Videoconferencing and the K-12 Classroom: What is it? and Why do it?

Videoconferencing and the K-12 Classroom: What is it? and Why do it?

Dianna L. Newman (University at Albany/SUNY, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-331-9.ch002
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Abstract

This chapter introduces the concept of videoconferencing in K-12 education by providing an overview of what it is and why it should be used. Key terms are defined and an over view of benefits to uses presented. When discussing “What is videoconferencing?” six types of videoconferences frequently found in K-12 educational settings are described and the key roles of stakeholders introduced. These six types include point-to-point or provider-classroom videoconferencing, collaborative classroom videoconferencing, multipoint videoconferencing, mass audience or electronic fieldtrips videoconferencing, homebound videoconferencing, and one-to-one videoconferencing. Potential benefits of each type also are presented. Following this discussion, the author discusses “Why do it?” by addressed in lay language the results of multiple studies that have documented the benefits of K-12 videoconferencing from the points of view of teachers, students, and providers.

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