K-12 and Classroom Specific Needs
Introduction for Teachers
Our approach is to integrate
both technical and non-technical information (including selected human-factors
issues) to build a bridge between the tool (technology) and advanced teaching
and learning practice, where the practices are viewed as a starting point
for the selection and the use of the most appropriate tools to support them.
This, we believe, will help all stakeholders equally in understanding the
nature as well as the possibilities that videoconferencing systems and tools
have in enhancing learning and teaching - also in understanding the issues
that their colleagues have to deal with and help establish a fertile ground
to develop effective collaborative relationships between academic and technical
What can I expect to learn
in this section?
section explains the basics and the rationale for the use of videoconferencing
systems in the classroom. It also covers educational and human factor issues
that have great impact on the quality of the session and the specifics of
technical environments that are typical for K-12 and other teaching environments
(e.g. firewalls in the schools). Finally, it serves as a detailed guide for
the preparation and delivery of a videoconferencing session in a classroom
environment and provides several case studies as examples of how videoconferencing
can effectively support advanced teaching and learning practice.
What topics have been detailed
in other parts of the cookbook?
The following topics are covered
within other areas of the Cookbook but are also relevant to the K-12 and
teaching audience. We recommend readers of this supplement to refer to these
for more information:
Other sections of the Cookbook
are advanced readings that provide more detail on specific topics such as
other video conferencing applications and emerging technologies. You are
encouraged to review these sections depending on your specific needs and