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Editing this issue saw us experiencing the ‘snowball’ effect. This began when Peter Beighton,
Principal at Branston Community Academy invited us to ‘return to school’ and sit in on an
A Level French lesson with a difference. The teacher was in two places at once! Curious?
Then you can read about this on page 26.
This prompted us to look further into the idea of recording video conferencing lessons and
discover the success that Lucy and her team at the University of Derby were having with online
learning. You can read Lucy’s article on page 30.
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04 It’s a short throw from interactive
classroom to lecture theatre
06 Large venue projectors make a big
impact in schools and colleges
10 GeneeVision visualisers capture
the imagination of Guiseley
Secondary School
18 Sandringham School delivers
advanced learning experiences
20 Connecting the country
21 Connecting distance learning
22 Video conferencing mounts
24 Multi site learning across seven
Lincolnshire secondary schools
26 Back to school to see French teacher
in two places at once
11 Improving mental Maths skills
within KS2
28 Conference room equipment
12 Prize winners from Issue 1
29 LifeSize takes the strain out of
video streaming
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missed this, you’ll be able to view the photos and request details of the new products by visiting
www.teachingtechnology.co.uk We can even arrange for you to view new technology at your
inset training days.
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Distance Learning guide supplement and audio visual guides.
Next stop was to look at how video conferencing links up, which led to an interesting article from
Tim Boundy, who is JANET’s Project Manager and Schools Content Coordinator.
13 Making light work of LED technology
14 Distance learning for education
30 University of Derby Online distance learning
Your focus is on teaching Sanyo’s focus is on projection
technology to help you choose
a projector, whatever your
teaching needs
It’s a short throw from
interactive classroom
to lecture theatre
Short throw and short throw interactive
You can save on lamp life and energy when you don’t need
as much brightness. The PLC-WL2500 is 2500 ANSI lumens
and reduces to 1500 ANSI using Eco mode. It is also ideal
for education and training environments where the short throw
lens helps to minimise the on screen shadows which can
affect longer throw projected images.
It has WXGA resolution, HDMI input, as well as two analogue
Dsub15 data inputs plus video and an integrated 10 watt
speaker. Network monitoring and control with e-mail alert,
enables the projector to be managed remotely across the
network. This saves a lot of time as there is no need for
someone to go from class to class switching off projectors.
Extended lamp life and long life filter all help to reduce the
need for maintenance.
Supplied with an embedded IR (infrared) camera, pen and
control software, the PLC-WL2503 can make almost any
projection surface interactive. Using an interactive projector is
ideal in classrooms that do not have interactive whiteboards
as you can project and annotate onto an ordinary dry-wipe
whiteboard. These short throw models have SANYO 5 year
‘Elite’ de-install/re-install and 5 year Lamp warranty options.
Primary and secondary school classrooms
The PLC-XE34, exclusive to education users, where the
projected output of 1500 ANSI in Eco mode, XGA resolution,
dual data inputs plus video are ideal for primary or secondary
schools. Rather than an entirely orange cabinet, the PLCXE34 now has an orange security plate to identify the unit
as an education model, balancing the need for security with
the end user requirement for aesthetics. Network monitoring
and control allow the projector to be managed remotely and
enable an administrator to switch the projector into standby
at the end of the day.
As energy saving and its impact on the environment is
important, the standby power consumption of less than 1
Watt and extended lamp life of up to 6000 hours reduces the
Total Cost of Ownership (TOC). The PLC-XE34 is supported
by a SANYO 3 year lamp warranty and 3 year de-install/reinstall projector warranty. De-install/re-install warranty will give
you peace of mind, for if the projector does need repair, you
do not have to worry about calling in someone to take down
the projector for repair and then reinstall it.
Hall / Lecture theatre
Ultra short throw projection for wall
mounting above an interactive whiteboard
Ultra short throw projectors, designed to be wall mounted
above an interactive whiteboard, are ideal for the classroom,
as the teacher does not have the glare from a bright
projector light.
Wall mounted above the projection surface, the PDGDWL2500 requires one of the smallest gaps between the top
of the board and the bottom of the projector, which helps
solves a problem where ceiling height is limited.
The PDG-DWL2500 provides 2500 ANSI, native WXGA
resolution, although it can be switched to a 4:3 aspect to
provide compatibility with current board installations. It is
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available in both 16:10 (DWL) and 4:3 formats (DXL) with
SANYO’s 5 year ‘Elite’ de-install/re-install and 5 year lamp
warranty options.
An integrated 10 watt speaker provides sufficient audio for the
classroom, while network monitoring and control with e-mail
alert, enables the projector to be managed remotely across
your network to resolve either operator issues or to remotely
switch the projector into standby mode at the end of the
day. Excitingly, the PDG-DWL2500 is 3D compatible. With
education applications forecast to be one of the strongest
growth areas for 3D, this enables you to “Future Proof” your
purchase, and offers the opportunity for a truly immersive
teaching experience.
Designed for lecture theatres, the PLC-XM100L gives you
5000 ANSI, XGA resolution, RGBHV, component and DVI-D
or VGA inputs. With high contrast ratio you will gain superior
image quality for your presentations.
It has horizontal and vertical lens shift and keystone
correction together with a new range of lenses covering throw
ratios from 0.8:1 through to 7.36:1. The standard lens (LNS
S20) provides a huge throw range at 1.70 – 2.89:1 allowing it
to be selected for many installations.
Centre mounted lenses simplify installation, while SANYO’s
Auto Maintenance Filter System enables the projector to
operate for up to 10,000 hours without filter maintenance.
Once installed an RJ45 port enables the PLC-XM100L to be
monitored and controlled across the network to ensure that the
resource is available when required.
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Now your projector can be used for this
multi-board teaching technique as
you develop concepts, compare
elements and refer back and forth
without changing the image.
Film clubs/discos
Large venue projectors
make a big impact in
schools and colleges
Epson understands that technology has the potential to improve the
standard of pupils’ education and provides solutions that promote a
greater responsiveness amongst pupils.
However, it’s important to note that it’s not
just inside the classroom where schools
and colleges can utilise new technologies
to enhance engagement with students.
In fact, many schools and colleges are
realising the benefits of Epson’s G-Series
projectors, designed to meet the needs
of large rooms, which deliver high image
quality and functionality alongside a
simple set-up.
An ideal choice to optimise large spaces
including assembly halls, drama studios,
atriums and lecture halls, Epson’s GSeries projectors are versatile tools that
boast multiple usage options. Epson
suggests a few ways that its G-Series
projectors can make an impact in your
Assemblies continue to be a great
opportunity for schools to bring to life
– to articulate and demonstrate – the
core values of the school community.
There are many ways to put across a
message or story in a didactic way that
is fun and engaging. Visual elements in
presentations particularly help to capture
the attention of students.
The benefit of Epson’s G-Series projectors
to teachers and the wider workforce is
their ability to give high-quality, visual
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presentations. With
Epson’s 3LCD technology,
presentations made using
the Epson G-Series projectors
have vivid yet natural colours, even when
projecting in a well-lit environment.
Drama and school
Drama, an area where pupils’ creativity
can flourish, is an important part of the
school curriculum. In the modern world
of theatre, many works incorporate new
media and equally, drama within schools
and colleges can be greatly enhanced
by technology.
A perfect example of how to use the
Epson G-Series projectors in an extracurricular context is to project films for
a film club. Epson’s 3LCD technology,
used in all of its projectors, delivers bright,
vivid and clear images, even in daylight.
Take advantage of the best-in-class
image quality to project films or display
video content such as music videos to
complement school discos. Epson’s
G-Series projectors guarantee rich
video and projection content with bright,
true-to-life colours.
Designed and built to meet the exacting
requirements of large venue installation,
Epson’s G-Series projectors incorporate
a range of features that schools and
colleges can benefit from.
