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 test 1

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

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

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

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…

INTERACTIVE MEDIA AND HOW I USE IT

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…