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

Some advice for Teachers new to Twitter in the new term

Everyone seems to be writing a blog on different aspects of advice for new teachers. Here's some for a Read more

Getting ready to launch a Twitter broadcast season

BUILDING A STUDIO Over the last few months and years I've been testing and building a small TV studio to Read more

Update on Professional Video Streaming through Twitter

This morning I finally cracked it. Good Video and superb audio with camera switching. I have been working on Read more

Video livestreaming through Wirecast to Persicope and out to Twitter

After a 7 month break, I've been working on being able to make quick video posts out through Twitter Read more

360 test

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We launch Mikeybot on Kickstarter

Together with a few colleagues I have launched a Kickstarter campaign > theMikeybot. This is a simple, cheap, wireless drawing Read more

Testing the SmallHD Focus monitor with my Sony A5100 camera

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I have just bought a SmallHD Focus 5″ Monitor for use with my smaller cameras – especially the point and shoot ones.

I wish something like this had come out onto the market earlier.

It is so bright and easy to use in bright daylight (something I was struggling with on the A5100 screen) that I’m now pretty confident I’ll use this as an on the go interview camera / monitor setup in future at small education events.

It is not cheap but I love my little Sony A5100 because, as a camera, with certain lenses it still gives one of the best ‘filmic’ looks out there. With this monitor it just makes the interview setups extremely quick and easy.

BETT 2018

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Here’s a quick video roundup of my impressions of this year’s BETT.

Every year I interview one or two people who offer a free service to grass roots teachers.

This year, more than ever, I think BETT has become an ‘at scale’ proposition – more for senior managers; business to business; international and global firms; senior managers. The ordinary class teacher would seem to be being left behind. If you were there and have a different view, please add a comment below.

BETT 2018

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This is one of a couple of posts I’ll be doing about BETT 2018.

This year I spent some time walking up and down the aisles of BETT and my general overview will be available next week.

One company intrigued me as it was a social enterprise homework and revision site. It had a reference to a RCT in its info about the platform. It is also free.

I’ll let you listen to the Scientific officer talk about what they do and then pop along to
www.senecalearning.com to see for yourself.

A Modest Proposal

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Multimedia Resources by Teacher Communities

Here is a modest proposal I’m making to DFE and the Chartered College of Teaching.

If you don’t want to look at the video there’s a timed transcript here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/li6lhhehgbj9lra/A%20Modest%20Proposal%20-%20Transcript.pdf?dl=0

If you want to see the highlights of the talk then read the TimeStamped comments under the video on YouTube.

This is an example of what is possible with multimedia…

Twitter discussion here:

Some advice for Teachers new to Twitter in the new term

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Everyone seems to be writing a blog on different aspects of advice for new teachers.
Here’s some for a teacher starting on Twitter for the first time at the beginning of term.

1) Actively time your use of Twitter – use https://tomato-timer.com/ – be disciplined
2) Learn to use Twitter’s Advanced Search – https://twitter.com/search-advanced?lang=en – put in keywords at first; https://twitter.com/search-advanced?lang=en
3) Find out the best hashtag # chats where teachers are sharing resources and/or discussing information relevant to your key stage
3) Put people into lists you have created – compile a list of blogs that are useful to your professional development
4) The Twitter “like” button (little heart) is best used for tracking resources and threads but becomes unwieldly if used too often
5) Stay away from Twitter debates at first – they are a timesink – you’ll be far more productive and happier doing something else offline – see 1 above and 9 below
6) Learn how to use the mute accounts and mute keywords functions to filter out noise from signal
7) Don’t type/text anything to anyone on Twitter you wouldn’t say to them face to face in real life
8) Always give people the benefit of the doubt – don’t jump in half-cocked about a topic before reflecting first – be polite
9) If you get upset about something someone has posted, don’t dwell on it, leave Twitter – go out for a walk, read a book or do something more productive instead i.e. go to an education conference (best 2 grass roots ones are ResearchEd and Northern Rocks) or attend a local Teachmeet. If your Key Stage and/or subject is organised then seek out members and put them into a Twitter List then ask around for resources/ help
10) Follow up book recommendations – get your SLT to buy a staff CPD library or buy a couple of well stocked staff Kindles – keep up to date
11) Don’t believe anything anyone posts on Twitter unless you have 3 independent sources of verification
12) See 1

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