After my workshop on the 4th I had a wonderful conversation with Marycay Densmore, another VC Queen from California. Marycay has done over 100 videoconferences in the last few years. She’s a 7th grade language arts and social studies classroom teacher who is extremely enthusiastic about videoconferencing and its impact on her students learning.
She shared several stories with me about the videoconferences she has done. We had a fairly in depth conversation about the WHY of videoconferencing. The global reasons are big – global learning, global understanding, raising a generation of more globally empathetic young people…. We talked about how kids will use this technology in business in the future and they need to be aware of it and comfortable selling themselves and their products via videoconferencing. Marycay is a former speech teacher, so she also emphasized the speech, communication, and presentation skills that student learn and practice in videoconferences.
We also talked about the ISTE standards – especially standard four.
4. Technology communications tools
* Students use telecommunications to collaborate, publish, and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences.
* Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.
Thanks Marycay for a great conversation about VC!