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Live video in education - a few facts

Video is increasingly important to students, both as part of their educational experience and as preparation for the modern workplace. This is the result of the “State of video in education 2019” report prepared by Kaltura. The report also shows that 53 per cent of educational institutions broadcast live conferences, important school events or lectures. Trends show that live streaming in education has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Remote access to materials provided by teachers, training courses or workshops helps students to assimilate knowledge better, understand materials and take part in school events wherever they are.

How can live streaming be used in education?

Access to high-quality live streaming opens up completely new opportunities to reach out to audiences and engage with the community. In the education sector, broadcasting works well during:

1. Classroom lessons

Live streaming is ideal support for e-learning, which is used for distance learning and flexible teaching. It is often combined with traditional education in the form of mixed courses. It allows you to complete a course, training or even studies without the need for physical presence in the classroom. For this reason, such a teaching system helps young people to gain valuable knowledge.

Streaming from conducted lessons can be used in individual teaching. Then people who, due to different situations, cannot physically participate in the classes can benefit from the teachers' experience and knowledge. This solution also works well for universities, which have branches in different cities. In this case, classes can be conducted in parallel, without the need to hire several people to teach.

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2. Training

Live streaming is also increasingly used to educate employees. Thanks to the development of technology, it is becoming possible to provide training for people who are physically located in entirely different locations. One can even say that the Internet has made it possible to break down geographical barriers. If, for example, you broadcast live training, you can teach people from all over the world. Virtual students can live in the USA, Africa, Canada or Europe. The only important thing is the interest in the topic and an good streaming. Sparkly, which offers easy-to-use features that can enrich your broadcasting with additional, engaging content, is helpful in this. You can handle everything yourself - without involving a team of graphic designers and programmers.

Open online courses [MOOC] are also becoming increasingly important in education. Their streaming gives people living in developing countries the opportunity to access high-quality education. Schools such as Cornell, Harvard and Stanford offer online learning to those who are talented, but their difficult financial situation does not allow them to educate traditionallly.

3. Award ceremonies and graduations

The development of new technologies and streaming also allows reporting on important ceremonies or end of school year celebrations. Giving awards for academic achievements, awarding cups to the best team, getting the diplomas - there are many opportunities to make a live stream in the school year. It often happens that parents and students' relatives would be happy to participate, but because of their duties at work or home, they cannot do so. A live video streaming solves these problems and makes it possible to experience such crucial moments together.

What are the benefits of streaming live in education?

  1. Better communication – real-time lectures give students the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers. This allows the material to be better understood. For example, if we are streaming with Sparkly, we can use the "Comments" widget to show on screen the most interesting questions or thoughts of our listeners and answer them right away.
  2. Saving time - both teachers and students do not have to travel to the place of training or study.
  3. Breaking geographical barriers - any person interested in a given topic can take part in a training course or lesson, which is streamed live.
  4. Development of digital skills - today's reality forces young people to be fluent in the digital environment. Thanks to the use of online education, their competence in this area is growing significantly.
  5. Accessibility - streaming live lectures or training gives equal access to all those who want to broaden their knowledge. It is an ideal solution for people with disabilities, who are temporarily ill, or those who live in developing countries.

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