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Why Video Conferencing in Educational Institutions?

As we open and peep into the News headlines every alternate day we see that all the nations small or big are implementing Video conferencing in important activities. There has been a drastic change in the approach of the political leaders in using Video Conferencing as a tool to acquire instant vision of the news as it happens. As Video conferencing is the only tool which can help to see and interact with the people in news instantly. Now it is to reiterate that Video Conferencing is becoming a common tool every where, whether it is much popular political leaders or health care of common man. Society where fast technology like 3G is being implemented and mobile video conferencing is more taking shape, schools play an important role where molding the children with trending technology becomes a responsibility.

The time is fast approaching that educators have to decide and plan how to use Video Conferencing, as they move ahead to implement educational videoconferencing programs.

As the child of today has to be proficient in diversified fields, the time, staff and the resources have to work in integration in order to make many concepts clear to the students. As the resources are scattered around the country and across the countries the sending the children to all the places is not possible as it involves expenses as well as time-consuming. Implementing Video Conferencing in Educational System as a powerful weapon can bring about awareness of skills and training programs for children through people who are proficient and are far of places from their class rooms.

Certain skills which are essential but are not covered in the syllabus can be made possible by Video Conferencing.

Personality Development: Presentation, speaking, memory techniques interacting with people and body language are the skills which are never taught at remote village schools and neither we can find any teacher who can train the children in these skills. Ultimately though the child is extraordinary in his academics he fails in presenting himself. These skills can be made available for the children at remote places by connecting remote schools through Video Conferencing for the classes.

Personal care, Health and Hygiene: There are many school dropouts in remote schools. It becomes major responsibility of the teacher working to ensure that the children are regular to school in what ever condition they are. Though the teacher tells them the importance of personal care and hygiene he /she cannot insist upon personal neatness with fear of child dropping from school. By implementing Video Conferencing and making the children interact with other children in various parts of the country, they get motivated and they understand the important of being hygienic. Here mission of the teacher becomes easier as he doesn’t talk but Video Conferencing talks every thing what he wants to say.

Collaboration of Videos, Audio and Content: Important subjective video, audio classes and the documents prepared are very difficult to find and identify. Once a set is made it can be shared across all the schools along with experts explanations through Video Conferencing as interactions and discussions on the topics with experts only can clear the doubts of children which is not possible in a normal schooling.

Role models: Children learn by seeing people who are already successful. They keep role models in their mind and love to see and interact with successful personalities. Very few lucky children have the chance to interact with such personalities. If the successful people interact with children through Video Conferencing many schools which are remote and cannot even afford to come out of their village will be able to see their dream come true to interact with their role models which brings about new confidence in them, which helps in molding them into a great citizens of the nation.

Inter school competitions: Arranging a competition and participating in a competition requires the children to go to the venue leaving their regular classes. But if it is academic competition other than sports all the academic competitions can be held in all the schools by connecting them through Video Conferencing where the children can see and interact with other children of different schools and have the same feeling as if the competition is in the same room.

Diversified skills and Art forms. Many of the handicrafts of India are from very remote villages where one can find skill full artisans at work. The handicrafts found in one place are unique to that place only and cannot be found in other places. Through Video Conferencing skill full art from one place can be introduced to children from various parts of the country which is impossible for the child to meet and learn from a skilled person located far away.

Culture and Heritage: The dressing, language, music, dance forms of a region makes it unique to itself. The sculptures and the lifestyle of a place can only be enjoyed when one can see and be a part of it. Though the children see the visuals in a TV show it doesn’t give them a feeling that they are a part of it. When Culture and Heritage of a place is explained through Video Conferencing and interaction with a person who really owns the culture, the children are impressed enjoy with the feeling of being with the people in that place which creates a respect in them for their culture and heritage and make them loves their nation.

After all teaching is to make the child into a good and proud citizen of the country.

Music Degrees – Sound Editing and Other Technical Music Jobs

Education is a major part of life. It is a way to learn the information and the skills needed to perform a particular job. Without it, it is harder to get a job, especially in the music industry. Here are some options for education for sound editing and other areas of technical support within the music industry.

Your music industry education can begin in college. If you are sure that you want to be the person who edits the recorded sound to make it better, then a college with a specialized music program is your best bet. These programs offer intense study of music and hands-on training. Someone who graduates from one of these programs will have the advantage of actual knowledge of music equipment.

Technical schools are also in high demand. At one time, people shunned technical training as being second class. It ran a distant second place to getting a degree at a four-year institution. But, when it came to finding jobs after graduation, technical school graduates had one very important advantage-legitimate experience handling the latest equipment used in the music industry.

Technical schools provide a mix of book learning and lectures and time in the music lab. Students get to create music, edit sound, and produce their own music to see how the process works. Many technical degrees are two-year programs but a lot of fundamentals and advanced teaching goes on in those programs.

