Video Conferencing To Improve The Education System
In the UK, the education system continues to be choked financially. We had seen a 48% rise in funding per child between 1997 & 2007 with £1.2 billion on education every week. However, successive governments have neglected this duty and subsequently underfunded British education.
Although parents and teachers feel the indirect pressures as a result of this ‘today’, it is the students who are likely to suffer in the long-term, who are at risk of experiencing a poorer level of teaching due to strict target-based curriculum’s, time-poor teachers and financially stretched schools.
With this in mind, it’s important to consider what options there are to help tackle this problem and still allow for our children and students to get the high level of education that we wish them to have. This is where Video Conferencing technology can help educators bring the outside world into the classroom and help inspire students and give them the opportunity to connect the environment from their desks. It is predicted that one of the most significant trends on the rise in education is video supported learning and therefore if you’re not already implementing it, you likely will be soon.
What Are The Benefits Of Video Conferencing In Schools?
It’s not simply showing a student something on the other end of the screen. Video Conferencing opens a whole new set of questions as you can create personalised learning experience for pupils, support teachers with their teaching methods or with external resources they may otherwise not have access too and embrace the ever-growing world of technology that we all will be adopting more and more over the coming decades.
Experts In The Classroom
Through video conferencing, we can bring experts into the classroom simply. Scientists can deliver lessons from labs and business leaders from the boardroom. In reality, the range of experts or content providers is endless. Face-to-face conversations with industry experts doesn’t just help to develop communication skills, it also adds value and relevancy and excitement to lessons, instilling a deeper awareness of global issues.
Prepare Students For Life After Education
The future is tech friendly. There’s little sense in only teaching with out-dated tools. Bringing video conferencing into the classroom allows teachers to familiarise pupils with tech the students will inevitably be using in the workplace.
Virtual School Trips
Save money and increase the frequency of engaging and inspiring field trips. Students can visit world-famous museums, landmarks and educational spaces. Often, it is parents that have to ‘shell out’ for these trips as well. Therefore, we’re not only reducing costs for the education system, but also for families with children too.
Sharing Vital Resources
Communication is key. The more online learning we do, the more networks we create. We will not only educate our children at a faster rate, but we will future-proof their ability to work in a tech-focused world where video conferencing is common-place.
Increase Student Engagement
Keeping a student’s attention in an ever distracting world is difficult, but just look at these stats:
- YouTube has over a billion users, almost one-third of total internet users
- More than 500 million hours of videos are watched on YouTube each day
- 87% of online marketers use video content
- Social video generates 1200% more shares than text and images combined.
There is strong evidence that the use of video can inspire and engage pupils when incorporated into student-centred learning activities. So why not introduce more video media into our classroom if it helps inspire and educate students.
Allow Students To Learn In Their Time
With flipped learning, video sessions can be recorded for students to watch in their own time, before undertaking corresponding tasks in school hours with the teacher on hand. This approach lets students access learning material whenever best suits their individual needs and maximises the value of quality classroom time. Ultimately, video conferencing removes the barriers of the traditional classroom. Instead, learning can be accessed from anywhere.
There is a whole host of time-saving benefits for teachers using Video Conferencing tech. For example, parent-teacher conferences can be done online, helping to minimise scheduling conflicts, teacher meetings can be recorded and made available to staff who can’t attend on the day, and even assemblies can be delivered directly to the classroom via tech such as ActivPanels, reducing the time needed to move children to and from school halls.
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