Bringing educators and students together securely with Webex Meetings
SVVSD has seen many benefits from Webex Meetings over the years. “We recognized that even for professional development and meetings, or if you wanted to gather a cohort of people to have a conversation about anything, it involved someone having to drive for at least 30 minutes,” Bourgeois said. “So, our initial goal for Webex was really around optimizing the time that we, as leaders, spend in conversations and making decisions and trying to bring people together efficiently.”
Students are also enjoying the great features Webex has to offer. “The Webex breakout rooms are a game changer in terms of giving students that student-to-student connection in a smaller space where they felt more comfortable opening up,” she continued. “Our teachers and our students are using Webex to connect outside of school, to be able to make those personal connections more real.”
Leveraging Webex Meetings to connect with students and staff was obvious for SVVSD. It clearly made meetings easier and more efficient. But the more Webex has been adopted, the more uses they’ve discovered.
“Our secretaries are beginning to use the Webex Assistant as a transcription tool. When we meet, being able to grab those notes, rather than trying to furiously type during the meeting is a big benefit for them,” Bourgeois said.
In addition to Webex Meetings, SVVSD also added some Cisco devices to their collaboration portfolio to enhance connection further.
“We used Webex Meetings to accommodate remote speakers or individual board members who were unable to attend board of education meetings in person,” Bourgeois said. “We brought in Cisco Room Kit video devices that board members can easily connect with external displays to turn any space into an conference room, so that they can participate remotely and still have voting rights.”