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 - '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


The resurgence of VR – will this be a reality in 5 years?

Posted on by leoncych in Academies, Adult Learning, advisory, Computing at School, CPD, Curriculum, Digital Literacy, Digital Makers, Digital Media, distributed networking, Educational Change, Innovation, Peer to Peer, teachmeet, training, video, Virtual Worlds | Comments Off on The resurgence of VR – will this be a reality in 5 years?

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Excerpt: What you see here, above, is a “Virtual” Conference environment I built in 2009 on the  Second Life platform. It was used regularly and it performed pretty well. The idea was to supply conference facilities for teachers who would come in as Avatars – i.e. people in Virtual personas. The screens could show powerpoints – the giant TVs could show video on-demand.  Wherever you sat in the environment you had a perfect view of the screen or avatar that was talking at any one point. Your avatar could sit in one of those pods and share documents and files with anyone in the “virtual”…

The search for the perfect vlogging camera

Posted on by leoncych in Adult Learning, advisory, Digital Makers, Educational Change, vblog, video | 3 Comments

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Excerpt: In the last few weeks I have spent what seems an inordinate amount of time researching audio/video kit and post production techniques for this news site. I have locked myself away taking courses online; looked at countless video tutorials on Youtube; corresponded with numerous people who use these things on a daily basis in their work. It resulted in a number of insights into how I can improve workflow and quality of filming whether it is out in the field; filming professionally for a client or just simply making Vlogs like the one above. In a recent interview with John Johnston…

Brief look at the iRig Pro Duo

Posted on by leoncych in Adult Learning, advisory, Digital Literacy, distributed networking, teachmeet, TeachMeet TV, vblog, video | Comments Off on Brief look at the iRig Pro Duo

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Excerpt: I am constantly looking to find the smallest portable piece of kit that will give the best possible sound quality to put into an iPhone/ iPad for filming and audio recording. The iRig Pro DUO just landed in the UK and here’s a quick test straight into my iPhone 6+ through Filmic Pro. I’ll be using this setup for high quality Periscope interviews. Previously I used the Roland Duo-Capture Ex but I found the number of “switching” variables on that to be a bit fiddly. The iRig Pro Duo is pretty plug and play and has fewer options to get wrong…

Learn 4 Life – the way forward – Vlog – week 1

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This autumn I’m devoting less time to research about making filmed media and more to actually making the content itself. This is my first Vlog about why the process stalled in the past and what you can expect from the new season of Learn 4 Life. Anyone interested in helping to make content please do get in touch by clicking on the word “contact” there on the left. Comments appreciated. Audio only

Interview with Debra Kidd for Learn 4 Life

Posted on by leoncych in Academies, advisory, Continual Professional Development, Curriculum, Educational Change, informal learning | Comments Off on Interview with Debra Kidd for Learn 4 Life

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Excerpt: Before any broughaha about Debra Kidd’s book, Teaching: notes from the front line, emerged over half-term, I had requested a review copy for this interview. I am also a FRSA so I am interested in the ongoing Schools with Soul activity in the organisation at present. The social media, ‘storm in an eggcup’, in response to an Academies Week review that followed, seems to have coloured a few people’s perceptions of what the message in the book actually is, or if it is, indeed, worth reading. I hope this filmed and audio interview gives a little more context and insight. To…

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