or wifi connection.
If you know the educationist who is broadcasting, consider letting your class follow a session and encourage them to give you text-based questions for the presenters, which you can then send by one of a variety of methods, such as email, Twitter or text chat.
#2 - Have an expert visit your classroom. I teach band and choir and it is challenging and expensive to find specialists to visit the classroom. However, with video conferencing I am able to give that bassoon player a lesson. I can also have leading conductors listen in to rehearsals and offer tips directly to the students. I am sure the same technique can be used for any discipline. @brandtschneider http://brandtschneider.blogspot.com
Use skype or videoconferencing to have a meeting with an author or a poet, to interact with the pupils and to share stories with.
Some authors in the UK are willing to Skype into a class, as it doesn't involve travelling or much disruption. See this link for authors in the US who are willing to do this with classes:
See this site to contact UK authors, where you could ask about the possibility of videoconferencing:
#4 - Use Skype to connect with other schools around the world - as part of a larger event or just to share book choices, differences in education etc. Encourage students to read aloud to peers in other countries.The world seems smaller now - make the most of it! Author events are expensive - share with schools you are in contact with by having a video conference. Bev Humphrey Libwithattitude www.writepath.ning.com
#5 - Use Video Conferencing to support transition work between primary and secondary schools. Setup a conference allowing the present year 6s to chat with last year's year 6s. An excellent way of putting worried minds at ease! Chris Thomas @cthomas18 www.iprimary.co.uk (See a video tutorial on FlashMeeting at this site)
#10 Have a conference with a historical character.
Find a willing volunteer.
Prepare questions for the character with children.
Share the questions with the character.
Volunteer appears in role on VC and answers the questions.
#11 Have a conference as part of a role-play day.
See #9 for a 'Space Mission' idea.
A similar thing can be done as part of a day in which students are in a 'Newsroom'.
Students are given roles such as: photographers/video, web-team, newspaper, editor, sound recorders etc.
The day is based on 'A Day at the (Olympic) Games'.
The day starts with a VC from 'The Man at the Games'. He outlines their roles and the broad outline for the day issuing tasks via a learning platform.
Through the day, the students conduct interviews with sports stars, take video of events, produce a website and a newspaper.
Beware! Periodically, 'The Man at the Games' will interupt procedings via VC with breaking news such as drugs scandals, results of events, fog interupting a football match etc!
Use email, forums, voicethread etc to share similarities and differences. These tools give children opportunities to make one to one contact and real friends. Paul Greenwood Northwood School http://northwoodweb.com/Yr5/ #12 - Make the conference just a part of the learning experience
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Thanks for helping Tom Barrett Image: ‘ Sharing ‘ If you add a tip (or even if you don't) please tweet about it and the link so more people can contribute. I have created a page for all of the Interesting Ways presentations on my blog . The whole family in one place :-) Have you seen Maths Maps yet?