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Video Conferencing

  1. 1. Video Conferencing An Informational Pathfinder Prepared by Laurie LeFever, LMS Frazer Elementary School
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>What equipment does the SCSD have? </li></ul><ul><li>PowerPlay TM Cart Systems from BNI Solutions ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>What do they do? </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate simultaneous, immediate communication and/or instruction among multiple locations, schools, and/or classrooms </li></ul>
  3. 3. What’s in it for staff/students? <ul><li>More diverse interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Greater collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Easier communication with experts </li></ul><ul><li>Heightened student motivation </li></ul><ul><li>New opportunities for virtual field trips </li></ul><ul><li>Development of communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Expansion of course offerings </li></ul><ul><li>Another connection to real-world skills </li></ul><ul><li>Means of addressing varied learning styles </li></ul><ul><li>Increased in-depth learning opportunities </li></ul>
  4. 4. How can I use it? <ul><li>There are so many great uses: </li></ul><ul><li>Courses </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Tutoring </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Field Trips </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-School Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Team Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Competitions </li></ul>
  5. 5. Where can I get more ideas? <ul><li>Try these sites for starters: </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Network Explorer:Videoconferen- cing for Learning: Examples and Ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Using Videoconferencing in the Classroom </li></ul>
  6. 6. What will my students need to know before we conference? <ul><li>Discuss/Practice: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipment set-up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Function controls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Camera eye-contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual participation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate dress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acceptable gestures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Camera positioning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voice level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expected etiquette </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TIP: </li></ul><ul><li>You may actually want to rehearse before the live conference. This allows you to review your expectations before including another class in your activity. It also allows students to get over the “goofy” factor! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Where can I get more preparation information? <ul><li>Try these sites: </li></ul><ul><li>CU-SeeMe Etiquette 101 </li></ul><ul><li>Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. “Digital Bridges: A Teacher’s Guide to Video Conferencing.” 2000. http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Shutte, Carla. “Videoconferencing for Educators.” Wired @ School . 1998. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The key to success is planning! <ul><ul><li>It is important to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate with conference leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider location (need network access) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stick with curriculum content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance, rather than replace, classroom units </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write out your procedure; include measurable goals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan student participation activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Give students a print guide to follow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abide by copyright laws/policies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember time zones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider costs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a phone nearby </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. A Few Set-up Tips: <ul><li>Have a phone nearby if possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Test equipment ahead of time. </li></ul><ul><li>Use care in cable/cord placement. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider adding a document camera (also known as a flex cam. or ELMO). </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure network access availability. </li></ul><ul><li>Check camera/microphone positions. </li></ul><ul><li>Vary teaching styles and camera placements to maintain attention. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Aesthetic Considerations <ul><li>Fonts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Arial, Times, Helvetica, Gothic, Courier </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30 point or larger </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistency </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Colors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dark background/ light font </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use color to emphasize important words. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Graphics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clip Art </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video Clips </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Page Design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Balance all components for clear viewing. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preview presentation. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. More Information on Planning: <ul><ul><li>Davidson, Hall. “Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers.” NCCEI. 2002. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. “Digital Bridges: A Teacher’s Guide to Video Conferencing.” 2000. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shutte, Carla. “Videoconferencing for Educators.” Wired @ School . 1998. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. What connections are available? <ul><li>Most SCSD schools have the equipment. See your library media specialist for a user group list. </li></ul><ul><li>Directories exist for: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Other schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Museums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Universities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual Field Trip Providers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Zoos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scientists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And many, many more… </li></ul></ul>Try these: SBC Videoconference Activities SBC Searchable Directory NoodleTrip Search Engine Digital Bridges Provider List
  13. 13. Don’t forget to evaluate and share the results! <ul><li>As with any lesson, assessment is critical. Did you meet your goals and objectives? Consider: </li></ul><ul><li>Student Products </li></ul><ul><li>Student Participation </li></ul><ul><li>Student Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Videoconference Process </li></ul><ul><li>Videoconference Facilitation </li></ul><ul><li>What will you use? </li></ul><ul><li>Rubrics </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Tests </li></ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Checklists </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Pieces </li></ul><ul><li>See: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. “Digital Bridges: A Teacher’s Guide to Video Conferencing.” 2000. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. This presentation was created using the following resources: <ul><li>Jobe, Hazel. “Desktop Videoconferencing: Novelty or Legitimate Teaching Tool?” Education World . (1999). 12 July 2005 . </li></ul><ul><li>Jobe, Hazel, Ed. “Video Conference.” (1998). 12 July 2005 . </li></ul><ul><li>Kubena, Kay. “Distance Learning: An Instructional Overview.” Lincoln Middle School, Syracuse. 13 May 2005. </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Clip Art. </li></ul><ul><li>Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. “Digital Bridges: A Teacher’s Guide to Videoconferencing.” (2000). 20 July 2005 . </li></ul><ul><li>Pressnell, Nigel. “A Look at the Future.” (2004). 12 July 2005 . </li></ul><ul><li>SBC Knowledge Adventures. “Videoconferencing for Learning.” (1995). 20 July 2005 . </li></ul><ul><li>Schutte, Carla. “Videoconferencing for Educators.” (1998). 20 Jul 2005 . </li></ul>