Videoconferencing is like…

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:

If you asked your students to fill in the blank: Videoconferencing is like ___________ What would your students put in the blank?

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

VC is Like...

Some of the teachers actually had their students answer the question, and they came up with very creative answers. See what you think of these:

… going on a cool fieldtrip without leaving our desks.

… eating double deluxe chocolate pie.

… playing the best video game ever.

… real live movies that we participate in.

… a rainbow on a Sunday afternoon.

… a fieldtrip coming to our classroom.

… talking to someone in the same room, even though they’re far away.

… school… only way better! 🙂

Do you get the sense that the students in these classes (where teachers have done 6-12 videoconferences in a year) found that videoconferencing enriched their learning and engaged them?

So, how would you answer this question? How would your students answer this question? Do you get the same reaction from your students? Please comment!

3 replies on “Videoconferencing is like…”

  1. Lindita Bleta says:

    Videoconferencing is like parallel universes: you feel like you are in two or more places at the same time. I just love it!

  2. carlos says:

    i am a new teacher and think this how teaching will always be

  3. Nancy Johns says:

    Like I’m right there with them learning new things

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