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Reporting incidents on Facebook – Support for schools

YHGfL has taken a prominent role in providing support for schools with guides relating to professionals’ use of Facebook and solutions to common issues. We have put together a series of links and frequently asked questions (FAQ) to help staff to guide young people and parents to manage problems that occur on Facebook. The rise […]

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1St Annual Around Europe Videoconference – Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

March 17th, 2014 by Andrew

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The Secondary School of Economics in Celje, Slovenia invites schools around Europe to participate in the upcoming videoconference programmme – A dialogue among students interactively via H.323 (JVCS) or by watching the live webstreams!  

It has been 10 years since Slovenia has joined the European Union and therefore  would like to invite students from European countries to share information on current events, celebrations and festivals. We all live in an increasingly multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, and multilingual Europe and learning about different ways of living will lead to better understanding and tolerance, which is becoming more and more important. Cross-cultural communication will enable students to interact with their peers across boundaries. Students will engage each other in a frank and open discussion of the current issues and exchange information on how spring festivals are celebrated in their countries.

To help prepare for this videoconference, students may wish to show a short video or a Power Point presentation about either current events or spring festivals and celebrations and prepare some questions for the discussion. As there are 28 countries in the European Union, your time will be limited to 20 minutes only.

Have YOUR students discuss current events and share information about celebrating spring festivals with students from the Secondary School of Economics in Celje, Slovenia?

Where’s Celje, click HERE

Wednesday, April 23rd 

7.30am CET- 5pm CET

(Twenty-minute time slot per school)

For detail information about event please contact the organisers by e-mail:

Ivan.Kolenko(at)escelje.si

Alenka.Pavlin(at)escelje.si

http://www.escelje.si/

Schools looking to take part will need to be registered with JVCS (free). YHGfL are able to support it’s member schools if new to the technology. If in need of a bit of support contact contact(at)yhgfl.net

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2014 Video Conferencing Opportunities from YHGfL

January 8th, 2014 by Andrew

YHGfL have set the dates for a number of Video Conference sessions throught 2014

Below is a summary, see the YHGfL website for further information:

Video Conference with David Webb  – Author – KS1 upwards

3rd March 2014

YHGfL are marking book week this year by giving schools the fantastic opportunity to take part in a video conference session with the author David Webb (see http://www.david-webb.info/). David will be running a range of sessions tailored to the group of children involved with plenty of opportunities to discuss his work, ask him questions about his books and what it’s like to be an author. Maybe your children could read some of their work to him.  If you and your pupils would like the opportunity to meet David we have a limited number of slots available – book now to avoid disappointment!

http://www.yhgfl.net/CPD/CPD-programme/FREE-to-YHGfL-Members-Video-Conference-with-David-Webb

Mathsbuster Numeracy VC – Y5/6

3rd April  2014

Based on the popular “Blockbuster” TV shows this video conference has classes competing against each other answering questions based on past numeracy SATs papers (but not the actual questions).

The 45 min approx. session is aimed at Y5 or Y6 pupils based around a wide range of numeracy questions, primarily focused at Level 4, in the style of those questions presented in SATs papers for KS2.

The format will link together two schools, hosted by our very own quizmaster Bob Bloggs, Professor of Very Difficult Mathematics from the University of Impossibly Hard Mathematical Problem Solving.

Each school will nominate a team to answer the questions, supported by the rest of the class. Both schools will need to work on the answer just in case it’s wrong and it gets passed over. A series of challenges and surprises will ensure a close contest. If we do get stuck Professor Bob will give expert advice.TBC

http://www.yhgfl.net/CPD/CPD-programme/Ks2-Mathsbuster-Numeracy-VC

Yorkshire Vision 2014  – Primary MFL

May 22nd   2014

A videoconferencing opportunity in true ‘Euro Vision’ style for YHGfL member primary schools compared by our very own Pierre from Paris.

Schools will perform a short song, no longer than 3 minutes in a MFL. (French, German or Spanish)

The Schools will watch the other schools perform, then after a short break, vote for the best performance and report back in true Euro Vision style – there will be no ‘0 points’

Performances will be judged along the lines of:

*   Are the children joining in?

