Video Conferencing is a diverse tool for expanding lessons beyond the classroom walls. Many educational facilities around the world are now improving their learning experience by connecting directly with museums, mentors and students in far-away locations. Teachers, mentors and other professionals can now offer one on one private lessons and can be available to anyone regardless of the distance between them.
Educators stress that for them the emphasis is on the content and what the participants gain with this connection rather than how the connection is made. Video conferencing has enabled schools to virtually visit museum exhibitions, participate in virtual art classes and learn across a variety of fields (nature, science, space, archaeology) directly from the professionals in the field. This year students from Charles Hay World School in Englewood, Colo. will enable their students to watch a live dissection of a heart at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and participate in a lecture on climate change and global warming. Hannah LeCount the International Baccalaureate Coordinator at Charles Hay World School says “The affordability, flexibility, and ease of use make it a remarkable tool for teaching and for enhancing the student experience.”
But of course for this to work the call must be high-end quality. Video conferencing was initially only given a passing grade in education due to the poor quality and the limited options. Although there are many free solutions available online (like Skype and FaceTime) for a high quality and worry free experience companies such as Eyenetwork provide a cost effective, high quality video conferencing experience. LeCount concludes “It is only when you use technology that works intuitively that you can focus on content and stop worrying about connectivity issues or economic concerns of expensive systems’’.