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

Online resource for students

I don't get much mail through this site but recently a reader wanted to point out a resource for Read more

Pre-filming tests for documentary

I'm pretty close to the look I want for a documentary I'm going to make on the state of Read more

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

informal learning

L4L_News on Touchcast – Looking at blogs about Edtech and the Future

Posted on by leoncych in blogging, Digital Literacy, Educational Change, informal learning, Innovation | Comments Off on L4L_News on Touchcast – Looking at blogs about Edtech and the Future

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Excerpt: If you can’t see the video above then read the transcript below. Hello and welcome to Learn 4 Life News on TouchCast. I’m starting a new season of films today for busy teachers. Each week I will look at different aspects of the Edtech and mainstream news, blogs and other social activity online; beginning with a quick look at how various educational bloggers are very skeptical about the use of Edtech in schools. A lot of practising teachers don’t have time for technology in their classrooms – only one thing has to go wrong, and in this increasingly time-efficient world, that’s one time…

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.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";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…

Interview with Adam Clarke about the new Tate/ MineCraft initiative

Posted on by leoncych in Digital Divide, Digital Literacy, Digital Makers, Digital Media, informal learning | Comments Off on Interview with Adam Clarke about the new Tate/ MineCraft initiative

I have been sitting on this interview for weeks. I apologise about the sound in advance as we were VERY short on time and the ubiquitous London band saw started up in the middle. You can read far more about the project on the Tate’s Pages below: http://www.tate.org.uk/context-comment/articles/tate-worlds-minecraft Tate Worlds is a collaboration with Adam Clarke, Lead Artist and Producer, The Common People; Map maker Dragnoz and Minecraft builders Kupo, Featherblade and Tewkesape; Jane Burton, Creative Director, and Tony Guillan, Producer, Tate.  

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…

Library Box 2.0 – free your resources

Posted on by leoncych in advisory, Computer Science, Computing at School, Continual Professional Development, CPD, Curriculum, Digital Media, distributed networking, informal learning, Innovation, open source, Peer to Peer, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

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Excerpt: 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. Advantages 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…

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