Webcams and Videoconferencing

Ready to try a virtual field trip or videoconference, but don't have a Polycom? One district in Vermont does both using just a web cam. Below is some information they provided - both about the type of equipment you would need and how to actually make the connections - that will help you get started: 


Equipment You Will Need:

Technical Considerations:




Creating the Meeting & Placing the Call:



Web Cam Videoconference Checklist:



Before Conference





Get student feedback

Register with CILC

Have contact info for provider

Review program internally- teachers

Find and Submit Program Registration

Forward for PIN

Turn off wireless use ethernet


Complete CILC review

Determine location for conference

-Designate building laptop so that it can be assigned a static IP address (this does not apply to conferences using the Polycom at BHS- it already has a static IP)

  1. submit tech request for static ip to be on designated laptop

Turn off proxies in browser- use IE for Scopia


Test Audio and Video in Scopia before entering meeting.  Make sure the web cam that is enabled is the portable web cam that can be moved around- (once I didn’t realize that my laptop camera was being used not the usb cam)

Post to blog with screen shots

Schedule a test call with provider once program time and date have been established

-test in similar time frame, same space, etc.

-get phone number to have in case there are connections issues

-Schedule test call in Radvision

Once meeting is in session, Enter Radvision and disable Self See so that both parties are visible on the screen

share results with LNV group- get others excited..

Review related curriculum materials provided by Content Provider


Take screen shots and pics during conference


Prepare class

  1. Where will students be sitting
  2. How will they ask questions
  3. Where will camera and microphone be located?
  4. Role Play Scenarios
  5. If vc is a handson lesson- do a test vc with tis or another lesson in vc space to simulate vc familiarize with materials etc.

record- if not with Scopia with digital camera


Prior to test call- contact tech support to allow IP through firewall



Just prior to test call- disable proxy settings - use landline (not wireless) access



During test (if live) acquire feedback from provider related to audio, video, lighting...



After test call- return browser proxies to manual configuration.



Establish actual vc meeting in Radvision



Charge camera for picture taking...