Category Archives: Education, training and exams

Using video to make local politics and democracy more accessible

Summary Some thoughts on using digital video/filming events to bring politicians closer to the people Over the past few weeks I’ve filmed a number of talks, speeches presentations and events. This is all part of what I can only describe … Continue reading

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Coleridge shines on its open day – breaking a generation of negative stereotypes

Summary On how one of our local secondary schools is demonstrating what investment and leadership can achieve – for this was an open evening that busted a number of negative local stereotypes The signs across a number of houses in … Continue reading

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GCSE Results Day

Summary Comparing then with now. I stumbled across this blogpost which nails it. Same stuff, different year. Commentators moaning about exam standards not being as tough as they were in the good ol’ days. Back in the mid-1990s I was ambushed … Continue reading

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My first digital video commission – and employers overlooking digital skills young people have

Summary It may only be a ‘micro-commission’, but for me it’s a giant leap on all things digital media. But are employers missing out on the skills that today’s school leavers have developed growing up in this internet age? If … Continue reading

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Playing with digital audio

Summary Digital video is only as good as your sound. So getting to grips with what you film means ensuring you have a good sound too I’ve been playing with digital audio ever since I got my last laptop – … Continue reading

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A public accounts committee for every town hall?

Summary Could Ed Miliband’s new policy for local government energise local democracy? The reports are at the end of this page -> summary and full. It was featured in The Guardian here. The report covers a number of things, but … Continue reading

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A day digital filming in Cambridge

Summary Living and learning with my introduction to digital filming class For Cambridgeshire-based people, Hills Road are running an Introduction to Digital Film Making on Weds evenings from September – see here. It also sits nicely with An introduction to … Continue reading

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Trying to focus on digital projects while trying not to get angry about politics

Summary …and trying to stave off the symptoms of mental exhaustion at the same time. On preparing for summer concerts, ‘Change Cambridge’ and me & Ceri preparing to deliver our first term of ‘social media for social action’ evening classes this … Continue reading

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Cambridge Regional College Students question Cambridgeshire councillors

Summary The view from the director’s box as further education students at Cambridge Regional College give local politicians a television media masterclass – and comprehensively myth-bust the stereotype that media is an ‘easy’ subject. The whole show is below: First … Continue reading

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Improving local government in the context of Trojan Horse story

Summary Looking at some bigger picture issues on a news item that has engulfed Westminster – and examining the principles of some local government roots Part 1 – Education Both the Home Secretary and the Education Secretary made statements to … Continue reading

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