Spring is finally coming to those of us in northern climates, but our schools are still dealing with the aftermath of a tough winter. How do they get kids through the year’s curriculum despite record-breaking numbers of Snow Days?
Some institutions are not as far behind as others because they borrowed a page from extended enterprises. They brought the school day home via video and other collaboration technologies.
Video bridges distance
Video-enabled virtual school days build on the infrastructure that education systems increasingly rely upon to manage their class work – systems that are the parallel of enterprise portals and unified communications for businesses. Video provides the teacher presence and direction that until recently required face-to-face interaction.
For business, that same rich connection from video enables teams from across the globe to share knowledge and exchange ideas in ways that used to require business travel.
At its best, video sits on top of the communication and collaboration tools that employees depend on today. It’s just another tool in their arsenal of work.
More than Skype
And it is a new tool, different from Skype, Google Hangouts and other realtime video options. Telepresence doesn’t provide the searchable and archiveable value of persistent videos, recorded and shared as modern-day documents.
Before long the term “Snow Day” will exit our vocabulary (I can hear the anguished cries of students everywhere!), just as the concept of location-dependent work is losing validity for knowledge workers everywhere.
Learn more about how to use video to engage and empower your enterprise.