Just when all seems dark and dreary — at least in economic times — there are NEW opp’s that burst on the scene. Sometimes innovation meets solidarity, i.e., a solid wall of resistance. New ideas cost money! Why do we need THAT? It uses too much internet (bandwidth). Maybe you haven’t been faced with solidarity but most educators have and do. The answer? It appears that our instructional approach should “appear” for our students.
While the use of AV has been promulgated by every researcher and journal article-ist, the exact course of action isn’t clear. For example, projection systems are not new but they are an effective way to display powerpoint, photos and movies for instructional purposes. What happens when you want to take a FIELD TRIP with your students…without leaving the campus? Virtual touring. How does the “average” teacher do such a thing?
My suggestion is that you consider using ELLUMINATE (http://knowledgebank.globalteacher.org.au/elluminate). In basics terms, here is what you can do with Elluminate.
What is Elluminate?
Elluminate is an online application allowing a group of people to communicate in real time through an internet connected computer. You use your own computer to listen, speak to others and participate in activities. All users enter a ‘room’ at a set time, where different people take on the roles of participants, presenters and facilitators. Elluminate vRoom is a FREE product for real-time collaboration with up to three participants. Features include two-way voice-over-IP audio, interactive whiteboard, direct messaging, application sharing, file transfer, web touring, live video, and breakout rooms.