Schools across the United States have begun using video conferencing software to improve education. For instance, The Times of Northwest Indiana recently reported that Portage High School uses digital platforms to connect students with medical professionals. In May 2013, Tami Kepshire's class remotely viewed a forensic autopsy that was conducted at the Ohio State University Medical Center.
This isn't the first time that Kepshire used new technology to help students in her anatomy and physiology II sections learn about the human body. For previous lectures, video conferences were held during open heart and knee replacement surgeries, giving the high-school seniors a live look inside operating rooms.
The digital gatherings also allowed Kepshire to expand on previous lessons. According to the news source, students asked their teacher questions while watching the procedures and taking notes. In total, one session lasted two hours and gave students an in-depth understanding of human anatomy.
Ultimately, Kepshire's program demonstrates that video conferencing is a cost-effective method of improving education. Teachers can connect with facilities around the world to enhance lessons without paying for expensive field trips. Additionally, educators can record the meetings for future classes so all students have access to cutting-edge learning materials.