Irish Schools Combat Capacity Problems With LifeSize
Students in rural Ireland who up until now have struggled with sometimes limited resources are being helped by innovative teaching delivered by video.
Two new programmes have been launched by Irish county Offaly that are using solutions from video leader LifeSize to address two of the biggest problems young learners face: lack of access to specialist teachers (due to limited numbers) and access to contact with peers in other areas – even abroad.
In the first initiative, real-time video broadcasting is allowing educators in one school to connect with students in other institutions, for example – while in the second, youngsters are starting to network and make fruitful contact with enthusiastic co-learners overseas in twin schools in the US.
The first scheme’s all about helping bright Irish pupils get access to key areas like physics or advanced maths which they might have struggled to get locally – while the second enables engagement with learners in very different environments, says the authority, the Offaly Vocational Educational Committee.
The county has taken advantage of Eire’s national broadband subsidy to set up its schemes – with a next step already planned: designing telepresence ‘robots’ that their friends abroad can operate remotely!
LifeSize is the HD video solutions arm of IT giant Logitech.
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