Monday, 31 January 2011

VC Tip of the Week

Did you know we have a new and improved version of the Aethra X3 installation guide. Click here to access it.
"new" video created by Clockhouse Primary in Havering on how to connect the X3 to the school network can be found below:

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

VC Tip of the Week

Have you thought about putting your JVCS venue name and E164 number onto a label and sticking it onto your VC equipment?

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

VC Tip of the Week

Need help with Implementing VC into the whole school curriculum?

Have you seen the VC Matrix ? - it allows schools to measure progress and gives an indication of where to aim as a whole school with VC use.  There are 6 aspects you need in place:  role of SLT, role of Technician, use of VC content, whole school communication and school - school Partnerships, Using VC save money and time.

Remember - reaching level 1 will take time ( on average 2-3 years)

Click below to view the VC Matrix

Friday, 14 January 2011

Collabor8 4 Change - BETT 2011

Collabor8 4 Change was a fantastic innovative ‘unconference’ event with a clear focus on leadership of ICT with today’s challenges in mind organised and led by Dave Smith from Havering LA.
All attendees benefited from the experience through conversation and debate with leading ICT practitioners as they openly shared best practice on making effective use of ICT resources.

We were all delighted to hear
Lord Jim Knight - Former secretary of state for schools open the "unconference" with his speech.

My table session - Videoconferencing to Collaborate, Communicate and Educate.
"20 minute" Table session
Click below to see the VC case study videos  that were shown:
Stepney Green Boys School - Tower Hamlets


Monday, 10 January 2011

VC Tip of the Week

Forgotten where all the leads should go?
Have you thought about taking a digital picture then labeling it ? - so if cables do get pulled out and not replaced back correctly you have the original settings on a picture stuck next to the VC unit.

Green Screen Creativity - Waltham Forest CLC

"Green Screen" Father Christmas VC.

WF CLC were able to link green screen video technology to a VC unit to bring Father Christmas live from "snowy" Lapland to over 20 London schools on Dec 9th and 10th 2010. 
Paul Greenwood ( Northwood School, Bexley)
"Just writing on behalf of our reception and Year 1 children for the fantastic videoconference. They were very excited (maybe too much at times) and it was wonderful to see them so engrossed in the conference. the whole conference was beautifully put together: The singing and guitar playing Santa was great, and the linking videos worked well.
A big thank you to all those involved".  
Colegrave Primary

London - New York VC Partnership Launch - Dec 7th 2010

Lord Jim Knight - former Secretary State for schools officially cuts ribbon to affirm the VC Partnership.  The first of its kind between a city and state. London - New York schools wishing to register for a partner school please click here

NYSCATE conference 2010

Scargill Infant school in Havering, were the first school in London to collaborate via VC with a school in New York.
The NYSCATEconference was held in New York State on November 22nd, where teachers all over NYS attended the presentation given via a multipoint VC, about LGfL and JVCS by Mina Patel. Roger Bloxham from RBKC talked about partnerships to France and Head Teacher Kath Keeper and class teacher Amber Bignold discussed their experiences of VC with their partner school Bell Top Elementary in NYS.

Engayne Primary School, Havering

Stephanie Homewood ( ICT Co-odinator) and Headteacher Suzanne Ship proudly hold certificate and trophy.

National Award winners for the JVCS Primary School award 2010 for use in Video conferencing.  Well done Engayne Primary. You are an inspiration to us all.

Heather Hadfield ( SEGfL)- one of the judges explains why Engayne won this National Award:

"The judges thought that Engayne Primary School was the only school in the awards that showed development in using the videoconferencing across the school environment.  Although they had been videoconferencing for only 2 years they had focused on three main activities using videoconferencing in their school. They were:
            Collaborative enhanced learning through links with museums, other schools and taking part in larger regional/national events.
            Continuing professional development of staff
            Management (Head teacher using it for SCITT meetings, saving both time and money in travel)
They also explained their plans for this year and this impressed the judges through the variety of activities they were engaging in and how they were looking forward. Their development of a VC Guide to support all their teachers and plans for videoconferencing in every classroom shows how all the whole school is embracing the technology. Their plans included supporting local schools as well as a national schools council group". 

Northwood Primary School Bexley

Northwood Primary School in Bexley have done over 100 Video conferences.