Learning by video conferencing
Schools and facilities use video conferencing
equipment across the state for a variety of purposes. Forest Hill College
Deaf Facility and Shepparton High Deaf Facility have just commenced a Friday
lunchtime students’ social networking group. Students from Shepparton and
Forest Hill College hooked up with Tony Salisbury (Forest Hill’s Deaf
Chaplin/student mentor) for a meet-and-greet and sharing of information. It was
a huge success, opening the door to new friendships and an expansion of social
support, particularly for the students at Shepparton. Students have requested
this become a regular event and plan to hold future social networking meetings
at Friday lunchtime.
We would to know and showcase other examples of
what schools are doing with the equipment so please send your stories and
feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
VDEI is focused on improving outcomes and access for rural and regional students and families. A pilot program using video conferencing equipment will be trialled with rural deaf facilities and at some metropolitan locations. Videoconferencing units are already allowing students to participate in ways not previously viable and will continue to allow us to develop outreach programs and services in a variety of ways. Options being explored are:
- using the units to promote and provide Auslan classes to student/parents and/or communities
- developing student networks with rural and isolated areas
- providing team teaching sessions with Visiting Teachers and students
- presenting professional development sessions with teachers in remote areas
- deaf role model programs with students
- providing access to some curriculum sessions or subjects with interpreted support.
Schools may also have other innovative ideas and ways to share your expertise and rich curriculum knowledge across the state. VDEI's new Virtual Learning Project Manager, Sally Martin will be in contact with schools to discuss how we can best utilise this exciting opportunity.
One of VDEI's aims is to improve educational outcomes and curriculum access for rural and regional students and families. On the 24 June 2011 Minister Dixon announced the roll out of 300 video conferencing units to primary and secondary schools across metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria.
DEECD and VDEI identified a number of metropolitan schools, rural and regional schools for their support and curriculum delivery to deaf children requiring Auslan.
These video conferencing units will allow schools to look at developing outreach programs and services in a variety of ways including: using the units to promote and provide Auslan classes to student/parents and/or communities; developing student networks with rural and isolated areas; providing team teaching sessions with Visiting Teachers and students; presenting professional development sessions with teachers in remote areas; deaf role model programs with students; and providing access to some curriculum sessions or subjects with interpreted support.
VDEI Virtual Learning Manager, Sally Martin is in the process of completing visits to schools to discuss ways of making this the most of this exciting opportunity. Each site is looking at at least one program using the video conferencing units in 2012. Currently schools are trialling the equipment by calling through to other sites and facilities with staff and students.