Possible instructional methods to use with videoconferencing:
- Author Visits
- Book Shares - Read Across America
- Brain Storming
- Breakout Session
- Case Study
- Collaborative Projects (with distant schools)
- Field Trips
- Guest Lecturers
- Meetings or Mentoring
- Question & Answer
- Role Playing
- Staff Development
- Students Teaching Students
Here are some tips and tricks to follow:
Decide on the preferred time and date, the length of your conference, and the locations involved.
- Set objectives and establish an agenda.
- Develop graphics and other visual aids. (Can use a document camera)
- Establish who will attend and confirm their availability.
- Distribute agenda and other materials in advance of conference and confirm they arrived.
On the day of conference -
- Technical support should have the connection established 30 minutes to 1 hour in
advance. Participants should arrive at the site 15-30 minutes early.
- The room coordinator will instruct participants in use of the equipment prior to
the start of the conference.
During your conference -
- Begin on time. Open by introducing all participants and conducting a roll call.
- Review the agenda and time allotted. Most videoconferences cannot extend past the allotted time.
- Establish ground rules for use of the camera and microphones.
- Encourage participation.
- Have a camera person and technical assistance nearby.
Ending your conference -
- Allow a few minutes for review and final questions. Conclude your meeting on time and notify the room coordinator when you are finished.
- If you find your meeting is running longer than expected, contact the technician to confirm availability of the room and lines for the extra time.
Etiquette while conferencing -
Establishing ground rules for participation during your conference will help make
your meeting smoother and more effective. Some guidelines to keep in mind include:
- If possible, appoint one person at the origination site to control the camera.
- Appoint one person at each remote site to operate the camera, if possible.
- Remote sites can control the camera angles at your site. You may not want this feature
to be used by other sites. Establish protocol for this feature early in your conference.
- If your conference is a multi-point, use signs to organize the communication.
- Allow the on-screen site to finish speak ing before answering. Multiple sites speaking
at once can cause delays in the switching.
- Be aware that side conversations and other room noises are picked up by the microphones.
It is a good idea to mute your microphones when not speaking.
- Try to use complete sentences and avoid one-word answers.
- There is a slight delay in receiving the video from a site after a speaker begins.
This is normal.
- Try to be within the camera's field of vision when speaking.
- Notify your technician immediately if you have problems.
Bring Space into the Classroom. Read about an exemplary interdisciplinary videoconference
experience involving ELA, math, earth science, and art:
Many Eastern Suffolk schools have communicated with the
in an exciting
to save the inhabitants of the island of Montserrat, and many more Eastern Suffolk school districts are now preparing for their e-Missions.
This phenomenal science and math unit provides students with a unique hands-on,
interactive curriculum that revolves around the students' ability to use their problem-solving
skills. These programs - called "e-Missions" -use the Internet or other distance
learning technology to create a live link between the students and our flight directors
at "Mission Control." Before each e-Mission, students complete studies, hands-on
activities, and practice that opens doors into science and math discovery. On mission
day, they for teams of "experts," examine real-time data, analyze it, and make their
recommendations to Mission Control. Challenger's flight directors guide the students
to a successful solution of each crisis situation.
To participate in a mission, students must first complete classroom activities to
demonstrate their knowledge of science and math. On mission day, students serve
as specialists to examine data, analyze it, and make their recommendations to Mission
Read more about the Challenge Learning Center's e-Mission