Will Queens schools benefit from new video conferencing?

Wednesday, June 20 2012

Students at more than 20 schools across Queens, New York, will now be able to communicate with distant students - not just in the other boroughs, but around the world. City Councilman Ruben Wills announced all the schools in his district will receive video conferencing equipment for a new distance-learning program, according to the New York Daily News.

Schools in New York City, already known for their multiculturalism, are likely to become even more diverse with the new program called Classrooms Without Walls. If Wills' plans come to fruition, students from his district's schools will hold court with students from several Caribbean countries, according to the news source.

"The program is going to raise the standard of education," Wills said. "It's like giving these kids a passport every time they go to school."

The program will hopefully be operational when the schools reopen their doors in September, according to the TimesLedger.

"Imagine the possibilities of competing in spelling bees, debates, even science fairs without ever leaving the classroom" Wills said.

Schools around the country are adopting online conferencing as a way for students to expand their learning beyond the traditional classroom setting.