BBC’s NorthWest Fest

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Up north, spreading the word.

(GBR) Yesterday, MediaSnackers Education Officer delivered a couple of short talks for the BBC in Manchester (thanks to Phil for inviting us along):

In June 2007 BBC Northwest held a Technology and Audiences day aimed at increasing BBC staff awareness regarding our ever evolving audience requirements. Barney Grenfell from MediaSnackers was a key contributor at the event, explaining how content is consumed and communicated particularly amongst our younger audience. Barneys' brief was to assume little or no awareness regarding our online audience and it was evident throughout the presentation that many of the facts and trends presented were an absolute revelation to staff, proving a great talking point amongst staff.
Phil Bromley, Production Editor at BBC Manchester

I managed to make my way up North despite the atrocious weather (there were a few people on my train heading back to Hull from Glastonbury, no idea how they faired). Unfortunately the talks were not as seamless as the journey. I was pretty much raving about all things hi-tech and new media, today I was party to the downside of this, which is that whatever is tech and cool can go wrong and (usually at the worst possible moment) does go wrong (apologies to anyone from my first audience who is reading this, trying to demonstrate new media and ICT stuff without any new media or ICT is a bit like trying to juggle without balls… you get the idea).

One of those things and nobodies fault.

I did get to see HD TV in action on a 26 foot screen though, and it is awesome! Definitely something to watch out for on the media horizon. I also got some interesting insights into how a major media company has to change its approach to production values and indeed production in line with changing technologies.

In my bit (a ‘chalk and talk’ session as DK calls ’em) I mentioned RSS and was surprised by the number of people who hadn’t even heard of it. Surprised because the BBC have a great RSS service and I just assumed everyone who worked there would know about them, like maybe they did a staff announcement or something: “our website features RSS feeds, as do other websites, please avail yourself of this new technology…”

One person asked (paraphrasing): “If RSS is so good why isn’t everyone using it?”

The simple answer to this is people don’t know about it and until they create the technology to do nationwide staff announcements they probably won’t. In the meantime it falls to people like the MediaSnackers team to say, ‘look this stuff is cool, check it out…’!

Here’s the educational link:

If you are someone who knows about RSS your homework for today is to tell someone else about it.
If you don’t know about RSS your homework is to find out more.

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MS/DesignShare Podcast#89

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The 89th MediaSnackers podcast (presented with DesignShare) features John Weekes.

(WORLD) The MediaSnackers podcast focusses on individuals, organisations or companies who are simply impressing us and which are crying out for more discussion.

Our fifth DesignShare and MediaSnackers podcast sees us (Christian Long and DK) chatting with school designer/architect, John Weekes, principal of Dull Olson Weekes Architecture and the main instigator of the Reshape School Summit.

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0.00—0.51 intros
0.52—2.35 the future of school design in relation to the past
2.36—4.36 what impact does school design has on pedagogies
4.37—7.40 clients needs vs community needs
7.41—10.38 Reshape School Summit background
10.39—12.35 the reasons behind the format of the event
12.36—15.02 the end vision for the process (which includes the new Reshape Schools website)
15.03—17.20 barriers to overcome
17.21—17.33 Outro

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NYA Youth Summit

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Live blogging.

(GBR) MediaSnackers is at the NYA Youth Summit. We’re speaking later on about new media and technology which should be fun. We’re also live blogging (as much as possible) the event—see below:

DK’s insights into how young people are now using new media and technology capped off the first day of the conference with energy and enthusiasm. A definite hit with the delegates.
Steve Moore, Channel 4 Consultant

Kim Catcheside, Education and Social Affairs Correspondent, BBC opened the Summit and challenged the assumption that young people hanging around is not a criminal offense. Government is now focussed on consulting young people on how the set their strategies and commitments.

Played a short film featuring a tour by Parmjit Dhanda MP (Minister for Children and Families) to understand and get the views of young people.