Key product features include:
A great idea to further help assemblies
come to life is to use the Epson G-Series
projectors together with the Epson ELPDC11 desktop visualiser for schools and
colleges (pictured right).
Presenters can connect the ELP-DC11
directly to any Epson G-Series projector
to share physical objects or digital content
with the audience. The native aspect
ratio is automatically detected, so the
image fills the screen exactly. A host of
possibilities through this Epson visualiser
and projector combination include the
option to share good work produced by
students, excerpts from books that relate
to the assembly theme, 3D objects,
plus more.
The great thing about an
Epson G-Series projector
used within a large space
at a school or college is its
versatility – there are plenty
of uses for the projectors even
after the school day is over. Of
course, extra-curricular activities
at schools and colleges have the added
challenge of retaining students’ attention
after a day of lessons so the help of
technology to stimulate pupils could
come in useful!
Outstanding picture quality: Epson’s
3LCD technology and 5,200 lumens
deliver bright, vivid and clear images, even
in daylight. Deeper blacks are created
with the high contrast ratio of 2000:1.
When the
school play
comes around, why
spend time building
your own set backdrops
when Epson’s G-Series projectors can
project the perfect backdrop for every
scene? Just one example of how to
incorporate new media into drama
productions, projection can prove itself to
be an innovative and flexible option to the
stage management team and beyond.
In drama lessons, a creative way to
highlight important scenes from films or
recorded theatre productions is through
projection using the Epson G-Series
projectors. The projection area you can
achieve is much more extensive than that
Lens shift: Keep installation simple
with the centrally positioned lens, while
placement options are broadened with
the vertical and horizontal lens shift. The
bayonet mount and wide 1.8x zoom ratio
with the standard lens make positioning
the projector a hassle-free process.
Low maintenance: The electrostatic filter
can be cleaned or changed quickly, plus
the long-lasting lamp and long-life C2Fine
Inorganic LCD panel means durability
is assured and total cost of ownership
(TCO) is kept to a minimum.
Easy MP Network and Control:
Monitor the status of your projector, and
set up alerts, so the projector emails
the administrator in case of any issues.
You can also broadcast a message to
the network with the included EasyMP
You’re always in control. You can
still project a single image using
the whole screen, but the option to
project two or four images gives you
the flexibility to teach your way.
Network Projection software. Plus,
automatic power on or off at predetermined times.
Environmentally friendly: A paint-free
design, lead-free lenses, and recyclable
Expand educational
horizons with Epson
Collaborative learning
with the Epson G-Series
Inside lecture halls, enhance the way
you teach by presenting information
from up to four different sources on a
single screen with the Epson G-Series
projectors. Multi-establishment schools
and colleges can display multiple images
in real time and share them with lecture
halls in different buildings with this
versatile feature, standard on Epson
G-Series projectors.
Presenting without limits
Maximise the potential of multiple display
presenting with Epson Multi-PC Projection
software and Epson’s new G-Series1
3LCD projectors.
Share in different
What’s more, you can share your
presentation with up to four Epson GSeries projectors and present remotely
in other locations, simply by ‘mirroring’
your content on the additional networkconnected projectors.
This process means everyone is looking
at the same screen, anywhere on your
network, so colleagues in other buildings
and locations can get involved in real
time and classes can reach much larger
Get interactive
Other team members connected to the
network can easily contribute to the
meeting by adding information screens
from their own PCs, providing they have
Epson EasyMP Multi-PC projection
software installed.
Whether connected to the network
with wires or wirelessly, users simply
drag and drop their screen onto the
live presentation using the intuitive
control panel.
Epson Multi-PC Presenting is supported by the
Epson EB-G5450WU, EB-G5650W, EB-G5750WU
and EB-G5950
Project from multiple sources
at the same time and achieve
more effective results than
presenting just a single image
or static PowerPoint slide.
Multiple images,
intelligent learning
Comparing information is a crucial part
of helping students to understand the
bigger picture. Now, images from up to
four computers with wired or wireless
network connection can be displayed onscreen, referred to and discussed without
the distraction of switching between pages.
Before PowerPoint-based teaching,
lecturers would often construct their
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teaching across multiple boards, building
their arguments, ideas and explanations
through simultaneous comparison.
of a television screen. Plus, images will
really jump out at pupils thanks to the
first-class picture quality of the Epson
G-Series that boasts natural colours and
deeper blacks.
are similar to pull-down screens, but
instead of the screen being pulled down
manually, an electric motor raises and
lowers the screen.
Electric screens are usually raised or
lowered using either a remote control
or wall-mounted switch, although
some projectors are equipped with an
interface that connects to the screen and
automatically lowers the screen when the
projector is switched on and raises it when
the projector is switched off.
the right image
When setting up a video projection, it is important to know that the
projection screen is just as important as the projector itself. A top end
projector cannot be used to its full potential without a good screen and it
is important to look after your screen.
A good projector screen really does
matter! Often schools and colleges
will source the best projector for their
budget and then ‘make do’ with a cheap
projection screen. This can prove a
costly mistake, especially when using
larger size screens such as in lecture
theatres or large auditoriums. Your
audience will not be impressed if the
projected image is covered in ripples.
Rippling effects
The most common fault for a screen is
that it ripples on the surface and this
particular fault normally starts with a
small area and is likely to develop into a
larger area. If this happens in a lecture
theatre or large auditorium, it is likely to
affect audience viewing and the cost
implication of replacing the screen will
be high due to the size of the screen and
installation cost. It is always advisable to
purchase a good quality screen from an
established screen manufacturer to avoid
further cost.
Choosing the right
screen for you
It is important to know what screen to
choose from to suit the individuals and
the most common question asked by our
customers is if they are able to obtain a
screen other than the standard size. A
customised screen can maximise your
projection space and fully utilise your
AV equipment. Screen International is
specialised in producing screens with
a wide range of measurements: from
standard to custom sizes in order to
satisfy every single request that comes
from its customers.
Your projection image is only as good as
the surface it’s projected onto, therefore
it is important to pick the right screen to
suit your application. The screen that will
work the best depends on the projector,
the viewing angle, the amount of ambient
light in the room, and the distance of the
projector from the screen. The following
outlines may help:
Screen International Flat Elastic
of the room
Before making any purchases, familiarize
yourself with the room you will be placing
the video projector in. Is there sufficient
room to project the large image you intend
to project? Is there any other furniture in the
way that you are unable to remove? Are
you using the screen in the daylight or in
the evening or both? Excess ambient light
would prevent the room from being dark
enough for video projection use.
Screen size
The distance between the projector and
the screen determines how large an image
can be projected onto the screen. The
greater the distance, the larger the image
it would be. The size of the screen is also
determined by the projector used as it will
have its own unique throw ratio. The throw
ratio determines how large an image can
be projected from a given distance. Bigger
does not always mean better as you will
need to take into consideration the seating
positions of the audience. The screen size is
also limited by the projector that is used as
well as limited by the size of the room.
Screen aspect ratio
– 4:3, 16:9, or 16:10
The popularity of widescreen DVD and
HDTV has driven the trend in video
projection screens towards the 16:9 aspect
ratio. However with the recent boost in
the newer generation laptops offering the
native resolution of 16:10, there has been
a surge of demand in the 16:10 screens
in the recent months. 4:3 ratio tends to be
popular in the education and corporate
projection screen market even though
viewing a 16:9 image on a 4:3 ratio screen
will result in a larger unused screen surface
area. It is always advisable to use the same
screen aspect ratio as the projector’s native
resolution so it will not compromise on the
picture quality.
Tensioned / non tensioned
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Screen surface selection
- front / rear projection
Projectors can be used to project an image
from either the front or rear of the screen.
Front projection screens are the most
common, and the easiest to setup.
