Up Periscope At Forge

On Thursday evening we held our annual open event and this year had a global, live audience.

Children who are due to start secondary school in September 2016 and their parents were invited to visit Forge to gain a taster of life at the Academy. For people unable to attend or just interested in life at a British school a 30 minute live broadcast was made from the academy using Periscope.

Periscope is a ‘live video streaming platform’, which means you can transmit a live recording of yourself to your Periscope and Twitter followers. But instead of calling a single person, you’re instead linked up to the whole community. This means that whoever’s watching you can comment and ask questions. These show up on your screen whilst broadcasting making it easy to answer and interact.

Viewers on Periscope were able to watch science experiments, view paintings, see the food technology department cook for the modern foreign language cafe, check out the new range of Chromebooks, interact with the geography and history departments and meet our Principal Andrew Burns amongst many other things.

Ormiston Forge Academy achieved record-breaking A level results last summer as well as a first class set of GCSE results and the open event is always well attended but this year over 100 people watched the broadcast live around the world.

Principal Andrew Burns said: “We are getting a reputation for breaking new ground and being able to speak to a global audience about our academy and our British values are something we are very proud of. I believe that we are the first school in the country to broadcast an open event live and I have no doubt that many more will follow us.

Director of marketing, Kris Griffin, who hosted the broadcast said: “Forge has a global reach, we regularly host students from the US and have many enquiries from students in Europe. To be able to share our successes and the values of the Forge Family to such a wide audience is very humbling.

The academy is throwing open its doors again to prospective students and their parents at the final open event on Saturday 26th September from 9am until 12. Turn up or tune in.

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Principal Andrew Burns using Periscope

 

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