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Organisation:

Mulberry School for Girls

 

Situation:

Mulberry School for Girls is a high achieving, over-subscribed and successful girls’ comprehensive school for pupils aged 11 to 18 in Shadwell, East London. It is a place where girls’ talents and abilities are nurtured in a safe creative space and where they can develop their ambitions and the power for self-determination.

Mulberry School for Girls were invited to join the global live conversation on International Day of the Girl on 11th October 2016 to discuss girls’ challenges in getting quality education.

 

Challenge:

Mulberry School for Girls wanted a reliable solution that would manage a high quality camera feed but also allowed the students participating to have the best experience possible when watching the stream. There were many requirements by Mulberry School for Girls for the International Day of the Girl event. Mulberry School for Girls needed a way to be able to interface a professional broadcast camera with Skype. For the event, the school needed to project the output to students and the American Ambassador seated in the school’s theatre. It was important that the output projected in the school theatre was displayed professionally without any distractions. Another important requirement was XLR audio outputs to easily integrate with the theatre’s sound system.

 

Solution:

The Quicklink TX Multi was chosen as it met all the requirements that were needed by Mulberry School for Girls.

For the International Day of the Girl event, a Blackmagic Design Studio camera was used with a Panasonic 14-140mm lens. The audio feed from the theatre was from a Rode microphone sent into the Quicklink TX by an embedded SDI feed. The HDMI output was used to connect the Quicklink TX return feed to the projector in the theatre.

 

Results:

Christopher Stone, Theatre Technical Manager at Mulberry School for Girls explained: “The Quicklink TX Multi was incredibility simple to set up and was easy to integrate with our network”, Chris added “During the event the device performed faultlessly”.

Mulberry School for Girls plan to use the Quicklink TX Multi in future projects.

Chris explains: We believe Skype is a powerful tool that will allow our students to engage interactively with inspirational people around the world, enabling discussions to be held both visually and aurally allowing true collaborative learning and sharing to take place”.

Mulberry School for Girls plan to integrate the use of the Quicklink TX into their events, whether it is to allow remote guest speakers to be part of an event or to collaborate with other schools.

The Mulberry Schools Trust are also opening Mulberry UTC in September 2017, a new University Technical College for 14-18 year olds specialising in the Creative Industries and the Health sector. The UTC will integrate the use of Skype into its film and television course, to teach students the skills required to operate the Quicklink TX systems. Mulberry UTC will also use the Quicklink TX to simulate a news studio scenario and as an affordable way of delivering an outside broadcast without the need for expensive satellite equipment. Within its health specialism, Mulberry UTC plans to explore the possibilities of using Skype as a way of providing students access to areas of a hospital that they would otherwise be unable to access, such as operating theatres, and as a way of connecting and collaborating with the pioneers and experts of the health industry around the world.

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