Friday, 13 July 2018

The Global Student has Risen

Pupils from Primary and Secondary schools across Redbridge speak about their video conference experiences. 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Agenda 21 and Green Schools

Uphall Primary and Aldersbrook Primary School connected over video conference to share ideas for green initiatives at their schools. The eco friendly pupils spoke about recycling paper, school grounds and their outdoor gardening areas. They also learnt about Barkingside 21 their local environmental group:

About Barkingside 21
We started life in the spring of 1997 as a pilot project run by Redbridge Strategic Services. This was part of a government funded programme that arose from the environment summit in 1992, which took place in Rio de Janeiro. The big idea was that we need a bottom up approach to the environment and community resilience where local communities are enabled to decide and act for themselves instead of the usual prescriptive top down approach. The Agenda 21 is the Agenda for sustainable living in the 21st century.

The council engaged with residents over a two-year period via workshops and meetings to produce a Community Action Plan on what they felt should be done and this was published in 1999.

At this point we were set free and became an independent body with an elected committee and constitution, receiving a modest start up grant from the Bridge Foundation.

This coincided with the proposal for a Racetrack on Fairlop Waters and this one issue dominated the group for a couple of years, so much so, that we almost lost sight of our original purpose. Once that issue died down, and was eventually resolved, we gradually branched out into more varied community activities and campaigns.

Live Surgery of the Funny Bone Nerve

Science students at Woodford County Girls School connected into a live Surgery of the funny bone at the Pan Am Clinic, Winnipeg, Canada. The patient’s surgery was on the “funny bone” nerve found in the elbow. 

The surgeons from Pan Am Clinic explained how the “funny bone” works, what the surgery is, and of course the completion of the surgery itself.This event was interactive, which meant students from around the world could ask questions directly to surgeons and get feedback in real time!
Here is what the students at WCHS thought of the video conference to.

It was a great experience watching a procedure, especially when given a great explanation by the surgeon himself…Year 12 student

Watching the surgery really enhanced my understanding … an engaging conference…Year 13 student

It’s actual surgery … really FUN.
Year 12 student
The goal of this project was simply to make high tech procedures such as surgeries more accessible to students. A project like this allowed students to understand what exactly goes on behind the scenes during a surgery, something that is nearly impossible to replicate in a typical classroom setting. This will be the fifth live surgery which has stemmed from partnerships with Sisler High School, Pan Am Clinic, Manitoba Health, Telehealth, and Frontier School Division.