Internships are required at most technical schools. They evaluate their students and how they apply the skills learned in the classroom in a work setting. Some programs at four-year institutions require internships before graduation but not all. An internship at this stage with an instructor to back you up is a great initiation into the music industry.

When choosing a music school or a music program at a college or university, review the entire program. Are the instructors credentialed? In the music industry, this could mean that they have twenty years experience as a sound editing engineer or a music producer. A Bachelors degree wouldn’t hurt either. With the constant changes in the music industry, be sure that your instructors can provide the type of training for you that is currently pertinent to the industry.

How is the program set up? Many programs offer more book work and less time in the lab. Theory is good to know if you are planning on a career in teaching. For a career that involves working in a music studio or on the sets of music videos, hands-on experience is more practical.

Studios are looking for graduates who can jump right in and be a part of the company. If the studio head asks you to sit at a station and make the sound better, your career could take a dive if you can’t work the equipment or provide an interesting answer. They don’t have time to waste on unprepared people.

Distance learning is also a way to get the education you need to perform technical jobs in the music industry. For those who have to work a regular job during the day to make ends meet, distance learning programs provide the opportunity they seek. All you need is a willingness to be flexible, a computer with Internet hook-up, a telephone, and commitment. Many distance learning programs are affiliated with local community colleges or university campuses so students have access to musical equipment. A student has the best of both worlds on their own terms.

So, before you decide to move to a major city to go to school, check out the local technical schools and distance learning. Being in New York or California won’t make you more likely to be hired, but the content of your school program might. Check with potential studios to see what program accreditations they recognize and shoot for a music program that has them.

You’re Not Planning to Wear “Just Any Old Gown,” so Don’t Play Down the Ceremony Music!

Music gets you in and out with an air of elegance and dignity. Even though it may seem fleeting and ephemeral, music is as concrete a presence at your ceremony as the candles and boutonnieres. When you play back your video for years to come, guess what’s in the background? A soundtrack! Make it as much a priority as planning the other details.

“But I don’t know anything about music!”

So what do you do when you don’t know Mozart from Beethoven, and find it easier to buy matching gloves for the bridesmaids than select your wedding march? This is where a knowledgeable wedding coordinator and/or a music planner will be of great assistance. As you shop around, beware of sites or vendors who only focus on reception music. There’s more to a wedding than the party afterwards! I know of one statewide association whose music page mentions nothing about the ceremony–only celebrating when it’s over. In a similar vein, don’t let a DJ talk you into doing your ceremony. Playing a CD in place of live music is like wearing blue jeans down the aisle.

“What can I expect from a musician?”

Some musicians place restrictions on what is considered proper for ceremonies. This is an injustice to the client. That’s why it’s so important to communicate with musicians before hiring. Find out if he’ll play “Evergreen” during the prelude. Ask if she can play the Widor “Toccata” for the postlude. View their websites. Contact their references. After you pick someone, you and your fiancee should have your musician audition pieces from their repertoire, or may listen to recordings and inform them of your choices by phone or email. Couples frequently elect to have me choose their music, but I feel it’s important for the music to have personal meaning. You can greatly assist the process prior to the consultation by listening to and identifying the style of music which most appeals to your tastes. Specific composers (like “Schubert”) and periods (like “Romantic”) and names of works (such as “Ave Maria”) will greatly aid the organist and make the consultation session more productive. Many wedding music sites list suggested pieces with sound samples, so a bride doesn’t have to take an Intro to Music course to make educated choices. In fact, you don’t have to know anything about what you’re listening to at all. The main criterion is that you like it! After all, it’s a matter of taste, and it’s your day. Visit websites like Amazon.com that sell CDs where you can search for wedding music and hear 30 second clips. I also encourage couples to bring sheet music of favorite songs, tapes, or programs from other weddings when we meet for a consultation.

“Can I have him play country?”

If you are having your ceremony in a church, use discretion when requesting love songs and other secular music, keeping in mind the sacred nature of the event and place. Your minister or wedding coordinator might offer guidance on this subject as well. Rules defining restrictions vary from church to church, so ultimately these decisions should be made in conjunction with the officiating minister. If your ceremony is at a mansion, country club, garden, or is simply less religious in tone, find musicians who are open to non-traditional styles of music. Plan ahead. There has to be time for your musicians to obtain sheet music for specially requested songs, to work out arrangements, and to practice

Communicate!

Stay in touch with your organist or music planner. If you have a wedding coordinator, make sure she keeps in contact with your musicians. One last word of advice: Take your rehearsal seriously. The walk-through of the bridesmaids’ processional, bridal march, and recessional should be done in real time to give the organist or other performers a sense of exactly how much is required to get people from point A to point B. It also alerts the bridal party to their cues so everything runs smoothly.