When using the rear projection method,
it is advisable to get a short throw projector
that can project a large image at a short
distance. It is generally more difficult in
setting it up as it is prone to hot spotting,
however in listed buildings or buildings with
high ceilings, the rear projection screen will
be the best method for this use.
Screen surface selection
- high gain / high contrast
Gain is a measure of reflectivity of light
compared to a screen coated with
magnesium carbonate or titanium dioxide,
when the measurement is taken for light
targeted and reflected perpendicular to
the screen. Titanium dioxide is a bright
white colour, but greater gains can be
accomplished with materials that reflect
more of the light parallel to projection
axis and less off-axis.
A gain of 1.5 means that the screen
reflects 50% more light than the screen
standard. People in the past have used
high gain screens to save money on
projectors as the additional gain on the
screen was used to compensate the lost
on the brightness of a projector.
In some instances where there is a
limitation on the projector selected, the
screen can be used as a method to
produce extra brightness (gain). The
screen will be made with additional
coating to reflect as much light as possible
to produce a bright image in a specific
type of environment. The shortfall for this
type of screen is that it will narrow the
viewing angle.
Viewing angle is a measure of the
distance from the centre of the screen at
which you can still see the same quality
image as from the viewing axis. Some
projection screens are made with material
which reflect more light perpendicular
to the screen and less light to the sides,
making it harder to view the projected
image if the audience is not seated in the
area of the centre of the screen.
The main advantage of a tensioned electric
screen is that it helps keep the screen
fabric flat and immobile (so no rippling
effect), whereas the non tensioned models
have the fabric of the screen hanging
freely from their support structures and are
prone to screen curling around the edges.
Tensioned screen will increase the lifespan
of the projection screen and it will save
money in the long run.
Screen winch
Manual / electric screens
Where you have a very high ceiling, you
can use a screen winch. This lets you
see the top of the casing and it helps
the screen to come down. This is an
alternative to having a screen where the
height is greater than the width and where
the manufacturer cannot guarantee the
flatness of surface, thus rendering it to
screen edge curling. The screen winch is
a method of bringing the screen down to
give you the format you require.
Electric screens can be wall/ceiling
mounted. These are often larger size
screens, though the Screen International
Home Cinema models tends to use
smaller sizes of screen. Electric screens
Screen International screen winch
Higher contrast from the screen will be
regarded as an important factor where the
main aspect of the screen is to show films
and pictures. The high contrast screen
(normally grey) will give you the additional
contrast to boost your viewing pleasure.
Manual screens are inexpensive and
easy to use. Operating just like a
window shade, a manual screen is
revealed by simply pulling the screen
down by hand.
Audio Visual Material is an
established distributor for
branded projection screens,
including Screen International
and ScreenLabs, and has built
up a reputation of over 40 years
of supplying high quality audio
visual products and projection
screens through its dealer
network. Screen International
manufacture projection screens
with very high quality standards
as well as respecting the
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Screen International Compact Tensioned
GeneeWorld support teachers by providing ICT
technology to use in schools to enhance teaching and
learning in the classroom. By supplying GeneeVision
visualisers and interactive response systems, it
allows teachers to introduce new technology into
their classrooms and to share best practice with their
Cola exploration
The project was based around using the visualiser to examine
close up what happens when you drop Mentos mints into a
bottle of Diet Coke. It was known that this would create a
Coke fountain but the idea was to examine the reaction in
detail to see how the effect could be maximised.
Key objectives
• Link science and technology TEM agenda requirements
– Pupils studied the reaction in science then designed their
own trigger systems for delivering the mints
• Using new technology like the visualiser to study the reaction
• Use PLT to draw conclusions from the visualiser observations
and suggest a way to improve the design system.
Pupils were shown the basic reaction and the key concepts
outlined to the group during a science lesson. These were
essentially delivering the mints quickly whilst maximising
the surface area in contact with the Coke and doing this
from a distance so they were not immersed in Coke. Pupils
subsequently made the system in Technology and tested its
effectiveness whilst the visualiser filmed the reaction. Pupils
later discussed how they would improve the system in light of
what they had seen via the visualiser videos.
The video footage obtained and the ensuing discussion
showed the success of the project. The general group
conclusion reached by those participating was that the next
delivery system should be designed to do all the above but
encourage the production of small bubbles not the large ones
seen on the video because they quickly rose to the top of
the bottle but took little Coke with them which meant they
contributed little to the fountain of Coke.
“The visualiser allowed us to study the experiment close up and the
remote control allowed us to position the video camera to see the
detail quite easily without having to constantly return to the lens. It
sort of mimicked the industrial situations where cameras are used in
hostile environments to see what is happening without endangering the
operator. In this experiment it basically meant that the operator wouldn’t
get covered in Coke. The pupils had to work together in order to
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visualisers capture
the imagination
of Guiseley
Secondary School
Improving mental Maths skills
within KS2 at New York Primary
The pilot scheme was to introduce Interactive Response Systems into
the classroom as a way of being able to show evidence of embedding
technology across the whole curriculum.
“After learning the science when designing and
building our equipment, it was great to see it
played back in lesson so we could see exactly what
happened.” Lead Practitioner: Andrew Mangham.
Special considerations
We constructed a special shower resistant jacket for the
visualiser and cut a collar in acrylic to the exact size of the lens
shoulder using the laser cutter. The focus and direction of
the camera were then controlled remotely using the computer
controls and the hand set.
Issues to consider
The main problem that we encountered was timetabling
the pupils so they could first work in science then move on
to technology. This wasn’t easy and only achieved once
year eleven pupils had left school and freed up some more
timetable slots.
The next step
The next step is to take the video obtained last academic year
and use it as a starting point for next year’s exploration so the
project can move on.
In the 21st Century technology plays a
key role in all aspects of our life. At New
York Primary, we believe children should
be exposed to varied and cutting edge
technology to develop their learning and
provide them with the life skills needed in
a modern world. By exposing children at
a very young age, we can inspire and
motivate children in their learning.
The days of having 2 hours a week in a
stuffy old computer room are long gone.
Technology should be used daily and with
imagination and a little planning, technology
can be used in all subjects, driving the
learning from the core and not merely as a
pretty but ultimately meaningless add-on.
The Classcomm Genee Pad Interactive
Response System can be used in any
subject where assessment of knowledge
is required, with the option of multi choice
They have also provided an invaluable
resource for student perception surveys
where children can vote anonymously on
whole school issues. This has proved
useful in addressing issues in the school
and has helped the children to feel they
have an independent voice.
Children to be able to learn and recite their times tables quickly and efficiently
Actions we took
A series of PowerPoints were set up in the style of Who Wants to be a Millionaire
with 4 possible options available. A timer was set (e.g. 10 seconds) to encourage
the children to respond swiftly. The option to watch progress using race cars etc
was used to engender completion amongst the children.
This is evidence of success
Children were really excited to have a times tables test on a Friday. The element
of competition meant children were prepared to practice the nominated times
table for the week at home. Children’s mental recall improved, the speed and number
of correct answers also significantly improved over the weeks. Children were able to
use the foundations laid to help in other areas of maths.
“Watching the video allowed us to see exactly
what was going on inside the Coke bottle and link
it back to the science behind it.”
coordinate the use of the visualiser and trigger the reaction which meant
team work was involved and finally they were able to see the reaction up
close and plan how to improve the performance next time. This covers
at least two Personal Thinking and Learning Skills. It also demonstrates
the visualiser which is an amazing piece of technology in itself and shows
what is available in the modern technological world.” Lead Practitioner,
Andrew Mangham.
Their potential stretches far beyond
this however. The Genee Pads have
also been used in literacy lessons,
where children have been able to text
in adjectives, adverbs etc to annotate
pictures. Any learning outcome which
requires short text answers can be met
by the Genee Pads.
Key objectives/outcomes
Quotes from pupils:
“I could see on the video where we went wrong
and what we could do to improve it next time.”
questions keeping all children active and
involved, especially the SEN children.
