High school teachers use video conferencing to be in two places at once

Thursday, January 26 2012

Two high schools in East Tennessee are sharing resources through the use of video conferencing technology. Heritage High School and William Blount High School have started using the technology to expand course offerings without infringing on tight budgets. By holding web conferences, instructors are able to to teach courses simultaneously at both campuses, which are 10 miles apart, without driving back and forth.

Adopting web conferencing services has allowed these schools to offer sociology classes at both campuses that were previously only available at one, and Advanced Placement courses that had low registration at the individual locations have enough when combined, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Schools can appreciate the value of distance learning by investing in video conferencing technology. Teachers can use the services to instruct students that might otherwise be out of reach.

"The system also allows us to video tape it - so if we had a student that was missing the class, they could come in and they could go through a password protected site, get online, and review that class they had missed - so that's pretty outrageous," said Colleen Mattison, Assistant Principal for Heritage High School in an interview with WBIR News.