“Curriculum videoconferencing” comprises three main types of instructional events: connecting to content providers, such as zoos and museums; participating in organized student projects, such as Read Around the Planet; and creating and generating classroom-to-classroom collaborations. Students can be motivated through interaction with experts and peers; access to real-world learning with authors, specialists and scientists; and exposure to other viewpoints, which promotes cultural understanding. "
One of the projects highlighted within is Read Around the Planet. It's too late to get in on the action for this year, as the project ended in March, but you can plan early for next year. I will! The only question I have is about the "setup requirements." The article by Janine Lim references H.323 videoconferencing protocols. Does it really have to be so formal and complicated? Can't we use Skype?