Rural schools use HD vcon to boost learning
Clive Couldwell, July 18, 2013
Schools in Ireland are partnering with schools in Germany and the US to learn new languages and conduct social exchanges through an innovative new scheme.
The new brew cinema at Stiegl Brauwelt features a panorama film in five languages with a floor projection on a surface of about 200 sqm. The visitors are able to enjoy an exceptional visual beer experience. The walk-in cinema which is designed as a multi-dimensional projection space offers an unrivalled and unique insight into the world of beer and its origins.
Iconic London store Harrods has just unveiled its newly refurbished Escalator Hall 3 as owners, Qatar Holding, continue to invest in the customer experience. The concept celebrates the store’s rich heritage and architectural history while integrating the latest in digital media technology, including 16 new escalators over seven floors that feature super-high definition video-walls – providing Harrods brands optimum advertising opportunities.
The Comédie Française in Paris is one of the most important and historic performing arts institutions in the world, and since 2013, is now operating with Tannoy’s innovative QFlex beam-steering technology in its main theatre.
The schools, in County Offaly, Ireland, are taking advantage of two new initiatives – Beyond the Walls and Beyond the Seas.
With teaching being done via LifeSize’s realtime video conferencing (Beyond the Walls), specialist teachers from one school can broadcast to five others in the region. Minority subjects have now become economically viable and students can still ask questions and interact. A recording feature has also been set up to ensure students can catch-up on missed lessons.
Students with an interest in physics or computing at university can now obtain an applied mathematics qualification, which is vital in order to access higher entry points for university.
The second initiative – Beyond the Seas – connects local schools with US partner locations in Georgia for cultural and scientific exchanges.
The Irish Government’s National Broadband Scheme enabled Offaly VEC (Vocational Education Committee – the local education authority for Offaly County) to begin these projects as they were the first recipients of high-speed Internet connections.
More projects are in the pipeline. Children will next design telepresence robots that the other classes can operate remotely.