Video Conferencing Opportunities in the Liverpool Central School District
Video Conferencing allows two or more locations to interact via two-way video and audio transmissions simultaneously through the Internet. Classes of students at Liverpool participate in interactive Video Conferences to enhance a wide variety of curriculum areas. Students get to see live, many places that they would not be able to travel.
Mary Ellen Montani, Liverpool's Technology Specialist Lead Trainer and Distance Learning Coordinator, provides the technical support for District staff who utilize the video conferences as an extension of their classroom instruction. Click here to view a slideshow of a recent video conference that Mary Ellen facilitated for Long Branch Elementary. Students took a field trip to the Grand Canyon without leaving their classroom!
Liverpool uses two styles of Video Conferencing equipment:
- iChat-Using a Macintosh Computer on both sites
- Polycom conferencing equipment - A unit that can be programed to send and receive audio and video. Liverpool has both a portable system that travels to our schools, and a permanent room set up at Liverpool High School.
For additional examples and information, visit Mary Ellen's website: http://www.liverpool.k12.ny.us/webpages/mmontani/index.cfm
Mary Ellen coordinated video conferences with the following places:
Alaska SeaLife Center-Seward, Alaska
- Squid Dissection
- Careers in Marine Biology
Ohio State Medical University- Colombus, Ohio
- InDepth: Autopsy
Baseball Hall of Fame- Cooperstown, New York
- American History
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu- Hawaii
- Witness to History
Everson Museum- Syracuse, New York
Rosmond Gifford Zoo- Syracuse, New York
- Zoo to You Program
Welsh College of Horticulture- Northop, England
Monticello School-Monticello, Iowa
Corning Museum of Glass- Corning, New York