*   Is it an enthusiastic performance?

*   Are the children having fun?

http://www.yhgfl.net/CPD/CPD-programme/FREE-to-YHGfL-members-Yorkshire-Vision-VC2

Meet Mr Twit – Primary Literacy ks2

July 9TH 2014 –  TBC

Based on Roald Dahl children’s book. Children can hear some of the pranks performed by Mr Twit on his long suffering and maybe hideous wife Mrs Twit.

With a number of challenges and questions posed to the children throughout the session, they will also have the ability to ask questions of Mr Twit about his life and those around him.

Prior to the session Mr Twit will send schools a number of literacy challenges/activities they may like to do and report back to him in the session. i.e. A new recipe for his dinner , design a house for the Muggle-Wump or plan a new nasty trick.

It will be advantages for children to have read the book , the challenges will be sent out at Easter 2014 so early booking is highly recommended.

http://www.yhgfl.net/CPD/CPD-programme/Meet-Mr-Twit-VC

VC with Wes Magee for Poetry Week

1St & 2nd October 2014 – All key Stages – Dates to be confirmed

YHGfL are marking Poetry Week again this year by giving schools the fantastic opportunity to take part in a video conference session with award winning poet and author Wes Magee. Wes will run a range of sessions from Action Rhymes, to Poetry Shows – each tailored to the group of children involved. If you and your pupils would like the opportunity to meet Wes virtually this October we have a limited number of slots available – book now to avoid disappointment!

http://www.yhgfl.net/CPD/CPD-programme/FREE-to-YHGfL-Members-VC-with-Wes-Magee

Bring Lapland to Your Classroom –  speaking and listening

15th – 18th December 2014 – All Key  Stages

Father Christmas is so busy these days he really finds it difficult to visit schools in person. We’ve managed to arrange for him to talk to you once again via his new video conferencing system, using the power of the internet to visit you instead! If your pupils would like the opportunity to meet Santa virtually this December direct from Lapland we have a limited number of slots available.

http://www.yhgfl.net/CPD

To take part in any of these  video conference you will need as a minimum a web cam with microphone and a speaker set connected to a computer running windows on your broadband connection. With this we will be using the FREE video conferencing software Janet Desktop.  We can also connect to schools registered with JVCS on their usual video conferencing system or software. YHGfL and some LAs also have systems that can be loaned out if necessary.

YHGfL are able to support any school new or using to the technology and run a number of on-line and face to face workshops throughout the year. See our CPD section on the website : http://www.yhgfl.net/CPD

Our  next on-line Video Conferencing  CPD sessions is on  19th March 2014 at 4.00, extra ones can be arranged by request.

http://www.yhgfl.net/CPD/CPD-programme/FREE-to-YHGfL-Members-Get-Started-with-Video-Conferencing2

For further information on the sessions or information in general about Video Conferencing email contact@yhgfl.net

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Virtually University – KS5 – Biology & Barclays

November 20th, 2013 by Andrew

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The Virtually University  have two further videoconferences from The University of Greenwich and Barclays (Sponsored Degree Programme) in December and look forward to hearing from schools that would like to take part. Sessions are free to schools.

Biology: Gene Therapy and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy by Dr Samantha Alsbury, STEMNET/The University of Greenwich on 5th December 2013 between 10.20 and 11.20 click HERE  for details.


Barclays:
The Barclays Sponsored Degree Programme by Tracy Longhurst from Barclays on 17th December 2013 between 15.40 and 16.40 click HERE  for details.

They also have one place left on Liverpool’s English Literature session on 10th December:

English Literature (Gothic/Victorian): Wuthering Heights, the Supernatural, and What We Don’t Know by Dr Matthew Bradley, The University of Liverpool on 10th December 2013 between 09.30 and 10.30 Click HERE for details.

