TelePresence in Classes in the Future?

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Cisco TelePresence is an innovative, new technology that creates unique, in-person experiences between people, places, and events in their work and personal lives—over the network. The first application is the Cisco TelePresence Meeting solution.

I wonder how an educator might use TelePresence to advantage with students or instructors in remote locations? These samples make it seem like a giant step beyond distance learning technologies educators use.

And, Cisco, please keep schools in mind as you revise your product. The aggregate of schools worldwide has one of the largest collection of assets of any “system”. Imagine how to use this tool to increase student learning and increase instructional efficiency at the same time.

I wonder how we might be able to use TelePresence with more students than people who would normally attend a business meeting?

Kudos, Cisco.

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Robert Heiny
Robert W. Heiny, Ph.D. is a retired professor, social scientist, and business partner with previous academic appointments as a public school classroom teacher, senior faculty, or senior research member, and administrator. Appointments included at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Peabody College and the Kennedy Center now of Vanderbilt University; and Brandeis University. Dr. Heiny also served as Director of the Montana Center on Disabilities. His peer reviewed contributions to education include publication in [I]The Encyclopedia of Education [/I](1971), and in professional journals and conferences. He served s an expert reviewer of proposals to USOE, and on a team that wrote plans for 12 state-wide and multistate special education and preschools programs. He currently writes user guides for educators and learners as well as columns for [I]TuxReports[/I].com.