Multi-point video conferencing
Brian Convey, Headteacher at
“Crosby Ravensworth, Asby and
A detailed plan and guidance were provided and the timings proved to be accurate. The activities were appropriate with the challenges being based on similarities and differences between labyrinths, mazes and networks.
The day was due to run from 10am until 3.00pm but the children had become so involved with a series of number mazes that the session ran on until the call was timed out.
In fact such was the enthusiasm that emails had to be sent to
There was cost of £300 for the day as this was a closed session for the 3 schools. Other sessions are available but our small schools could have been involved in a session with much larger schools which may have been a little daunting for the children. Being a multipoint conference kept the contribution down to £100 per school.
The coordination of an activity like this does require a considerable amount of time and effort by staff . The schools have got to have the desire to make the project work. The support of the staff at CLEO makes it work. Why not see if it could work for you?
It takes a lot of effort and organisation but in terms of learning experiences for children and staff it is worth it.”
A few quotes from pupils
In a labyrinth you never have to make any decisions for which way to go. So really in the story of Theseus he didn’t need a ball of string so maybe he was in a maze.
The videoconference was from
We learnt the difference between labyrinths and mazes. In a labyrinth it is impossible to go the wrong way because there are never any choices to make but in a maze there are lots of choices to make. There are different ways to find your way around the mazes but the best way is to use networks.
I liked the network way of solving mazes because it was very challenging.
I enjoyed doing the videoconference because labyrinths are quite tricky but they also make you think. When you are doing it from a bird’s eye view it is easy but when you are actually in it it would be hard.
Mathematicians are interested in labyrinths and mazes because you can fit a long path into a small space. Labyrinths only have one path whilst mazes have lots of paths.