Using Video Conferencing Technology for Collaborative Learning

By: Peter Paccone

setting_up_classroom_ideas“I’m a San Marino High School (CA) social studies teacher who has increasingly sought to connect students in my US Government, World History, and US History classes with the “world-at-large” using video conference technology.

Over the past twenty-four months of experimentation, I have learned that video conferencing technology can provide any/all students with a highly rewarding, innovative, and engaging experience that empowers them to connect to their own learning process. My students connected via video conference with:

  • People in the news
  • People discussed in our textbook
  • Book authors and/or journalists
  • Museum curators and/or staff
  • Subject matter experts
  • Students from other schools
  • Adults willing to hear student end-of-term presentations”

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