DL Student to Student

In the "7 Look Fors", item 5 focuses on the teacher encouraging interaction between students. In this segment of Improvement of Instruction, Beth Kabes from ESU 7 provides an overview of this topic, resources to build a student social environment, and a feedback survey for distance learning teachers to comment about this presentation.


Give it a Try:  Video conferencing can limit your ability to know your student, to answer student questions, or to have students from different sites interacting on a classroom activity.  
As you prepare for a new semester we suggest that you use your video conferencing technology or several desktop and smart device options for doing a one-to-one teacher-to-student or student-to-student group conference. 
If you are ready to open new communication opportunities, start here.
  • First find out what desktop options are available for your use.
  • Second try it out with a colleague or ESU member to see how it works and if it will support what you are wanting to do.
  • Third inform your principal and the receiving site principal that you would like to use this tool for teacher to student classroom support and/or student to student work groups.
Desktop options that might be available for use in making these connections could include (check with your ESU to get information and support for these desktop options):
  • Zoom - Free desktop/droid/IOS application.  Allows host to set up a 40 minute meeting.  Check with your ESU DL Coordinator for assistance.  Recording available.
  • Google Hangouts - As many schools in Nebraska have adopted the Google educational resources, this may be the easiest way to make connections between teacher to student or student to student group work.  Things to check:
    • Confirm that your site has access to Google Hangouts.  
    • Confirm that remote sites have access to Google Hangouts. 
    • Demo Google Hangouts with your students.
  • ClearSea - This desktop/smart device conferencing program will also connect with your video conferencing technology.  ESUs that currently have support for this desktop resource include ESU 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, and 11. Recording available.
  • Scopia, Polycom RealPresence, Jabber - Desktop/droid/IOS applications that are supported by MCU (bridge) hardware.  ESUs with access to these programs include:
    • Scopia - ESU 8, 17, 18.
    • Polycom RealPresence - ESU 1, 2, 13, 15, 16
    • Jabber - ESU 19
Subpages (1): Google Hangouts
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