Cheap way to do camera crane shots and "flying" for video - Old boom pole + Zhiun Smooth Q Gimbal

I've been testing a cheap way to get "crane" shots using a Zhiun Smooth Q Gimbal and a modified Read more

All that glisters - from the archive...

Three years ago I made 3 online TV programmes about the innovative use of technology in schools. This was a Read more

Last Test before launching the new Video Ed Channel

People who follow this blog regularly will know I frequently post tests from the audio/ video kit I own Read more

BAFTA Young Games Designer Competition at BETT 2017

Another quick Ad Hoc interview with the more interesting smaller stands at #BETT2017. This time with Melissa Phillips of Read more


Another of one of my ad hoc interviews at BETT 2017 - this time with Georgette Yakman at STEAM Read more

BETT 2017 - Globalism

This is the first of several quick and easy to digest video reports as part of the L4L News Read more

BETT 2017

I am filming at BETT this year. I am wearing several hats. One is that of filmaker for various commercial Read more

Finally ready for Monthly Broadcasts

I have been working on a small, home mini-studio for video recording for some years now. I want to be Read more

Michaela - Battle Hymn of the Tiger Teachers Audio on Soundcloud

I recently did a live-streaming job at Michaela Community School - as well as the liveStream and HD Video, Read more

theEDfiles Podcast

I have been heavily involved in launching a new "general" podcast for UK education. It's called theEDFiles and you Read more

Continual Professional Development

Twitter Widgets to RSS Feed for twitter search

Posted on by leoncych in "Twitter search", Continual Professional Development, informal learning, Innovation | Comments Off on Twitter Widgets to RSS Feed for twitter search

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Excerpt: Just playing about I used Amit Argawal’s Twitter Widget to RSS feed script to make a Twitter Search Widget that you can see below Tweets about “education research” // < ![CDATA[ !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+"://";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); // ]]> but then I turned that into a “readable” RSS feed via Amit’s Google script; which you can, in turn, then drop into any RSS reader saving you the trouble of going to Twitter and typing it in. Here’s the URL parsed by FeedBucket for example. Now I’ve updated this blog, I’m looking for faster ways of processing “search”; this script came in very handy. It saves me trawling mindlessly through Twitter every…


Posted on by leoncych in Adult Learning, Continual Professional Development, Digital Literacy, Digital Makers, Digital Media | Comments Off on INTERACTIVE MEDIA AND HOW I USE IT

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Excerpt: TOUCHCAST I have been using the program TouchCast for a couple of years to make very short interactive video pieces on Education in the UK. When viewed on a device that can trigger the interactivity it is a very useful medium for broadcast over the internet. I use it to make content for teachers who are curious about the topics and who browse through a portable device or “second screen”. WORKFLOWS Research into workflows to do this quickly and efficiently has taken me a lot of time over several months. Making media like this is fairly new and even the BBC and mainstream…

Textbooks – are they the answer? #L4L_News 14-11-2014

Posted on by leoncych in Continual Professional Development, Curriculum, Digital Makers, Digital Media, distributed networking, Educational Change, textbooks | Comments Off on Textbooks – are they the answer? #L4L_News 14-11-2014

If you can’t see the video above on your device please go here: “The Twitter” links appear not to be working so here they are: and the #textbookscount hashtag here: The non-interactive version is here All the links and more are mentioned in this Bundle link here if you prefer text: I will be adding to the URL aggregator above as the debate develops. Update November 2015. It seems Bitly have sunsetted the bundles feature unfortunately.    

Video review/demonstration of Alan Peat’s iVisualiser App for iPad

Posted on by leoncych in Academies, Computer Science, Computing at School, Continual Professional Development, CPD, Curriculum, Digital Makers, Digital Media | Comments Off on Video review/demonstration of Alan Peat’s iVisualiser App for iPad

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if you can’t see the vimeo film above please click here. I rarely review kit these days but this does seem useful – it also gives me a chance to show off how to combine computers/ apps to do flipped training that’s effective, short and does the job with as few frills as possible. I would like to point out I have no connection with Alan Peat or am being paid to do this – I bought, downloaded and reviewed the app myself for no monetary gain. Computers are merely tools – if someone comes up with a smart tool…

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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