Here are a few more videos from #TMLondonBus the video on the Top Deck was shot with PivotHead Glasses Read more

London, A Love Letter to Education

"This web of time - the strands of which approach one another, bifurcate, intersect or ignore each other through Read more

The perils of filming on a London Bus

I've been set the challenge of filming a #TeachMeet on a London bus - one way is going to Read more

New Video and Podcast News Service - March 2014

Now that the TV Programme is well established I will be making some mini-broadcasts throughout March using iPads and Read more

Paying attention at the back

LESS IS MORE As promised I am going to release a few smaller blog posts about each section of L4LTV Read more

L4LTV Programme 3 + Notes 5th March 2014

The latest programme is here: L4LTV Programme 3 Notes Notes from tonight's programme. If you cannot see the scribd Read more

The Wheels on the Bus...

Every now and again I try something new to see if it is possible. A few weeks back, Ross Morrison Read more

Teacher Development Trust and Teach First's Evening Seminar on Lesson Observation

I have made a quick edit of the video stream from Teach First and Teacher Development Trust's seminar on Lesson Read more

Audio from #ResearchED2013 now on L4LNews

I promised Tom Bennett I would do this as an added resource for ResearchED2013, and so I have, although Read more

L4LTV Long interview with Jon Chippindall about KS1/2 Computing Resources

As part of the L4LTV series I have included the long interview I did with Jon Chippindall about his Read more

L4LTV is now on iTunes as a Video podcast consume!

You can now download the L4LTV programme as a video podcast off of iTunes from here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/l4ltv/id783437484?mt=2 or even faster click Read more

L4LTV Prog. 1 now on YouTube

Learn 4 Life Programme 1 is now on YouTube. Each fortnight we will livestream a show for interested teachers for Read more

L4LTV Programme Notes - 14th Dec 2013

Below is the Scribd document of the notes for the second #L4LTV web tv teacher to teacher CPD programme. Read more

L4LTV launches

L4LTV has officially launched last night and we had over 1000 views in 2 hours for the live broadcast. Read more

L4LTV does the Streaming for #Legup

L4LTV is now collaborating with edugameshub.com - last night we livestreamed their outreach meetup group called #LEGup (London Educational Read more

Volume Work in MineCraft - A teaser for Saturdays #L4LTV

It seems we are up against Charlie Brooker on the History of Gaming on Saturday at 9pm. We also have Read more

First Skype Live Streaming Test

One of the things to be able to do in a web TV Studio context is to interview one Read more

Getting Closer - Setting up the Studio

A scrappy iPhone vid in poor light but a little peek into setting up the studio for the broadcast Read more

L4LTV - We are launching next week!

After a few software and hardware hassles we are launching next week. We have a short update video Read more

L4LTV Scoop - Instant video in the browser without plugins - Interview with Svein Willassen of appear.in

This is the coolest thing I have seen all year and it is free and instant. If you cannot see Read more


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Image copyright © Martin Burrett – @ICTMagic – used with attribution

Here are a few more videos from #TMLondonBus the video on the Top Deck was shot with PivotHead Glasses (Who needs Google Glass) and on the Bottom Deck with a GoPro Hero+ Black and a cheaper Canon Ixus Camera

If you can’t see the videos below on your device just go to my Video Channel http://vimeo.com/channels/tmlondonbus.

Here’s Andy Lewis‘ presentation on techniques for teaching philosophy in 6th Form as filmed using Pivothead Glasses by Tom Bigglestone:

Andy’s blog is here:


All the way from Tallahassee Reggie Grant

And Ellie Dix giving Maths INSET going over Tower Bridge.

Paul Dix‘s Presentation – Paul Sponsored the TeachMeet.

Summer Turner’s “London – a Love Letter to Education.”

More to come as I get the time to post produce bear in mind I do this in my own time for free…

If you want to show your appreciation for all the work, time and money that goes into these projects please do donate:

There is a very small donate button under this line – please help out if you enjoyed the films…all films are creative commons licensed and can be used in INSET and disseminated with attribution – just let me know the domain you’d like to put them up on or if you need a copy.

And if you don’t want to donate then maybe you want to share the existence of the resource – please use the “share this” widget at the bottom of this blog to spread the word.


Don’t forget I also do commercial work which subsidises the philanthropic aspects of what I do – sometimes it can be a very tight financial tightrope to walk but look at my list of clients here and see the companies I have worked with.


Bear me in mind if you need professional filming or streaming done as this does subsidise, indirectly, (petrol, batteries, diskspace, CF cards mostly!) the filming I do for other events for free.