Tom Wylie, Chief Executive of the NYA was next up. Focussed on a new government and changing political landscape surrounding the policies for young people plus the new 10 year spending review. Challenged what ‘good’ looks like. We have to empower young people to be part of the process (especially disadvantaged young people). In the business of promoting the health and devlopment of young people.

Tom also took the opportunity to state what is still needed in terms of a skilled workforce, sufficient and sustained resources, research and development and even a national youth board.

There was a brief panel discussion with John Coughlan, Joint President, Association of Directors of Children’s Services, someone from the NYA, and another representative from The Muslim Youth Foundation—all picking through different points but mainly focussed on the governmental policies and commitments. There were a few questions and responses for the panel to wrestle with but my digits aren’t that fast :-)

After the break is Ben Page, Managing Director, Public Affairs and Chairman, Social Research Institute, Ipsos MORI who gave a presentation ‘What do Young People think of Public Services?’. Woe!Challenged the notion of judging young people as a mass. Gave great quotes directly from young people which raised a chuckle but within provided deep insights. 71% of press coverage is negative about young people. Showed a government survey which illustrated that the need for activities for young people always come out top (for different reasons depending on who you are though) but for the last 6 years.

There are different cultural trends which affect beliefs about the future. Young people believe life decisions are ‘reversible’. They have also become mossivley sophisticated consumers and they know it. Top 4 worries for 7-14 years olds: Exams, schoolwork/teachers, rght clothes and being bullied. You have to get the language right and offer older role models with brand ethos.

There was then three presentations from young people themselves: the Maypole Action Group who showed a film about how they changed the estate where they lived and the park the payed in by carrying out questionnaires and creating a DVD. They also got a lot of respect and were presented awards by the Mayor and local community. Then there was a similar project presented by some young people from Barnet who took a bus and redesigned it with music decks and other equipment which provided them with a touring facility. The final was a group of young people raising funds for something which I couldn’t hear what. Again they had a video to show of their concert. Fun stuff.

Andrew Simmons, Chief Executive for Connexions Hertfordshire to provide a response to the presentations. He talked about how they used to consult with young people. They didn’t think across the services and also they were an assumption for how young people get involved. Now focussed on how young people get involved in every aspect of the services (with resources put aside). Very honestly saying theyy have 20/30 years of a way of working to break down and do it differently with young people.

Currently hosting a break out session (in partnership with Channel 4) with some young people and allowing them to define the conversation.

Went well and here’s the short video we made with some participants:

Just getting ready to go on stage and take on the topic of ‘engaging young people through new media’…

MediaSnackers went down well. We challenged, joked and illustrated the changing world young people are in with new media and technology. Our big take-away was exploring the paradigm shift away from consultation to conversation. Thank you to all the generous people who approached us with nice words. Thanks also to Channel 4 for inviting us to be involved.

Check out our flickr photostream plus there’s some videos to watch on the Summits YouTube Channel.

Live Blogging at the NYA Youth Summit

MS Podcast#88

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The 88th MediaSnackers podcast is honoured to feature Sir Ken Robinson.

(WORLD) The MediaSnackers podcast focusses on individuals, organisations or companies who are simply impressing us and which are crying out for more discussion.

Sir Ken Robinson is an internationally-renowned expert in the field of creativity and innovation for business and education.

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0.00—0.39 intros
0.40—2.00 cultivating creativity
2.01—4.38 advice about the changing nature of the world
4.39—7.42 talking to kids “properly”
7.43—15.08 opportunities vs disconnect (new media and technology)
15.09—17.39 vision of the future
18.47—19.10 outro

Twice as long as usual because it’s Sir Ken Robinson!

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MS Podcast#87

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The 87th MediaSnackers podcast explores Euro focussed internet show EuropocketTV.

(WORLD) The MediaSnackers podcast focusses on individuals, organisations or companies who are simply impressing us and which are crying out for more discussion.

Méabh Mc Mahon is one of the presenters of Europocket TV, an online television daily show focussed on European politics and culture.

