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Jisc brings the Rio Olympics to London classrooms

Global online event celebrates international sport using V-Scene platform

Posted by Stephanie Broad | July 07, 2016 | Technology

School children from London to Sao Paulo will take part in a global online event today, to celebrate the themes of international sport and Olympic unifying values.

Classrooms across the UK will connect to Brazil live, utilising the innovative V-Scene platform developed by software solutions provider Jisc.  

Pupils from around the world will be joined by Lord Jim Knight (former UK minister for Education, CEO TES-global), the British counsel São Paulo, Brazilian Embassy London, Paralympian Dani Brown, OBE, and Jisc executive director Tim Marshall, and will participate in a shared song and dance.

The V-Scene Network is increasingly recognisable across education institutions in Britain, and is part of the move to drive digital skills amongst young people through the use of new technologies in classroom settings. To encourage users to contribute to exciting new features in V-scene, Jisc have just launched the Vscene Ideascale to make this video conferencing service even better.

The 2016 Olympics VC event is one of the first times that the system has been used on an international level by schools and highlights the opportunities that comes from technology for students to collaborate using digital education tools.

The event will be streamed live across the internet, at 1.30pm BST for an hour from Churchfields Junior School in East London.

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