There is a variety of videoconferencing technologies available at Carmel High School for student instruction and professional development purposes.
Carmel High School has a portable Internet Protocol (IP) system that can provide complete two way motion image and sound communication in real time over the Internet with any other similarly equipped sites around the world. The portable unit includes a 50” viewing screen and robust speakers for use in any classroom, conference room, meeting room, or other area with a network connection anywhere in the Carmel High School complex.
Hundreds of educational, cultural, historical, and scientific institutions as diverse as the National WWII Museum, the Atlanta History Center, the Houston Space Center, the Challenger Learning Centers, various museums of the Smithsonian, Clowes Hall at Butler University, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, Ford’s Theatre in DC, the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, the Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center, the Indianapolis Zoo, the Library of Congress, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Technology—to name just a few—make use of this technology to provide interactive outreach programs to students around the world.
Additionally, most colleges and universities and many K-12 schools regularly use IP videoconferencing for professional development, student instruction, and collaborative teaching.
To further enhance IP videoconferencing at Carmel High School, the school is partnered with the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration in downtown Indianapolis. The CILC is an established not-for-profit global videoconferencing content hub specializing in the access to applications and the utilization of video conferencing for live interactive content and professional development, as well as web based collaborative learning environments for K-12 education. CILC provides consulting expertise in videoconferencing integration, problem based learning projects, school-community partnerships, and effective techniques for the delivery and development of quality programs. More information about CILC can be accessed via their interactive website at www.cilc.org.
Carmel High School also supports the use of Skype™ as a simple teleconferencing tool. Skype™ is a proprietary voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) service which allows users to communicate by voice, video, or instant messaging and includes a file transfer feature. The system will facilitate one-on-one communication between individuals, interaction between small groups, or presentations to entire classrooms. The CHS Library Media Center makes appropriate cameras and microphones available to teachers who wish to use Skype™ in their classrooms and provides training in their set-up and use.
Webstreaming is yet another tool available at Carmel High School. A mobile cart can be situated anywhere within the CHS complex that has a network connection and from there telecast video and audio in real time over the Internet to viewers around the world.
Finally, all areas at Carmel High School are connected to the inhouse video distribution system that allows for receiving a range of cable channels from the community cable television system as well as originating a live television signal from anywhere in the CHS complex. Whatever other computer and video based conferencing technologies are being utilized may also be shared throughout the complex via the inhouse video distribution system, and CHTV's cable access capabilities allow for the sharing of any of the above with the Carmel community at large.