Connecting to museums, mentors and students in far-away locations via video can improve the educational experience
Charles Hay World School is a public school in Englewood, Colo., serving 400 students from kindergarten to 6th grade, with an overall student-to-teacher ratio of 15:1.
In addition to standard statewide class curriculum, Charles Hay World School offers gifted and talented and International Baccalaureate classes, as well as special education programs.
Like many educators, the school’s faculty faced a challenge: how to create an exciting, real-world curriculum within the confining four walls of a classroom. And as many other educators have discovered, connecting to museums, mentors and students in far-away locations via video was a clear way improve the overall educational experience and expand students’ world of learning.
But video calling didn’t receive a passing grade at first – the quality of PC-based video calls wasn’t quite compelling enough, and calling options were too limited. Then, Charles Hay World School discovered the telyHDPro video conferencing appliance from Tely Labs. The system’s extreme ease-of-use as well as built-in ability to connect to high-end video conferencing systems via SIP standards answered the school’s needs perfectly.
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