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Benefits of Video Conferencing to Students

April 7, 2011

Education is changing very rapidly, and keeping pace with the evolving technology of the day are teaching practices. As the world shrinks and becomes one big united village, Video Conferencing has made its way into the classroom, and has proved to have innumerable benefits. Some of the more notable advantages of video conferencing to students are as follows:

First, with video conferencing, the classroom has become geographically limitless. No longer do students have to feel confined to their rooms, schools, or even to their countries. With a video conference set-up, they can reap the benefits of wisdom from all over the world. Field trips are a thing of the past. No more expensive travel – in the classroom itself, students can interact with researchers, other students, and tour places and facilities at the click of a button. The learning is endless!

Second, boring classroom lectures have been given a new lease of life. How? Because it is one thing for a teacher to explain a telescope, and quite another, to have his or her class look at an actual example being demonstrated by an astrologist from his laboratory, via video conferencing. Its simple, and amazingly entertaining too!

Third, because students actively participate in video conferences, they, by default, learn the ability to out together presentations. There is a certain level of pre-knowledge needed to gain the most from a video conference interaction. This necessitates students to research in the library, and put together their learning in an orderly flow in advance. As a result, they inculcate in themselves the logic of presentations, and the value of quality research.

Fourth, while actually participating in a video conference session, students need to articulate their thoughts and communicate clearly and effectively. It is only when there is a two-way sharing that a video conference is successful. In doing so, students develop an inherent flair for public speaking. More importantly, they lose their inhibitions and grow into confident individuals, fully capable of putting across their points forthrightly.

It’s a fascinating and advantageous world, video conferencing, and its benefits to students are far reaching and tremendous!


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