Romeo, G., Gronn, D., Teo, Y. H & McNamara, S. (2013). Facilitating practice teaching using pocket camcorder and web conferencing. N. Reynolds, M. Webb. 152-161. Poland: Nicolaus Copernicus University Press.
This study field-tested four video/web conferencing technologies (Mobile phone, Pocket Camcorder, Skype, Adobe Connect) in regional schools in Australia to determine whether the technologies are appropriate for the needs of the university supervisor, trainee teachers and supervising teachers with regard to practice teaching placements. Findings revealed that mobile phone technology was not appropriate due to many limitations. Pocket Camcorders gave good video quality and were very portable but had constraints of limited field of vision and poor sound quality. Skype and Adobe Connect are cross platform, offered good audio and video resolution and were the most appropriate technologies. However supervisors and users need to be aware of limitations. Implications are drawn for professional experience and pedagogy.
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