Video Conferencing on a Shoestring!<br />ICTEV Conference 2011 “In Touch”<br />Anne Mirtschin<br />mirtschin@gmail.com<br />
Speaking to an  Indonesian teacher of English and her class:<br />Sharing favourite books, hobbies and interests etc<br />
Connecting with videoconferencing<br />Within the school<br />Beyond into the state or country<br />Beyond into the globe<...
The shoestring!<br />Requirements<br />Laptop with desktop with webcamera<br />Headset or microphone and speakers<br />Dat...
Tools Used<br />Skype<br />MS Communicator<br />Elluminate<br />Gtalk<br />discoverE<br />oovoo<br />
Beyond School – into the state<br />
Online debating<br />
Global connections!<br />
e-Cultural Learning Adventures<br />
Lost in Malaysia<br />
Bianca teaching grade 4 from China<br />
Question Tags – Endang and amazing educator from Indonesia<br />
Speaking directly with earthquake victims 12 hours after the occurrrence using skype<br />
West Java EarthquakeSeptember 8th<br />7.3 richter scale<br />64 deaths, 37 people missing, and 27,630 people displaced in...
Will Richardson quote on Learning is Now!<br />What a great model for the immediacy of learning that can happen these days...
One onone linkup with Indonesian students (10 students in all)<br />
International Friendship Day – Singapore linkup<br />
Students from Eliza Park Primary School, Singapore interview professionals via skype<br />
A linkup with a school in Russia<br />Russian Connections<br />
Should Australia go to India to play sport?<br />Foresee and sense cultural misunderstanding<br />
Online discussions with North Castlemaine Primary School, Victoria, Australia<br />Should Australia go to India to play sp...
Skype intros with theAmerican School of Bombay<br />Online discussions with a school in Mumbai, India:- “Should Australia ...
Using Skype with India<br />
Virtual Tours – <br />Endang, Indonesia, walks us through the Batik markets<br />Skyping Endang from Indonesia in the bati...
Veronica Woo, from SMJK Poi Lam School in Ipoh, Malaysia walks these girls through her school and cultural celebrations.<b...
Touring a Malaysian School Kitchen<br />
Concert Rehearsalfrom Malaysia to Australia<br />
Expert Speakers<br />
Keynote speaker – uni lecturer from Doha, Qatar, speaks to students at Qatar Academy and Hawkesdale P12 College about citi...
Skype an author!Andrew McDonald<br />
Using elluminate<br />Members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra demonstrate their instruments as part of the Ping Music ...
Grade 6 student teaches year 10 IT classHalloween<br />discoverE<br />
Global Peer Mentoring – Kodu!<br />
Sarveesh from Kuala LumpurTamanBurkittMaluriSchool teaches Australian students MS Game making Kodu.<br />
Choral Reading:from the Lion King<br />
Capella<br />
From Veronica Woo, Ipoh, Malaysia<br />Well, it is definitely the power of Skype connection, you and the audience that hav...
Virtual Classrooms<br />
Learning VCE accounting virtually using skype/videoconferencing<br />Cash Journals<br />
Virtual Teaching Round Practicum<br />
Agriculture<br />Year 7 students learnt floral arranging from a florist via skype videoconferencing<br />Students made the...
Walking through Skype<br />
Skype  (http://www.skype.com)<br /><ul><li>VOiP
Live chat
Audio
conferencing
Videoconferencing
Bookmark and save chats
Can record conferencing-
egpamela
Allows group chat
Group videoconferencing
Share files</li></li></ul><li>
About skype...<br />Skype is a free piece of VOiP software, that can connects computers together to allow free telephone c...
Groups in skype<br /><ul><li>Instant conversations with like minded people </li></ul>across the globe<br /><ul><li>Audio a...
The basic aims of this project are to:-<br />acquire  cultural awareness (differences/similarities)<br />to promote the cu...
Successful videoconferencing!<br />Speaking to a web camera requires use of eye contact and minimum little movement <br />...
Successful videoconferencing cont...<br />Use the chat window feverishly for feedback, questions and variety of delivery, ...