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0.00—0.51 intros
0.52—1.53 history of europocket.tv
1.54—4.09 funding
4.10—5.14 the numbers
5.15—6.35 interactivity
6.36—7.39 new media as an enabling force
7.40—9.06 reports content
9.07—10.46 the future
10.47—10.58 outro

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MediaSnackers Education

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Losing my weblog posting cherry.

(WORLD) Welcome to my first MediaSnackers post. I will be putting one of these out every week or so, containing general content on new technologies relating to education, education initiatives relating to new media and any other choice stuff that I have come across plus a regular update on what I have been doing with MediaSnackers.

This first blog is going to be a bit of an introduction to all that (which I have kind of already done…ta-dah) and also a bit about me and my first couple of weeks as part of the MediaSnackers team.

I have always been drawn to jobs where I had the opportunity to learn, some might say it's because I am a super nerd and I guess at heart I probably am. I like finding out new stuff, doesn't really matter what it's about to be honest, and I like enthusing other people about the stuff that I've found out. Since I've joined MediaSnackers and been on a couple of training sessions I have been boring…I mean enthusing, unfortunate friends and family about all things media-tech related.

Bottom line—this stuff is cool.

The learning curve for me has been massive, I am not a tech-type person at all (although I have aspirations), but I am motivated to find out more because:

1. It's very interesting
2. It's my job.

Two things strike me (as I ascend the curve):

One is how quickly things are moving. A couple of years ago I was at a colloquium in London talking about new technologies and their role in education. During the lunch-break a few of us were talking about convergent technologies and we were all speculating about how soon we would see convergent handsets publicly available at a reasonable price. I don't think any of us guessed at 2 years (possibly this just illustrates our ignorance) but here we are and the Sony Mylo is already available (in the states), iPhone available in the UK at the end of this year and Nokia N95 out now.

The other day I was playing playstation with my little boy, he took the controller off me and showed me what to do on a bit where I was stuck (he had the decency not to be patronising about it). This is fine and something that I should get used to I guess, I imagine its going to be happening a lot over the course of the next fifty or so years. The only thing that I find a little surprising about this is that he is three and a half years old!

This is the second thing that strikes me: no matter how fast things are moving young people (including really young people) are keeping up!

Once your eyes have been opened to the fact that the world has changed you can choose to go with it (cue steep learning curve) or pretend it hasn’t happened. I have chosen the former, the curve is steep but I think it will be worth the climb.

Contributed by Barney

MS Podcast#86

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The 86th MediaSnackers podcast features education and technology guru Stephen Heppell.

(WORLD) The MediaSnackers podcast focusses on individuals, organisations or companies who are simply impressing us and which are crying out for more discussion.

Stephen Heppell is passionate and insightful plus one of the world’s leading online education and technology experts.

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0.00—0.27 intros
0.28—1.09 Stephens focus
1.10—2.32 what has changed for young people
2.33—5.12 “eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground”
5.13—8.00 digital divide discussion
8.01—9.02 the barriers
9.03—11.19 future exciting challenges
11.20—11.32 outro

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MS/DesignShare Podcast#85

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The 85th MediaSnackers podcast (presented with DesignShare) features Alan November.

(WORLD) The MediaSnackers podcast focusses on individuals, organisations or companies who are simply impressing us and which are crying out for more discussion.

Our fourth DesignShare and MediaSnackers podcast sees us (Christian Long and DK) talking to education and emerging technology expert, Alan November.

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0.00 1.45 intros
1.46—5.29 the new job descriptions for teachers
5.30—7.48 reframing young peoples digital habits for learning
7.49—10.44 expectations of technology tool use vs educational strategy
10.45—12.50 the capacity/barriers to change a culture
12.51—16.50 the Building Learning Communities conference
16.51—19.11 future of school design (ref: Dan Pink conversations)
19.12—20.51 the perfect school
20.52—21.45 Outro

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