The Importance of Video Conferencing in Education

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Recently, video conferencing has taken center stage in education. Video conferencing tools will normally crop up at the top of the list when you come to planning how to do distance learning. Widely used collaborative tools, they are equally known to be useful in a business environment.

Video Communications’ advantages.

Generally speaking, there is a very blurred line between the advantages of live streaming and those of video conferencing in education. Syncing up with students in remote locations, for example, or those unable to access a traditional classroom. Access is also easy, be you are at home or in a traffic jam. There is no need to fret about catching up on a lesson you couldn’t make. Of course, you’ll need to make sure you have a good internet connection.

Reduce your costs

Students and teachers can save both time and money thanks to video conferencing. A majority of teachers and students will already have the smartphones and laptops needed for this. In fact, then, schools will save money on school and space whilst students on transport costs.

Though, to optimize distance learning, in particular, you do need to manage the technology gap

Call up the Experts

In remote school locations, in particular, where expert professionals may be few and far between, another selling point video conferencing and live streaming offer is the expertise. Imagine you’re looking for a good French teacher for an isolated school in the countryside. Before, you would have found this a challenge, whereas now, getting professional teachers is fairly simple, thanks to video conferencing.

Information When You Need It.

Thanks to these tools, you can, for example, bring a specialist for a presentation or a Q&A session. In the possible absence of decent museums or zoos in your area, you can nonetheless impress your classroom by showing them inside well renowned national zoos. This will boost your teaching material tenfold.

When Best To Use Video Conferencing?

Lessons aren’t all there is to education. It’s also about collaborative work between colleagues and communicating with teachers. Video conferencing is perfect for distance learning collaboration, enabling quick and clear communicating within small groups.

Below are the advantages of video conferencing to help you decide if it is what you need for your lessons.

Communication both ways

Direct communication between at least 2 computers is how video conferencing functions. This means it can manage group audio and video chats with ease and naturally. And unlike face-to-face conversations, it offers possibilities such as putting conversations on mute or switching off the camera. And like a real conversation, you can apply a limit to the number of attendees. After all, more than 6 people can get quite complicated.

Multi-Screen Sharing

As we work extensively online nowadays, it’s beneficial to be able to share our screens – in particular in academia with the sharing of data and media. Live streaming allows for this yet video conferencing goes one further, offering students the possibility to share screens. They can work in real-time with colleagues or seek help from teachers.

This can again be a distraction more than an advantage – hence why it is available only for group work or for the online working hours.

Agility On-Demand

Video conferencing is very dynamic as a tool, as easy as making a phone call or sending a text message when necessary and then back to work. Which makes it ideal for just asking or replying to a question within a small group of students.

At the risk of less quality, you can participate in a video chat on your mobile device. This does consume a lot of data but allows you to communicate wherever you may be

In Conclusion

Collaboration is best served by video conferencing.  Given the two-way communication, multi-screen sharing, and its easy setup, small groups will find video-conferencing useful for classwork.