Thousands of pupils watched the live stream over the internet while hundreds more pupils in Redbridge and New York state connected together through VC via Janet VC services and Monroe #1 BOCES who povided a sercure and interoperable connection for all the schools to link up.
Susie held up one of her three bronze medals to the camera to be shown thousands of miles across the Atlantic. Susie who currently works for the British Council in the Language Assistant Team quoted: This is my first video conference and its great that so many people can be connected all over the world at the same time, it makes learning about each others culture, and experiences so much easier.
Ali Jawad is currently studying Sports Science at UEL, said that "connecting in real time with good quality video and sound made it really enjoyable for answering questions from pupils it felt as though they were not really thousands miles apart but in the same room"
Louise Kanolik, Extended Schools Manager, at Loxford school quotes: the video conference gave an opportunity for young people to communicate not only to other young people from the local area but around the world. There would be no other way to have done this. I believe this is the way forward - young people connecting through a live video link and learning from experts and each other!
Click here to watch the speech sent from our Minister for Schools and Families, Edward Timpson (MP) .
We would like to give special thanks to swimming.org and the Field of Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences at University of East London.