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

Adult Learning

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”…

Jobs that don’t yet exist

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Excerpt: Jobs that don’t yet exist Click here for the tl:dr video interviews That’s the phrase some people like to use as shorthand for ‘The Future’ in education. It often prefaces a justification for moving schooling away from more traditional “knowledge based” models to increasingly progressive ideals where soft skills, personalisation and project based learning hold sway. Traditionalists would counter as Andrew Smith did in his blog 1 on the subject that this is a myth and even if true in some cases, the jobs aren’t that many and there are many traditional jobs that are not going away any time soon. However…

The search for the perfect vlogging camera

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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

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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…


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…