I just finished watching Video-Conferencing It’s Easy, Free and Powerful by Brian Cosby. It was very impressive what he and his fourth-grade class accomplished. The presentation certainly was a persuasive example of how student learning can be enhanced through this medium. The points he made that video conferencing impacted were well illustrated: inclusion, sharing an experience, improving oral presentations and language skills, motivating higher learning, and collaboration. Certainly, his students were benefiting from this experience and were excited about learning.
So now I’m going to research Skype, the free conferencing …. all you need is a web cam….. site. We’ve been exploring virtual advising and class presentations, and as Brian said, this has the WOW factor. Let’s hope our presentations go beyond that and we can engage students in the content we’re trying to share.
I have to admit, I’m becoming a fan of online learning. As can be demonstrated by this “conference,” no travel expenditures in these days of budget cutbacks, and no long lines for airport security have its advantages. We still want to collaborate with colleagues and share ideas, and this is one way we as professionals can continue our life-long learning.