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Check out Zoom’s newest case study: CILC Rocks the ISTE Expo by Introducing Zoom! This cases focuses on CILC, the non-profit Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration. CILC consults with schools and content providers to support learning by providing recommendations for technology, and in some cases, acting as a reseller for the technology itself. The most vital goal of CILC is to support schools as they become better connected with their partners and to provide guidance that helps schools and learning institutions to leverage technology more easily and use it more effectively.
We spoke with CILC’s Executive Director, Jan Zanetis, and director of business development, Tonia Carriger, regarding their use of Zoom and how it’s helping them and the educators they support.
CILC had tried everything in their search for a video conferencing solution suitable for education and collaboration. When they found Zoom, they were hooked! According to Zanetis, “We kept three factors in mind that we deemed important for users: cost, ease of use, and overall customer experience while working with the company. I am comfortable saying that Zoom came out on top on all three of these criteria.”
This year, CILC brought Zoom to International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) expo, one of the most important annual events for educators, technology providers, and resellers. On the Friday before ISTE, CILC hosted an assembly of museums, science centers, art galleries, and cultural organizations that schools collaborate with on engaging educational opportunities.
“We had around 20 content providers who were there in-person, and about 15 sites connected through Zoom,” said Carriger. “Part of the reason we went with Zoom was the ease of connection…While a couple of content providers have utilized Zoom, the ones that had not used it had no trouble learning to find their way around the software. It was easy to walk them through the interface and get them comfortable.”
CILC allows us to see how the education industry is shifting. According to Zanetis, content providers are moving away from the proprietary hardware-dependent video conferencing model and into more fluid solutions like Zoom. “Two years ago, our content providers would not consider performing virtual field trips with schools using anything that was not oriented towards H.323 technology,” said Zanetis. “This is starting to change, as some of them already have their own Zoom accounts while others are looking to subscribe.”
Our other educational customers consistently reaffirm this line of thought. Zoom is affordable, easy-to-use, and enables collaboration. These three tenets – all highly valued in education around the world – were largely the reason why learning was always carried out in-person until solutions like Zoom created new frontiers in distance education. To learn more about CILC and Zoom, read the full case and sign up for your free Zoom account today.