Iowa school district brings video conferencing to the classroom

Thursday, June 10 2010

Iowa's Woodbury Central Community School District has used video conferencing technology to broaden students' access to professional experts around the world, THE Journal.com reports.

All of the students in the rural school attend classes in the same building, but video conferencing has allowed them to broaden their curriculum. According to the site, the school has used the technology to go on virtual field trips, connect students to subject matter experts at various colleges and even set up an online meeting with a class in Germany. For older students, the technology gives them access to professional development services and can even help them earn credits towards higher degrees.

THE Journal.com reports that the state is now working on delivering that video conferencing technology directly to computer desktops, making all of the school's computer labs video conference sites.

Other teachers have also used video conferencing to help better engage their students. WCSH-TV reports that a third-grade teacher in Maine recently finished holding video conferences with third graders in all 50 states. In addition to connecting with other classes, she said students also practiced their mapping and communication skills. She plans to repeat the program next year, and hopes to expand it to connect with students in foreign countries.ADNFCR-3295-ID-19828888-ADNFCR