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VIDEOCONFERENCING IN THE CLASSROOM:. Michelle Fontaine Craig Bullett. Topics. Technical Aspects of VC What is VC? Planning the tech stuff What should be in your VC room? Tech jargon Curriculum Aspects of VC Why Videoconference? What’s Out There? Planning How To’s Making Connections.

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Videoconferencing in the classroom

Michelle Fontaine

Craig Bullett


Technical Aspects of VC

  • What is VC?

  • Planning the tech stuff

  • What should be in your VC room?

  • Tech jargon

    Curriculum Aspects of VC

  • Why Videoconference?

  • What’s Out There?

  • Planning How To’s

  • Making Connections

Technical talk jargon
Technical Talk: Jargon

  • Tandberg, Polycom, Sony, etc (codec),

  • H323, SIP

  • point to point, Multipoint, bridge, pixels, pixilation

  • IP, ISDN

  • Firewalls

  • Bandwidth

Demystifying videoconferencing
Demystifying Videoconferencing

  • You Tube clip titled “Learning how to use telephones” go


Vc what is it
VC……What is it?

  • Computer

  • Projector

  • Camera

  • Microphone

  • Sound system (speakers)

  • Videoconferencing Device (Tandberg and Polycom)

  • The Internet

  • Skype is NOT compatible

Planning the technical details
Planning the Technical Details

  • Obtain IP address of ALL participants and confirm that they have yours.

  • Obtain cell numbers to reach remote site.

  • Test (or confirm) VC connection before the event.

  • Provide/obtain media in advance (Powerpoint, video, url).

In your vc room
In your VC room….

  • Paper copy of CLC official contact list (can find on website)

  • Telephone directory with cell numbers (School Board Tech support)

  • LEARN/CLC VC User Manual

  • Remote Control Manual

  • Equipment Specification Sheet (Brand of projector, bulb type, etc.)

  • Extra batteries for remote control

Trust what you already know
Trust what you already know!

  • Three (or more) ways to do everything on a computer.

    1.Control ‘c’ and control ‘v’.

    2. Right click mouse, left click copy. Right click mouse, left click paste.

    3. Top menu ‘edit’, click copy. Top menu ‘edit’, click paste.


    1. Call from Xpanel.

    2. Call from remote control.

    3. Have remote location call you.

But seriously real tech talk
But seriously… real tech talk


  • Every CLC VC has capability to handle 4 connections (internal bridge). This takes coordination (1-2, 1-3, 1-4…NOT 1-2,2-3,3-4)

  • The bridge is needed for more than 4 calls (and for all ISDN calls).

  • ISDN: integrated services digital network used for voice, video, and data transmission by telephone lines (much like dial-up internet)

  • IP: Internet Protocol (much like dsl/high speed).

Presentation or videoconference
Presentation OR Videoconference?

  • Using remote control is first choice.

    Q??? I press presentation on remote and my presentation doesn’t appear. Why?

    A!!! System is in another mode (DVD, VHS, Blueray, PC)

    2 options when using the projector in the VC room.

  • Presentation Mode (only to use system for internal presentation)

  • Videoconference Mode (to VC and have option to share screen with remote sites (ppt, web, video).

Visit the website
Visit the website


Why videoconference
Why Videoconference?

  • Greater teaching possibilities

  • Bring the outside world into the classroom

  • Real world communication skills

  • Technically qualified students

  • Innovative teaching practices

  • Unlimited resources

Benefits for students
Benefits for Students

  • Increased motivation and participation

  • Improved communication skills

  • Self awareness

  • World view from the classroom

  • Cooperative learning situations

  • Cultural diversion

  • Opportunity to have discussions with experts

What s out there
What’s Out There?

  • Virtual Field Trips - Content Providers - CILC

  • Meet the Expert - VROC

  • Collaborations - Twice

  • Professional Development Opportunities

Planning how to s
Planning How To’s

  • VC is a tool

  • Students must be part of the planning

  • Interactivity

  • Students must be prepared for using vc

  • Curriculum fit

  • Introductory activities

  • Icebreakers

  • Evaluation - rubrics


  • Checklists

  • Etiquette

Making connections
Making Connections

  • Virtual Field Trips

    • CILC go

  • Canadian Space Agencygo

  • Biosphere go

  • Royal Botanical Gardens go

  • Tyrell Museum go

  • Sheffield go

  • VROC (Virtual Researchers On Call) go

  • Content provider
    Content Provider

    • Curriculum fit

    • What do you need to know about a content provider in order to be intentional about your decision to participate in a videoconference?

    • What should a content provider know about your students…your objectives…your concerns?

    Before the program
    Before the program…

    • Vocabulary development

    • Activate prior knowledge

      • Reading selection

      • Discussion

      • Writing prompt


    • What is it?

    • Examples - TWICE, Global Classroom

    • Who would be potentials for collaborative partnerships?

    • What personal attributes are useful for a successful collaboration?

    • What opportunities are there in videoconferencing?

    • What are the challenges you anticipate?

    • TWICE go

    • Global Classroom go