Monday, 17 March 2014

Learning Spanish to Celebrate Multilingual Month

Jorge Pozo Soriano (Foreign Language Assistant for Spanish), at Oaks Park High School in the London Borough of Redbridge taught year 5 and 6 pupils from local Primary schools how to speak some basic Spanish words and sentences during Multilingual month. The lesson took place via live video conference connecting five primary schools to OPHS. It not only allowed the pupils to learn how to pronounce Spanish words from a Spanish native but they asked Jorge about what it was like living in Spain. So the pupils were able to learn about the Spanish culture also.

Jorge quotes, "I really enjoyed teaching using VC during multilingual month because I got the chance of connecting with a lot of pupils, see how they handle the Spanish language. I was able to connect with all the students in a fast and easy way due to using the VC which was a great help, I would not have been able to manage this without the VC. I'm sure that new technologies will be something essential in schools more so in the years to come, so having that experience has been wonderful and I would love to grow and expand my teaching using VC as I think it can be a key tool in education and school".

Pupils from Redbridge Primary, Highlands Primary, Manford Primary, Nightingale Primary and Fairlop Primary school all joined in with learning how to greet, welcome and say goodbye in Spanish. They sang a song with Jorge and were able to learn phrases and practice their speaking and listening in another language.  What a great way for six local schools to collaborate together and celebrate multilingual month!

Click here to read about Jorges` blog


Sunday, 2 February 2014

National Janet (VC) Awards 2014

The National Janet (UK) Awards for Excellence by enhancing teaching in learning through using video conferencing was awarded to the four educational institutions below at the Bett Show 2014 on Friday 24th January by Rt. (Hon) Lord Jim Knight. 

Tim Marshall, CEO for Janet(UK) and Andy Hsi, President of AVer Information (sponsors of the awards) are pictured below with each of the award winners who joined the Bett show live over video link from across the UK.

Primary School category winner: Highlands Primary School, LB of Redbridge
Highlands was awarded national recognition because of the large number of content providers the staff and pupils had connected, showcasing time and money saved, within just 18 months. 

Kulvran Atwal,  Head Teacher of Highlands quotes: In the last 18 months we have connected over 32 times with content providers and other schools. For example The British Museum, The National Archives, for School Council Meetings, meeting authors and show and share work with local schools. Just through connecting with Museums nationally we have travelled nearly two thousand virtual miles and we have saved just over ten thousand pounds in admin and travel costs alone.
Video conferencing has not only saved money for my school and time for my teaching staff but most importantly it has enriched the primary curriculum and brought new opportunities for our pupils; ones which they might never have had.

Secondary School category winner: Belvidere School, Shropshire LA

Belvidere was awarded national recognition for is extensive work with local content providers.

Claire Collier, Assistant Headteacher responsible for teaching and learning at Belvidere School quotes: We participated in various projects varying from Geography links with a school in Canada, French speaking assignments with a school in France, working with scientists in the field in Costa Rica and several projects with our local museum. The award was given for our work with Ludlow museum, whom I approached after noticing a lack of Maths opportunities with content providers. We worked together to design two projects, a geometry project looking at tiles from a local archaeological dig and a problem solving exercise where pupils needed to determine the height, gender and cause of death for a real skeleton. Both sessions involved artefacts that would be far too fragile to use in the classroom and therefore video conferencing provided us with an opportunity to make maths real for our students.

Further Education category winner: Grŵp Llandrillo Menai,  Wales

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai won national recognition for their impressive use of VC to deliver courses across Wales.

Glenda Elizabeth Davies, Project Co-ordinator Video Teaching Through the Medium of Welsh quotes: Our staff are able to offer courses via Video Conferencing in Welsh, English or Bilingually, to schools and colleges across Wales to establishments who may not have the staff to teach those subjects. This has enabled students to have access to a range of high quality courses that would otherwise not be available to them.
This would be impossible without Janet. The staff are so helpful, efficient and friendly.


Higher Education category winner: University College London and Imperial College London

UCL and Imperial College gained national recognition for using VC to connect their Science Phd students to schools across the UK.
Isabel N. Christie, PhD Student of Neuroscience at UCL quotes: I organised a series of video conferences with schools through Virtually University. The aim of the series is to get young people (like PhD students) to talk about their personal journey into a science career. The trophy was awarded to 'Isabel Christie and Leon Vanstone, University College London and Imperial College.

Thank you Aver Information Europe B.V. for Sponsoring the Janet(UK) Awards.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

UK Education AV User Group

About Education AV User Group

The Education AV User Group has been established to enable (end users) schools and colleges to provide and receive feedback from hardware and software manufacturers about their latest products and services. In return the education sector will aim to shape and influence the technologies for their future.

The initial pilot meeting will be held at the National Space Centre, Leicester on March 13th 2014 from 10 am – 5pm. The agenda can be found below.

We have an allocation for only 50 attendees.

How to Register
Please register with us via email, if you work at a school or college as a technician or network manager or part of the senior management team (SMT) in charge of technical budgets.

By applying to be a member you may be selected to attend the full day event on March 13th 2014, at the National Space Centre, Leicester from 10am – 5pm. The Education AV User group will be able to pay for travel and overnight accommodation if required.

Please can you fill in the information below and send it by reply to Owen Ellis at

1)      Name

2)      Contact Email

3)      School or College Name

4)      Job title

5)      School / College  postal address

By completing the information above before January 24th 2014. you are confirming you can attend the meeting on March 13th .There are limited places available for our initial meeting on March 13th so please do not be too disappointed if you are not selected on this occasion. We will hopefully contact you for our future meetings. 

Please see below for the draft agenda for the meeting on March 13th:



20 minute presentation  / 10 minute Q&A

Coffee / Tea



Speed presentation 1

10am – 10.30am


Speed presentation 2

10.30 – 11am


Speed presentation 3

11 – 11.30am


Speed presentation 4

11.30 – 12pm


Lunch and networking

12– 1.30pm


Case study

1.30 – 2pm

Janet(Uk) case study

Speed presentation 5

2- 2.30pm


Speed presentation 6

2.30 -3.00pm


Speed presentation 7

3 – 3.30 pm



3.30 – 5pm


We look forward to hearing from you.  If you have any questions about the event please email Mina Patel at or call 07402 137 310.


Advisory Board (UK Education AV User Group)
Dave Smith (HSIS):  Gary Jelks (Schools IT Unit, Redbridge LA): Shirley Wood (Janet UK): Phil Moore (CEO YHGfL): Mark Burden (WVN):  Alex Rees( Pipers Corner School )