Please see the VU website for booking and further information. http://www.virtuallyuniversity.org.uk/

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Virtually University – 3 further videoconferences in November – KS5

October 24th, 2013 by Andrew

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Virtually University is offering 3 further videoconferences in November from Bristol, Newcastle and Birmingham. These are suitable for KS5 students and all schools/colleges with interested students are welcome, subject to available places.

14th November

Physical Geography: Investigating the ‘Lost’ World Beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet by Dr Neil Ross, Newcastle University on 14th November 2013 between 13.15 and 14.15

Dr Neil Ross from Newcastle will introduce students to his fascinating expedition work discovering the remarkable landscapes and environments existing beneath the vast Antarctic ice sheets. This will be an opportunity for Year 12 & 13 students to see how their current studies can lead on to cutting edge research at university in the future. As well as being relevant to physical geographers, this session will also be of interest to those studying physics, chemistry, biology, geology and environmental science. Neil will be able to discuss students’ questions about furthering their studies at undergraduate level.

 Details

15th November

English Literature: The Rhythms of English Verse by Professor Ad Putter, The University of Bristol on 15th November 2013 between 11.20 and 12.20

Professor Ad Putter from the University of Bristol will lead a session which examines the use of rhythm in poetry, discussing some of the relevant technical terms and then working with students to explore the rhythmical dimensions of Tennyson’s poem ‘Break, Break, Break’. This is an excellent opportunity to bring an external voice into the classroom to develop students’ analytical skills and wider appreciation of techniques.

Details

26th November

Politics: Is This the End of Politics? by Dr Peter Kerr, The University of Birmingham on 26th November 2013 between 12.30 and 13.30

Dr Peter Kerr from The University of Birmingham will present an interactive videoconference called ‘Is This the End of Politics?’ In this seminar Peter will look at reasons why people are ‘switching off’ from politics as well as the rise in new forms of political participation such as protests and internet politics. He asks whether we are seeing ‘the end of politics’ as we know it.

This is a great opportunity for Year 12 and 13 students to develop and discuss their thoughts around current political trends and to find out more about studying Politics at undergraduate level.

Details

As always these are free to schools and contact them directly if  you have a group of students that would like to take part.

YHGfL are able to support an help schools new to the technology. Email contact(at)yhgfl.net

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Virtually University – Barclays & Oxford Medicine Video Conferences for Y12 and Y13

September 29th, 2013 by Andrew

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VU is a videoconferencing outreach initiative set up by Bedford School with the University of Sheffield and the Sutton Trust. Using videoconferencing technology to inspire and inform Higher Education choices of sixth form students around the country, a range of universities now delivers lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, and career advice to a network of schools.

Barclays 10th & 11th Oct

The virtual University are continuing to allocate places for the Barclays Sponsored Degree Programme sessions on 10th and 11th October. This is an ideal opportunity for Yr 13 students who may be interested in alternative routes to a degree to talk to Barclays trainees on the programme and to the people responsible for the application process. Full details are in the contact below.

Oxford Medicine 25th Oct

Introduction to Nutrition by Dr Leanne Hodson, The University of Oxford Medical School on 25th October 2013 between 09.00 and 10.20

Secondly VU have an Introduction to Nutrition from The University of Oxford Medical School taking place at 9.00 on 25th October. This is the opportunity for Year 12 and 13 students to virtually ‘sit’ on the back row of a live undergraduate first year lecture. The lecture will be followed by an interactive Q&A giving your students the chance to discuss both the lecture and studying Medicine with the lecturer, Dr Leanne Hodson, and a smaller group of undergraduate students.

For further information and to book a session click HERE 

YHGfL are able to support any of its member schools new to video confrencing or wanting to get started with it. contact:  contact(at)yhgfl.net

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Who was Mary Seacole? – VC session with the Museum of London

September 6th, 2013 by Andrew

Museum of london logo

October 2013 at 10.15 and 11.15

Who was Mary Seacole?

The Museum of London are offering Keystage 1 pupils the opportunity to learn all about the life and times of Mary Seacole.

