With advancements in technology, education strategies are rapidly evolving to include video conferencing and other telecommunication services. This allows educators to reach students outside their normal geographic location and students can find preferred educators without being limited to location. While this is a huge accomplishment, this is not the only way video technology had changed education.
First, video technology provides more collaboration opportunities. For example, in the past, students had to rely on resource materials found in the classroom. Today, video conferencing is opening up the classroom doors to a whole new world of education for students and teachers. Through video technology students can learn from NASA astronauts in space, they can learn about cultures and customs directly of other students on the opposite side of the world, the possibilities are limitless. Not only does this expanded reach and collaboration with others better our education system, it certainly provides an exciting adventure for the students.
Secondly, video technology affords students the opportunity to participate in virtual field trips. Traditionally, students only left school campus a couple of times a year for a field trip. Today, due to the cost and increase liability issues, many schools are offering less and less opportunities to learn off-campus through field trips. Video technology solves this issue by virtually bringing the location into the classroom. Want to see the animals in the San Diego Zoo? Not a problem. There’s no limit to the location, because through video conferencing students can literally travel the world to learn.
Third, video technology allows schools to connect together. Students can learn and interact with other students. This opens up the door to learn different cultures and themes at other schools. For example, perhaps an elementary class can video conference a freshman middle school class to hear from the students firsthand what it’s like to make the transition between schools. In addition, educators can connect to discuss teaching techniques, learning what works and bettering the classroom experience for students.
Fourth, video technology allows educators and administrators connect without having to meet in one location. This would make board meetings more beneficial and financially sound. It allows for longer meeting times and a better focus on the materials at hand.
There are many benefits to video technology, and these advances are reshaping education. To learn more about Tech Nation’s video conferencing and telecommunication services, please contact us.