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  1. 1. Video Conferencing on a Shoestring!<br />ICTEV Conference 2011 “In Touch”<br />Anne Mirtschin<br />mirtschin@gmail.com<br />
  2. 2. Speaking to an Indonesian teacher of English and her class:<br />Sharing favourite books, hobbies and interests etc<br />
  3. 3. Connecting with videoconferencing<br />Within the school<br />Beyond into the state or country<br />Beyond into the globe<br />Group to group or<br />Individual to individual<br />
  4. 4. The shoestring!<br />Requirements<br />Laptop with desktop with webcamera<br />Headset or microphone and speakers<br />Data projector and white wall/whiteboard (optional)<br />Choice of free videoconferencing software (downloadable or online)<br />People to connect with<br />
  5. 5. Tools Used<br />Skype<br />MS Communicator<br />Elluminate<br />Gtalk<br />discoverE<br />oovoo<br />
  6. 6. Beyond School – into the state<br />
  7. 7. Online debating<br />
  8. 8. Global connections!<br />
  9. 9. e-Cultural Learning Adventures<br />
  10. 10. Lost in Malaysia<br />
  11. 11. Bianca teaching grade 4 from China<br />
  12. 12. Question Tags – Endang and amazing educator from Indonesia<br />
  13. 13. Speaking directly with earthquake victims 12 hours after the occurrrence using skype<br />
  14. 14. West Java EarthquakeSeptember 8th<br />7.3 richter scale<br />64 deaths, 37 people missing, and 27,630 people displaced in nine districts in West Java and one in Central Java. <br />Approximately 54,231 houses were damaged in 12 districts in West Java and one district in Central Java. <br />
  15. 15. Will Richardson quote on Learning is Now!<br />What a great model for the immediacy of learning that can happen these days, and the relevance. When you think about all of the things that your students could learn and practice here, interviewing skills, geography and geology, information research, retrieval, editing, organization and sharing, all in the larger context of perhaps assisting those in need who were thousands of kilometers away. I want to make the point, however, that it's all grounded in your own understanding of these technologies and the ways in which they can help us connect. If you didn't have that knowledge and experience, this probably would not have happened, and that really is the goal of what we're all trying to do here, get more comfortable in using these technologies to learn in our own practice. <br />
  16. 16. One onone linkup with Indonesian students (10 students in all)<br />
  17. 17.
  18. 18. International Friendship Day – Singapore linkup<br />
  19. 19. Students from Eliza Park Primary School, Singapore interview professionals via skype<br />
  20. 20. A linkup with a school in Russia<br />Russian Connections<br />
  21. 21. Should Australia go to India to play sport?<br />Foresee and sense cultural misunderstanding<br />
  22. 22. Online discussions with North Castlemaine Primary School, Victoria, Australia<br />Should Australia go to India to play sport?<br />
  23. 23. Skype intros with theAmerican School of Bombay<br />Online discussions with a school in Mumbai, India:- “Should Australia go to India to play Sport?”<br />
  24. 24. Using Skype with India<br />
  25. 25. Virtual Tours – <br />Endang, Indonesia, walks us through the Batik markets<br />Skyping Endang from Indonesia in the batik markets<br />
  26. 26. Veronica Woo, from SMJK Poi Lam School in Ipoh, Malaysia walks these girls through her school and cultural celebrations.<br />
  27. 27. Touring a Malaysian School Kitchen<br />
  28. 28. Concert Rehearsalfrom Malaysia to Australia<br />
  29. 29. Expert Speakers<br />
  30. 30. Keynote speaker – uni lecturer from Doha, Qatar, speaks to students at Qatar Academy and Hawkesdale P12 College about citizenship journalism.<br />
  31. 31. Skype an author!Andrew McDonald<br />
  32. 32. Using elluminate<br />Members of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra demonstrate their instruments as part of the Ping Music Project<br />
  33. 33. Grade 6 student teaches year 10 IT classHalloween<br />discoverE<br />
  34. 34. Global Peer Mentoring – Kodu!<br />
  35. 35. Sarveesh from Kuala LumpurTamanBurkittMaluriSchool teaches Australian students MS Game making Kodu.<br />
  36. 36. Choral Reading:from the Lion King<br />
  37. 37. Capella<br />
  38. 38. From Veronica Woo, Ipoh, Malaysia<br />Well, it is definitely the power of Skype connection, you and the audience that have immensely helped in motivating our students, who are learning English in a very challenging situation where they rarely speak English among themselves, but it’s only with us that they have got no choice but to speak English!  All this, plus the realisation on their part, that they have actually performed in front of a native English speaking audience of educators that have also helped in a way!  Thanks to the event organiser and of course, you, Anne, for making this possible! Hopefully, the other students will also be motivated to see their peers’ achievement and change their attitudes and perception towards learning English.<br />
  39. 39. Virtual Classrooms<br />
  40. 40. Learning VCE accounting virtually using skype/videoconferencing<br />Cash Journals<br />
  41. 41. Virtual Teaching Round Practicum<br />
  42. 42. Agriculture<br />Year 7 students learnt floral arranging from a florist via skype videoconferencing<br />Students made their own floral arrangements.<br />Florist then commented on their arrangements and judged them.<br />
  43. 43.
  44. 44.
