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April 24, 2014

Video Conferencing Takes Texas High School Classroom to Europe and the Middle East

By Jason Stephen Ali, Social Media Marketing Director

The FCC (News - Alert) has been pushing for some time now to establish a more interconnected classroom. In fact, the commission has gone so far as to pledge $2 billion to ramping up communications networks within schools and libraries across the country. But the FCC isn’t the only one saying that educators need better connections—teachers themselves are stepping out to spread the word, too. In fact, the majority of over 2,000 teachers surveyed by Pew (News - Alert) Research said that the Internet has a “major impact” on their ability to educate

Given the kick start that this vertical very clearly needs to make IP an industry-standard, it’s always welcome news to hear of a classroom taking that first step and paving the way for others. In this sense, Texas-based Del Valle High School is a star pupil.

Del Valle High teacher Michael Cunningham is the master behind the works, who has been using video and teleconferencing services in the classroom since 2001—a time when the technology was perhaps still unthinkable for such purposes. Educators can really take a page from Cunningham’s lesson plan, as he has been knocking down the walls of his classroom and engaging students in rich conversations with others around the world for more than a decade.

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