Silverdale School Part 2

Film review.

(GBR) We spent a great day with fifteen ICT champions from the Silverdale School in Sheffield on Wednesday, introducing them to social media and aiding them to explore its uses, functions and possibilities.

DK and Mark’s training workshop raised awareness of the abundant social media tools young people are adept at using on a daily basis to communicate, create and collaborate with each other. Delegates were able to familiarize themselves with these technologies and also had the time to discuss the benefits and constraints of adopting wikis, blogs and other creative tools in the delivery of teaching and learning. Plenty of food for thought!

Tricia Anderson, e-learning consultant

Related post: Silverdale School Part 1

MediaSnackers Training

New generation, new media, new challenge!

Masterclassing it up.

(GBR) Heading to London this evening as delivering two back-to-back masterclass sessions at the New generation, new media, new challenge! event (joint event by Opportunity Links and 4Children).

DK ran a practical workshop on Youth Work and Social Media at our conference which was titled, ‘New Generation, New Media, New Challenge, Engaging with young people through social media’ on 27 November. His workshop was incredibly well received by all delegates who attended, giving the seminar such feedback as, “just amazing” and
“excellent, very visual.” I was so impressed with the workshop that DK ran and it really added to the success of the conference.
Rachel Warner, Head of Events, 4Children

You can check out some of the presentations and video on the event page here.

MediaSnackers Speaking

MS Podcast#125 / Rezed Podcast#20

The hub for learning and virtual worlds podcast series.

(WORLD) The twentieth RezEd podcast, produced by MediaSnackers with Global Kids.

Barry Joseph (of Global Kids) interview Deborah Fields, a doctoral student at the University of California. Over the past two years she had spent innumerable hours in Whyville, a virtual world for tweens, studying Whyvillian news articles, an after-school club that played on Whyville, cheat sites about Whyville, becoming an established, wealthy citizen on the platform and paying off her loan for an exclusive Whyville car.

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0.00—0.24 intro
0.25—3.27 RezEd news from Amira and Rik at Global Kids (any news or events can be submitted here)
3.51—4.43 podcast interview intros
4.44—6.13 Whyville overview
6.14—8.05 educational activities in the platform
8.06—8.40 viruses (for educational good)
8.41—10.53 link with research work
10.54—13.25 designing learning structures/opportunities
13.26—15.44 why Whyville?
15.45—16.38 learn more here
16.39—16.43 thanks
16.44—19.03 Amira and Rik detailing the upcoming events for the RezEd community (any news or events can be submitted here)
19.04—19.12 outro

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Adformatie Conference

Keynoting in the Dam.

(NED) I'm just about to leave for Amsterdam to speak at the Infusion conference tomorrow (check out the event programme).

DK did a great, dynamic and inspiring performance during Infusion 2008!
Leon Bouwman, chief-editor Adformatie

Check out the following very short video illustrating a great conference idea of combining seating and the agenda (other pics in our flickr set):

Related post: Adformatie Article

MediaSnackers Speaking

The World Has Changed…#19

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…and it's not turning back.

(WORLD) Serving some delicious illustrations of the ever-changing media menu:

• a judge talking about how court information should be provided for younger jurors on screens;
• students entering university relying on Facebook to become their social glue;
• the BBC illustrating with success the need for social networking for younger young people;
• and how some young people are evading the age limits on other social networking sites;
• blurring of old and new as a virtual world for teens allows major film studios to feature trailers to their members.

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Milton Keynes Youth Service Staff Training Part Two

Film review.

(GBR) Mark and I spent the last two days with fifteen youth workers from the Milton Keynes Integrated Youth Service, helping them explore, understand and use social media in their work with young people and in their own professional development.

Here's the short film review:

Milton Keynes Youth Service would like to thank MediaSnackers for not only delivering the most up to date and relevant training over the two days but for also moving us on as a service.  The package delivered, the examples given and the practical application and also the exploration was truly amazing.

The delegates who attended ranged from various backgrounds with equally varied levels of understanding. Some of us knew elements, other little, some were keen, some were hesitant. However, over the course of the two days everyone was taken on a journey that was supportive and understanding of differing abilities.

Ethical issues were fully explored and delegates spent a healthy amount of time investigating their own thoughts and feelings towards social media, the impact and benefits. Fears were explored and discussed leading to better understanding and increase in confidence.

From my point of view I personally gained a great deal out of the two days, learning how to apply new ways of working to my practice, so many ideas have since sprung up! I also enjoyed watching people visibly develop in front of me. The way fears and barriers were reduced or bowled over was incredible. Towards the end of the event watching people show what they had done and how proud of what they had produced was so great to see.

What next? This has changed so much already! The service has formed a social media team in which we are investigating how to best and safely integrate social networking in to practice delivery. We have also begun to deliver projects using social media. Such platforms as YouTube, Facebook and Blogger are proving to be so empowering. Even service managers have got a Blogger going as a way of updating each other to reduce emails. Staff that previously would never had gone near social networking are now working with young people, creating groups of interest online and making videos to promote the positives of youth.

Everyone at Milton Keynes Youth Service is so thankful to MediaSnackers for such a huge impacting course that will and is making a huge difference.

Matthew Barnaby, Youth Participation Team Leader

Related posts: Milton Keynes Youth Service Staff Training Part One and Milton Keynes Youth Service Staff Conference

MS Podcast#124 / Rezed Podcast#19

The hub for learning and virtual worlds podcast series.

(WORLD) The nineteenth RezEd podcast, produced by MediaSnackers with Global Kids.

Featuring a podcast interview with Ryan Clemens, technology support analyst principal for Arizona State University, discussing Google's new interactive virtual environment, Lively and how a group of students spent several months testing the platform.

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0.00—0.24 intro
0.25—3.27 RezEd news from Amira and Rik at Global Kids (any news or events can be submitted here)
3.28—4.59 intros with Ryan Clemens
5.00—6.10 what is Lively?
6.11—8.37 its functionality
8.38—14.09 what Arizona State University has been doing with it (press release link)
14.10—15.45 who else is using the platform
15.46—17.08 what Lively offers which other virtual worlds don't
17.09—19.10 future
19.11—19.20 thanks
19.21—22.28 Amira and Rik detailing the upcoming events for the RezEd community (any news or events can be submitted here)
22.29—22.37 outro

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