11th November at Kingwood CLC, Fulham offers an excellent opportunity to discover how London schools and the Kingwood CLC are using interactive technologies to extend learning in new and exciting ways. Led by Katherine Douglas – Director of Kingwood CLC, with a headline speaker Jude Ragan OBE – Headteacher at Queensmill School and Kathryn Stowell(Charlton School, Greenwich), it promises to be an inspiring event.
We would like to invite you to visit us at the Special Needs London show in Islington on the 15th and 16th of October at the Business Design Centre in Isslington, on stand 74 where we will be showing our ground breaking omiVista Mobile – interactive sensory system along with the very latest omiBeam Mobile system.
The Naidex South show at ExCel London in September was a great success for us where we launched our new omiVista mobile system, a portable version of our ever poupular omiVista Interactive Floor system, contained in a convenient, easily portable unit.
We also showcased the latest version of our omiBeam mobile system which is quicker and easier than ever to get to grips with
Recently, the huge benefits that OMi interactive technologies are delivering to mainstream and special education needs pupils have been getting some attention from leading education innovators.
Merlin John, the founder and past editor of the Times Educational Supplement, and champion of creative use of ICT in schools, has published an article on his website, agent4change.com, about the Kingwood CLC and Charlton school projects and the difference they are making to teaching and learning.
Futurelab, the independent not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to transforming teaching and learning through the use of innovative practice and technology, has also run the stories. Mishka Klotz, OMi Managing Director, commented: “We are delighted that these innovative people and organisations recognise the benefits that OMi technologies can bring to teaching and learning. We have pioneered their use in education and are looking forward to more students and teachers benefitting from them in the future.”
OMi recently attended the Communication Works – Sharing the Latest Technologies event at Charlton School in Greenwich to show the exciting interactive projection system, omiVista. The stand was busy all day with teachers and pupils excited by the possibilities this intuitive learning technology brings.
There was also a lot of interest following the presentation we gave on the seminar programme about Charlton School’s use of the system with their SEN pupils in the innovative Rebound Therapy, which sees the interactive images projected onto a trampoline to help develop physical and mental skills at the same time.
The Naidex show at the NEC in April was a great success for us and we enjoyed demonstrating our interactive systems to the many visitors to the stand. Daniel May (pictured here playing with the omiBeam system) couldn’t get enough of these exciting technologies and returned to the stand several times to play football and the drums using omiVista, and had several different musical experiences with omiBeam.
Mishka Klotz, OMi Managing Director, said: “It was great to see the enjoyment that Daniel and the many other children that visited the stand got from the use of these systems. It’s especially rewarding when you see the kids with very limited mobility making music with the slightest movement and realising that it is under their control.
OMi exhibited at the BETT show at London’s Olympia in January 2010 and experienced a record number of visitors to the stand. The show was a great success with high levels of interest in the unique OMi interactive learning environment shown in partnership with Kingwood CLC.
Commenting on the show, Mishka Klotz, Managing Director of OMi said; “We are delighted with the responce to our new fully interactive projection systems that deliver unique engaging educational and sensory experiences to all ages and abilities. Our partnership with Kingwood CLC is proving invaluable in promoting the use of interactive gesture-controlled technology in education”
Kingwood CLC in Fulham has been working with OMi to create a new interactive learning space concept called “iSpace”, a flexible and dynamic learning environment that benefits people of all ages and abilities. The iSpace technology has variable operating levels making it easy to switch the learning content to meet the needs of multiple users. The interactive area provides opportunities for exploration, experimentation and performance using gesture-controlled interactive technologies. The room incorporates interactive light beams and interactive floor and wall projection systems that can be customized for pupils’ learning. This technology offers enormous potential for developing multimedia studies as part of the 14-19 curriculum.
BBC1 is to re-show one of the most moving episodes of DIYsos when young Noah Wall and his family have their cold/unsafe home transformed by teams of willing volunteers. We at Omi were proud to gift Noah an omiVista floor as part of that re-build and were thrilled at his response to it. His Mum Shelly has kept in touch with us and is forever grateful for the equipment that gave him so much pleasure.
Recently we returned to Abbeytown in Cumbria to visit the delightful Noah Wall and give him exciting new content for his omiVista system as an early 4th birthday present. Here we see one of our OMI team members, Wayne, sharing a special moment with him.
Noah who was born with severe spina bifida, hydrocephalus, only 2% functioning brain and is paralysed from the chest down has stunned experts with his incredible zest for life and determination to achieve.
The family believe the omiVista floor has motivated Noah to stretch, crawl, play and communicate everyday. His Mum Shelly says ‘He now knows all of his colours, numbers and shapes and can even count to 20…he’s always singing and dancing’.
4yr old Noah continues to amaze everyone with his progress. We feel privileged to have been a part of Noah’s story and are delighted that our gift has meant so much to the family. (hugsfornoah.co.uk)