In this Sept. 5, 2017 photo, Christine Street, business development account manager for Zdi  Inc., uses a touchpad to control video conferencing hardware to provide a virtual classroom experience during a training session at Normal Community West High School in Normal, Ill. Zdi CEO Aaron McArdle talked with teachers from his office in Heyworth via the display screen in the background. Students at McLean County Unit 5 high schools now have the ability to meet experts and tour facilities from around the globe, all from the comfort of their own classroom.
In this Sept. 5, 2017 photo, Christine Street, business development account manager for Zdi Inc., uses a touchpad to control video conferencing hardware to provide a virtual classroom experience during a training session at Normal Community West High School in Normal, Ill. Zdi CEO Aaron McArdle talked with teachers from his office in Heyworth via the display screen in the background. Students at McLean County Unit 5 high schools now have the ability to meet experts and tour facilities from around the globe, all from the comfort of their own classroom. The Pantagraph via AP David Proeber
In this Sept. 5, 2017 photo, Christine Street, business development account manager for Zdi Inc., uses a touchpad to control video conferencing hardware to provide a virtual classroom experience during a training session at Normal Community West High School in Normal, Ill. Zdi CEO Aaron McArdle talked with teachers from his office in Heyworth via the display screen in the background. Students at McLean County Unit 5 high schools now have the ability to meet experts and tour facilities from around the globe, all from the comfort of their own classroom. The Pantagraph via AP David Proeber

EXCHANGE: Virtual classroom opens world of possibilities

September 14, 2017 4:15 AM