Using Webcams In The Classroom
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Integrating technology into the classroom is becoming a common trend. The use of webcams can be especially beneficial for students. It can provide cultural exposure into other classrooms across the country, provide students with an up close and personal understanding of world affairs and customs, and even serve as educational cyber trips.
Students perspectives and understandings can be enhanced by simply utilizing the webcams to unfold a different world of knowledge. This is possible through interacting with other students they wouldn’t have the opportunity to under normal circumstances. Webcams take learning beyond pictures in textbooks, and allows for a more connected and personal experience.
Students in Grand Forks, North Dakota exemplified the valuable learning opportunities from using webcams to share their story as a natural disaster struck their town. The students made a flood cam and teachers created activities that revolved around the flooding. They communicated with other schools across the United States, and even created a site for students to use as a study of natural disasters. Click here for a link to this article.
Foreign language classrooms have also utilized webcams to interact with one another. This is essential for detecting pronunciations of authentic natives in the respected language. It also demonstrates to students what native and fluent speakers truly sound like and creates a more authentic learning atmosphere.
Overall, webcams can be utilized for projects and authentic teaching practices which reach outside the classroom and encourage students to engage and communicate. Technology is essential for inspiring creativity in students all across the globe and making learning enticing.
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