|Courtney Konieczka is an|
Effectiveness Coach at
Hillcrest and Lowell Elementary
in the School District of Waukesha
Then, I heard from my principals that SDW has a subscription to WebEx, which is an online video conferencing/collaboration tool. After talking to the IT team, I heard that I could get my own login and create a personal room in which I could invite others to come and collaborate. With a few easy steps, I had my own room and I was ready to begin. I have currently been using WebEx to connect to others across town for the past month. It has totally changed the way I do my work, and for the better.
This easy to use tool has been a reliable way to connect with others, even if they don't have a login themselves. The internet connection at school has been great and the quality of the video is impressive. There have been times at the end of a meeting where I have had to remind myself that I wasn't actually in the room with the people with which I met! This week, I began to dig into more advanced features like how I can share my screen and use the "whiteboard" on WebEx. This is another way to make videoconferencing even easier and more seamless.
So, I would encourage EVERYONE who thinks that this may help improve their practice to connect with the IT team and ask about getting a login. I could see how this tool could benefit a classroom teacher wanting to connect with another class across town, or across the country. It could benefit a psychologist who is unable to meet with a family face-to-face, but wants to have a more intimate conversation. It could benefit an art, music or physical education specialist wanting to connect with another teacher around planning. The possibilities are endless! I think everyone should consider taking a risk and trying out this incredible tool!
If you are an SDW employee would like to find out more about having your own WebEx account, submit a tech support ticket or contacting the SDW Help Desk directly (ITHelpDesk@waukesha.k12.wi.us).