Video conferencing in class

Video conferencing has been touted as a cheap and easy way for teachers to bring the world into their classrooms. Yet many are still wary of the technology and have little idea of how to incorporate the technology into the curriculum.

A new handbook - Video Conferencing in the Classroom - should help demystify the process. The handbook is published by Devon Curriculum Services and co-authored by Mike Griffith who runs Global Leap, an online resource promoting the technology in schools. It provides information on all aspects of video conferencing in schools including advice on getting started, using VC to support teaching, how to make sessions dynamic, choosing the right system and costs. There's also a good selection of case studies, a contacts list of schools, educational organisations and suppliers and a glossary. Post and packing costs pound;3 but the manual itself is free from Devon Curriculum Services at www.devon.gov.ukdcs

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