At the end of the last year Hedleys College worked with media production company Th2ing to make a video about Skype.
The video chat and voice call service brings millions of people closer together, while it is also used in truly amazing ways to help people stay connected from training doctors remotely in Botswana, to giving the opportunity for an explorer to connect with students from the top of Mount Everest.
Skype are always pleased to hear new ways in which the service is used and they were delighted when Hedleys College got in touch to tell them about how Skype is used here so much so that they came and filmed an advert all about it!
One of the ways the college encourages using Skype is through work experience placements for students. In the film, student Ryan and his tutors explain how he uses sign language on Skype group video call to communicate with his support team. Skype makes it easy for them to check in, show support and offer encouragement.
This means Ryan can rest assured that he is always near to those he trusts, even when he is away at work.
Head of College, Joanne Rees-Proud said: “We use Skype to link the college to the work placement to communicate with the student when they are there.
“We can check on progress, discuss achievement at the end of each day despite the physical distance from college. This feedback is invaluable.
“It allows us to communicate directly through the use of British Sign Language, but also allows students to pick up – and us to read the body language in a conversation and other social cues that are just as important when developing communication skills.”