Promising Practices for Videoconferencing

Dr. Sharon Friesen and Dr. Jennifer Lock April 26, 2007

What are we doing with digital technology in schools? How is it being used to support teaching and learning?

Percentage of Students Using a Computer at Least a Few Times Each Week
United Kingdom1 Thailand Japan Canada Iceland Sweden Liechtenstein Australia Korea Denmark Belgium

Percentage of students reporting they use computers “Almost every day” or “A few times each week”: At home At school

Russian Federation Turkey Mexico Latvia Serbia Tunisia Greece Uruguay Poland Ireland Slovak Republic Hungary Czech Republic Italy Finland Portugal

United States Germany Switzerland Austria New Zealand

Source: OECD (2005) Are students ready for a technology-rich world? What PISA studies tell us, Figure 3.2, p.37.

Videoconference
“Part of a $4-5 billion dollar real-time collaboration market that includes audio, video, and web conferencing products and services” (Tandberg, n.d., p. 1). World trends for adopting visual communication
– – – Rise of global collaboration Outsourcing and off-shoring In-forming (Tandberg, n.d, p. 3).

http://www.tandberg.com/collateral/Video_Communications_Information_Backgrounder.pdf

What is Happening?
China
– Cutting edge of Visual IP Communications and becoming one of the world’s largest markets of Visual IP Communication equipment. – Becoming a driver for new trends of Visual IP Communications. (Austin-Li & Davis, 2004)

Trends in VC Applications
Education Telemedicine Manufacturing Banking and Financial Services Telejustice

Videoconferencing in Education

India: Bridging Distance
Increased interaction between schools and universities across the globe. Learning becomes more of an international experience. Broadening conventional education.

(http://www.expresscomputeronline.com/20070416/technology02.shtml)

New Zealand
Mäuori Education
– Videoconference provides a sense of oneness between students and teachers.
(Anderson, 2005, 176)

Learning About International Negotiations
– Curtin University, Australia – Commerce and business students in Singapore Polytechnic – Practice international negotiations based on hypothetical joint venture with People’s Republic of China. – Lessons learned: cross-cultural communication, patience, gaining understanding and building trust.
(Latchem, 2005, p. 182)

Geographically Remote
Ireland
– Online learning and videoconferencing – Videoconferencing utilized to include literacy, science, music, math problem solving, visual arts and learning support. – Example of an opportunity for one-to-one learning.
(FitzPatrick & Conway, 2005, p. 76)

Professional Growth, Change over Time that…
helps teachers design and implement inquiry-based teaching and learning experiences for students, improves students’ performance and the quality of their learning experiences through more responsive pedagogy, creates a supportive environment for changes in teachers’ thinking and practice, provides teachers with the knowledge, tools and support necessary to integrate teaching, learning and technology, develops teacher and student fluency with technology through a culture of use rather than through a direct focus on technology training, and creates a professional learning community.

Learning From Outside Expertise Guest Teacher

Sustained conversation

Learning From Each Other

Classroom visits Sustained Ongoing Professional Development

Videoconferencing for Professional Growth

Planning and Implementing Collaborative Projects

Subject Matter Expert

Team Teaching

Learning From Outside Expertise Guest Teacher

Sustained conversation

Learning From Each Other

Classroom visits Sustained Ongoing Professional Development

Videoconferencing Is good for

Planning and Implementing Collaborative Projects

Subject Matter Expert

Team Teaching

Items to Consider
“Need to match instructional strategies with the unique capabilities provided by videoconferencing technology” (Greenberg, 2004, p. 20). Design for interactive and collaborative learning. Explore means of enhancing blended learning environments. Need for more empirical research.

Where Are We Currently with Videoconferencing in Alberta?