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Tips to a successful videoconference

Originally published in MOREnetworking Vol. 2 No. 1, Sept. 2004

Angela Neria, Director of Technology Services, Joplin School District

To ensure interactivity, it is essential that students do the pre-activity and have all materials prior to the videoconference.

Because we are broadcasting to an entity hundreds of miles away it is important that the students realize that the audio is delayed. Ask them to be patient. It will take the person on the other end some time to hear what the students have said and respond.

For first timers, you may want to explain to the students that the speaker can see and hear everything they do. It is important that students do not talk all at once because the sounds will become muffled through the microphone.

Finally, it is very important to express to students that questions and comments are key items for a successful videoconference. Ask students to write down a question before the conference that they have on the subject and bring it with them will increase interactivity.

Other Tips for successful videoconferencing are compiled in the ViDe Videoconferencing Cookbook at www.videnet.gatech.edu/cookbook.

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