School budgets are being slashed everywhere these days, so it is nice to be a part of programs that offer alternative (and sometimes free) education opportunities. In a recent post by Wesley Fryer on Moving at the Speed of Creativity, he shared not only how he is able to work remotely with ease and convenience, but also a list of courses being featured in the TANDBERG Connections Program.
Some of Fryer’s professional development sessions on digital storytelling, blended learning, education podcasting and other topics are offered to educators who are eligible for Connections and have access to video teleconferencing (VTC) equipment.
Fryer is a content provider listed with the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC), and we think his efforts to help educators learn more about teaching with 21st Century technology are notable. Using VTC for professional development, whether in education or other environments, is a great way to cut costs, save time and manage resources, which are very limited in today’s economic environment.
Educators are teaching children who are introduced to technology – and savvy at using it – at younger and younger ages. It is imperative that today’s educators find any and all ways to use technology in the classroom, and what better way to do it than by taking advantage of cost effective, and sometimes free programs delivered over video?