Video conferencing devices installed in Pennsylvania classrooms

Tuesday, March 15 2011

Children who don't have the resources to take a field trip can now stay in their classrooms and take a virtual journey through video conferencing technology.

Bucks County Intermediate Unit No. 22 in Pennsylvania is showing the children in its classes the magic of technology, thanks to a $338,000 grant from the Department of Education, according to the Philly Burbs. The video conferencing devices have been installed in the school's classrooms, with more coming in the fall.

Mark Hoffman, director of instructional materials and technology, explained that the equipments are revolutionary in that they can bring in speakers from around the world without them having to travel. It also gives students real-time experience as they interact with other student from different states with the same technology installed in their classrooms.

The students are not the only ones excited about video conferencing. Sixth-grade teacher Amy Smith explains to the news source that what she loves about the program is the ability to communicate with an expert on a particular subject who may be more knowledgeable than she is and who can answer students' questions that she may not know about.