Teachers vote for video conferencing

Video conferencing has been voted as the best alternative to face-to-face communication by teachers around Europe.

Around 85 per cent of the teachers questioned in a new survey claimed that they were hoping to make use of the technology within the next five years, suggesting that is set to play a major part in educating children around the continent.

Over three quarters of those questioned claimed that video conferencing equipment would help children improve their education, whilst around two thirds stated that it would help build core skills for the workplace.

Gary Rider, whose company administered the survey to 500 teachers throughout the continent, was far from shocked at the demand for video conferencing solutions in the classroom.

Speaking to, he said: “Video is the only technology that allows a visual, rich learning experience outside of being in the room together. Video also enables higher quality collaboration and learning.

“This is important in an educational setting, especially distance learning, where teachers can ensure students are focused and absorbing new information better, while students can benefit from a richer learning experience.”

According to, the opinions on the main use for video conferencing tools in the classroom differed between school and university tutors.

Most school teachers believed its main benefit would be as a collaborative working tool, whilst university tutors thought it would prove more beneficial as a method of reaching students from further afield.