Video Conferencing – IP
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          Some basic information




What is video conferencing?
 You are usi...
Why use video conferencing
 Allows you to bring resources into your
 classroom that you might not be able to
 experience “...
Equipment
 NCCSC is using Polycom Viewstation
 video conferencing systems
 • Purchased thru Video Distance Learning
     g...
What about CU-SeeMe?
 This technology is best suited to a “chat”
 situation – not class participation
  • But it was a goo...
More terms…
 IHETS
  • Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication
      System
  •   Provides a bridge when necessary
 Bri...
First steps…
 Determine the location of               Decide if you are going to
 your conference                         ...
Etiquette
 When you/your                   Don’t zoom too close
 location is not                 •   No one needs to see
 ...
Additional equipment
    On the ViewStation FX                            VCR can be used to
    units                    ...
Related websites
Remember that there may be fees on virtual field
trips and Vision Athena programs

Global Schoolhouse Cla...
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Video Conferencing – IP conferencing

  1. 1. Video Conferencing – IP conferencing Some basic information What is video conferencing? You are using video conferencing anytime you use technology to connect 2 or more locations by video and audio Distance learning uses video conferencing • For the 2002/03 school year, NCCSC used video conferencing to broadcast the live rat dissection to other NCCSC schools • NCCSC conducted a conference with teachers in Taiwan 1
  2. 2. Why use video conferencing Allows you to bring resources into your classroom that you might not be able to experience “in person” • Virtual field trips • Watch a presentation from a school in another state of country • Share a lesson with other schools What is the cost? To communicate directly with another location (like a school or business) there is not cost to connect Many distance learning opportunities do have a fee • Indianapolis Zoo • Virtual field trips 2
  3. 3. Equipment NCCSC is using Polycom Viewstation video conferencing systems • Purchased thru Video Distance Learning grant Equipment can be moved to classroom or library for use Will only require connecting power and network cable What is what? ViewStation FX H323 • Parker, Eastwood and • Riley and Sunnyside Technology Center • Point-to-Point only • Join up to 3 add’n • 1 mic connections ViaVideo • Can add Elmo • Up to 4 cameras • Wilbur Wright and Westwood • VCR can be used • Point-to-Point only • 2 mics • Uses a camera connected to computer • Does allow application sharing 3
  4. 4. What about CU-SeeMe? This technology is best suited to a “chat” situation – not class participation • But it was a good place to start Camera worked great for one-on-one but not a large group Audio worked best with headphone/microphone • Which did not promote classroom situations Let’s go over some definitions Point-to-Point Polycom • 2 participants • Company that makes video • Remote equipment • Host • ViewStation FX Multi-Point • ViaVideo • More than 1 remote IP address Remote • Internet Protocol • Outside locations • The 11 digit number for a participating website IP-to-IP • xxx.xxx.xxx.xx • All website addresses • Making a direct call using translate to a number the IP address • Not using Click-to-Meet • Clearer connection 4
  5. 5. More terms… IHETS • Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System • Provides a bridge when necessary Bridge • When you let IHETS schedule your conference instead of “calling” yourself • Required when connecting with those using Vision Athena Click to Meet – a short intro http://ctm.ihets.org A website that lists all A Green check indicates Indiana schools and “ready to call” locations that are certified Just select your participants for IP conferencing Click Call Now • Uses IHETS as a “bridge” A call made without Point and click scheduling scheduling resources will go Easy to add participants thru as long as resources (multi-point) are available. Browser-based controls There may be times when Does not show IP address of resources are already registered users booked. There is a separate handout on using Click to Meet 5
  6. 6. First steps… Determine the location of Decide if you are going to your conference connect to: • Classroom • An NCCSC school • Library • Someone else Connect equipment If you will be connecting with • Power Cord an NCCSC location • Network cable • All NCCSC locations • May require that you involved will need to make “unplug” a computer that is some setting changes already connected by a blue network cable. • Refer to the Set up handout for instructions • Unplug cable from the wall Contact that • Plug the cable provided location(NCCSC or other) to with the unit in the wall port set up a time for conference Important things to remember! Point-to-point Multi-point • Remote location in large • Suggest tent cards to view and host in a PIP in identify location as well the lower right hand as individuals corner • Recommend setting for • Picking up the remote voice activated(this is will eliminate host PIP default for CTM) • Location will be shown at • Camera moves to the bottom of screen person speaking • Use tent cards to identify • Recommend that you if more than 1 person at give your name before speaking to give the each location camera time to focus on you before you begin talking 6
  7. 7. Etiquette When you/your Don’t zoom too close location is not • No one needs to see speaking nose hairs! • Mute microphone Don’t fidget or multi- • It is very sensitive task Speak strong and No constant motion clear • This will blur the Avoid tapping picture fingers, pens, etc. Set up Arrive early If handouts required, be • Allow time for set up and sure remote location test equipment have these before Use remote to set up conference pre-set camera views if • Posting to website for desired download or email Check lighting Try to wear solid, muted Check room layout colors Red, Yellow and Orange • Avoid busy patterns or loud colors colors do not transmit • Red does not work well clearly 7
  8. 8. Additional equipment On the ViewStation FX VCR can be used to units record conference, but… • Elmo can be connected • You may need signed VCR’s can be connected permission from ALL participants • Allows you to show a • Check into this before video your conference to allow time to get permission • Check with your administrator for guidance on this one! Resources Click-To-Meet tutorial • http://www.ihets.org/progserv/video/vidconf/tutorials/ctmtutorial.pdf IP Video Information for Classroom Instructors • http://www.ihets.org/progserv/video/vidconf/tutorials/instructors/ip_tutorial_instructors.html Excellent video on conferencing etiquette • http://www.doit.wisc.edu/Training/pte/video/media/VC1M bps.ram • This link uses Real Player 8
  9. 9. Related websites Remember that there may be fees on virtual field trips and Vision Athena programs Global Schoolhouse Classroom Conferencing • http://www.globalschoolhouse.org/cu/ K-12 Video Conferencing • http://neirtec.terc.edu/k12vc/ SBC Videoconferencing Adventures • http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/vidconf/adventures.html Vision Athena • http://www.visionathena.k12.in.us/pub/index.html 9

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