Colorado schools use video conferencing to promote learning through technology

Thursday, January 19 2012

Littleton Public Schools in Colorado are using video conferencing technology in their classrooms to further learning goals and create distance learning opportunities. With the help of its IT Department, LPS has embraced technology in the curriculum and made it accessible in the classroom as a way of teaching 21st century students.

"We certainly engage in it so our students can enjoy connecting with distant peoples to learn together," LPS chief information officer Dan Maas told Our Centennial News about the schools' video conferencing use.

The school district has shown interest in video conferencing outside of the classroom as well. The Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE) has hosted guest speakers as far away as The People's Republic of China in their meetings. One notable guest was Principal Yang Weigou, the leader of a school in Tianjin, China, who spoke about his hope for a collaborative relationship between international educators.

The LPS IT Department has been recognized by the Consortium of School Networking as one of the top IT Teams in education. On their website, they list information, communication, productivity and citizenship as the mission statements behind their pursuit of making students digitally literate through curriculum based in technology.