Behaviour Wiki

Just a quick addendum to yesterday's blog and resources. I have made an ongoing MindMap Wiki of links to blogs Read more

Resources and advice for #NQTs Sept 2014

Image under Creative Commons by-nc-sa licence With the new school year I am cranking up the L4Lnews podcast once again. The Read more

Library Box 2.0 - free your resources

It works I rarely post about computer kit these days unless I come across something exceptional. Equipment for teachers has Read more


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

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The perils of filming on a London Bus

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New Video and Podcast News Service - March 2014

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Paying attention at the back

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L4LTV Programme 3 + Notes 5th March 2014

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The Wheels on the Bus...

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

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Audio from #ResearchED2013 now on L4LNews

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

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L4LTV Programme Notes - 14th Dec 2013

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Volume Work in MineCraft - A teaser for Saturdays #L4LTV

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Behaviour Wiki

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Just a quick addendum to yesterday’s blog and resources.

I have made an ongoing MindMap Wiki of links to blogs about behaviour and research and discussion on Behaviour in the latest podcast. It’s only 3 mins long – go along and have a listen.

If you can’t see the widgit above on your device then just click on the link here:

Resources and advice for #NQTs Sept 2014

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With the new school year I am cranking up the L4Lnews podcast once again.

The first audio podcast of the new academic year in the UK is devoted to a few pointers to resources and advice for NQTs. As I say in the podcast, my first NQT year was a bit of nightmare – I would hope support systems are in place that are so much better now if similar things were to happen.

Even if your first year is a dream ticket I would still encourage you to go online, browse and engage with the various teacher communities out there – they can be extremely useful.

If you have time have a quick listen here:

If you can’t see the widgit above go to the direct link here:

The “bundle” of resources mentioned in the podcast can be accessed here. >

The “licorize” #NQT resource (may be added to) here:

Library Box 2.0 – free your resources

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It works

I rarely post about computer kit these days unless I come across something exceptional. Equipment for teachers has to serve a need that can’t be met elsewhere and it has to be quick, easy, functional and work flawlessly each time. This piece of equipment was developed with a specific need in mind – places where networks don’t exist and/or are locked down.


When I read about the Library Box 2.0 Kickstarter campaign last year I could immediately see the advantages for schools.

1) NOT linked to the internet unless you want to.
2) A wireless router/ file server that can be battery driven.
3) Turn on any computer/ phone and fire up a browser on any device – you can access the files on the box through the browser.
4) A simple text messaging app that allows students to communicate with each other. (This can be turned off).

It can act as a simple library for students to access

- worksheets
- ebooks
- software

Extremely Portable

So obviously it can serve up pre-loaded materials on an ad hoc basis. If you use something like a Trent iCruiser portable power unit to power it then you are a walking router/ file server with 27 hours battery life – it goes where you go.

You are no longer tethered to the school network and you put on it what YOU want in terms of resources.

Your IT technician will hate it. I will be bringing it to a couple of conferences and TeachMeets next term.

Use it wisely

I cannot recommend it enough but I would caution unrestricted use – you WILL need to write a policy surrounding this piece of kit for specific use. At base level it is a portable e-book library that anyone can have access to quickly and efficiently. You can put as much or as little content on there as you want. YOU are in control not the school systems. You can use it for staff development or short term CPD / delivery of resources at point of contact. SLT might wnt to put all their relevant Ofsted docs on it and turn it on when the inspectors turn up at no notice…(be prepared to encrypt the info naturally).


Learn a bit more in my very hurried review below:

If you can’t see the video above on your device – click here:

Build your own – or buy it here


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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

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.

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