At New York we have used the panels
for summative testing in both Science
and Maths.
“Are we doing a times table test today?” a very eager Year 3 pupil (on a daily basis)
“Can we set the timer for 5 seconds, this is too easy!” Year 3 pupil who previously had
to use a multiplication square.
“Children’s willingness to invest the time at home to practice and learn their times
tables increased dramatically thanks to the motivational aspect of using voting panels.”
The voting panels have a real impact on motivation in the classroom. The children love
the independence that they bring, reducing the amount of time spent off task because
all children are engaged. Children have improved their times tables knowledge which
has improved their confidence in mathematics generally.
The future
The use of voting panels will be extended into different subjects whilst forming a large
part of our mental maths teaching in mental / oral starters. We will be looking at
developing the texting aspect of the voting panels e.g. adding adjectives to photos etc,
labelling plant parts in science.
Other information
Funding for the voting panels was provided through EAZ funding in North Tyneside.
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By Matt Beresford, ICT Co-ordinator
AVerVision CP135
flexible neck visualiser
Congratulations to Peter Curtis from Small Heath School in Birmingham.
Peter’s entry was the first correct drawn at random by the computer from all entries into
our prize draw in Issue 1 of Teaching Technology. The correct answer was 500.
Peter tells us that the Head was very pleased with the result. Their Design Technology
department are glad of the opportunity to add the variety of equipment and improved
opportunities to give a more varied approach to the delivery of their lessons.
Prize winners
Making light work of
LED technology
In our first issue of Teaching Technology we looked at LED energy
saving parcans for end of term school productions. Here we turn the
spotlight on LED for indoor architectural lighting.
Repeat Signage 2010 Standard
Edition digital signage software
The correct answer was TT7494.
There are 10 winners, all drawn at random from
entries from Issue 1 of Teaching Technology.
Congratulations to:
• Cornwall College, Cornwall
• Portlethen Academy, Aberdeen
• Hele’s School, Plymouth
• Reflections Training Academy, Birmingham
• Wembury Primary School, Plymouth
• Gumley House Convent School, Middlesex
• University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins
• The University of Manchester, Manchester
Business School
• Newbattle Abbey College, Midlothian
• Gilmorton Chandler CE (Aided) Primary School,
Museums and exhibits
Energy saving, light emitting diodes (LEDs)
give off little heat and can be safely used
to illuminate interior walls and exhibits in
museums and galleries or when exhibiting
students’ work.
Lanta Orion Link
Straight bars, such as Lanta Orion Link, can
also be used to run the length of an interior
wall by daisy chaining from unit to unit.
This product has a mixture of LEDs and they
have a breakdown of the following colours: 96
red, 96 green and 96 blue. This means you
can have all 288 on red, all on green, or all on
blue. Or you can colour mix them to create
various colours as well as creating various
effects such as static, chase or fade.
The Link accepts signals from a standard
DMX lighting desk, so that its colour changes
can be programmed and controlled.
Lanta Orion Aspect
Do remember to enter the prize draws for this issue of Teaching Technology as
you could win an LG SuperSign digital signage solution, or one of 10 copies of
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If you compare this fixture with the Orion
Link, you can see the difference in size of the
individual LEDs. The Orion Aspect uses Tri
Colour LEDs in which each of its 16 LEDs
contains three colours, i.e. red, green and
blue. You can get different wattage in
Tri Colour LEDs, such as 1W or, as in the
Orion Aspect, 3W Tri LEDs.
The Lanta Orion Aspect is a colour wash
which colour changes through the full
spectrum of colours. It has a versatile bracket
which allows it to be used along the edge
of a stage or exhibition platform or can be
installed on a lighting rig. It can be used as
a ceiling wash or to light up columns.
Lanta Orion Sunspot
A spot is a more focused lighting fixture.
Using three 3W Tri Colour LEDs the Orion
Sunspot can be used as a mood-effect wash.
It can be set, for example, to illuminate an
exhibit in red, in green or in blue, or it can
change colour. It can also be used as an
uplighter or feature spotlight by positioning,
for example, beneath a work of art.
Orion Aspect
Long lasting LEDs
These LED lighting fixtures are long lasting
with an average life of several thousand
hours. The Orion Sunspot, for instance, has
an average service life of 50,000 hours. Not
only does LED lighting save money on energy,
but there are no replacement bulbs to buy,
which also saves maintenance costs.
Orion Sunspot
Orion Link
VC500EX video
conferencing kit
Move on to audio and video, and we
start looking into the world of video
conferencing. You may already be
familiar with instant messaging on your
computer, which allows you to chat to
other people over the Internet. Instant
messaging also lets you make a video
call if you have a built-in camera on your
laptop, or by plugging into an external
webcam. Unless you have good Internet
connection, the image is often ‘grainy’ or
‘jumpy’ and the audio may not be clear.
Introducing audio and video
conferencing for schools
and higher education
In this article, we look at various ways
to communicate with other educational
establishments for distance learning
Most of us in the UK remember French
Exchange trip or visits whilst we were at
school. Even if you weren’t part of these,
you will remember groups of French
children visiting your school once in a
while. Some of us had French pen pals,
so that we could always practice our
reading and writing as well.
Jumping forward to the present day, we
are no longer restricted to face-to-face
visits. We have a wealth of technology
and the Internet, giving us many more
options to speak and see people from
other countries who are eager to learn
English and are happy to speak with us.
Distance learning isn’t just for languages
either. You can involve seven schools, for
example, in multi site learning, such as
in the delivery of A Level French, Law or
Further Maths. But for the purpose of
this article, we’ll just talk about language
Language learning and
Let’s start with the telephone. When we
were at school, we never spoke directly
to French exchange students as the cost
of foreign calls was astronomical. Also,
phone calls were always a one-to-one
call with someone. This has changed.
Telephone companies have packages
with international calls at around 10p per
minute, so that cost barrier disappears.
Telephones themselves have changed.
Conference phones, which allow several
people to speak and be heard at once
are now low cost. We have all seen
movies with triangular shaped phones in
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Audio and video
The Polycom CX300, for example, is a
USB desktop phone optimised for use
with Microsoft® Lync™ 2010. This costs
around £125+VAT. Microsoft® Lync™
allows users to connect and collaborate
from any location that has Internet
connectivity. The CX300 desktop phone
was designed to be used as a regular
handset and calls may be placed or
answered using the phone or a Microsoft®
Office Communicator 2007 R2 client
Video conferencing
The next level is professional video
conferencing so that you get the best
quality audio and video. This can come
at a very high price, however, there is a
choice of systems to suit most budgets.
CombiPower50, for example, is a cassette
recorder, CD player with USB and public
address (PA) system.
Polycom® SoundStation2™
conference phone
offices and boardrooms, (if you haven’t
then watch out for them). These are
conference phones and this model
costs around £325+VAT and is suitable
for up to around eight participants. An
expandable version is available which
allows you to talk up to 10-feet away
and is suitable for up to 12 participants.
Wireless versions are another option.
Also don’t forget that these phone calls
could be recorded with something as
simple as a cassette recorder or phone
call recorder, so that the students can
then play them back in class and learn
from their conversations. Bretford
Bretford CombiPower50
Because we are looking at language
learning, the quality of audio needs to be
spot on. So the better quality desktop
conferencing phones with high definition
(HD) voice, such as Polycom SoundStation
IP5000, would be better suited. The IP5000
is a voice over IP (VoIP) phone, and this and
the other models in its range, will replace
analog phones as many organisations switch
to IP phone technology. This model costs
around £495+VAT.
Polycom® SoundStation® IP5000
Making phone calls via
the Internet
The above looks at “normal” phones but
the Internet gives us some better and even
cheaper options, especially for one-to-one
or small groups. Many people already use
Skype. Have a look at www.skype.com if
you are not familiar with this. Many people
in the UK use this to communicate with
relatives abroad, especially when sons or
daughters emigrate to Australia, for example.
