If you’re using a tablet for teaching, you’ve probably discovered an app that allows video conferencing. At our school we’ve discovered how well this suits students if they can’t attend classes. Here’s what happened the week before school released for Christmas break:
One student was unable to make it to school on an important day for an in-class lecture. Her fellow students didn’t want her to miss out of their fun, so they texted her to see if she was available (she was). They quickly connected her using the FaceTime app on a student’s iPad, propped it up so the teacher could see and hear her, and she was able to take part in the class topic discussion. Afterwards, the teacher marveled at how well this can work for students that are homebound or traveling. The added benefit is that it makes instruction easier for the teacher due to time factors in making the information available to the student. Who considered this as a great way for the student to learn? Not the instructor. The students!