Education

As visual conferencing continue to expand throughout various platforms, teachers are finding it is a great way to bring creativity into the classroom. By implementing video conferencing technologies into the curriculum, teachers are able to take their students on virtual field trips, connect with other schools or even network with other experts such as scientists or other public figures.

Students at a Victoria, Australia, public school are improving computer literacy with help from their school's progressive curriculum, which uses conferencing technologies systems. According to the Gloucester Advocate, each classroom is technology-friendly and comes equipped with whiteboards, also known as interactive projector boards, to make sure the students are getting a unique, hands-on experience while they're at school.

On April 24, the Brookings Institution presented a vision of the way future school classrooms might be using conferencing technologies. The presentation, which featured a panel of analysts and policy officers from the National Science Foundation, the American Federation of Teachers, the Florida Virtual School as well as the senior science and technology policy analyst for President Barack Obama, discussed the implementation of interactive classrooms in the coming years.

Visual conferencing tools are being used by organizations such as ScholarCHIPS to connect education industry leaders, university professionals and other valuable presenters with students in underserved communities. Through the use of visual and audio conferencing technology, the nonprofit organization can deliver world class role models and provide information about educational opportunities to students and schools lacking sufficient resources.

Universities all over the world are leveraging visual conferencing technology and audio visual design and analysis tools to create learning opportunities for students without regard for geographical barriers. Known as distance learning programs, these initiatives connect students in remote locations with lectures, resources, communications and opportunities with the university. The technology also allows for students on campus to access conferences, speeches and other resources off-site without having to leave school.

The Orlando Public Library in Florida recently received a $1 million donation, which it will use to create the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity. The center will house labs for audio and visual systems,where patrons of the library can work on visual arts, film, digital media, graphic design and audio engineering.

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