This post is part of a series of posts with some of the results from a survey of my top VC-using teachers. *Read more about it in the first post of this series. Remember, they are using videoconferencing to support curriculum instruction (not full length courses).*

The question featured in this post is the following:

**Please identify and describe a key experience that helps sustain your use of videoconferencing.**

This is a qualitative representation of the data using Wordle. Click the graphic for a larger version.

This Wordle is a great confirmation of Owston’s (2007) model on the sustainability of an innovation. He suggests that an essential condition *(among others)* for sustainability is that the students must support the innovation. Clearly these teachers see the value of videoconferencing to their students. Here are a few full quotes:

A key experience that motivates me to continue using videoconferencing is the fact that my students are able to communicate with other classrooms, authors, and educators around the world. –

Wendy Zahrn, 4th grade, Sylvester Elementary, Berrien SpringsConnecting kids to experiences outside of our community without leaving the school!

-Tami Miller, 2nd grade, Eagle Lake Elementary, EdwardsburgThe comments the students were making and the level of understanding they had was amazing.

-Lacy Payne, 6th grade, F.C. Reed Middle School, BridgmanThe students enthusiasm! They love to VC.

-Karen Ennesser, 7th grade science, Dowagiac Middle School, DowagiacThese are interactive field trips that we don’t even have to leave the building for. Students walk away with new knowledge and experiences.

-Dori Hughes, 2nd grade, Eagle Lake Elementary, EdwardsburgWhen I see the students interact, with great interest, listening to the speaker or other classroom, I’m delighted to see their involvement.

-Peggy Clore, 5-7th language arts, Coloma Middle School, ColomaI LOVE videoconferencing! It gives my kids exposure to things we couldn’t otherwise do. It gives them practice in presenting & performing skills and is just so much fun!

-Heidi Clark, 1st grade teacher, Three Oaks Elementary, River Valley

**So, how would you answer this question?** *What keeps you going in sustaining the use of videoconferencing in your classroom or school? Please comment….*

*Reference: *Owston, R. (2007). Contextual factors that sustain innovative pedagogical practice using technology: an international study. *Journal of Educational Change*, 8(1), 61-77. doi:10.1007/s10833-006-9006-6

Knowing that my students – who are all different in their studying habits – will be able to participate in classwork activities.

Well I do not have any such key experiences because I do not employ sustained use of VC in my classroom; but I think the first time I noticed a student has gained a deep and masterful understanding of any concept as a result of a VC, it would be worth it to me.

Knowing that education looks different than it did when I was a student, I am pushed to introduce a variety of ways that students can learn.

I do not currently use this in my classroom but I’m interested in getting more involved with trying it out.

I used this several years ago and want to get more experience on this.

I am looking forward to use it and enhance the learning experience of my students.

I am looking forward to using more of this in my classroom.

I am looking forward to using it. I know that this well help keep my students engaged in our learning.

I do not currently use this technology, but can’t wait to implement it into my classroom!

I am a first year teacher, so I have yet to use this sort of technology in my classroom. But this is definitely something that I plan on using in the future and I am super excited about that!

I have not used this technique but am looking forward to using it in the future.

I have not used this technology in the classroom as of yet. I am looking forward to it being used in the future.

I agree with Vickie.I am also looking forward to using this technology with my students in the future.

I am looking forward to the excitement this technology will generate.

I am looking forward to using video conferencing to have interactive field trips or speaking with people whose concentrations are specific types of literature or authors that we are studying at the time and can give greater insight than I can on my own.

I feel extremely excited to be able to use video conferencing in the future as a tool to establish art tours and being able to have that interaction.

I am eager to use video conferencing in the future.

Gina Willmon says: Video conferencing will definitely broaden students horizons without leaving the classroom.

Knowing that education can look differently, and this allows all different types of learners to be engaged. I have no personal experience, but can see the benefits.