Skype and other servers allow telephone
calls over the Internet. You can either just
use the speakers and microphones built into
most computers or purchase better quality
LGExecutive powered by LifeSize®
Polycom C100S
for Skype
Another example
is the use of
webcams with
services such as
Skype, so that you
also see a small image of the person, or
very small group of people, you are talking
to. This is very cost effective as even
the better webcams and microphones
are cheap, and colleges and universities
will already have Internet connections in
place. Polycom C100S, for example,
is a desktop microphone and speaker,
designed for use with Skype. This costs
around £95+VAT.
Desktop video conferencing systems
are available which comprise an LCD
monitor, integrated camera, microphone
and speakers.
The LGExecutive powered by LifeSize®,
for example, has an integrated 720p
camera and Full HD 1080p 24-inch
diagonal LCD monitor. A system like
this, or something similar, costs around
£2,650+VAT. Communication is H.323,
SIP, Skype (audio) and there are two video
inputs, 1 x HDMI and 1 x VGA. You can
use anything between 128Kbps to 2Mbps
for a video call. For obvious reasons, the
more bandwidth available, the better.
An option is to install a dedicated phone
line and Internet connection at around
£20+VAT per month.
You can make a high definition call
using 1Mb of bandwidth with the
LGExecutive powered by LifeSize®.
The LifeSize patented technology means
that LGExecutive will give you a great
quality experience even at bandwidths
below 1Mb.
Polycom CX300 for Microsoft® Lync™
for voice and video calls over Internet
Protocol (IP). If you are familiar with the
term VoIP (voice over IP), then that uses
SIP, as does instant messaging and
online games, for example.
These all-in-one desktop video
conferencing systems are ideal for one or
two students at a time to communicate
with a similar number of pupils in one
school at a time, either within the UK or
in another country such as France. Such
a system is also ideal for head teachers
to liaise with one or two colleagues at
another school.
Small group
conference calls
Obviously you don’t
want twenty people
talking to their
counterparts in another
country, but one idea
VC500EX video
is to allocate a small
conferencing kit
conference room for
small group video
conferencing calls. You could have a
desk and four chairs all facing a large
50-inch (diagonal) LCD or plasma screen
on the wall, with powered speakers either
side. Then either on a small shelf above
the screen, or the desktop, you position
the camera and codec. Panasonic offer
a choice of kits with either a pan, tilt,
zoom (PTZ) camera or camcorder option
and a Panasonic plasma screen. These
are ideal for K-12 and higher education
classrooms where remote guest speakers
or sharing between schools enhances the
learning experience.
This small conference room could be
used to allow students in for timed
sessions or for teachers to communicate
with colleagues in other schools, thereby
saving time and costs on travelling.
Classroom and conference
room systems
We have talked about communicating
using a display screen in a small room.
However, you may want to use video
Team 220
This article isn’t going into the
technicalities of connection, but for
clarification, H.323 is widely used to
provide audio visual communication over
any packet network. SIP stands for
Session Initiation Protocol and is used
Distance learning
for education
ones including telephone handsets and
audio conferencing handsets that plug
into the computer. The teacher’s job then
becomes the organising and scheduling
of these types of calls, if we are just
looking at audio.
Unicol Avecta twin
screen trolley
LifeSize Room 220 codec, camera and
conference phone
conferencing in the classroom where
you have access to your projector and
interactive whiteboard. This is not a
You could, for example, position your one
or two display screens, on a trolley in the
corner of the classroom, and place the
video conferencing camera and codec on
a shelf. Using the remote control you can
pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) the camera, to
show different parts of the classroom.
Trolleys with lockable cabinets are
also available for you to keep all your
equipment secure and move around as
and when needed.
Cameras often have presets. This means
you could press a button and the camera
whirls round to show the teacher at the
interactive whiteboard, press another
button and it whirls round to a preset
position to show another part of the room
or person.
There is a huge difference in quality from
connecting your laptop over an instant
messaging service, for example, to
connecting via a codec in a professional
video conferencing system. The codec
is the part of the system that sends
the signal to make your call happen. A
professional system using HD display
screen, HD camera and HD voice is like
speaking to someone as if they were in
the same room as you.
When you get to this level you are looking
at thousands of pounds of investment,
and ongoing costs. For example,
people already using video conferencing
systems through ISDN (phone lines) have
installation costs, quarterly rental, plus call
costs everytime the system is used. For
IP (Internet Protocol) it literally depends
on whether your area has access to high
speed Internet connections otherwise
this is just not an option. For education
in the UK, schools can use the JANET
network service connectivity and video
conferencing services.
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AV cabinet
When video conferencing came on
the scene a few years ago, around
80% of systems connected over ISDN.
Nowadays that has changed and the
majority of video conferencing systems
connect over Internet Protocol (IP).
LifeSize, for example, have HD systems
to suit most applications. There are
choices of desktop microphones or
conference phones, fixed cameras for
use with Skype as well as classroom
systems such as the LifeSize Room or
LifeSize Team. These allow connection of
up to 8 sites, or up to 4 sites (multi point)
In a classroom situation, a school can
share teacher resources where there
are just a few students taking a subject,
such as A Level French. This is better
than telling two students they can’t take
the subject because it’s not practical (or
cost efficient) to do so. A French teacher,
for example, can then teach those two
students in their own classroom and via
video conferencing, teach a small group
at another location (point to point) or even
join up four schools or eight schools
(multi point).
Point to point or multi point
A point to point system, also called
peer to peer, is when you call one other
location. Obviously, the system you are
calling needs to be compatible in that
your codec can ‘talk’ to the other codec.
This is where industry Protocols and
standards come in, which makes it
easier for people to communicate with
each other.
Video Center can stream up to 1000 live
viewers simultaneously and handle 20x
720/30 recording sessions at a time.
IP over Satellite
RADVISION’s IP videoconferencing
system was chosen to provide distance
learning for 82 remote schools in Alaska,
via IP Multipoint Conferencing Units
(MCU). There were six pioneering school
districts involved in this project, which
was to deploy a video conferencing
network to 82 schools all over Alaska.
The school districts’ objective was
to facilitate distance learning and
communication in their own districts
and the entire region. They were able
to tie together all 82 sites using IP over
satellite transmission, an impossible task
if traditional ISDN services were used.
Recording video
conferencing lessons
Recording of teachers meetings or
lessons may be as simple as using a
cassette or DVD recorder. Many schools
still use cassettes, especially for language
learning, so that students can listen to
and rewind at leisure, the language lesson
they are learning.
Some models of video conferencing
systems include a recording function,
such as the AVerComm H300, where all
you do is press a button to record, and
save the recording on a flash/memory
stick or a network video recorder (NVR).
There are many reasons for recording
video conferencing lessons. A school,
for example, may lose the services of
its French teacher, but will still have the
French lessons recorded for posterity. A
university may decide to record lectures
and have absent students view the lecture
over the Internet as it is happening. Or
they can have streaming video where the
lecture is uploaded section by section to
the Internet. Viewers watch a section and
whilst they are doing so, the system is
uploading or ‘streaming’ the next section
to the Internet so that little or no breaks
appear in the lecture.
Student receiving recorded lesson
LifeSize have a product called Video
Center, which has one button streaming,
recording and auto-publishing solution.
A professional solution like this would
cost in the region of £24,999+VAT.
When integrated with LifeSize 220 series
video conferencing systems, educators
can press one button to broadcast,
record and publish classes to anyone with
a computer.
Live and on-demand videos are easily
accessible from any location and on
more devices such as the iPhone®, iPad®
and iPod®. This then also opens up
commercial opportunities. A university,
for example, could record lectures and
offer these to external students on a
pay-as-you-watch type service.
