04/08/2014

ITEC 2014 Interactive Technology in Education Conference

Sydney Opera House

10 July 2014

The ITEC 2014 Conference provided a superb opportunity to focus on the benefits of connecting and collaborating globally in education. To follow are some highlights from the day.

Visual Global Collaboration – Via Skype

Classrooms without Walls

Greg Zorbas, Kenai Central High School and Rob Sparks, Skyview High School Alaska spoke of their experience with connecting classrooms and virtual visits to places using video conference technology. Both were passionate about the positive effects connection had on student interaction and depth of understanding content through interacting with others. They noted that through the use of video conferencing students have a chance to ask questions that a teacher may not think of.

Asia ConneXions Asia ConneXions

Live from Japan and Korea students performed via video conference at the ITEC 2014 conference.

Anyang Shingi Elementary School KScreen Shot 2014-08-04 at 2.10.30 PMorea, Traditional Music ITEC 2014 example 1

Higurashi Elementary School Japan, Traditional Dance ITEC 2014 example 2

 

“Australian and Asian schools connecting digitally in order to develop cultural and language exchange while fostering understanding between Australian and Asian students and teachers.  Through videoconferencing and online discussions, the school children see each other, talk to each other, and learn about each other. These Asia ConneXions interactions enhance the values and attitudes of Australian and Asian school students.”

Source: http://www.une.edu.au/about-une/academic-schools/school-of-education/teaching-and-learning-projects/asia-connexions

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