Monday, 25 April 2016

Meeting Tony Cottee

Pupils from across schools in Redbridge had the opportunity to meet Tony Cottee during World Book Day. Tony Cottee is a former West Ham United Footballer and England former professional footballer, a manager who now works as a television football commentator for Sky TV.

Pupils from over eight primary and secondary schools were able to ask Tony questions about his football career. 

Tony had some very wise words for the pupils "Don't give up ! Just practice hard and do your very best".

Live Surgery

Caterham High School in the London Borough of Redbridge connected directly to a live surgery with Silster High School, Canada and schools from Texas, New York and Taiwan. The Year 12 and 13 Biology students and teachers from London connected live into the operating theatre in Canada.

Starting at 10:30 AM CT, ( 3.30pm (GMT) the Pan Am Clinic opened its operating room to students by allowing a live video conference connection for questions from students around the world to the surgeon. The patient’s surgery was on the “funny bone” nerve found in the elbow. To be more specific, the patient’s surgery was a left in-situ ulnar nerve decompression. The ulnar nerve, if entrapped in the elbow can lead to Cubital tunnel syndrome (also known as “Cell Phone Elbow”), which causes numbness in the pinky and ring finger. Over time however, the numbness can be there all the time which will lead to weakness in the hand. The sensation has been described as hitting your “funny bone”, but the feeling lasting much longer. The surgery was interactive, meaning students were be able to ask surgeons questions and receive immediate feedback in real time. The surgery was streamed to Sisler High School, and then from there streamed to students around the world thanks to a partnership with Frontier School Division.   

Goals of the Video Conference: The goal of this project is simply to make high tech procedures such as surgeries more accessible to students. A project like this allows 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 third live surgery which has stemmed from a partnership with Sisler High School, Pan Am Clinic, Telehealth, and Frontier School Division, the first two being live ACL knee reconstructions.


Wednesday, 10 February 2016

SID 2016 - We Shared our Hearts

During Safer Internet Day 2016 -  pupils from over 20 schools in Redbridge connected securely via video conference through the JISC network to discuss safety on the Internet with their local PC and PCSO officers. The pupils from primary and secondary schools met to discuss issues and concerns they had about using the Internet at home with the Met Police Officers. PC Kim Ghakal and PCSO Alan Winston talked about their jobs and about the importance of staying safe online. 

The young digital leaders and school council members who took part throughout the day had prepared presentations for each other and received feedback about online safety from the police officers who were the experts on the matter.  The pupils were also able to share their hearts which were designed especially for SID2016 with each other.

PC Kim Ghakal quotes in her share a heart for SID 2016, " I love the Internet because it allows me to connect through video conference to lots of schools at the same time and speak to the students in a safe.and secure environment"

What a great way to celebrate, how effective the Internet can be, when schools can share, learn and collaborate together with their peers and experts in this way.