This article has been written by Jan Zanetis, Education Advocate for Cisco in Australia. The original article was published in the December/January edition of Educational Leadership (EL). Visit EL to read the full version.
The Virtues of Video
Video-on-demand tutorials. International student collaborations. Virtual field trips to Australia. Schools can use interactive video to enrich students’ learning.
What if your struggling students could view demonstrations of difficult math concepts as often as necessary? Picture your students asking questions of an expert diver as she explores Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Or imagine a motivated student in a remote location attending an advanced placement physics class without leaving home.
Providing such enriching learning activities, even with limited funds, is no fantasy; it’s possible through live, interactive video.
Much of what we define as education can now take place anywhere, anytime—and much of it can be acquired free through resources available over the Internet. Here I describe two types of video that creative school districts are using to deliver quality education in ways that are smarter, greener, and less expensive: (1) interactive videoconferencing (also referred to as teleconferencing, compressed interactive videoconferencing, or telepresence) in which two or more people can see one another on-screen and interact in real time, and (2) video on demand, also known as streaming video.
Videoconferencing: Engaging Millenials
As early as the 1980s, students in rural areas of Alaska, Washington, Texas, and Oregon connected to teachers through interactive videoconferencing. Tapes, laserdisc, and DVDs were the early precursors to today’s streaming video resources. Today’s high-speed internet, reasonably priced video equipment, and the plethora of online content has transferred video technologies from an innovation to a replicable and commonplace approach. More …