Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Safer Internet Day School Council Conference

Primary and secondary school council members across fourteen schools in Redbridge debated how they could make the Internet a safer place for young people all over the world as part of Safer Internet Day.
Through using JISC video conferencing services the schools were all able to connect securely with each other and with PCSO Alan Winston and PC Kim Gakhal.

The met police officers both offered the pupils valuable feedback to their presentations on internet safety at home.

 The primary children came up with ideas such as : to work more closely with parents and to create a search engine just for young children.  The secondary school councillors thought that free antivirus spam or spyware for young people aged 18 and under would be a great idea since they cannot always afford to buy it for their computers at home.

The Pastoral Assistant for Year 11 at Oaks Park High School said , "The video conference has made me realise that we need assemblies on internet safety for year groups and that we need to work with parents more closely".

PC Gakhal, who had not used VC technology before to communicate with schools said, "Using secure VC technology to connect to so many pupils in one day for me is excellent.  The feedback I can give to the pupils has greater impact when so many other schools are joining in".

Year 11 pupil, OPHS quoted : It was good to get a range of opinions from different schools so we can have a borough level solution maybe to internet safety for us all.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Metropolitan Police Service use VC to connect to Schools

Over 400 pupils across six primary schools in Redbridge were able to speak to and question PCSO Alan Winston 7233JI from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Wanstead Safer Neighbourhoods Team during a video conference last Friday morning. This was the first time the MPS have used VC to communicate to schools in this way.
Connected through Janet(UK) from offices at Wanstead House (a partnership with the British Council and VCfGL), PCSO Alan Winston was able to speak to hundreds of pupils located in different schools in just one hour.

PCSO Winston quoted " The benefits of the video conference was that I could talk to lots of young people all at once and answer their questions. The technology is amazing because it is a secure link straight into schools".

 Winston was asked many questions about qualities needed to join the police force, the hardest parts of his job and crime in the local area. The pupils aged 8-11 were all keen to find out more about his career and what it was like to be a PCSO.

This video conference showcased how the MPS can use video conferencing technology to reach out to young people through a secure VC network that already exists for schools across London and the UK. 

In partnership with the British Council

Monday, 1 December 2014

Poetry Slam with Michael Rosen

Year 5 pupils from nine schools across Redbridge had the opportunity to perform the poem "Road" to its author, Michael Rosen, during a live poetry slam over video conference.  Michael sat with pupils from Fairlop Primary School and watched the performances and then had the hard decision to make when choosing the best ones.

Rosen was asked what he thought of the video conference: "Its important schools talk to each other and share ideas, it enables them to see and hear these ideas and it encourages schools to cooperate. VC helps children to learn and express themselves -its the prefect tool to enable this to happen".

Michael also spoke about the performances he saw from the schools : "All the schools tried really hard to invent different ways of performing the poem with very special ideas, like creating a road, doing shadow puppets. Everyone preformed really well, showing different feelings between the versus".

Well done to Mayespark Primary School and Glade Primary School who won overall.