The Kansai University Elementary School was established in 2010 as the university's first elementary school. The Elementary School was considering the introduction of an exchange learning program that would aim at improving the communication skills of the students under the concept that "international understanding = cultural exchange." In the past, cultural exchanges with Hawaiian schools were conducted using videophones, but the images appeared grainy, it was difficult to see the facial expressions of the other students, and poor sound quality and delays made it difficult to hear pronunciation, which is one of the most important aspects of language learning. In addition, the phone line would often disconnect, making it hard to conduct classes. In order to solve these problems, the school began to search for a new system. The opportunity arose to view a demonstration of the HD Visual Communications System at the Panasonic Center in Osaka. Impressed by the lifelike ambience, which made it feel like everyone was right in the same room, school staff soon started considering the concrete aspects of introducing the system.
The Kansai University Elementary School upholds a basic philosophy of cultivating strong and agile levels of humanity in people while helping them to maintain high ethical standards and dignity. As a model school for the remote international exchange class support system, we have received the cooperation of Cromer Public School. During our fourth grade English classes (twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays), we hold real-time conversations with students from Australia by connecting the HD Visual Communications System for the first 15 minutes of the 45-minute class.