London, A Love Letter to Education

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Summer Turner on the TeachMeet Bus March 2014

This web of time – the strands of which approach one another, bifurcate, intersect or ignore each other through the centuries – embrace every possibility.“  (The Garden of Forking Paths)


Most people think me quite dysfuntional at TeachMeets. I rarely have time to socialise because I am trying to get the filming right; often I’m doing something very few people have attempted to do before with film in this way – certainly not as a one men band filming on a bus.

I am totally focused on trying to get the media as clear and sharp as a prime lens and, of course, to obsess about the sound – always the sound.

I do this to enable people to tell their stories, to give each other CPD, to socialise, to reflect; to help spread their ideas to wider audiences; to archive what was said and done at this time and in this place. The mainstream media will never do that – it is too ‘rich and strange’, so someone has to do the job for the teaching community.

This was my first use of a GoPro camera and, believe it or not, I couldn’t see or hear what was being filmed other than by remote monitoring through a phone so the evening was stressful as I was filming blind. You can see the result at the bottom of the page.

When I was challenged to Live Stream a TeachMeet on a London bus by Ross Morrison McGill (@TeacherToolkit) from an impossibly mad idea from Martin Burrett (@ictmagic) and made to happen by Paul Dix (@PivotalPaul) at Pivotal Education, I couldn’t resist.

I am a Londoner – I spent my childhood holidays travelling the capital on London buses in the 1960′s (using a Red Rover) – I was part of a generation that was thrown out of the house and “encouraged” to go and explore all the “unreal city” had to offer, and not come back until dark; so we ended up quite a lot of the time in museums and other places by default.

So what Summer had to say was fascinating. I spent many years teaching in a small primary school in Fitzrovia in Central London and I wrote several prize winning websites with my pupils around resources for the British and Science Museums. Working in Westminster, every week seemed to bring a new outreach project by the Royal Opera, Ballet, British Museum, Wellcome Trust, National Gallery or one of the many, many arts organisations in that part of town.

I will never forget the day an extremely small woman arrived with a pianist in tow at our school. When she entered the hall for an assembly we were all more than a little bemused, but the minute she opened her mouth and began to sing, I, together with everyone else, was spellbound – most of the children in that area had never heard another human being make a sound like that. I later ended up writing the Artists in Schools policy for Westminster LA and so this talk by Summer was very close to my heart.

We are poorer without such narratives, culturally and in so many other ways. These forms of enrichment must not be lost in the rush to put rigour and academia at the heart of the curriculum; life is more like Borges’ Forking Paths than the pre-determined possibilities people would have you believe – no matter how you dress it up in positivist reasoning.

There are other, more informal experiences that are imperishable, lurking in the shadows – they remain, often, on the periphery of most people’s life map but once in a while teachers like Summer come along and open up cracks in time, unentomb them; then these stories and ideas begin to trickle down and cascade out through the fissures of the social fabric to greet us like half-remembered friends; jinns; smoke on the water; ignis fatuus; ghosts of memory, apparating amongst us once again; reassembling after having lain dormant and scattered for years. Their transfixing ectoplasm envelops us – we surrender to their zombie call…even on a London bus.

These  fables, histories, writings, politics, are the life blood of the city: oozing, trickling, then flowing – then flooding our sensibilities and bringing with them, aspirations – a desire to emulate and echo – take soundings. And buses – they are the corpuscles – the cultural ferrymen transporting us.

Once you are on it, you never get off the bus – you are infected. Learning and education become a given. Teachers are the viral carburettors providing just the right rich mix of fuel with air – breathing life into the ancient machine…

This film project took me over two months to plan and implement; I won’t go into the ins and outs of the technical stuff because that, in many ways, is not what interests me – it is simply a means to an end.

What I find fascinating is the need for people to tell their stories to each other; to demonstrate practice in different ways and to have the courage to stand up and tell what it is that they do – I like to make media that explores and highlights this activity and the serendipities that inevitably come out of those encounters.

For exactly the same reasons I set up a poetry magazine for the London area. It is 25 years old this year and Carcanet are bringing out a book about it in the autumn. I made it a networking magazine for poets; to bring people together to share writing – to list where people congregate and to act as a smart filter for how we live and have lived over the years.

I’m pretty pleased by how some of the footage came out tonight but I’ll let Summer tell you her story herself to an amazing moving backdrop of Parliament and other landmarks.

She is quite right, of course, a lot of pupils spend their time coccooned in an electronic wilderness of distractions between home and school without knowing the wider world.

