Lake Catholic High plans to open video conferencing center this fall

Friday, July 9 2010

Lake Catholic High School, located in Mentor, Ohio, says new video conferencing technology should be up and running at the school around the same time students come back from their summer vacation, the News-Herald reports.

The room containing the equipment will give students the opportunity to take part in live lectures and webinars, participate in online classes or go on virtual field trips to place around the globe. To help pay for the system, the school held a benefit auction in April, the paper reports.

"The most exciting thing is the opportunity for students to connect with people in another part of the world," school president Sal Miroglotta told the News-Herald. "One of the [potential] field trips is to listen to a Holocaust survivor."

The paper reports the room will also be used to help teachers attend professional development seminars - providing additional travel savings for both the district and the faculty.

Classrooms with younger students have also used video conferencing to great advantage. Earlier this year, a third-grade class in Maine held video conferencing sessions with other students in all 50 U.S. states, according to WCSH-TV. The class' teacher told the station that she hoped to repeat the program next year with an entirely new set of schools.ADNFCR-3295-ID-19883978-ADNFCR