By SunGard K-12 Staff
For Cypress Fairbanks ISD, the sum of web cameras and Adobe Connect equals possibilities. At TCEA, Peggy Leonhardt and Phyllis Robert reported on several successful educational initiatives the school district has launched using web conferencing.
The initiatives include:
Distance Learning for Middle School Students. In the school district, middle school students are eligible to take geometry. Instead of busing the students to the high school, the district has arranged for them to join the high school class via webcam.
Tutorials. Using web cameras, teachers offer afternoon and evening tutorials to help students review for tests, to provide remedial help, and to extend the classroom.
Global Education. The school district connected its Spanish language students with students in Ecuador to practice their skills. The effort was so successful that district officials are now considering expanding this initiative by launching a similar experience for environmental science students.
Recordings. Video recordings of live sessions have provided lessons for remediation, enrichment, STAAR and EOC assistance by objective, and for open houses.
Classroom Desktop Conferencing Uses. The school district also has used web conferencing to record guest speakers, allow for absent teachers and students to connect with their classes, and host debates on the presidential candidates.
Engaging Parents. Parents join their students in the classroom via computer during Take your Parents to School Day.