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Inviting Special Guests to Your Classroom Through Video Conferencing

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Lecture

Sunday, June 23, 8:30–9:30 am
Location: 201A

Mali Bickley   Ralph Krauss   Janet Zanetis  
If you could connect kids to anyone on earth, who would you choose? Using videoconferencing, students at Pinecrest Academy connect to a holocaust survivor, former child soldier and North Korean camp survivor, Just to name a few. This session shows the impact of videoconferencing and how these sessions inspire students.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: none
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Communication and collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Performing/visual arts
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
  • Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
Related exhibitors: Zoom , Google, Inc. , CTL Corporation , WeVideo, Inc. , AVID Products , Padcaster , Cisco Systems, Inc. , Meta , Swivl, Inc. , Savvas Learning Company

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Teachers will be able to identify primary sources of information and learn strategies on reaching out to publicists, personal assistants and other people who help with communicating with more well known guests.


Participants will see examples of various video conference guests, along with review strategies in regard to reaching out to potential speakers. Participants will then discuss guests they would like to have connect with their students and review strategies in how to reach out. We will address how these activities connect to several ISTE Standards. Attendees will be asked to share any of their collaborative activities connecting students to the world at large.

Supporting research

Digital Media in Teaching and its Added Value, David F. Conway, Stefanie Hillen, Melodee Landis, Mary T Schlegelmilch, and Peter Wolcott, Waxman, 2015

Beldarrain, Y. (2006). Distance education trends: Integrating new technologies to foster student interaction and collaboration. Distance education, 27(2), 139-153.

Chan, T. W., Roschelle, J., Hsi, S., Kinshuk, Sharples, M., Brown, T., … & Hoppe, U. (2006). One-to-one technology-enhanced learning: An opportunity for global research collaboration. Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning, 1(01), 3-29.

Cole, Camille, Ray,Kecia and Zanetis, Janet, Videoconferencing for K12 Classrooms, 2nd Ed, ISTE, 2009.

Klein, Jennifer D., The Global Education Guidebook, Solution Tree Press, 2017.

Lindsay, Julie, The Global Educator, Leveraging Technology for Collaborative Learning and Teaching, ISTE, 2016.

Tenhet, Troy. (August 23, 2012). Beyond school walls: Connecting students and teachers around the world. Huffington Post.

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Mali Bickley, TakingITGlobal
Ralph Krauss, Pinecrest Academy of Nevada - Academica
Janet Zanetis, Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration

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