Bringing History to Life Through Video Conferencing and Telepresence

Multimedia room of the President Library in St. Petersburg, Russia

Integrating video technology into education is yielding amazing results for students who are able to hold virtual field trips and become exposed to different cultures without ever leaving the classroom.

Now, other education facilities are recognizing the power of video conferencing and telepresence to enhance experiences for visitors.  For example, a recent article in InAVate explains how the President Library in St. Petersburg, Russia was able to incorporate a new-aged multimedia room into the ancient Sinoud building. The multimedia room houses 98 workplaces, each with its own conference system controlled via touchscreen, 12 projectors that project onto the partition wall and 3D projectors that retract into the roof when not in use. The room was very carefully designed to fit a wide variety of users, from school children all the way through to academics; every detail, right down to the type of chair used, was very carefully thought out.

The main purpose of the multimedia room was to deliver easy access to the expanding archives that are housed within the President Library, but the technology also makes it easy and convenient for viewing films and holding a discussion or any kind of symposium. This is possible because each workspace is integrated with video conference and interpretation capabilities, as well as access to the internet and library archives via a touchscreen. Now the history of St. Petersburg is brought to life for anyone on site or via video to anywhere in the world, extending the education possibilities for the President Library.

Have you expereinced video or telepresence in an education setting? Did it enhance the experience for you?

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