This week SBS, Luke Waters reported how Victorian public schools have been connecting via video conference to ‘My Chinese Teacher’ a video conferencing program operating in 42 Victorian schools.
The program uses VCme as the solution to connect the schools to their Chinese teachers. Video conferencing in this way, enables the Chinese teachers to show content, with excellent clarity. Students today are used to high quality digital images so it is important that learning through video is of high quality.
“The Co-founder of the program and owner of the company ‘My Education Group’, Tom Shugg, said he had noticed regional primary schools suffering from chronic language teacher shortages and poor resources.
“If they’re beyond 20-kilometres outside of a capital city, they typically can’t find a language teacher, or if they are able to find a language teacher that would really struggle to retain them.”
Using the high quality video conferencing system rolled out by the Victorian Department of Education students up to grade-six can now connect for lessons with their Chinese teachers.
Using the capacity of the video conferencing camera the Chinese teachers can direct the camera out the window looking out over Beijing. This way the students in rural Victoria have an eye witness view of the traffic, buildings and environment of modern China.
“Underbool Primary School Principal Rebecca Prentice says one of the major benefits is the bond the school has developed with their “other” teacher.
“It’s phenomenal. They just love looking out the window, they love asking her personal questions family questions, how different it is, the food,” she says.
Technology and education expert Dr Suelette Dreyfus from the University of Melbourne says that’s one of the main advantages of this interactive program… providing “live language and a live culture”.
Video conferencing with native speakers of any language is a great benefit for any student learning a language. For information about how your school can utilise the benefits of video conferencing go to https://www.education.electroboard.com.au/events/VideoConferenceEvents