We need to take them places they’ve never been; tell them some of the old tales – like the one where a distraught mama emerges from the depths of the swamp, coming to avenge her slain son – better than anything Hollywood could have invented and worth getting them excited about, especially the codex in the British Library!

Sweet Thames, run softly, till I end my song.” or maybe more apposite James Joyce’s tongue in cheek take off of Shakespeare:

Where the bus stops, there stop I“.

Ahh those intertextual forking paths again. Enjoy the video.

The perils of filming on a London Bus

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I’ve been set the challenge of filming a #TeachMeet on a London bus – one way is going to be streaming out through a portable wifi device but here is the second backup…

New Video and Podcast News Service – March 2014

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Now that the TV Programme is well established I will be making some mini-broadcasts throughout March using iPads and Green Screens.

From later this week (March 13th 2014) I will be launching an infrequent news service using the TouchCast App on the iPad and BossJock Studio on Audio. I will be making a few test broadcasts for teachers about subjects in the news – a very concise but in-depth look rather than just cursory headlines.

I should have at least one of these up and running by Thursday.

I’m aiming for about 5 minutes where I can point people to one issue or resource that is relevant to them in their everyday teaching or something coming up on the horizon that affects teachers.

Now I have all the studio equipment I’ll be ramping up the content. Please subscribe to the blog, get the free iphone APP and/or make a donation.

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Paying attention at the back

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As promised I am going to release a few smaller blog posts about each section of L4LTV Programme 3. Why? Because not only do I have to research, contact, interview, gain permissions, film, light, record, post produce, transcode, upload and advertise the programme – I also have to monitor how people are watching it to see their viewing habits and to repurpose, disseminate and archive it in appropriate ways.


I am able to see how many minutes people have watched of the programme by each anonymous viewer and, unfortunately, the “attention” only often goes as far as a few minutes in on the first feature.

As you can see from the snapshot of some of the viewers’ attention below, people look at the programme in different ways – some watch all the way through; some skip over content; some scrub back and forth until they find an item they want to see; some jump in scan around and come out – not interested. That is all to be expected and is different for different programmes. However, almost inevitably, the last feature is never or rarely seen by a large percentage of viewers.

Attention Stats for the programme

How to counter this? People are busy – perhaps the programme is too long? It’s jockeying for attention with lots of other media/ people’s (teachers’) valuable time.


I could go about this in one of several ways.

1. Make a shorter programme more often.
2. Randomise the features people come to first.
3. Disaggregate the features into smaller units and release them again, on their own, and remind people the main programme is still up there if they want to see the rest.


Part of this has been addressed by the fact I release a “Programme Notes” document every time a show comes out now. I don’t necessarily put the notes in the order they will be seen and this has resulted in more hunt and peck on the part of viewers.


But from this week I will be choosing option 3 and disaggregating the individual features into smaller “edited” units with more links to resources mentioned and pointing viewers back to the original programme – I’ll include a “teaser” and a how many minutes in for people to jump to the longer film.

I have noticed that the “Today” programme on Radio 4 is now including snippets on AudioBoo in much the same way as a strategy to mop up viewers after the longer programme has passed by. Little tugs of asynchronous info after the ocean liner has sailed.

I’ll be gathering stats again after this to see what people are flocking around in terms of content.

It’s certainly something I’ve neglected doing up until now but part of the process of putting out content is being able to publicise it and to gather data around usage. And also repurposing and archiving it!


If you are a viewer, and on twitter, please do favourite it to watch later but also please do retweet when it comes out as that helps enormously.

I don’t resort to putting links to other blogs on this blog to bump up the stats using interlinked meshes of people reblogging links on each others’ blogs – I like to keep the data fairly clean. So please do retweet or publicise if you think it worth it. If not – don’t.

Be prepared for a few smaller scale features coming out fairly soon around the programme as well as lots of live streaming.

You can read the programme notes for the latest episode here and watch the programme by clicking on the Web TV in the blog menu.


The TV Programme is by teachers for teachers and, at the moment, seems to have a slant around CPD in the arts and computing. If you want your voice heard then submit a proposal. If you can’t film yourself then maybe I could film you or your idea – this depends on my budget at any one time, petrol money and personal commitments – I certainly cannot pay anyone as this is a loss making venture even when I do get paid for the odd gig over the year. But if, after all that, you’d like a viewpoint expressed – get in touch http://www.l4l.co.uk/?page_id=1777


Lots of people like the idea of making media but it is far, far easier to sit down and write a blog or series of blogs than it is to make a film. The realities of pulling media together, the production values to make such a project, require a steep and constant learning curve as well as lots of money – I have put my money where my mouth is and sunk my truncated pension (due to caring for my father) into this project. Few people rise to such a challenge but for those that have, I am very grateful to them for their continued involvement and support.

