Video Conferencing Fundamentals a.k.

a Videoconferencing 101
Jim Freese, CTAP Region IV Linda Uhrenholt, SBC Education Advocate

Remember George Jetson?

Early Video Conference – Picturephones

Things to Discuss  What is Videoconferencing?  Why videoconference?  Types of videoconferencing  Equipment & Set-up  Preparation  Etiquette & Procedures  Curriculum Enhancement  Other .

What is Videoconferencng?  Videoconferencing technology allows people at two or more locations to see and hear each other at the same time……. ..

Examples .……..

Why Video Conference?  Courses. Lessons and Tutoring  Virtual Field Trips  Multi-School Projects  International Projects  Pull in an Expert  Community Events  Professional Activities .

Goes over a Broadband Internet connection .Types of Video Conferencing  ISDN -Point to Point dial up  IP .

Network Choices Circuit Switched: 64K per call Dial-up network Advantage: Call anywhere in the world Disadvantage: Pay by the minute .

WAN line sharing Disadvantage: LAN contention.Network Choices TCP/IP (LAN) Dial-up Network Advantage: Free within the LAN. bandwidth hog .

Network Choices Private (Leased) Line Private Line Advantage: High Bandwidth. fixed cost Disadvantage: Only “Point A” to “Point B” .

The California K-12 High Speed Network  California K-12 High Speed Network  http://www.org .k12hsn.org  K12video.

IP Video Conferencing  Dial-up IP to IP  Dedicated equipment  Professional services  Server Based  AIM. . Netmeeting. iChat. SightSpeed etc. iVisit.

 Management & Storage of Archived Events .

Play with the Big Boys  Yes.$600  Polycom PVX .$150 .  Polycom ViaVideo . Polycom has two shoestring solutions.

Polycom PVX  Low Cost  Works with your PC and USB Web Cam  Custom Polycom Software .

Polycom ViaVideo  High Quality Camera  Multimedia Processor  Custom Polycom Software  Works with your PC .

DSL. smooth motion video and crystal-clear audio in a convenient and compact design  Features data-sharing support so schools can receive slides and other content during a video call. .  Connect to your Cable. LAN or ISDN network  Delivers natural.What Will YOU Be Getting? Polycom V500  Sits atop any television and uses a television-like remote control.

.What Will YOU Be Getting? Polycom VXS 6000  Built-in IP network connectivity allows for seamless integration of group video conferencing into existing networks  Set-top system includes all of the basics for video conferencing.

Apple  OSX based system  Apples version of AIM free  iSight or USB or Firewire webcam  Compatible with AOL Instant Messenger Video  Upcoming version supports multiple connections http://www.apple.html .iChat.com/macosx/t iger/ichat.

AOL IM Video     PC based system AIM is free USB webcam Compatible with Apples iChat AV .

Firewire Web Cam or iSight  Free & Subscription versions  Multi Users  Works over many firewalls .SightSpeed  Multiplatform  USB.

 Lighting helps  Audio feedback and noise . . test and test  Lights and sound  In packet  http://uwtvproduction.org/conve rgence.html  Great streaming video about planning! Scroll down to Videoconference Zone.Video Conference Planning  Checklist & Planning Guide  Test.

and assignments. color coding. communications. breakouts.6 Tips       Colors: clothes. and briefs Lunches and labs Engaging quieter students Guest presenters Pre-course tools. . color discussions Breaks.

wall colors. subject)  Color discussions  Back drops. Violets. .Tip #1: Colors  Clothes  Wear bright colors and invite students to wear VC-friendly colors (Blues. signage. Pinks…even orange!)  Point out which colors and patterns to avoid. checkered sweaters. such as shirts that are all-white or wild.  Color Coding  Consider colored name tents to see student names and category (type project.

Tip #2: Breaks. Breakouts. Briefs  Breakouts  Small group assignments (10-15 minutes)  Briefs  Mini-presentations by small groups  Student introductions  Student project “snap shots” (1 minute max) . and  Breaks  Exercise breaks  Rotate seats. so different groups get to “center stage” from time to time.

Tip #3: Lunches and Labs  Lunches  If class is on either side of a lunch break. (History or Literature classes w/ snippets of classics on video. (Loop films to run and re-run) . etc.  Lunches and/or Labs  Combine lunch and lab times for student and teacher flexibility. Documentaries. consider running mini-film festivals on supporting information.)  Labs  Schedule labs in campus computing centers for exercises supporting classroom discussion.

Tip #4: Engaging Quiet Students  Breakout assignments  Charge breakout groups with identifying fellow students that haven’t had as much opportunity to participate -.have them give group “readouts” as group’s video spokesperson  “Distant Stars”  Rotate remote point-persons for distributing handouts. faxing sign-in sheet. collecting assignments. .

Tip #5: Guest Presenters  Invite colleagues or students from other schools to bridge into videoconference.  Reserve a spot for public if attending  Presentations . please!  50% presentation 50% Q & A .no lectures.

Communications. Listserv. etc.) ClassChat)  Communications (E-mail. readings.Tip #6: Pre-course Tools. and Assignments.  Tools (Website with syllabus. recommended URLs.  Assignments . class rules.

 Supplemental Communications  E-mail. Class needs to know what to do/where to go if connection goes down. Listserv.PLAN “B” rolling blackouts. or other unforeseen event. chat  Website assignments  Lab and Library work  Break out sessions . etc. construction crews. tours. V. one site is evacuated.P.I.

sbc.com  iVisit: http://www.com/  AIM(at AOL): http://aimtoday.apple.com  iChat: http://www.com .aol.adp?fid= video_im  NetMeeting: http://www.yahoo.html  Polycom: http://polycom.Videoconference Links  Videoconference Hotlist http://www.com/windows/netmeeting/  Yahoo!Messenger http://messenger.com/features/main_redesign.microsoft.kn.sightspeed.com/wired/fil/pages/listvideo.com/ichat/  SightSpeed: http://www.ivisit.

Thanks! Are you ready for some videoconferencing? In the words of Dr. Phi “Let’s do it!”  .

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