Distance learning at
Walter Payton High School
really is the ideal display for distance learning, since it provides
a large, crisp image that works well with the bright lighting needed
for good camera pickup. The Payton distance learning room uses four
Pioneer 50" displays for truly outstanding video.
Shown here is the early morning
Latin class with students at Von Steuben High School at the far end.
Note the instructor's use of the document camera. There's no need for
a blackboard in the room. The camera allows her to show handwritten
notes, documents and illustrations from books on the large-screen displays
in both classrooms. In the photo below, Facilities Director Marty McGuire
mans the controls in an operator's area at one side of the room.
Visual's Bill Mullin says using a Tandberg videoconferencing codec is
one reason the system works so well, as it allows a great deal of flexibility
in the use of cameras and audio components. Two ParkerVision videoconferencing
cameras are aimed at the students. A third camera follows the instructor,
who may move around the room wearing a "necklace receiver" that the
camera senses. Of course, the Tandberg handles the document camera as
well, and the operator can bring in images from a PC or even from the
school's video distribution system.
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