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Videoconferences in schools

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Videoconferences in schools

  1. 1. VIDEOCONFERENCES IN SCHOOLS SUZANA DELIĆ, CROATIA TOMISLAV PAVLOVIĆ, CROATIA
  2. 2. WHAT IS A VIDEOCONFERENCE /VC/? • for people who are thousands of kilometres far away from eachother to have meetings or teachings at the same moment • students can see or hear eachother and communicate that way in real time with the use of videocameras, monitors or projectors, microphones and speakers • VCs are used in all areas • One of the most important areas in which it has more and more important role is the area of education. /from www.carnet.hr/
  3. 3. • no need for travelling • no additional expenses • there is visual communication • lots of ideas and knowledge • involvement in mutual projects • developement of communication skills • developement of organizational skills • simple access to knowledge • meeting other students, countries and cultures • gaining long-term friendships ALL OF THIS THINGS ARE VERY IMPORTANT. WHY VIDEOCONFERENCES IN SCHOOL?
  4. 4. • A PARTNER SCHOOL • A COMPUTER (WEB CAMERA, MICROPHONE, SPEAKERS) • INTERNET ACCESS • SKYPE, MSN… • POLYCOM STATION (THE BEST OPTION) and of course… • INTERESTED STUDENTS! WHAT DO WE NEED TO MAKE A VC?
  5. 5. PARTNER SCHOOLS AND HOW CAN YOU FIND THEM? • BE ONLINE USE: • SKYPE • FACEBOOK • TWITTER • MSN • eTwinning • ePals • Global Gateway
  6. 6. TEACHERS AND STUDENTS NEED TO BE WELL PREPARED FOR EVERY VC. WHAT DOES IT MEAN? • TO CHOOSE A THEME OF A VIDEOCONFERENCE (EXAMPLES: NEW YEAR IN OUR COUNTRY, WORLD WATER DAY, OUR SCHOOL…) • A TEACHER NEEDS TO PREPARE A DETAILED COURSE OF A VIDEOCONFERENCE (I will show you a couple of examples at the end) • IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE A TEST A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE, SO WE COULD BE CERTAIN THAT ON THE DAY OF THE VIDEOCONFERENCE INTERNET CONNECTION WOULD BE FINE
  7. 7. LOS ANGELES, USALOS ANGELES, USA EXAMPLES OF GOOD PRACTICE: PRIMARY SCHOOL HORVATI PRIMARY SCHOOL HORVATI CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION CENTER FOR EARLY EDUCATION PO LEUNG KUK LUK HING TOO PRIMARY SCHOOL PO LEUNG KUK LUK HING TOO PRIMARY SCHOOL JOB LANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL JOB LANE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SAINT GAUDENT, FRANCE SAINT GAUDENT, FRANCE LONDON, CANADALONDON, CANADA HONG KONG, CHINAHONG KONG, CHINA LORD ELGRIN LORD ELGRIN ECOLE DE SAINT GAUDENT ECOLE DE SAINT GAUDENT BEDFORD, MA, USABEDFORD, MA, USA
  8. 8. 1. example: PROJECT VIDEOCONFERENCES BETWEEN TWO CLASSES ECOLE DE SAINT GAUDENT, SAINT GAUDENT ECOLE DE SAINT GAUDENT, SAINT GAUDENT PRIMARY SCHOOL HORVATI, ZAGREB PRIMARY SCHOOL HORVATI, ZAGREB DURATION: 2009/2010. 7 VIDEOCONFERENCES Videoconferences had 2 main goals : •To improve English language skills of both classes. •To discover and learn about Croatian and French cultures, and specially life of a foreign child. Video conferences mainlines : •Link 2 classes of 21 pupils. •Last 30-45 minutes every month (until June 2010). •Follow a precisely prepared script. •Contain repeated rituals. •Focus on a specific theme/issue, different each time. •Students need to work hard on the preparations.
  9. 9. After great cooperation we continue this school year in the aspect of eTwinning project Europe through Videoconferences, which is lead by me, together with 30 schools from Europe. Students in France during the videoconference……
  10. 10. • to connect students of as much of the world schools as possible through videoconferences • to meet countries all over the world and it´s pupils on this new and contemporary way and by doing it to improve their communication on English and their speaking skills in general • to learn about school systems of other countries • about everyday life of students in different countries who are at the same age as ours • about the culture itself of the countires we are cooperating with EUROPE THROUGH VIDEOCONFERENCES
  11. 11. The videoconference itself and talking „live“ is an extraordinary event for the children. Our experience tells us that it leads to even stronger connection between pupils from both sides of the wire. It often leads to mutual projects, visits and even years- long friendships after pupils have already left the school. Only with the use of IC technology we can accomplish all of the above mentioned goals without the expences for travel and accomodation.
  12. 12. So, this is it. I hope you had a good time during this meeting, and also if you are interested about some other videoconference just let me know! For the end I would just like to say a few words…
  13. 13. Thank you for your attention! SO LONG! AU REVOIR! CIAO! ¡adiós!

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