When Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web, he wasn’t aware that his invention had the capacity to break down barriers – geographic borders, time and place and cultural misunderstandings – and in turn make the world a much smaller place. For students and teachers alike, the power of technology, and in particular video conferencing has opened the door to new learning experiences empowered by digital platforms. Lifesize Cloud is designed with simplicity in mind, meaning it can be used easily by students and teachers alike. It is helping to foster experiences that are changing the landscape for learning, wherein the confines of a classroom and limitations of a budget are no longer a determining factor in the scope of a child’s education.
Bridging the gap
For the tech-savvy schools and teachers who have embraced video conferencing technology, they are giving their students the ability to learn ‘with’ the world, as opposed to simply ‘about’ it. They are removing geographic barriers to pair students with digital partners or recognised experts in different countries, so that they can learn together. They are utilising this technology to bridge cultural and religious barriers. An example of this is with Valleywood school in Michigan, where a lack of cultural diversity in the community had led to an absence of understanding about world religions. In order to broaden the learning of their pupils, Valleywood partnered with a Jewish school in Florida, and together arranged an innovative project where the students in Michigan crafted a series of questions about Judaism that the students from Florida were able to answer live over a video conferencing session. The project was hugely successful, allowing both sets of students to have an honest conversation about religion with people of different faiths.
Extending the learning journey
Lifesize Cloud doesn’t just increase the potential for learning among traditional forms of education, it encourages creativity among schools and teachers to provide unique learning experiences for their pupils. One unique use of video conferencing seen in education is a Q&A with a books author, wherein the author shared advice about their work and gave feedback about what the children had written. Another creative example is museums that are offering video conferences involving a character playing a role from the past, such as a Roman soldier or Egyptian Pharaoh, talking to the students and providing a visceral learning experience. These unique formats for learning can help to increase engagement among your pupils and teachers alike!
One of the most important and powerful features of video conferencing for educational institutions is the ability to record and instantaneously share. This goes beyond setting up a camera and recording a teacher in front of the classroom however, as the ability to share documents over video means that pupils can access information from multiple sources in one recorded session. With Lifesize Cloud Amplify, ‘experiences’ can be relived, such as a virtual tour around a museum or a video interview with a subject matter expert. The value of these experiences is vastly increased when it is immediately accessible at the click of a button for both old and new students, and It is also beneficial for students that have been absent from class or need to review content before an important exam. With Amplify, all recordings are made instantly available in a personal video library (your very own YouTube!) meaning that the videos can be shared or viewed as soon as the recording stops.
Using Cloud technology for video conferencing means a reduction on upfront infrastructure costs, which is a depreciating asset from day one. Moving servers into the Cloud also means more space in your school building, and also means less expense for maintenance of equipment and running costs. The flexibility of Lifesize Cloud means you can increase or decrease the amount of available users on a monthly basis, meaning you are in control of your costs.
Lifesize Cloud can provide a powerful digital platform to encourage learning among students of all ages. Although not a replacement for face-to-face experiences, the award winning crystal clear clarity of picture and audio quality means that the experience is as close to the real thing as possible, and can remove the financial and geographical barriers that can inhibit these unique learning opportunities. From bringing in subject matters from around the world, to liaising with local schools in order to collaborate learning experiences, to removing cultural barriers, Lifesize Cloud can complement your current teaching initiatives and broaden the learning available to your students.
For a short time only, D&A Media with Lifesize are running a unique promotion specifically for the Education industry. The Lifesize Cloud Education Program is for accredited public and private educational institutions only. Qualified customers will receive 40% off the MSRP of a Lifesize Cloud Premium Subscription, as well as an optional VMR Add-on plan and Lifesize Cloud Amplify.
If you are interested in seeing how Lifesize Cloud can benefit your educational institute, call us today to arrange your 14-day free trial.