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Video Conferencing and Education Make a Perfect Team

This week is officially National Distance Learning Week, and to celebrate we wanted to share some ways that classes all over the world can use HD video conferencing technology to allow students to have a virtual seat to any classroom in the world.NDLW-300x204

Every day educators are coming up with more and more unique ways to use HD video conferencing and most of them are choosing LifeSize products to do so. Here are just a few examples of ways your school can use HD video collaboration:

  • Take your class on virtual field trips.
    When time or budget issues make physical travel impossible or impractical, video conferencing saves the day. LifeSize worked with the Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas to create a special video conferencing field-trip program, and now 5,000 schools across Texas can visit the museum without having to leave town.

  • Broadcast administration policies and news straight to the classroom.
    With the help of HD video technology from LifeSize, school-wide news can be broadcast over classroom televisions, rather than requiring assemblies.

  • Bring experts to the classroom – virtually.
    Inviting experts into the classroom is a great way to bring meaning to a lesson, but their job requirements and busy schedules often preclude taking too much time out of their busy days.  Luckily, video conferencing eliminates the time and hassle of travel, making it easy to beam subject-matter experts directly into the classroom, from anywhere in the world.

  • Expand access to students in rural communities.
    In the past, students in sparsely populated rural areas have missed out on many of the opportunities their urban and suburban peers have taken for granted; when simply bussing to school can take hours, it’s no surprise when education takes a back seat to other obligations.  Connecting these rural students via video conferencing –both allowing them to attend school from home, and giving them access to field trips and experts they would otherwise never have the opportunity to experience – can dramatically improve the quality of their learning experience, ensuring their rights to a public education are finally met in practice and not just in theory.

  • Stream, record, and archive sessions for future playback.
    For staff development meetings or classroom lectures, video sessions can be recorded for students to watch at a later date, whether they missed the class due to absence or just want to go over the content during their study time. LifeSize UVC Video Center allows you to organize your videos into channels, so each class can have their assigned content to watch.

At GAN Conferencing, we are committed to providing educators, from those at K-12 schools to upper-level institutions, with the solutions they need to adapt to an ever-changing world.  These were just a few of the many ways video conferencing can improve the quality and scope of the education you provide your students – just think of all the ways you can make LifeSize work for you.

Contact a GAN Conferencing Solutions Consultant today to find out how we can help you in this arena.  Call us at 1-877-GET-GAN1


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