Hear of Mary Seacole’s ‘amazing adventures in different lands’ and her experiences as a black woman in Victorian London. During the Crimean War (1853-6) her reputation as a nurse rivaled that of Florence Nightingale.

The session would also be suitable for any school studying Black History during October.

More details can be found HERE on the museum of London website with the booking information.

 

Click HERE to find out more about other Black History videoconferences available during October:

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FREE to YHGfL Members: VC with Wes Magee 1st & 2nd October

August 16th, 2013 by Andrew

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Again YHGfL are marking Poetry Week this year by giving schools the fantastic opportunity to take part in a video conference session with award winning poet and author Wes Magee. Wes will run a range of sessions from Action Rhymes, to Poetry Shows – each tailored to the group of children involved. If you and your pupils would like the opportunity to meet Wes virtually this October we have a limited number of slots available so book now to avoid disappointment!

To take part in this  video conference you will need as a minimum a web cam with microphone and a speaker set connected to a computer running windows on your broadband connection. With this we will be using the FREE video conferencing software Janet Desktop.  We can also connect to schools registered with JVCS on their usual video conferencing system or PVX software. YHGfL and some LAs also have systems that can be loaned out if necessary. We are able to support any school new to the technology and also have a series of online CPD workshops to support these sessions HERE

Each VC will last approximately 30 – 40 minutes.

To book your session click HERE

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Getting started with video conferencing – Online session – 10th September

August 15th, 2013 by Andrew

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Video conferencing (VC) is a way of using technology to connect people whether between schools, between regions or between countries. Using a broadband connection, a web/video camera and a television you can see and hear each other.
Getting started with video conferencing doesn’t mean having to spending lots of money. As a minimum all you need is  a web cam with microphone and speakers connected to a computer running windows on your broadband connection. With this you can use the FREE video conferencing software Janet Desktop.

This FREE to YHGfL member schools session will look at the use of Video conferencing in the classroom, what you need, setting up for a session and example projects. We will also look at the various content providers you can book for your sessions as well as using it as a collaboration tool between schools.

The session is designed for those wanting to get started with the technology or just investigating its potential.

Starting at 16:00, the session will last approximately 45 minutes and be conducted through Adobe Connect. All you will need is access to a PC and a set of headphones. If you aren’t sure what to do just let us know and one of the team will happily contact you to run a quick test session with you first.

To book a place on this session click HERE

 

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Museum of London videoconferencing sessions 2013-2014

July 22nd, 2013 by Andrew

Museum of London videoconferencing sessions 2013-2014

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The Museum of London are now taking videoconferencing bookings for the 2013-2014 academic year.

They offer videoconferencing sessions for Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils. Each session allows pupils to interact with characters or educators from the Museum of London and investigate objects from their collection via a television screen or interactive whiteboard.

Details of the full range of videoconferencing sessions and how to book are available from:

http://vccontentdirectory.ja.net/content-providers/museum-of-london

For all general enquires please email videoconferencing(at)museumoflondon.org.uk or Tel: 020 7814 5574.

Give your pupils a different view of history with a Museum of London videoconferencing session!

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Getting started with video conferencing – Free Online session

April 30th, 2013 by Andrew

Space still available on:  02/05/2013 starting at 16:00

Video conferencing (VC) is a way of using technology to connect people whether between schools, between regions or between countries. Using a broadband connection, a web/video camera and a television you can see and hear each other.

Getting started with video conferencing doesn’t mean having to spending lots of money. As a minimum all you need is  a web cam with microphone and speakers connected to a computer running windows on your broadband connection. With this you can use the FREE video conferencing software Janet Desktop.

This session will look at the use of Video conferencing in the classroom, what you need, setting up for a session and example projects. We will also look at the various content providers you can book for your sessions as well as using it as a collaboration tool between schools.

The session is designed for those wanting to get started with the technology or just investigating its potential.

Starting at 16:00, the session will last approximately 45 minutes and be conducted through Adobe Connect. All you will need is access to a PC and a set of headphones. If you aren’t sure what to do just let us know and one of the team will happily contact you to run a quick test session with you first.

To book for this session click HERE

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