Communicating classrooms designate the software and equipment that allow students in a classroom to access the world by means of multimedia tools. They are the spin-off of a procedure used by teaching teams looking to share ideas on educational projects that they have in common.
The Internet allows people to communicate with each other freely and frequently without having to travel to meet them in person. It enables students to learn a foreign language and about its culture through exchanges with native speakers, and schools to create partnerships for cross-disciplinary studies.
Communicating classrooms make use of videoconferencing, with webcams and easy-to-use “table” cameras that can film part of the whole of a classroom. The synchronous mode fosters language exchanges and brings together students who live in very different geographical areas.
The Comenius* Programme
The Comenius programme seeks to develop understanding of and between various European cultures through exchanges and co-operation between schools in different countries. Comenius has the objective of promoting the participation of at least 3 million pupils in joint educational activities by 2013.
*Johann Amos Comenius: a 16th century theologian, philosopher and teacher who believed in bringing education to all. He is considered to be one of the founding fathers of modern education.