Back down to earth in the UK,
conferencing system has the multipoint
expertise embedded, which includes
a high end PTZ camera and 3-way
microphone pod. Their XT1004 version
has an embedded 4-way MCU so that
four locations can join in the lesson or
meeting at the same time, whilst the
XT1009 version is a 9-way room system.
Cost of the basic system is around
£5,700+VAT and £11,500+VAT for the
9-way system.
For manufacturers specification sheets,
quotations and more information please
visit www.conference-rooms.co.uk
In University teaching hospitals, a lecturer,
for example, could contact a remote
colleague for a second opinion via video
conferencing. Recorded lectures could
be used for student training.
Panaboard UB-T880W multi-touch
interactive whiteboard
AVerComm H300
A multi point system, sometimes called
multi site, lets you communicate with
several locations at the same time. For
example, the AVerComm H300 allows
4-way video conference calls.
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LifeSize Video Center
Unicol Avecta high
level trolley
Again, when video conferencing came
on the scene, there were point to point
systems and if you later wanted to
upgrade to multi-point you then had to
buy a Multipoint Conferencing Unit (MCU)
which was a ‘box’ used to bridge video
conferencing connections. Nowadays,
although you can still do that, most
manufacturers tend to offer a choice of
systems, such as AVerComm’s H100
for point to point or H300 for multi point
for up to four sites, where the MCU is
embedded into the system. This means
you don’t have to worry about the ‘inner
workings’, you just connect to whoever
and make the call, thus concentrating on
your teaching or meeting.
Sandringham School in Frimley,
Surrey has extended its computeraided learning facilities to reach
the school’s smallest classroom by
installing the 3M SCP716 short-throw
Simply Interactive projector. The
system allows almost any plain wall
to become an interactive computer
screen, and is also tough, versatile
and easy to use.
Overcoming limitations
By installing one of the new systems in its
smallest classroom, which is mainly used
for four-to-five year olds, Sandringham
School is able to increase interactive
learning opportunities for the youngest
children. This is possible because the
SCP716 projector with 3M Super Close
Projection technology can project the
same size image from 40 inches as a
conventional projector does from 10 feet
away. “We can now deliver the same
learning opportunities in this room as in
any other, which gives us extra flexibility
to utilise the resources we have available,”
says Jessica Gower, who often teaches in
the small classroom.
SCP716 Simply Interactive
Interactive computer-aided learning has
quickly become central to teaching at all
levels, from reception to further education.
Among the many benefits of having
an interactive screen in the classroom,
even very young children can participate
actively in lessons, practice working
collaboratively with their peers and begin
acquiring valuable computer skills from
an early age. In addition, teachers have
been able to enhance their lessons by
incorporating rich content from a variety
of sources, such as graphics from other
programs, scanned images, video clips or
resources taken from the internet.
Being able to project the interactive
features against a plain wall also allows
the teacher to position the “screen” at
a lower height, to enable the youngest
and smallest children to do exercises
such as handwriting, drawing and basic
ICT. Another aspect of particular value
in subjects such as ICT is the ability
for teachers to demonstrate how to
accomplish a required task, which the
children can then copy immediately to
confirm that they understand.
By allowing a plain wall to be used as an
interactive computer screen, 3M Simply
Interactive projectors can help schools
make more of these advantages for a
relatively low outlay. When connected to
a computer’s USB and VGA ports, the
system provides the capabilities of an
interactive white board. A DVD player
or camcorder can also be connected,
to playback movies or video taking
advantage of the system’s built-in 2x20W
speaker system. The system is easy
to set up, and also allows very young
children to interact with the screen without
risk of damaging the equipment.
Meeting school objectives
Sandringham School, which has
children aged from four to seven years,
is committed to delivering the best
possible learning opportunities for its
pupils. Among the facilities the school
has invested in, interactive whiteboards
are installed in almost every classroom.
In fact, the main hall and one classroom
reckoned to be too small to have an
interactive whiteboard were the only
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When the hall is being used for other
purposes, such as indoor sports, the
folding wall mount allows the system to
be stored out of the way and protected
against damage.
Into action
areas not to be equipped. When the
opportunity to acquire extra resources
arose, the school governors identified
super close projection as a potential
solution for the small room.
the hall allows us to present much more
representative information during parents’
workshops, which we use to keep parents
up to date with their children’s learning,”
she says.
Jessica Gower, a teacher at Sandringham
School, explains that the school was
keen to have the extra flexibility to present
computer-aided lessons in the small
room, and to install an interactive screen
in the main hall. “The projection system in
The school believes in involving the
parents in their children’s education, and
frequently invites parents to presentations
on subjects such as ICT and numeracy.
“We can now build our workshops around
the same learning platforms that we use
Jessica Gower and her colleagues have
found the system very easy to use.
The computer is connected and the
system configures its internal software
automatically. The user calibrates the
screen, on the first use only, by touching
points in the screen area using the
interactive pen. The system is then ready
for action, using the pen to control mouse
functions as well as all writing and drawing
actions. This contrasts with some types
of conventional interactive white boards
that use different pens for different
colours. These can be difficult to manage,
especially for very young users.
Using the pen, teachers and children can
call up features, interact with programs
on the computer, annotate content using
the powerful annotation tools native to
Windows PCs, and quickly connect
to the internet for additional tools and
resources. The teachers are also able to
use the projector to show DVDs to the
children, either as an additional source
of educational material or purely for
Sandringham School delivers
advanced learning experiences
with 3M Simply Interactive
in the classrooms, and integrate these
with interesting presentations to give
parents a clearer understanding of the
learning experiences their children are
enjoying. We also use the hall projector to
present information to the children during
assemblies, such as the words for each
hymn while it is being sung.”
The projector was installed and its Simply
Interactive features demonstration. “Once
up and running it has proved very easy
to use,” confirms Jessica Gower. “For
a comparatively low outlay, we can now
deliver enhanced learning experiences to
all of our children, in any lesson, anywhere
in the school; even in the room we had
previously thought too small for interactive
The results achieved at Sandringham
School show how 3M’s Simply Interactive
and Super Close Projection are able to
overcome traditional limitations such as
budgetary constraints and small room
sizes, which often prevent schools and
colleges – as well as small businesses
- from realising the full benefits of
computerised interactive learning.
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the country
For teachers in classrooms up and down the
country the benefits of videoconferencing
have been evident for some time. It enables
organisations to share resources, to be
(virtually) in two or more places at the same
time, to access educational content or experts
worldwide and to enhance teaching and
learning. But, how do you make this happen?
We remember years ago, when interest in videoconferencing was
taking off, that we booked a meeting room, fully equipped with
a videoconferencing system. We tried to connect to a colleague
at the other side of the country who also had videoconferencing
facilities, only to find that we couldn’t. The problem was that the
system we were using connected via the telephone lines whilst the
system they used connected over the Internet.
Nowadays, schools (via their local authority or regional
broadband consortia), universities, and colleges can access a
fully managed videoconferencing service, free of charge: JANET
Videoconferencing. This means users can book and manage a
videoconference through a simple online interface, with full support
and quality testing. They also have the ability to conference
between different videoconferencing systems. And there is no
longer a need to have complex videoconferencing equipment as
sessions can now take place simply using a PC and webcam.
Furthermore, by using JANET Videoconferencing, education
and research organisations can stream videoconferences to
the Internet, record lessons and provide a web link for guests
who do not have access to a videoconference system to join a
videoconference via their desktop.
The number of schools using videoconferencing is growing
annually. One common usage is to share teaching resources in
subjects where demand is spread unevenly between classes or
across regions. For example, one teacher can take a class of
students directly from her own classroom whilst other schools join
remotely via videoconferencing, thus giving the benefits of being
in multiple places at once. Schools can also access teachers from
around the world to offer new course options to students.
