What is Web conferencing?
Web conferencing is a technology for meeting online, that is enabled by the Internet and allows greater interactivity than traditional media.
Web conferencing allows classroom participants to
- listen to experts and each other
- watch video streamed from a remote location
- respond to a presentation or a shared image
- send instant messages to the organisers for vetting and sharing
- vote in quick polls or surveys.
Why have Web conferences?
- Web conferences support key competencies especially ‘Relating to others’ which is about interacting effectively with a diverse range of people in a variety of contexts. This competency includes the ability to listen actively, recognise different points of view, negotiate, and share ideas.
- They are a free or minimal cost way to include students in activities happening in remote and inaccessible locations.
- They provide a means for students to identify and develop relationships with real people at a distance.
- They support the development of student communication skills.
- Students gain experience and become confident and competent using new ICT by listening, speaking, reading, drawing and writing within the web conference environment.
- They are an effective way of disseminating the latest information to schools, groups and individuals over a wide geographic area.
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