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Videoconferencing technology provides the classroom teacher with numerous pedagogical and practical benefits.  The visual connection and interaction among participants enhances student learning and helps make participants feel connected to each other. This increased awareness to the outside world promotes global awareness and assists in broadening student perspectives.

            Educators from Rhode Island report that videoconferencing technology impacts student learning in the following ways:

bullet Opens the world to students virtual trips expose students to peoples and places that might otherwise be inaccessible
bullet Introduces students to the similarities and differences among students both locally and worldwide
bullet Addresses the needs of students with various learning styles
bullet Develops communication and presentation skills of students skills which are valuable in the workplace
bullet Forces students to take an active role in the educational process; this medium does not allow for passive learning!
bullet Videoconferencing is a powerful motivational tool students work harder and produce quality work using this medium
bullet Integrates the student, school, home, parents, and community
bullet Adds authenticity to educational investigations
bullet Connects students with professionals in a variety of fields. Has great potential for virtual career investigation / exploration
bullet Potential to provide distance learning opportunities provide learning opportunities which otherwise might not be available to students (eg. World cultures and language, advanced math offerings, home bound children)
bullet Potential medium for the delivery of professional development offerings


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