A selection of the schools sessions from UK content
providers can be seen at www.ja.net/vccontent
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Schools are also able to access a wealth of educational content
via videoconferencing, which not only enhances the student
experience but also saves money. For example: KS2 and KS3
might want to take a journey through our Solar System to explore
each of the planets, but instead of taking a day to visit the
National Space Centre, they can now do this in the comfort of
their own classroom. Many Schools Content providers who use
videoconferencing offer content for free, or at a much lower cost
than accessing the same workshop content or expert presenter
in person.
access and
Connecting distance learning
You can share the learning using video conferencing technology.
This is low cost and an easy way to collaborate over any distance in
the neighbouring classroom or schools, college or university.
Share resources across multi-locations
An issue some schools experience is when only a handful of
students choose to do particular subjects. When this happens a
school cannot justify hiring a teacher especially for these
purposes. Rather than cutting off access altogether, and
disappointing these students, wouldn’t it be great to still deliver
these lessons?
There is an alternative to still allow students to access these
subjects. A teacher can run a lesson from one classroom and
by using AVerComm video conferencing technology, this lesson
can then be shared with other local schools in up to three
different locations, whether they are in neighbouring towns or
across other authorities, and teach the same lesson to everyone
as if they were all in the same classroom.
Engaging technology
Technology is used day in and day out so it’s easy for students
of all ages to be part of a virtual learning environment and be
part of a lesson being taught as a video conference.
Affordable and money saving
Record your lessons
By just plugging in a USB storage device and then simply
pressing a button, you can easily record your whole lesson then
replay, review with colleagues and share your lessons at a later
date with other students.
Helping you be green
Not only reducing travel which saves time and money,
AVerComm video conferencing helps you reserve energy and
reduces carbon emissions helping our climate too.
AVerComm video conferencing systems
for distance learning
AVerComm have two systems: the H100 is for communicating
from one location to another; the H300 lets you communicate
around the world, connecting up to four sites. Both systems
include the codec unit, a high definition pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ)
camera, table hub, microphone, IR remote control and
connection cables. They both support single or dual monitors.
The H300 has an integrated recording feature and HD720p
picture quality.
As well as a low cost and an affordable video conferencing
solution, AVerComm will also help save costs on your overheads
by sharing one resource with a number of other schools.
Video conferencing is also ideal for local authorities to use for
inset days as it ensures teachers in local schools have the
opportunity to keep up-to-date with the latest teaching practices
at the time without them having to travel.
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Although the video conferencing camera and codec may be locked away
at the end of the school day, it does have its advantages to keep all the
equipment in one place. Then when it’s needed, it’s a simple matter to
wheel to another room. The Unicol AVR2 is free standing with an MK1
mast assembly and screen mount, which are sold separately, as is the
optional 14U rack mount kit and two shelves. Available in black only, it is
designed for display screens 33” to 57” diagonal in size.
Video conferencing has been with us for some time now with
teachers setting up special areas or small conference/meeting
rooms to accommodate their equipment.
Unicol mobile
Three main types of video conferencing
systems are available to education. These
are desktop systems, room systems and
mobile systems including roll-abouts.
Room systems are permanent installations
where the display screen is normally
wall-mounted, with the camera and
codec sitting on a shelf. Mobile systems,
include the display screen(s), codec and
camera mounted on a suitable trolley. The
roll-about system is basically a trolley that
holds the display screen and includes
a lockable cabinet into which all video
conferencing equipment can be stored.
Avecta Hi-Level trolley
The Avecta Hi-Level trolley is
designed for an LCD or plasma
screen for screens 33” - 57”
diagonal. The height to the centre
of the screen is adjustable from
126 to 151cm, and the trolley, in
either black or silver, comes with an
equipment shelf as standard.
A Lo-Level version is available too.
Axia Hi-Level and Lo-Level trolleys
The Unicol Axia range can accommodate larger display screens.
Two sizes are available; 33” – 57” or 58” – 70” diagonal in size.
Two sizes of toughened glass shelves can be used to house your
video conferencing equipment for the Hi-Level version; one glass
shelf is included with the Lo-Level trolley.
Given the cost involved in purchasing
video conferencing equipment, it makes
sense in education, to utilise resources.
This is where Unicol can help.
You may already use trolleys in your
school or college to move your interactive
whiteboard and short throw projector from
room to room, so using trolleys for video
conferencing will work in a similar way.
With the ability to move your video
conferencing equipment as needed, it can
be used for the benefit of both teachers
and students. Staff can undertake
teacher training via video conference link
and pool their resources by having one
teacher teach one or more classes at the
same time, by linking to other schools via
video conferencing.
Students can benefit as specific subject
experts that may not be available in their
establishment, can teach them via video
conferencing. Students also benefit by
collaborating with pupils from different
schools and cultures.
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Unicol fixed installations
Avecta twin screen trolley
The advantage of having a trolley
that can hold two display screens
is that instead of the teacher seeing
a small image of the remote class
that is being taught, the image can
be displayed on a second screen.
When any data is shared, this can be
displayed on the second screen.
The Avecta twin screen trolley
has a video conference
mount (shown at the top of
the screens), and a shelf.
Hi-Level and Lo-Level
versions are available in
black or silver.
This modular track system for linear mounting screens in any number
to a wall is ideal for Video Conferencing Telepresence. The unique jigsaw design allows wall plates to be linked together to carry standard
screen arms. Camera shelves that fit above and below the screen and
toughened glass shelves that fit directly to the wall are also available.
You can use a Unicol
standard shelf when
fitting below the display
screen. However, for
mounting above the
screen, a special
standard platform unit
is available.
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Video conferencing mounts
Unicol AVR2 wheeled cabinet
Peter Beighton, Principal of Branston Community
Academy, tells us about his video conferencing project
across seven secondary schools
Branston Community College
We are an 11-18 all ability secondary school of 1050 students situated 4
miles to the SE of the city of Lincoln. On 1st December 2010 we became an
Academy. Recently a commercially bench marked survey of our parents and
school inspectors (Ofsted) have rated the Academy as ‘outstanding’ for its
overall effectiveness.
Multi site learning
across seven Lincolnshire
secondary schools
High definition video conferencing
“Seven secondary schools in the Lincoln area have been
collaborating on a number of ventures since 2007”, reveals
Principal, Peter Beighton.
We identified the potential for a curriculum collaboration
with A level courses (particularly A2 courses) that have
historically attracted smaller numbers of students.
The economic inefficiencies of staffing very small numbers
of students was clearly a concern that we felt would
worsen in the more difficult financial times ahead. In
addition the educational problems resulting from, for
example, the lack of group dynamics were also cited.
As a result the schools, supported by Lincolnshire local
education authority, were funded to pilot the use of high
definition video conferencing to promote multi site learning
across the seven schools.
In Year1 four schools were involved in the delivery of
A level Law and three schools in the delivery of A level
Further Maths.
In Year 2 two schools collaborated on the delivery of
A2 Physics and A2 French.
Three different models of delivery
There are three different models of delivery for the multi site
learning currently in operation. The delivery model for A2
Physics and French is perhaps the most successful to date
and the one most likely to become embedded in provision.
This is because it ensures students at school X have a
teacher at school X for half of curriculum time with all that
means for ownership, security, approachability and general
quality assurance.
Students and staff accessing a shared virtual learning
environment for communication and the organisation of
learning materials is a necessity and affords the possibility
of creating on line resources organised so as to create the
potential for greater independent learning and capacity for
review and examination revision.
In particular the technical issue of ‘capturing the moment’,
ie recording key segments of the VC lessons and
uploading them as vodcasts (video podcasts, which are
video and sound) to the VLE (virtual learning environment),
is a major developmental project which we believe will
take the project to another level in terms of its impact
on learning and capacity to develop on line courses and
professional development materials.
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I then spoke to Andy who is in the ICT department, to ask how
they connect to the internet through the video conferencing
systems codec. He told me that many schools use the JANET
system to connect, but they were also exploring other options.
