Interview with Girls Who Code community partnerships manager Jackson Thomas

I only film new, non-profit, innovative, worthwhile organisations at BETT/the Education Show each year. Finding them is like looking Read more

Interview with Mitch Resnick - MIT Media Lab - about Scratch 3.0 at BETT 2019

I walked into the Press enclosure at Bett 2019 and bumped into Mitch Resnick. He kindly agreed to do Read more

Filming at BETT 2019

This is probably my last year filming at BETT 2019. In order to get good interviews on the fly Read more

The English Curriculum 2019

Well - I lasted six months and I'm back. The latter half of this year has been devoted to Read more

My last Video Interview in UK education - Clare Sealy on No More Marking

I am now retired from making videos on UK education - here is an extract from the last video Read more

The L4L courses site now has free easy access

My course http://l4lcourses.co.uk/enrol/index.php?id=5 - 'how to set up a cheap professional filming unit for schools' is now completely open Read more

Testing the SmallHD Focus monitor with my Sony A5100 camera

I have just bought a SmallHD Focus 5" Monitor for use with my smaller cameras - especially the point Read more

BETT 2018

Here's a quick video roundup of my impressions of this year's BETT. Every year I interview one or two people Read more

BETT 2018

This is one of a couple of posts I'll be doing about BETT 2018. This year I spent some time Read more

A Modest Proposal

Multimedia Resources by Teacher Communities Here is a modest proposal I'm making to DFE and the Chartered College of Teaching. Read more

Interview with Girls Who Code community partnerships manager Jackson Thomas

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I only film new, non-profit, innovative, worthwhile organisations at BETT/the Education Show each year. Finding them is like looking for a microchip in a haystack.

I had never heard of Girls Who Code before but Jackson Thomas quickly gave me all the information I needed to spread the word.

Despite being heavily jet lagged he did an amazing job of explaining the organisation’s genesis and plans to expand in this country.

The stand at The Education Show (Opposite BETT 2019) was extremely popular. I found it very hard to get time to film them because so many people were coming up wanting to know about the organisation. Always a good start.

If you want to set up a girls’ club (13-18 years old) in the UK then Girls Who Code is absolutely free. Get all the resources and info you need here:

https://uk.girlswhocode.com

Interview with Mitch Resnick – MIT Media Lab – about Scratch 3.0 at BETT 2019

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I walked into the Press enclosure at Bett 2019 and bumped into Mitch Resnick. He kindly agreed to do an interview on the spur of the moment. He talks here about the new Scratch 3.0. You can read more detail on the Edsurge site.

Filming at BETT 2019

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This is probably my last year filming at BETT 2019. In order to get good interviews on the fly I will be using a phone, an Osmo Pocket, a MikMe studio quality microphone and a mini-tripod to capture interviews. This setup is also extremely useful to put together for a small film unit in schools.

Have a look at the quality of the video below and see what is manageable with very small and portable kit these days. Basically broadcast quality video and audio.

I have spent years trying to miniaturise film kit and this is probably the smallest kit I’ve ever put together. It isn’t cheap but it is a broadcast quality package.

I am also starting to make these films as exemplars – so QED – they are short, to the point and have pointers or text where necessary – no more information than you need.

The Osmo Pocket, in particular, is revolutionary – you could just use that on its own but with this rig it makes everything superstable. Part of my problem in the past has been being able to monitor sound and picture when doing an interview – with this kit that becomes super easy.

You can attach the Osmo Pocket to an iPhone or Android with a USB C cable and have the best of both worlds.

To see how to marry the better MikMe (or any other external recorder) with the reference video audio go to my free course on filming with an iPhone here – http://www.l4lcourses.co.uk

The password is “L4LTV”.

It is totally free – there is no catch or joining fee. It is there to help teachers develop their expertise when making truly professional videos with the minimum of equipment and time!

I have devoted my last few years to helping teachers make media as good as (or even better than) mainstream media. We live in an internet age with different types of media competing for students’ attention. Isn’t it better to use well made (and well designed media) to get knowledge across in a quick and efficient way? If that is your thing – enjoy.

Now if only people were to use these techniques to build a good film library of curricular lectures and materials… I guess I can still only dream but this kind of thing is my legacy. One day the education community might see the value in all of this.

How to use multimedia effectively and efficiently is also on the course. If you want to make clear, precise and time saving curricular course media give it a try. It is free!

Kit Used in (and to make) the Video

Woohot Mount
USB C to lightning cable
Manfrotto tripod
Amaran ALM9 Light
3D Printed Osmo Pocket Tripod Adaptor

MikMe – Studio Grade Microphone

Pedco Ultra Universal window clamp

Osmo Pocket Gimbal

The English Curriculum 2019

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Well – I lasted six months and I’m back. The latter half of this year has been devoted to getting fit, rebuilding stamina, reading and reassessing how I go forward into my 60’s. My heart troubles seem less of a problem so that is a boon.

I will be making the odd video post on here until the Spring of 2019; then, I think, it will be time to call it a day. I will concentrate on merging film and poetry as art forms. I’m looking forwards to a trip to Iceland in March for inspiration.

In the meantime here are my thoughts on the rollout of the forthcoming new curriculum inspection framework for schools in 2019.

Blogs referenced in the video are:

https://martinrobborobinson.wordpress.com/2018/12/16/curriculum-coherence/

http://www.thatboycanteach.co.uk/2018/12/a-model-for-teaching-wider-curriculum.html?m=1 

With other useful blogs on all this from different ends of the agegroup telescope on all this are Clare Sealy‘s

https://primarytimery.com/2018/09/09/whats-all-the-fuss-about-a-knowledge-rich-curriculum-part-one/

and Christine Counsell‘s here

https://thedignityofthethingblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/07/senior-curriculum-leadership-1-the-indirect-manifestation-of-knowledge-a-curriculum-as-narrative/

There’s also a related blog here from Mr Almond

https://nutsaboutteaching.wordpress.com/2018/12/13/ramble-5-deciphering-ofsteds-phase-3-research/

Have a good rest in what remains of the winter holiday and may you return to work calm, recovered and inspired.

Doubtless I will be adding more to this list…

And here they are –

Tickets available for the Canon’s Park TSA conference – it is free.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rebuilding-curriculum-assessment-2-learning-lessons-tickets-53786702475

A free conference for educators, Rebuilding Curriculum & Assessment 2: Learning Lessons seeks to bring school staff, school leaders, educational academics and policy-makers together to consider what we have learnt in recent years in light of huge curriculum and assessment changes. It is a forum for colleagues to share, to reflect, to understand and to improve our practice, and outcomes for children, further in light of our experiences.

Keynote speakers will set the tone for the day. Breakout session leaders will contextualise key themes in sharing their practice. Talking lunches will give delegates the opportunity to have their say about the issues that matter.

Confirmed speakers include: Professor Daniel Muijs, Mary Myatt, John Tomsett, Ben White, Helen Ralston, Martin Galway, Evidence Based Education, Charlie Harber, Phil Stock, Jon Hutchinson, Tom Needham.

There’s also a conference at Pimlico school on 26th Jan 2019 but it is already sold out! If you can beg, steal or borrow a ticket go to this link.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DwZdnfgWoAAkUfq.jpg:large

Any more curricular links I’ll think of putting a resource and calendar together. Just click on the word “contact” below and give me the info:

My last Video Interview in UK education – Clare Sealy on No More Marking

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I am now retired from making videos on UK education – here is an extract from the last video interview I did with Clare Sealy on No More Marking.

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