Oaks Park have worked with a local secondary school, Woodbridge High School in 2011, to share the costs of bringing authors into school through using VC. By doing this with Woodbridge High both schools saved £350.00 each.
More recently in April 2012 – Pete Johnson author of, The Vampire Blog trilogy, came to OPHS to meet with year 7 pupils. Pupils from Highlands Primary, Parkhill Juniors, Chadwell Heath Academy and Loxford School were all given the opportunity to meet him via video conference also.
Using VC technology enables schools not only to save money through sharing costs of authors fees but provides a secure and reliable way for schools to connect and collaborate together.
Caroline Horn, Director of Reading Zone, who has been working closely with the London Gird for Learning (using Janet VC services to stream the live conferences across London) said ”Video conferencing gives authors the chance to meet lots of schools at the same time. The pupils are so excited to meet the authors of the books they have been reading. Video conferencing makes the experience real and it’s live ”
For more information about Reading Zone go to www.readingzone.com