He said that sometimes they wanted to communicate with other
establishments, such as a London museum to look at artefacts,
and needed the flexibility to be able to do this.
by Linda Adams
I was very excited at the prospect of going back to school. I’d
been invited by Peter Beighton, Principal of Branston Community
Academy near Lincoln, to see their video conferencing in action
If my old French teacher could have been there, she’d have
thought she was in a Sci-Fi movie. Technology has indeed
moved on, and here was an Academy that was embracing
technology and enjoying its many advantages.
The first thing I noticed when invited into the classroom
(see picture left), was that the door was marked ‘Conference
room’, and although there were about 20 chairs around a square
format of tables, there was only one pupil, Nick, and his French
teacher Karen.
Take a look at this picture (bottom left). This is their video
conferencing system. At the top is the LG high definition LCD
display screen which is mounted on a Unicol height adjustable
trolley. Underneath the display screen is a shelf that holds their
LifeSize video conferencing camera and codec (the box that
connects you to other locations). Whilst the lower shelf houses
an AVerVision visualiser. I’m not sure where the umbrella fits in,
but no doubt is useful on rainy days!
The presentation was projected from her computer through a
Casio ceiling mounted projector, onto the SMART Board.
This was then viewed on the display screen so that the girls
in the other school could see what Karen was doing via video
A small boundary desktop microphone picked
up Karen’s voice, and she could hear her
students, who were at a neighbouring school
seven miles away, through the loudspeakers
just above the interactive whiteboard.
Setting the students a test for ten minutes,
Karen switched off the microphone,
and explained about the use of this new
technology. ‘When I starting teaching French I
used to visit France and come back with bagsful
of magazines and newsletters so that my students could read
and debate local news stories,’ Karen revealed, ‘now I can find
these on the Internet.’
Karen’s emphasis is on teaching her subject, and I was
impressed with her enthusiasm and teaching skills. She
doesn’t need to understand how the video conferencing system
connects via the codec to any one of the other six schools that
are involved in this pilot scheme. All she needs to know is that
she presses a button to connect the call. As simple as dialling a
telephone number.
Karen pressed a button on the remote control, clicked a button
onscreen to connect over the Internet, and a few seconds later, a
classroom image appeared on the screen.
Switching her desktop microphone on, Karen said hello to
the students. Again, using the remote control, she angled the
camera to show who else was in her room, then switched it back
to show herself at the interactive whiteboard (SMART Board).
The other school that Karen had dialled through to has the
same video conferencing system as Branston Community
Academy, to ensure compatibility.
When Karen looks at the display screen she can see her
students in the main image, with a small image of herself at the
board, and any data that she is sharing. Karen demonstrated
this by placing a document beneath the visualiser. The image
then appeared on the display screen.
Branston Community Academy and the other six participating
schools are utilising their resources. The initial cost of the video
conferencing system is offset by future savings. Principal, Peter
Beighton, explained that instead of having one teacher to teach
a small group of students in subjects such as A Level French and
A Level Law in each school, one teacher could teach her own
and one another class in a neighbouring school at the same time
using video conferencing.
Peter said they now wanted to take this to
the next level and look at recording their
video conferencing sessions. He wants to be
able to build a resource of recorded lessons that
absent students can catch up on, or view for
refresher sessions. He also said that should he
ever lose his excellent French teacher, he would
have a record of her lessons for posterity.
After my visit, I spoke with Wesley Hunt from
LifeSize to ask his views on recording lessons held
over video conferencing. Wesley informs me they
have a product called LifeSize Video Centre, which is an easy
way to record and live stream your video conferencing, simply by
pushing a blue button on the easy to use VC remote. Whilst you
are recording, anyone with a laptop can join onto a simple URL
which takes you to a website page hosted on the Video Center
and you can watch the live recording as it happens. Or, after
the lesson or meeting has ended and you press the blue button
again to end the recording, it automatically posts the recording
to the Internet and is immediately available for review.
The possibilities of using video conferencing within education and
public sector are as many as your imagination allows. Council
chambers can open up meetings for people to watch real-time
over the Internet or at a later time. Under achieving schools can
link up with higher achieving schools to exchange best practice.
Students can view exhibits at art galleries and museums without
the cost of travelling.
Oh yes, and students can catch up on missed work by watching
pre-recorded lessons. Now I knew there’d be one disadvantage
to video conferencing!
If you’ve ever held a video call using Instant Messenger on your
laptop, and the Internet connection isn’t very good, you’ll know
just how grainy and ‘jumpy’ the images are. There was none of
this, just a brilliantly clear picture, almost like the girls were in the
same room.
Karen was discussing
techniques for their
forthcoming exam,
and annotating over
the presentation.
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Back to school to see French
teacher in two places at once
Karen said she also uses email to send documents and other
information to her students.
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Using video to communicate with customers,
shareholders, students, even suppliers is on the increase
in a YouTube world, where the Internet puts 24/7 access
to video in the hands of anyone with a connected
computer or phone. While camera phones and the Web
have democratized video, the demands of professional
applications like corporate communications or distance
learning rise by an order of magnitude. High-quality
video must be captured, re-formatted for the web,
organised and uploaded – all time-consuming, skilled
and expensive processes.
As it receives video, LifeSize Video Center transcodes it to
a format suitable for the web and streams it live or files it for
future playback, on demand, from any Web-enabled device,
from a laptop to an iPhone. A single LifeSize Video Center is
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Capacity increases exponentially with lower resolutions. All this
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administrator, from the video resolution of the video to the
categories under which captured video is stored or ‘published’
and permissions levels for users.
One-button control
Systems to automate these processes exist, but their high price
tags and accompanying complexity keep them out of the reach
of most business and public sector organisations.
New opportunities
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and versatility, opening the door to diverse applications in the
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LifeSize Video Center is a single, rack-mount unit that sits
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LifeSize Passport and LGExecutive, powered by LifeSize, are
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As one student from a
previous course remarked,
“It would be nice
to have the opportunity
to meet with programme
leaders and tutors and
clear up issues and
questions face to face”.
The virtual open days are made possible through the use
of a web conference system called Wimba Classroom. All
participants are sent joining instructions and once they have run
a ‘set up wizard’ can log into Wimba via the internet. Questions
can be submitted in advance during the booking process, but
learners can also participate in live discussion with programme
tutors for specific subject related queries. And for those that
can’t make the actual online virtual open day, archived sessions
are available on the website.
The benefit of using this technology is that it helps to engage
with learners in a familiar environment – i.e. usually at home,
in a personal, friendly and professional manner. Learners also
experience one of the many ways they can expect to interact
This model has been so successful that it is now being adopted
by the University’s International department to help overseas
students applying for full-time, on campus places, with questions
about their course, visas, immigration, financing, accommodation
and leisure activities.
To see an archive of an online virtual open day, visit
Online distance learning at the University
of Derby has grown significantly over the
past two years – it now accounts for 26% of
its part time market. Due to this increased
demand for flexible learning, the university
is investing in the development and
expansion of its online portfolio.
Part of this success can be contributed to the introduction
of online virtual open days. They were introduced in 2009
as a way of engaging with learners who wanted to find
out what it’s like to be an online student at Derby. As one
student from a previous course remarked, “it would be nice
to have the opportunity to meet with programme leaders
and tutors and clear up issues and questions face to face”.
With this in mind the Online Distance Learning Project Team
created an online alternative that offers a similar experience to
an open day. Online virtual open days provide a perfect forum
for learners to talk in real time with programme leaders, the
dedicated online support team and current online students.
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with their programme leaders and course tutors, as Wimba
Classroom is used by many tutors when giving presentations to
their online cohorts. It also demonstrates to learners that through
the use of interactive technology, such as Wimba Classroom, they
will not be learning in isolation.
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