Videoconferences are an integral part of Generation Global, allowing schools to connect directly with schools in different locations across the globe. Using simple internet technology, a classroom can speak to and see other classrooms across the world.
During the videoconference itself, teachers step back and students take center stage. Videoconferences always have a trained facilitator to manage the flow of the discussion, to ask probing questions, and to ensure that the discussion does not go into uncomfortable areas but students are encouraged to speak directly with one another about the issues that matter.
"Students had to step outside their comfort zones and engage students from a very different culture."
Nearly all videoconferences contain an element of sharing and telling where students tell one another about their communities and experiences of life.
Students are able to share their own point of view or opinion, which is different to the sharing and telling kind of dialogue. This means that students are free to express their own individual opinions, and helps to reduce generalisations and confusion.
Students often bring prepared questions into a videoconference, and therefore we differentiate between asking questions that have been prepared and response questions, which arise spontaneously and are based upon what students have already heard, and which take the dialogue deeper into more profound and personal learning.
"The hour of dialogue flew by as the students had to step outside their comfort zones and engage students from a very different culture." Samantha Reynolds, Face to Faith Teacher