How to use screen sharing and chat to hold group study sessions with FreeConference.com
In many cases, the transfer of knowledge requires a personal touch, but sometimes study-mates could be in remote locations. This is often the case for university and religious study groups, while online/distance education is an industry testament to the success of online group studies that took this concept to a whole new level.… Read more →
Everybody knows high school can be a difficult time for a teenager—between extra-curricular activities, class projects, and the looming pressure of one’s peers, high school is a formative time. The grades students get in high school will affect what post-secondary program they will get into, and these numbers all around will affect career options and overall quality of life. … Read more →
Like any craft or discipline, practicing is a crucial part of playing music. Not only does it improve your playing technique, but knowing various scales, chords, and techniques makes you a more creative and thoughtful musician.
There are countless books for learning instruments and musical genres, but how useful are they for everyone? For example: if a seasoned player bought a practice book to keep up with everyday practice, they may find that it is too simplistic. More often than not, they cater to one very particular skill level, and this can be a problem with moving forward or revisiting fundamentals.
In these harder economic times, many people—both professionals and hobbyists—have taken to the Internet to teach classes. From gardening to small household repairs and everything else in between, free or affordable lessons are available for just about any topic you can think of.
One strategy for instructors and class attendants is free conferencing—using real-time video and audio feeds, instructors can engage with their audience in a more organic way. YouTube videos are fine, sure, but waiting for a reply to clarify a talking point or technique can be frustrating and ineffective.
Instructors: consider using FreeConference.com’s effortless and reliable video calling service. Your long distance classes will never be the same!
Cooking is not only the driving force behind humanity’s evolution, but it is also one of the world’s greatest art forms. While much of cooking comes from preparation, food safety, and planning your mise-en-place, it takes an artful hand to make really spectacular and delicious dishes.
Not everyone is a natural cook, but that’s okay—there are many resources on the Internet for learning how to cook better. One of these ways is through free conferencing over video services: this way, cooking classes can be taught anytime from anywhere. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced chef, practice always makes perfect.
There are many variables students must keep in mind when planning their academic pursuits. One of these is location, and it is common for them to travel across the globe for their education. Staying in touch with family and friends was a challenge in the past, but technological advances have made this much easier in recent years.
Once you have attained that degree and head off to graduate school, you still need to stay connected. In fact, that need actually increases the closer you come to attaining your new academic goal.
Imagine bringing a NASA astronaut into your classroom to tell your students about what it’s like to spend a day in the international space station. Does this idea seem far-fetched? It shouldn’t! With online conference and video calling on your side, the sky really is the limit for your class.
This guide illustrates the nearly endless possibilities of an online conference call program for you and your students. It details potential incorporations into classroom lessons, video-based field trips, and even administrative uses. Don’t let distance or restricted budgets stand in your way of exciting lessons — let web conferencing be your ultimate tool!
How to use conference and video calling in the classroom
Collaborative learning with another classroom is valuable because it’s an exciting way for students to break out of their usual peer surroundings and hear outside perspectives. However, it’s not exactly easy to simply uproot your students and head to another school (or even another classroom down the hallway). So how can you help your students branch out and get exposed to new ideas?
Suppose local government has proposed renovations for what they argue is an outdated, run-down section of the city. It’s caused a stir because it’s home to numerous independent businesses who oppose any changes. You’ve had a class discussion on the topic, but think students could benefit from hearing opposing viewpoints. By web conferencing with another class in your district, your students can have a lively debate about the economic and social benefits of a change, as well as potential repercussions. It will give a completely different perspective — for example, the students at the other school may live closer to the area and have insight into current crime in the region and how they think renovation may help. Or perhaps they’re more familiar with the neighborhood and feel the changes will scare off current clientele. Video conferencing offers an easy outlet for students to exchange ideas and learn from peers they normally couldn’t reach out to.… Read more →
Can participatory education save polar bears from extinction?
It is a question that runs through the minds of those of us old enough to realize that our generation bears a great degree of responsibility for the complete mess the world is in.
And the tragically bad puns. Bears?
On the good side, we tore the Berlin Wall down, got the lead out of gasoline, and broke Nelson Mandela out of Robben Island into the South African presidency.
But there’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure that Manhattan does not become the “Scuba Museum of Twenty-First Century Excess.”
A city sunk by its idling yellow cabs.
As Syria goes up in smoke and Soho slowly submerges, it can be refreshing or hopeful for us guilt-wracked geezers to get involved with the education of young people. Maybe we can make their cleanup job a little easier. Or should we just focus on getting out of their way?
But some of us are in positions of influence, and changing the educational curricula to incorporate self-knowledge systems such as Meyers-Briggs profiling could only help. Enshrining conflict resolution, good teamwork and communication skills into the heart of our primary schools would be wonderful place to start too.
But here is an incendiary idea that would really help change the world for the better.
Instead of talking down to children for 12 years, why don’t we give them a revolutionary and effective communication tool called participatory education? It even comes in a digital form, and you know they’ll like that.