Real Time

Posted on November 8, 2007. Filed under: EdTech, Elementary School, General, High School, Instructional Coaches, Interactive Whiteboards |

 I’m headed out to a middle school to support a teacher who is using video conferencing technology for the first time and got to thinking…do other teachers in Greenville County know what IVC is and that we’ve got it for them to use? 🙂

Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC) is comprised of two-way audio and video, which allows the instructor  and students to talk to and see one another  simultaneously.  Instructors can pose questions and call on students  who raise their hands, just as if the instructors and students were in the same classroom. Our district began using IVC with Roper Mt. Science Center as a way to provide Sexuality Education to 7th graders. This alone saved valuable instructional time, not to mention gas for schools that are quite a distance from the center.

Last year we piloted the use of video conferencing with a little younger crowd…our 4th graders. RMSC and elementary lab instructors collaborated on the sun’s effect on plant life and growth. Students were able to conference virtually in the science center’s rain forest. What an amazing experience that was for them. In expanding our 4th grade program, all 4th graders are currently participating in a RMSC lesson focused on telescopes live from the Daniel Observatory.

We’ve started small in Greenville, but are excited about the potential that interactive video conferencing has for our students. We are ready to branch outside the boundaries of the district to interact and collaborate with students from other schools and experts from across the world. Anyone interested?   


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why u ve used the words ‘interactive video conferencing’? Is it some new technology. As long as i know, all video conferencing are interactive.???????

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