Created using Elluminate and Promethean's interactive software, the link-up enabled children to view and communicate on the other classroom's interactive whiteboards and interact in real time.
"The Chinese are investing heavily in educational technology and this demonstrates just what can be achieved," said Hutton, who is Labour MP for Barrow & Furness and secretary of state for business, enterprise and regulatory reform. "The benefits are huge, not just for the companies, but for the children who are taught in such a stimulating way using modern technology."
Paul Dean, director of partner management at Promethean, told II: "The link-up between Lambeth Academy and Houhai School demonstrates how interactive software, when used in conjunction with programs such as Elluminate, enables schools to communicate collaboratively in real time. This capability is particularly important following the proposal by [what was] the Department for Education and Skills for every school in England to have a sustainable partnership with a school in another country by 2010.
"In light of this target, schools are increasingly looking to invest in technologies that can facilitate this relationship, and Elluminate - which has a natural fit with Promethean's Activboard and Activprimary or Activstudio software - is an ideal solution."