There are many high schools that offer online courses. These high schools use modern Internet and communications technologies such as email, instant messaging and video chat to deliver education online. Some high schools offer one to one tutoring using video chat, supported by offline course material. There are also web sites aimed at people who have left school without a high school diploma. These sites offer students a General Educational Development (GED) certificate. A good resource for finding out about online education is WorldWideLearn, which lists online education programs. The directory includes a description of the online education programs and the facilities they use. Many of the online high schools and educational institutions support student learning with video chat.
Video chat offers new possibilities for enhancing teaching and learning. Video chat is not the ideal method for online education if:
* students need time to respond to an online education session
* students cannot all be available at the same time
* tutors need time to plan their session.
However, there are three reasons why video chat should be used in online education:
* to make sure the message is transmitted immediately
* to get instant responses to online education sessions
* to allow learners to see and hear each other. Video chat allows more personal communication.
There are many options for people who wish to learn while remaining at home. The Internet has made it easy for colleges and other educational institutions to offer online learning programs. These educational programs allow students to work at their own pace and complete a course of study in whatever subject area they choose. Video chat and live education video can be used to support programs of this type.
Many online courses now feature live education video showing a tutor giving a class. This allows students to have the experience of attending a lecture. Live education video is also supported by discussion forums, chats or video chat and email contact with tutors.
The hardware and software needed to use live education video will depend on the format used by the online tutor. Some online tutors use RealAudio for live education video streaming. Students will therefore need RealPlayer to play back live video in this format. Another common format for video streaming is Windows Media Video. This can be played with Windows Media Player.
For live education video chats, students will need a web cam and a microphone if they wish to take part in two-way video chat with the tutor. if students wish to type their responses, then they will not need a web cam.
There are many sites that offer online tutoring in mathematics and other subjects. These sites give several options for enhancing your knowledge of mathematics. These include:
* one to one tutoring with video chat
* use of a whiteboard so teachers and students can work through math problems during a video chat
* recordings of live education video chats that can be downloaded or played
* pre-recorded math lessons
Some online tutoring sites offer free previews of their education video chats. Live education video chats are a good way to enhance students' learning.
Cable in the Classroom is the US cable industry's education outreach program. It provides free cable and broadband to schools across the country, allowing them to use video chat and other Internet applications. The program includes a project called Project Cam. Project Cam connects students, teachers and experts through live web cams and high speed Internet connections. Live education video is an integral part of this project. The program is free and allows live audio and video between any two locations. Students and teachers can set up projects in several curriculum areas including Science, English, Language and Math. They can then video chat live to participate in these projects.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|