The Benefits of Educational Video Conferencing

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Technology has allowed education to take place outside of classrooms. It has changed the way education happens by offering video conferencing as an alternative to the typical classroom environment. This article will explain to you what the benefits are of using video conferencing in an educational setting.

Multiple schools can connect

Previous to video conferencing, when schools wanted to connect with one another, they would need to send teachers to one another. Although this did lead to teachers gaining additional teaching and management experience, a lot of time was wasted in the process.

With video conferencing, time wasted is no longer an issue. When a school has organized a conference, a training session for teachers, or even a webinar that can help with online education, it only takes a few minutes to sign up and gain access. Attendees are also able to communicate with each other, sharing valuable information all while being in separate locations.

Students can learn from afar

The typical classroom environment is often taken for granted. For students living in rural areas, attendance in a classroom environment isn’t always easy to achieve. But, by using video conferencing to produce virtual classrooms, these students gain access to learning without having to go anywhere. They are finally able to learn from afar, opening education up to many who have not had this ease of access before.

Lessons can be recorded

When a student misses a class or is too sick to attend, being able to review the day’s lesson at home means he or she won’t fall behind. Prior to video conferencing, missing a day meant trying to teach the lesson to yourself. Although this may be okay for easier lessons, when lessons are difficult to understand and full of new knowledge, trying to learn them on your own isn’t so easy. Video conferencing provides students with the benefit of playing back lessons that have been recorded by the teachers. Students are able to watch the class and review the material as if they had been there in the first place.

Chatting with experts is available

Experts are able to give video conferences to teachers and students. Not only are they able to share information, but they are also able to chat face to face with those they are teaching. And, by using video conferencing, experts with busy schedules don’t have to waste time on traveling and other expenses.

Out-of-class learning is made easier

Learning is a lifelong process, and having access to quality material online makes it easier to keep education going. Video conferencing allows for out-of-class learning which is convenient for both the teacher and the students.

There is no longer a strict time schedule that both teachers and students have to adhere to. Teachers can now use video conferencing to share their knowledge, and students are able to watch the material when they are available.  This technology also allows students and teachers to create study groups and communicate with one another from the comfort of their homes.

Parents and teachers can be connected

Teachers like to keep in touch with parents, but parent-teacher conferences can be difficult for parents to attend. Using video conferencing makes it convenient for a teacher to schedule a parent-teacher conference over the computer. This is an easy solution for parents who have busy schedules and generally miss out on their child’s school events.

Virtual field trips are the new student experience

Planning a school field-trip takes a lot of time, energy, and resources. Things can go wrong, weather can change, and time restraints can make it difficult to meet all the field-trip plans. By using video conferencing to create a field-trip experience for students, the entire class can go on the trip while sitting in the comfort of their home or classroom. Convenient and cost-effective, video conferencing can create many different field-trip opportunities that couldn’t be had otherwise.

Reduced costs

One final benefit of using video conferencing is the overall cost of education is reduced. There is no longer a need for grand facilities that can be difficult to fund and expand to meet growing populations. It also opens the doors for more in-depth and expansive learning that a classroom is just unable to provide.

With all the benefits that come from video conferencing, it won’t be surprising to see it continue to grow in the education sector. Teachers, students, and the overall academic setting can all benefit from the use of video conferencing over the typical classroom experience.

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