Getting Connected

Explore videoconferencing for your classroom.

Interactive videoconferencing (IVC) combines live two-way audio with full-motion video to provide exciting opportunities for K-12 content delivery. To learn more about what IVC can do for teaching and learning, visit the following Web sites.

Easy Videoconferencing in Schools: This quick-start advice for successful interactive videoconferencing comes from an educator who has worked with inexpensive IVC cameras, headsets, and free software to chat across platforms.

Digital Bridges: Video Conferencing for Teaching and Learning: Here you'll find a teacher's guide to planning, producing, managing, and assessing a distance learning class, plus other helpful materials to enhance instruction through videoconferencing. Check out videoconferencing practices in Alaska and Oklahoma, and be sure to explore the curriculum planner before you leave.

At Digital Bridges educators can learn how to produce andn plan a distance learning class.

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration: Read about successful videoconferencing initiatives, discover funding opportunities, and search the CILC database to locate videoconferencing events for classroom instruction.

Chapter 2: Adding Value to Classroom with IVC; Chapter 5: Content Design and Delivery: These chapters from ISTE's Videoconferencing for K-12 Classrooms: A Program Development Guide address the benefits of IVC and provide strategies to ensure that IVC meshes with your overall curriculum objectives.

NASA Education: Digital Learning Network: At this digital learning hub for IVC content, videoconferencing opportunities from the folks who have boldly gone where no computer has gone before are yours for the point and click.

Yahoo! Messenger/Webcam: With Yahoo! Messenger (a free download for Mac or Windows) and an inexpensive Webcam, it's easy (and cheap) to share live images while you're online.

Desktop Videoconferencing: Novelty or Legitimate Teaching Tool?: Need to justify the value of videoconferencing to the powers that be? Hazel Jobe's article on desktop videoconferencing offers plenty of advice on getting started.

Carol S. Holzberg is the educational technology specialist for the Greenfield Public Schools District.