UK VIDEO CONFERENCING AWARDS – REDBRIDGE WINNERS 2016
This year, The UK VC Partnerships Group working alongside JISC (UK) held their National Awards Ceremony from the Bett Show at the Excel Exhibition centre in London on Wednesday 25th January. The winners from across the education sector showcased what they have done for teaching and learning using video conferencing to win their national accolade. Richard Sedding, Chair of the group, alongside other members from all over the UK joined the ceremony to see the winners awarded with their trophies from former minister for education, Lord Jim Knight, Chief education adviser for tes.com.
Primary School winner: Mayespark Primary School
Junior School winner: Churchfields Junior School
Pupils, Rachael Cooper of CJS and Lord Knight
This award submission reflects how Churchfields Junior School through the Redbridge VC network makes links both nationally and internationally, enriching our geography and science curriculums and forging relations with schools around the world.
Perhaps our most exciting project so far has been with a school in Brazil during their hosting of the Olympic Games. Year six pupils from Churchfields ran their own project supporting the teaching of English to Brazilian children. This project was run by the children and they prepared detailed lessons in their own time. As a whole school, we were also able to share song (in native and foreign language) and dance with this school and to benefit from the same display from them. Elsewhere in the school we have been able to connect with the National Space Centre, allowing pupils to find out new facts about planets in our solar system. This enriched the science curriculum in year five, allowing children to interact personally with members of staff at the space station. Children also had a conference about Salt Lake City looking at archaeology and fossils and about another about rivers, complementing learning in geography. We have also benefited from our school choir connecting with Manhattan School in New York to exchange the singing of Christmas songs.
Junior Travel Ambassadors at the school have also benefited from video conferencing. This elected pupil voice group delivered a presentation to Keith Prince (the Havering & Redbridge Conservative member for the London Assembly). In year four, children are currently using a link with a Brazilian school to present a lesson each week on life in our country and vice versa. This complements their learning in geography which is about this South American country.
We are very proud that Churchfields has travelled a total of 317,000 miles in the last year. Meaning that as a school, we have travelled around the world over 12 times in the last 12 months.
For the third consecutive year a Redbridge school has won the prestigious National UK Video Conferencing Award. Congratulations to Ilford County High School, who were the winners in the Secondary School Category.
Ilford County High School received their award from the UK VC Partnerships Group working with JISC (UK). The National Awards were streamed live across the internet at 3.30pm on Wednesday 13th May 2015. The winners from across the primary, secondary and HE sectors showcased what they have done for teaching and learning using video conferencing to win their national accolade.
Kate Hitchcock, Deputy HT with former GCSE French student, ICHS
Ilford County High School have travelled over 10 thousand virtual miles over the last year with most of their 900 students being involved in at least one virtual journey, from Global energy debates with Hong Kong to GCSE Astronomy lessons with the National Space centre. These experiences would not be possible without the video conference equipment and connecting through JISC.
One of the key subject areas ICHS worked on, was, to raise the attainment of pupils in spoken French. Video Conferencing was set up with College Jules Ferry in Beaune, France for students taking GCSE French. The sessions continued through Years 10 and 11 with one session every half term. Students were then able to hold conversations in real time, the French students being able to practice their spoken English and ours their spoken French. Students had the opportunity to ask questions about the intricacies of each other’s language. It goes without saying that the best way to learn a language is by visiting the country of origin but the video conference process was a fantastic substitute, avoiding the need for risk assessments and passports! Confidence of pupils when participating in oral activities certainly increased as a result of this initiative. There were 7 double linguists who participated regularly gaining 3A*s and 4As at GCSE. One student commented: “I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to talk regularly to French students video conference. As a Foreign language student, it is useful to witness the culture in order to enforce the learning and understanding of the subject. This is not always possible to pick up from a textbook and it is not economically viable for a school
- Primary Spanish lessons
- Roman London with the London Museum
- All pals together (WW1) with The National Archives
- Ask an expert session with the National Space Centre
- Author events with Dan Freedman and Holly Black
- Read aloud sessions with USA
- Internet Safety debate- school councils
- STEM- linked schools with USA
- International Conference between UK, South Africa, Taiwan and Poland
- Business and Chemistry lectures with Virtually University and University of Bristol
National Video Conference Award Winners 2013