Monday, 17 September 2012

Top 10 Tips To Make Interactive Video Conferencing Sessions

Communication is a way of life for us to be socially connected with our surroundings and the rest of the world. The means of communication has changed over time with the advent of technology, giving us endless options to choose from. The options are many but we always go for the fastest way which can make us accessible to the whole world within seconds and what more can we ask for when the video conferencing technology is there to assist us. But technology has its own drawbacks if not used properly and with the right approach. Any interactive session can be fun with proper management of time and a nice back-up.
Listed below are the top 10 tips which can make our interactive sessions through video conferencing a memorable experience and not a nightmare:
1.       1. Make sure that you are using high quality audio and video system. It means spending a little more, but a good audio/video system will ensure a high quality output.

2.       2. In case of a conference, try and get multi-display screen of high definition. When you are having more than two people in an interaction, giving equal space to each participant is a nice thing to do. A multi-display will help getting the focus on each individual helping you to conduct the conference in a more democratic way.

3.       3. Be attentive to what the speaker is saying and give time to the other person to speak. Don’t try to suppress the other person’s voice to put you on top. Never interrupt the session in between when other participants are expressing their views.

4.       4. Make sure the background is subtle and the room is well lit with all the cameras at the proper place.

5.       5. Be your best self, your personality should reflect an aura and charisma. Your gestures, hand movements, expressions, dressing style are part of your personality, so make sure you look your best.

6.       6. Never shout or pass derogatory remarks about anyone and never whisper, remember your conference is being recorded. It’s a live session where you are heard and seen with all interest.

7.       7. Avoid taking any call during the course of the conference, in case of emergency just excuse yourself by auto-switch off option in your video conferencing.

8.       8. Your voice should be audible and your ideas should be clear, never get into an argument in the middle of the interactive session.

9.       9. Never slouch on the chair or lift your feet up to the table while having an interactive session through video conferencing as it gives a very wrong image to others.

10.   10. Always make sure that you have a full back-up support to avoid any kind of technical failure. Your service provider must give you a 24/7 backup in case of emergency. In case the interactive session ends abruptly, try to restore it in minimum time and apologize for the disturbance. Don’t panic, a technical snag can happen anywhere.
The video conferencing has made the live interactive sessions so interesting that sometimes we forget that there’s a screen which still acts like a physical barrier. And believe me by following certain ethics and mannerism, you will surely have the best interaction through virtual means.

The author Shelly works as a SEO at Peoplelink Corporate Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a leader in Video Conferencing software products,  also sells audio conferencing products and multimedia products like Mini Led Projectors and Interactive White Boards.

Ten Secrets About Smart Classroom Solutions

The word classroom gives us a vague idea about the room with desks and chairs and a blackboard. Ready to be occupied by the students and the teachers, the classroom is confined by the four walls in the traditional sense. The classroom has evolved over time with all the modern facilities like computer and projector for the students and modern teaching aids which have become a part of the modern classroom. And now with the advent of video conferencing in education sector, it has given a new name- the smart classroom. Here learning happens by seeing the live from around the world, by group discussion with students from other countries etc. given below are the ten secrets about smart classroom solutions which have changed the education scenario by making it more interesting:

1.       1. The smart classroom solutions offer an interactive white board which acts like a traditional blackboard, the only difference is what you write can be seen by students sitting thousands of miles away.

2.        2.There is a multi-display screen in high definition which takes you to the amazing world of animals and plants and takes you back to the history via live connection with the museums, zoos, ecological parks etc.

3.    3.The practical experience which the students get in the smart classrooms gives them a clear idea about the concept which is learner centric teaching.

4.       4.Calling a guest lecture without spending a fortune was never so easy, but with video conferencing in your class you can take your students to the white house in America or the royal palace in London.

5.       5.Studying through distance education can’t give you the kind of exposure which you get in regular schools and colleges, but the universities who have adopted the smart classroom concept are as good as any regular program. In fact now studying abroad is so easy without getting into the hassles of passport and visa with the virtual connection.

6.      6. The smart classroom solutions offer unlimited access to the world of knowledge where students can attend field trips and excursions without moving out of their classrooms. The video links provide all the useful information related to the topic discussed in the class.

7.       7. The inter school competitions like declamation contest, group discussions, poetry recitation, etc can be held through video conferencing in the smart classrooms. It will resolve a lot of issues like the space problem, the time which is wasted in traveling and the money which is spend on organizing such an event.

8.       8. There is an enthusiasm to learn among students when what they read in books is there in front of their eyes on the screen. The excitement gives them a kick to crave for more knowledge making them learn through their own experience.

9.       9. The students can instantly connect with their peers abroad and can learn a lot from each other. It’s like cultural exchange program without spending on travelling. They can be part of the different expeditions around the globe with the help of video conferencing.

10.   10. The smart classroom concept offers solutions like never before with the best high definition experience one can have. It’s a true-to-life experience where the students understand the concept in a better way with all the practical examples coming their way without making any effort t move out.

There is no doubt that the smart classrooms are fast replacing the traditional classroom teaching with more and more schools adopting the video conferencing solutions in their teaching programs.

The author Shelly works as a SEO at Peoplelink Corporate Solutions Pvt. Ltd., a leader in Video Conferencing software products,  also sells audio conferencing products and multimedia products like Mini Led Projectors and Interactive White Boards.