NASA UNVEILS INSIDE OF INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TO SELECTED UK SCHOOLS Thursday 30 November 2000 PDF Print ...Videoconference link represents giant leap for UK schools IT drive... Two leading UK Grammar Schools successfully participated in a three-way videoconference with NASA this week as part of a drive to nurture an information technology culture amongst their pupils. Slough Grammar in Berkshire and Salt Grammar in Yorkshire were invited to participate in NASA's Learning Outpost programme, a long-distance learning programme based around videoconferencing technology. Global VideoCom, who provided the necessary equipment and technical support, made the link-up possible The link-up with NASA provided pupils with the opportunity to quiz NASA staff about the international space station and gain a valuable insight into the overall programme. The students that participated in the videoconference are studying science and IT courses. "The videoconference proved to be a very stimulating experience for the pupils," said Mr Clark-Maxwell, a physics teacher at Slough Grammar."It is rare to have two NASA scientists spend over an hour discussing the intricacies of an international space project as well as answer a variety of questions and yet this is precisely what the videoconference was able to achieve. For the students, this was the next best thing to actually visiting NASA, without the jet lag". "It was interesting to see how the students became immersed in the teleconference as they realised the scope of information that was available to them and the way that they could explore a range of related subjects. NASA is very well set up for videoconferencing and have utilised the interactive aspect that videoconferencing offers. They were able to respond to questions using film clips, models and other aids that would be impossible in a traditional question and answer session. It is clear that videoconferencing will revolutionise the way that pupils learn in the future and I'm pleased that my pupils have had the exposure to this very unique experience," added Clark-Maxwell. Both schools are strong proponents of the widespread use of information technology and video-conferencing is regarded as a key educational tool. Slough Grammar recently submitted a bid for the Department of Education's 'classroom of the future' scheme and videoconferencing formed a central part of the bid. The advantage that videoconferencing has over other medium is the ability to personalise the interaction between individuals. In an educational context, this can often prove to be the key to enhancing the learning experience. "Global VideoCom is delighted to be supporting the efforts of these schools to enhance the learning experience of their pupils. The link-up with NASA highlights that videoconferencing provides a unique platform that can genuinely bridge distances. The enthusiasm with which the pupils participated is a graphic reminder of the positive impact technology can make", said Phil Sewell, Managing Director, Global VideoCom About the NASA Learning Outpost Programme - The International Space Station The ISS virtual tour is a live interactive video teleconference that showcases the International Space Station. Before the videoconference begins, students are provided with information about the origins of NASA, its mandate to explore space, the mission of the Johnson Space Center and a brief review of human space flight to prepare them for their visit. During the videoconference, students are introduced to the International Space Station's full-size training mock up. While inside one of the science research modules, they'll take part in an interactive discussion about the Space Station's purpose: the unique research environment it provides scientists. The ISS Virtual Tour also includes a visit to the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, a huge swimming pool where astronauts train to walk in space. Students also see inside the Russian-built Service Module where the International Space Station's residents live. Finally, the tour investigates the types of food astronauts eat in space and then closes with a question and answer session. About Global VideoCom Since its inception in 1996, Global VideoCom has focused on providing communications products and services that offer best-performance solutions to a diverse range of users. To deliver on this strategy, it has continuously utilised the most innovative technology and provided a wide range of support services, thus offering tailored solutions that meet the individual needs of its clients. In April 2000, Global VideoCom launched a new division, Globalevideo, in order to service the demand for video-on-the.net, its new ASP-based videoconferencing solution. With a new Headquarters and Network Communications Centre having opened in Slough in November 2000, Global VideoCom has 3 UK sites, through which it provides for the rapid deployment of engineering staff to support its global clients. Its increasing international focus will extend to include offices in the US, Amsterdam, Geneva, Tokyo and Sydney by early 2001. Global VideoCom has 3 wholly-owned subsidiaries - Global VideoConferencing (Scotland) Ltd., Global Knowledge Ltd. and Global VideoConferencing Ltd. In addition, in 1997 it acquired the assets of Planet Videoconferencing Ltd., a subsidiary of Planet Communications Group Ltd. 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