  45. 45. Walking through Skype<br />
  46. 46. Skype (http://www.skype.com)<br /><ul><li>VOiP
  47. 47. Live chat
  48. 48. Audio
  49. 49. conferencing
  50. 50. Videoconferencing
  51. 51. Bookmark and save chats
  52. 52. Can record conferencing-
  53. 53. egpamela
  54. 54. Allows group chat
  55. 55. Group videoconferencing
  56. 56. Share files</li></li></ul><li>
  57. 57. About skype...<br />Skype is a free piece of VOiP software, that can connects computers together to allow free telephone calls.<br />Good follow up service, actively seek feedback, always improving their service.<br />User and operator friendly<br />Inexpensive – just need cheap headset or desktop microphone and headphones, cost of download time is negligible. <br />Download software from http://www.skype.com<br />Allows chat, group chat and calls and video conferencing, file sharing<br />May be used to call landlines<br />
  58. 58. Groups in skype<br /><ul><li>Instant conversations with like minded people </li></ul>across the globe<br /><ul><li>Audio and txt chat enabled</li></li></ul><li>
  59. 59. The basic aims of this project are to:-<br />acquire cultural awareness (differences/similarities)<br />to promote the culture of peace<br />connectivism<br />to become a community of practice<br />
  60. 60. Successful videoconferencing!<br />Speaking to a web camera requires use of eye contact and minimum little movement <br />animated voices <br />The voice takes the place of body language.<br />Appropriate use of microphone is critical<br />Student confidence is crucial for effectiveness<br />Appropriate placement of any object being displayed<br />Keep any movement of objects or people to an absolute minimum<br />
  61. 61. Successful videoconferencing cont...<br />Use the chat window feverishly for feedback, questions and variety of delivery, ensuring understanding<br />Video should be used to keep the class interested<br />Clear, slow voices and short, simple but full sentences.<br />Need to be able to multitask eg speak, read chat, position camera, microphone, control and manage existing class and virtual class etc.<br />
  62. 62. Management issues<br />Determine the required outcomes/objectives<br />Keep the camera as still as possible. Bring students/objects to the camera, <br />Seat students appropriately, so that they can be seen via the web camera.<br />Allocate roles to students eg chat window, web cam operator, microphone manager etc as this is a real multi tasking operation. (Keep them busy)<br />Ensure everything is organized right from the start – all materials required are on hand.<br />Use objects to show and tell were possible<br />Always test the equipment before starting the class and test prior teacher to teacher before the day. <br />Always use chat first before ringing.<br />Organisation, confidence and management are the key to success.<br />
  63. 63. Class discipline<br />Small groups are far more effective and manageable. If students are misbehaving, ensure that the camera does not pick that up. <br />Have a discipline management plan before commencing. Most students love this kind of work, but if sound quality, voice carry over, technical issues, software dropping in and out it may become boring and students, restless.<br />Always have a backup lesson ready should the internet not function and a backup date for another attempt.<br />
  64. 64. Constraints<br />Video option is lost once there are more than two participants in the conference (with free version)<br />Long distance and differing bandwidth<br />Skype may be blocked<br />Ensure all other programs that might use a video camera are closed. <br />
  65. 65. Tips<br /><ul><li>Start with small, short projects
  66. 66. Communication is of prime importance
  67. 67. Commitment and dedication are essential
  68. 68. Get to know the other staff prior to and throughout the project, to gain confidence in each other
  69. 69. Do not be frightened to ask for help or ask questions of any nature.
  70. 70. Be prepared to work hard (as hard as you may have ever worked in your life) and take risks
  71. 71. Give out check list sheets to ensure that students remain on track
  72. 72. Enjoy the journey into the best that 21st century learning can give.</li></li></ul><li>Challenges<br />Time zones<br />Languages <br />Holiday periods<br />Testing and Examination times<br />
  73. 73. Where to find partners<br />Skype partners - http://theedublogger.com/want-to-connect-with-other-classrooms/<br />Skype in Schools- http://skypeinschools.pbworks.com<br />Skype in Educationhttp://education.skype.com/<br />Around the World in 80 schools<br />Search online for more<br />
  74. 74. Resources<br />http://mashable.com/2007/08/21/skype-toolbox/<br />
  75. 75. Where to learn more<br />Tech Talk Tuesdays (4-5pm, Melbourne Aus time):<br />http://techtalktuesdays.global2.vic.edu.au<br />eT@lking Wed 8-9pm (Melbourne Aus time): http://learncentral.org (australia series) http://www.australiaseries.wordpress.com<br />Facebook groups egAustraliaseries<br />classroom20LIVE:- http://live.classroom20.com<br />Twitter<br />Online conferences<br />

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