The equipment to do this is also becoming smaller and faster and that is why I am involved with partners that can “amplify” social reach in this way and so a big thank you must go to Helen Caldwell at the University of Northampton to enable me to help train people in the use of making media.

As well as teaching for over 25 years I have always had a long history of production of small press publications and community networking right back to the 1970′s and this is merely an extension of that commitment to wanting to produce a platform for grass roots voices in the media. The technology to do this has now become available and I will exploit it to the hilt.


L4LTV will never have a large viewing population but I can try, with your help, to optimise dissemination of the features you do put out. The scope of such a niche channel is necessarily limited to the teaching community in the UK – and mostly those who own devices. I’d dearly love to amplify the viewing figures of the channel but the mainstream media will not advertise or support us for obvious reasons and, quite rightly, we have to prove the concept first. This doesn’t put me off or dishearten me in any way.

When I brought the mimeographed poetry listings magazine from the obscure and little known Poetry London Newsletter to the glossy wide circulation (for the Poetry World) Poetry London – it took between 5 and 7 years hard work behind the scenes to incrementally increase the production values and readership. This is no different. Sometimes I suspect I take on these challenges and swim against the tide precisely because they are undertaken at great odds but it has always proved worth it in the long run.

I do need funding to achieve the next stage of the roadmap and that is to create a ROKU Channel but unless I get funds fairly soon I’ll have to wait until I have saved enough to do that effectively. What this would achieve is inclusion on a larger platform beyond the scope of just the UK and devices – it would frogleap the programme into mainstream media via the long tail effect. I guess I’ll have to wait a while yet before this happens.

A niche TV station is not something that will be supported by grants or community pockets of cash either – the programme sits in that strange wilderness of lack of funding. That is why I do it, because the route to do this can’t be done with the usual support mechanisms and that is probably all to the good and guarantees independence but it also makes the enterprise vulnerable…


The most popular area of the broadcasts has been the live streaming. It always involves a fair bit of last minute risk – will it work on site? Will enough people be interested? A lot of the broadcasts are now hitting the 200+ mark yet I have to pay between £50 – £100 in costs to produce each broadcast. People making requests for me to film them have to bear that in mind as a lot of people (usually employed in full time jobs) seem to think there is a endless supply of “free” services that exist out there in media land. Unfortunately this is not the case. Where time and circumstance allow me to do it I usually do it for free but the times where firms and individuals give a donation makes life a lot easier in this respect.

In many ways the use of real time video streaming of media is a good match for the fast paced fickle ephemeral issues of the day – even in education – even if they do lead to policy change in the long run.

With this kind of medium, as in twitter and a lot of blogs, people flock around a current issue; there is much blogging and various wars of attrition of opinion and then silence before the next round of just as many ephemeral issues leading to more change, or not, as the case may be. For media makers who stream this activity it’s quite challenging. Bloggers tend to synthesise their thoughts and create books, which, in turn gets them more exposure in the mainstream media and that can lead to fruitful markets for everyone.

Live streaming merely captures the journeys people make on the way to that synthesis but it also helps frame the debate and can amplify ways in which people can participate and judge the tenure of what is happening – it also gives people access to physical events they cannot travel to due to lack of time or money. Where possible I will try to do more of this in future but I have to limit myself to events close to London or the petrol bills could bankrupt me.

If you feel inclined please do click the small paypal button at the bottom of the page.


I am also really grateful to the few sponsors that have put money into projects and kit to enable people to file reports they are: Rising Stars, Igloo in Education, Computing at School and Iris Connect. Without their continuing involvement this project would never have got off the ground. If you are some beneficent philanthropist who would like to drop a few thousand pounds on the project to help it on its way please do get in touch otherwise we’ll keep chuntering on.

There is a very small donate button under this line – please help out if you enjoyed the show…

And if you don’t want to donate then maybe you want to share the existence of the resource – please use the “share this” widget below to spread the word.


Don’t forget I also do commercial work which subsidises the philanthropic aspects of what I do – sometimes it can be a very tight financial tightrope to walk but look at my list of clients here and see the companies I have worked with.


Bear me in mind if you need professional filming or streaming done as this does subsidise, indirectly, the filming I do for other events for free.

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