The Best VC Demo Ever!

I’ve been at the Macomb Summer Technology Academy for the last three days presenting The World is Your Classroom with my good VC friend Arnie Comer. We’ve done the usual demo with a content provider to show teachers how videoconferencing works.

We’re also talking about collaborative connections, and another great VC colleague, Ken Conn from Lamar Consolidated ISD, has been giving clues about his location to help teachers see how collaborative projects such as MysteryQuest can happen. Well today we are lucky enough that the students are back in school. So today the clues came from students at Navarro Middle School. The teachers here loved it! It was also amazing and impressive to see how the students were able to remember VCs they did last year and tell our teachers about them. Nothing like hearing about videoconferences from the students’ perspective!

So the next time you do a VC demo, try to include kids if you can!! It’s a wonderful experience for the teachers to see!!

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About Janine Lim

Janine Lim, PhD, currently serves as associate dean for online higher education in the School of Distance Education at Andrews University, in Berrien Springs, MI. She and her team support over 200 online courses, provide training for faculty teaching online, and work with the campus infrastructure support of online learning. Her department also provides educational technology and Moodle support for faculty and students. In addition, Janine is responsible for the faculty and courses of the Consortium of Adventist Colleges and Universities. Janine has taught over 15 unique graduate educational technology classes online numerous times over the past 15 years, with some classes attracting participants from all over the world. Her undergraduate teaching includes social media courses for communication and digital media majors. Janine has served on the board of the United States Distance Learning Association since April 2015. Prior to her work at Andrews University, Janine coordinated distance education for 22 K12 school districts in southwest Michigan for 14 years. In that position, as one of the co-founders of TWICE, Michigan’s K12 Videoconferencing Organization, Janine has spearheaded popular international K12 videoconference projects such as Read Around the Planet and MysteryQuest. While still serving on the board of TWICE, she was instrumental in designing and implementing the CAPspace website for collaborative videoconference projects. Janine also served on a team of Michigan educational technology trainers providing a workshop called ATA Technology Academy. Her current online learning research interests include successful teacher behaviors, quality online discussions, and student activity patterns in self-paced courses.
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3 Responses to The Best VC Demo Ever!

  1. Thanks, Janine. This was very informative and inspiring for me. Actually, we do have the system of videoconferencing in our institute here in Kuwait; unfortunately it’s used to support gender-segregated classes; a law recently implemented in Kuwait University.

    I will try to see if it’s possible for us, EFL instructors here to do videoconference projects, using the studio or as it’s called here the Distance Learning Center. I will let you know how it goes through a post to your blog here, later.

    Thanks, again Janine and good luck with all the great work you’re doing to help and inspire teachers and students everywhere in the world.

  2. Janine Lim says:

    Thanks for the comment Buthaina. You might be interested in this post too from the NECC conference. Maybe the classes from your university could do some of these project ideas with similar classes in Saudia Arabia. We’ve found here in Michigan even connecting kids in fairly similar geographic regions can be a useful educational activity.

    I wish you the best!

  3. I like the post from the NECC conference; great ideas! Will try to use some of them for this Fall 2005; however, I’m not sure about the Saudi side; but will try.

    Appreciate your assistance and support.

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